Friday, December 20, 2013

Fully funded PhD position

Fully funded PhD position to do research on the project:
Upscaling CH4 emission from the Arctic from the plot to the global  scale: building a framework for comparison with models

This studentships is part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership "ACCE" (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment).

This is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh (Dr. Ute Skiba, and Dr. Garry Hayman).
The student will spend some time doing research in the Arctic Alaska, in collaboration with San Diego State University (Prof. Walter Oechel and Prof. David Lipson).

The studentships are available to UK and EU applicants only. Residency rules apply:

To apply for the studentships listed please complete an on-line application form which can be found at

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 20th January 2014

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PhD studentship opportunities in Cambridge (UK)

The Cambridge Earth System Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) has been awarded 15 studentships from the Natural Environment Research Council, and other funds may be available to increase this (studentships to start in October 2014). The DTP brings together 7 university departments and the British Antarctic Survey. One of the three themes of the DTP is Climate and within this many of the project outlines are palaeoclimate-based. These include projects using ice cores, marine sediments, ones looking at Holocene climate change, past glaciations and the dynamics of glacial cycles, as well as novel proxies.

For further details and to apply, please go to:

where you can browse the available projects.

Source: PYRN

Monday, December 9, 2013

PhD Studentship on Dauphiné Twins in quartz, KU Leuven (Belgium) & UC Berkeley (U.S.A.)

PhD position on the subject Relating Dauphiné twins in quartz with the three-dimensional stress state in the Earth’s crust. This project is supervised by M. Sintubin (KU Leuven, Belgium) and H.-R. Wenk (UC Berkeley, U.S.A.).

More information on the PhD Studentship can be found on

Job announcements for 2 PhD + 1 Postdoc position in permafrost / remote sensing / soil carbon research

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), section Periglacial Research, Potsdam (Germany), invites applications for 3 new positions in the field of remote sensing and soil carbon dynamics of rapid permafrost thaw.

Background: Permafrost soil carbon pools are estimated to store substantial amounts of ancient carbon that is potentially vulnerable to mobilization. The recently funded European Research Council Starting Grant PETA-CARB (“Rapid Permafrost Thaw in a Warming Arctic and Impacts on the Soil Organic Carbon Pool”), led by Dr. Guido Grosse, aims at quantification of important deep soil organic carbon pools in panarctic permafrost regions, their short- and long-term dynamics on the landscape scale, and the measurement of rapid permafrost thaw and its impacts on soil carbon pools. The project will foster an interdisciplinary team of field scientists and remote sensing experts, with key field study sites to be visited in the Lena Delta and Yakutsk regions of Siberia, and the Northslope and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta regions in Alaska.

Positions: For details on each position such as job duties, required skills, and necessary application materials please refer to the detailed announcement texts at the respective AWI websites (here specified as shortened URL).

PostDoc (3 years)
Remote sensing of permafrost thaw rates and landforms on regional to continental scales
Job code: 106/D/Geo-P
Detailed announcement text:

PhD student (3 years)
Remote sensing of rapid permafrost thaw and development of thermokarst process models
Job code: 105/D/Geo-P
Detailed announcement text:

PhD student (3 years)
Paleo-environmental conditions and long-term dynamics of thermokarst and associated soil carbon stocks
Job code: 114/D/Geo-P
Detailed announcement text:

The application deadline is 10th January 2014, and a possible start date could be as early as 01. March 2014 (negotiable).

All positions will be based at the AWI Periglacial Research Unit in Potsdam, Germany, a world class facility for multidisciplinary permafrost research.
For further information on the nature of the positions please contact Dr. Guido Grosse, +49-(0)331-2882150,

Source: PYRN 

UCLA Ion Microprobe Student Workshop (February 17 – 21, 2014)

The UCLASIMS laboratory will host a 5 day workshop on ion microprobe applications in Earth Sciences from February 17 to 21, 2014. The workshop emphasizes microanalytical geochronology and isotope geochemistry with a large radius magnetic sector SIMS. NSF’s Instrumentation and Facilities program will sponsor travel, accommodation costs and course materials for domestic participants. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates (with recommendation letter of an academic supervisor) can apply via: by 01/10/14.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

YES Network Sudan is now ONLINE!

The YES Network is glad to announce that the YES Sudan has been launched! Check out their blog online

If you're a YES member from Sudan, join now your national chapter.

LinkedIn group:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Critical Issues Program Releases Preliminary Results of "Defining Critical Issues" Survey

The Critical Issues program, part of the American Geosciences Institute's (AGI's) Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding, has just released the preliminary results of the "Defining Critical Issues"
survey which can be accessed from the Critical Issues program website:

The majority of responses to the web-based survey were from geoscientists in the post-secondary academic sector, while the number of responses from the public and the decision-making community was substantially smaller. The most frequently mentioned critical issues were climate change, water, energy, environment,
natural hazards, economics, and issues associated with agriculture, food, and soils. When asked to select the highest priority issues, all cohorts chose climate change. Those who described themselves as geoscientists, public, or "other" chose water as the second priority issue, while decision makers considered human population growth to be the second highest priority. Human population growth was ranked as the third highest priority issue by the geoscientist, public, and "other" cohorts. Decision makers were evenly split
between energy, environment, and politics (which includes issues surrounding the political system, governance and regulation, among others) for their third priority issue.

The aim of the web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making community, geoscience community, and the public define the term "critical issue," as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community.
The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a wide range of responses. The survey, which was launched on November 5, 2013, will officially close on December 31, 2013, and a final report will be published in January 2014. The Critical Issues program especially seeks additional input
from members of the public and decision-making community. The survey can be accessed at

Monday, December 2, 2013

EUCOP 4 - deadline for abstracts approaching

Dear YES members,

Please be aware that the deadline for abstract submission to the 4th European Conference on Permafrost (Évora - Portugal,18-21 June 2014) is due in two weeks time - 15 December 2013.

You are invited to consider submitting an abstract and joining us in Évora next year. A number of interesting field trip from North Africa, across Iberia up to the Alps is to take place. Registration is open and the number of available places is limited.

More information:

On the behalf of the EUCOP4 Local Organizing Committee