Post-doctoral position in luminescence rock surface dating applied to debris covered glaciers
Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Suisse
vor 6 Tg.


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The Institue of Earth Surface Dynamics of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment is looking for a post-doctoral candidate in luminescence rock surface dating applied to debris covered glaciers .

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.08.2021 / to be agreed

Contract length : 1 year

Activity rate : 100%

Workplace : Lausanne-Mouline

This one-year post-doctoral position focuses on the application of luminescence rock surface dating to constrain the rate of debris transport on a debris covered glacier.

The targeted field-site will be Miage Glacier, Aosta valley, Italy.

Most mountain glaciers are shrinking rapidly in response to climate change, and debris-covered glaciers are expected to have a longer life expectancy than equivalent clean-ice glaciers because supraglacial debris insulates the underlying ice.

However, until we can quantify the processes controlling their behaviour, it is not possible to accurately predict how debris-covered glaciers will evolve under a changing climate.

Results from this project will enhance understanding of the contribution of mountain glaciers to the sustainability of water resources in vulnerable catchments such as those in High Mountain Asia and South America.

The successful candidate will join the ICE group (https : / / / ice / ) at the University of Lausanne working in collaboration with Prof.

Georgina King and will also work closely with Dr. Ann Rowan (University of Sheffield, UK).

The Faculty of Geoscience and the Environment at the University of Lausanne offers state-of-the-art luminescence dating facilities.

The ICE group specialises in pairing empirical data with numerical modelling in the development of novel geochronological techniques for understanding landscape evolution.

Your responsibilities

50% of the engagement (minimum) will be dedicated to research on understanding the geomorphology of debris-covered glaciers using luminescence dating.

50% of the engagement (maximum) will be dedicated to supervision of MSc and PhD student research projects and supporting the activities of the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics.

Your qualifications

We are looking for someone with the following skills :

  • Doctoral degree in geography / geology / earth science, physics or chemistry ;
  • Experience of luminescence dating ;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French is not necessary, but would be advantageous ;
  • Interest in developing new analytical approaches.
  • What the position offers you

    We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

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