PhD position in Mass-extinction Research 490 views

The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University is seeking a highly-motivated, high-potential applicant for a PhD position to work within the research project “Deadly LIPs: Volcanogenic phytotoxic pollution during the end-Triassic extinction” funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • The PhD candidate will document the extent of mutagenesis prior to, during, and following the end-Triassic extinction event using available core material from Germany, Poland and Denmark, as well as fresh core material from the UK through an ICDP-funded drilling project.
  • The PhD candidate will be actively involved in the drilling operation and post-drilling sample acquisition. In addition to extensive microscope work, samples will also be investigated with organic and inorganic geochemical techniques.
  • Fieldwork in New Zealand aims to determine the global reach of CAMP volcanism. In addition, sampling of mercury polluted sites is foreseen to examine mutagenesis in living ferns as a means to groundtruth deep time records.
  • The project leader and daily supervisor will be Dr. Bas van de Schootbrugge.
  • During the project, the PhD candidate will also collaborate with TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research.
  • The project will involve active collaborations with specialists from numerous international institutions, including stratigraphers, inorganic geochemists, terrestrial palynologists, and plant biologists.


  • Applicant must hold an MSc degree (at the start of the contract) with an appropriate background in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and/or Biology, with a passion for microscope and laboratory work, and an interest in challenging fieldwork.
  • Prior experience with palynological analyses is desirable but not required, while a solid understanding of deep time processes is.
  • Applicant must possess positive social/verbal/communication skills, determination, willingness to travel abroad, eagerness to develop multidisciplinary skills, and ability to share and explain results to other research disciplines.
  • Applicants should have excellent written and spoken English skills.

Duration: full-time position initially for one year; may be extended to a total period of four years.


  • Apply online
  • Evaluations and interviews are planned soon thereafter. The intended starting date is August 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Utrecht University
Country Netherlands
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biology
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Master’s degree
Deadline March 30, 2019

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