Applications are invited for the following 36 months ERS positions at the University of Milan within the frame of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project.

“MSCA-ITN-ETN “BASE-LINE EARTH” (Brachiopods As SEnsitive tracers of gLobal mariNe Environment: Insights from alkaline, alkaline Earth metal, and metalloid trace element ratios and isotope systems)

We invite applications to undertake competitive high‐level research on the complex Phanerozoic  seawater history through the determination of original proxy information preserved in reliable  ancient  geological  archives  like  fossil  brachiopods  using  cutting  edge  technologies  and  experimental  approaches  within  the  Marie  Skłodowska‐Curie  Initial  Training  Networks  (ITN‐ ETN)  »Brachiopods As SEnsitive tracers of gLobal mariNe Environment: Insights from alkaline, alkaline Earth metal, and metalloid trace element ratios and isotope systems«.

Who can apply: BASE­LiNE Earth is  funded  through  the  HORIZON2020  program  of  the  European  Union  and  consists  of  14  full  partners  and  seven  associated  partners  out  of  11  countries  (Austria,  Australia,  Canada,  Czech  Republic,  Denmark,  France,  Germany,  Israel,  Italy,  Poland,  Slovak  Republic)  among  them  internationally leading researchers in the field of geology, chemistry and isotope geochemistry,  marine biology and ecology as well as numerical modelling and engineering.

The project is coordinated at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. BASE­LiNE Earth will run until December 2018.   All positions offered are  full‐time and  fixed  term  for 3  years. Successful applicants will benefit  from  training  and  networking  program  delivered  jointly  by  academic  and  non‐academic  partners.  As  a  result,  BASE­LiNE Earth fellows  will  gain  both,  research  experience  and  complementary  skills  such  as  career  planning,  communicating  science,  and  management  techniques.  Researchers will mainly work in  their  host institution,  but  they  will  also  have  the  possibility  to  visit another BASE­LiNE Earth partner  for  secondment activities, which  could  be  either in  academia  or in industry. On  completion  of  their  fellowship,  successful  applicants  are  expected to be among the future leaders in their respective fields. The Researchers recruited for  these  positions  are  expected  to  be  an  active  part  within  the BASE­LiNE Earth  consortium  by  participating in network wide activities such as workshops and conferences. The candidate will  be part of an international, interdisciplinary team at universities and research institutions, and is  expected to attend the actions as announced in the proposal.  Equal opportunities will be respected.

How to apply: Please submit  your complete application  (including a CV  [max. 3 pages], a letter  of motivation  for  the position and a statement of your research interests  [max. 1 page], relevant certificates,  plus  contact  details  of  at  least  two  referees)  to  Lucia  Angiolini  Dipartimento  di  Scienze  della  Terra “A. Desio” Via Mangiagalli 34 20133 Milano Italy, e‐mail: lucia.angiolini@unimi.it quoting  BASE­LiNE Earth_ESR03. The complete applications must be received by May 31st, 2015. ESR03—PhD position he macro­structure of modern and fossil brachiopod archives   ONTACT: Lucia Angioli i t T C n , Universita degli Studi di Milano, I aly, e‐mail: lucia.angiolini@unimi.it SHORT DESCRIPTION:  This  PhD  project  examines  the  macro‐  and  chemico‐structure  of  modern  and  fossil  brachiopod  shells  to  reconstruct  evolutionary  changes  and  fabric differentiation of the main brachiopod classes during the Phanerozoic, and to test their veracity  in  withstanding  post‐depositional  alteration.  This  will  be  achieved  through  a  combination  of  methods involving  field collections, systematics, SEM ultrastructural analyses and geochemical  race‐isotope analyses. The goal is to test the brachiopod archive’s potential for reconstructing  he chemical evolution of erozoic seawater.  t t  Phan FULL JOB DESCRIPTION see https://www.baseline­earth.eu/vacancies   This  PhD  project  focuses  on  the  macrostructure  and  geochemistry  of  modern  and  fossil  brachiopod shells to obtain a better understanding of the relationship between shell fabric and  their reliability in storing the geochemical record of recent and deep‐time seas. The project will  apply  a  range  of  methodologies  to  a  large  dataset  of  fossil  and  recent  brachiopods  through  several  phases.  These include:  (i)  selection  of  brachiopod  shells  from  biostratigraphically  and  chronologically well constrained stratigraphic logs recording the main events in the Palaeozoic;  these  will  be  obtained  from  our  brachiopod  collection  and  from  field  work;  (ii)  selection  of  recent  brachiopod  shells,  in  part  provided  by  other  BASE­LiNE Earth  project  partners;  (iii)  Secondary  Electron  Microprobe  and  Cathodoluminescence  analyses  of  the  variation  of  brachiopod morphostructure; (iv) mass spectrometry analyses of the concomitant variation of  carbon  and  oxygen  isotopes,  and  (v)  ICP‐MS  determination  of  trace  and  rare  earth  elements.  Phases  (i)  to  (iii)  are  aimed  to  describe  the macrostructure,  determine  fabric  types  and  their  evolution and test diagenetic pathways. Phases (iv) and (v) will focus on the geochemical record  of  selected  brachiopods.  The  final  goal  will  be  a  synthesis  of  all  the  data  reconstructing  the  evolution of the chemical composition of seawater over the past about 500 million years.  The project will operate in the framework of the PhD Program of the “Università degli Studi di  Milano”,  Italy,  at  “Dipartimento  di  Scienze  della  Terra  A.  Desio”.  The  department  is  fully  equipped  with  analytical,  experimental  and  computational  facilities,  including  scanning  and  transmission  electron  microscopes,  powder  and  single‐crystal  X‐ray  diffractometers,  plasma  emission  spectroscopes,  WDS‐electron  microprobe,  X‐ray  fluorescence,  sedimentology,  paleontology and  paleoclimatology laboratories  necessary  for  the  proposed  chemicostructural  analyses of the project. The geochemical analyses will be performed in collaboration with Uwe  Brand at Brock University, Canada, which is fully equipped to handle elemental analyses, x‐ray  diffraction,  and  wet  chemical  analytical  techniques  and  preparatory  labs  to  fully  screen  both  modern and ancient brachiopod shell calcite.  Study and research periods at other institutions linked to the BASE­LiNE Earth project will allow  for comprehensive topical expansion of the PhD study A tight collaboration amongst the BASEiNE Earth nodes will  set  an ideal  basis  for  this  and  all  the  other  related  PhD  projects in  the  udy.  L frame of this st Qualific i As a suc at ons:  cessful candidate you should have   · A  MSc  degree  in  a  relevant  field  such  as  geology,  earth  sciences,  natural  sciences,  palaeontology, geochemistry  · The ability to work in an internationally‐oriented environment  · A broad interest in geosciences, and the willingness and capacity to work independently  · The willingness to travel  Employment conditions:  The position is offered for three years full‐time position, starting summer/ autum 2015. The ESR  will  be  enrolled  in  the  PhD  in  Earth  Sciences  at  the  University  of  Milan,  will  be  contractually  employed by the University and will be covered under the social security scheme. He or she will receive a Monthly Living Allowance plus a Mobility Allowance compliant with the applicable EC  Marie  Skłodowska‐  Curie  Actions‐ITN  general  conditions.  (Ref:  Guide  for  Applicants,  Marie  Skłodowska‐Curie  Actions  ttp://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/h2020‐msca‐itn‐ 014/1590152‐itn_2014_‐_guide_for_applicants_1.2_en.pdf).  h 2 In order to be eligible, each applicant must simultaneously fulfil the following criteria at the time  of recruitment: · Mobility:  At  the  time  of  recruitment,  the  applicant  must  not  have  resided  or  carried  out  his/her main activity (work, studies, etc…) in the country of the host organization for more  than  12  months  in  the  3  years  immediately  prior  to  his/her  recruitment.  Compulsory  national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.  · Qualifications and research experience:  The  applicant  must  fulfil  the  requirements  defined  for  Early  Stage  Researchers  (ESRs):  ESRs  are  researcher  who,  at  the  time  of  recruitment, has NOT yet been awarded the doctorate degree and is in the first 4 years  (full‐time equivalent)  ch career.  dditional information on BASE­LiNE Earth and further job descriptions can be found on our  ebsite,  of his/her resear A w www.baseline‐earth.eu.

Deadline: May 31st, 2015

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