Postdoctoral Research Position at the Department of Earth Sciences of Pisa University (Italy)

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Late-Pleistocene and Holocene relative sea-level change along the Eastern Adriatic coast
Overview: the Department of Earth Sciences (http://www.dst.unipi.it/en/) is an outstanding Italian institution in Geosciences . The Geomorphology Group has been engaged since the early 2000s in a number of projects on sea-level change in the NW Mediterranean and  in SW Atlantic coasts; moreover it has carried out researches on interaction between humans and the natural environment, with particular regard to the Geoarchaeology of coastal plains . The postdoc position is integrated mainly within the activities of the Mend-the Gap Project (EU Horizon2020, http://mendthegap.agr.hr/) which  is aimed at integrating genetics with sciences of the past along the Eastern Adriatic coast.

Detailed Description: The Geomorphology group seeks a postdoc capable pf proposing a 1 year project aimed at: building a geo-referenced database of all published sea-level markers of the Eastern Adriatic, carrying out, when necessary, a dedicated topographic field campaign; working out a Digital Elevation Model of the Northern-Central Adriatic Sea and create a number of palaeogeographic scenarios of the Eastern Adriatic coastal areas at selected time frames based on existing GIA models;  contributing to adapt to Mediterranean plains, characterized by mainly clastic Holocene sedimentary stacks, the geotechnical methodologies used for sediment compaction assessment; contributing to a critical revision of significance, quality and accuracy of the sea-level markers available in the Group study area(s).

Keywords: sea-level change, coastal plains, geoachaeology, GIS.

Job Requirements: Experience in sea-level change research, knowledge of sea-level markers and GIA models significance. Ability to deal with the core techniques of geoachaeological research. Software skills including expertise in GIS (preferably QGIS).  Requirements include ability to work in a team setting. Language skills of the candidate do not need to include knowledge of the Italian Language.

Qualification:  The successful candidate has obtained a Ph.D. in Geoscience or Environmental Science, and has a good record of co-authored scientific publications in refereed journals.

Application: Deadline for applying is 30th of May-2016. The net salary will be ca. 2,100 euros per month. The Applicant should read carefully and stick to the application instructions, available in the English version at: https://www.unipi.it/ateneo/bandi/assegni/galilei/30052016/index.htm

For any information on the scientific side of the proposal please write to Prof. Marta Pappalardo (http://people.unipi.it/marta_pappalardo/), who will be responsible for the researcher activities.

Start date will be approximately before the end of 2016 but a delayed start can be negotiated.