PhD Scholarship position in the Polish National Science Centre project

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    Leading unit: International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice (IEDS) – Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot
    Natural sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)




1. MSc in oceanography/geology/marine geology or relevant field

2. Experience in sedimentological and micropaleontological analyses

3. High motivation for scientific work

4. Very good English written and verbal communication skills

5. Additional advantage: (co-)authorship of scientific paper and/or conference presentation

6. Experience in field research and research cruises will be appreciated


Tasks description:

1. Collecting sediment samples (sediment cores) for micropaleontological, palynological, sedimentological, geochemical and biomarker analyses. The successful candidate is expected to participate in scientific cruises.

2. Grain-size analysis of sedimentary material, isolation of benthic and planktonic foraminifera. Preparation and analysis of dinoflagellate cysts samples.

3. Data processing and integration, preparation of manuscripts.

4. Presentation of the results at national and international conferences.

5. Outreach activities, including preparation of popular science workshops and articles


Project’s description:

The effects of ongoing climate warming are especially perceptible in the Arctic, mainly due to the rapid decline in sea ice extent over the past few decades, resulting from heat advected with Atlantic Water (a process sometimes known as “Atlantification”). The accelerated loss of sea ice in the Arctic shelf seas has a profound impact on the water column structure and therefore, on the global energy budget, the atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and the carbon cycle. In case of complete disappearance of the sea ice from the western Arctic shelf and high sea surface temperatures, the enhanced vertical stratification will reduce nutrient flux into the upper oceans, leading to reduced phytoplankton biomass and production. To predict the further development, directions and consequences of the ongoing climatic/oceanographic changes it is essential to investigate the natural Arctic environment variability and its response to external forcing in the geological timescales.

The aim of the project is to study the impact of sea surface temperatures on marine productivity in the Nordic Sea since the last deglaciation in order to recognize the spatial and temporal marine productivity variations. The doctoral research will be focusing on generating micropaleontological, palynological and biomarker records to assess Arctic sea surface temperature, sea ice cover and water mass change in the Late Quaternary. A special focus will be put on investigating the impact of climate-induced environmental changes on marine productivity and the carbon burial rates during the mid-Holocene Thermal Maximum, about 5000-9000 years ago and compare it to the current global warming.

What is funded

One scholarship: 3500 PLN per month throughout the 36 months (3 years), with the possibility of extension for 12 months.

Start date: October 2020.


3 years (6 semesters), with the possibility of extension for 12 additional months, from October 2020


The PhD position is available at within the cross-disciplinary research project “Sedimentary ancient DNA - a new proxy to investigate the impact of environmental change on past and present biodiversity in Nordic Seas (NEEDED)”, funded through the Norway and EEA Grants 2014–2021 under the Basic Research Programme operated by the National Science Centre.

The supervisors will be prof. Marek Zajączkowski [trapper@iopan.pl] and dr Magdalena Łącka-Wojciechowska [mlacka@iopan.pl], Institute of Oceanology PAN


Applying form:

According to this position Candidate must become a PhD student at the International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice (IEDS). Title of PhD project: 'Postglacial sea surface temperature impact on primary productivity and carbon burial in the Nordic Seas'.


Information about applying procedure at IEDS is available on the sites:

1. Offer: https://www.mssd.us.edu.pl/en/candidate-of-ieds/proposed-topics/

2. Requirements and regulations: www.mssd.us.edu.pl/kandydat-mssd/

3. Registration: www.irk.us.edu.pl


Contact to the Secretary of the IEDS Admission Committee: +48 32 3689 380, polarknow@us.edu.pl, www.mssd.us.edu.pl

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