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The working group “Marine Technologies/Environmental Research” at the Department
of Geosciences, University of Bremen, is offering a PostDoc position in the area
of Marine Seismics / Marine Geosciences. The position is part of the French-German
AFN-DFG-funded project “Quantifying Himalayan Erosion Fluxes from the Bengal Fan record (HimalFan)”.

The Himalaya is one region of the world where tectonic and climate interact dramatically, since
the India-Asia collision associated with the exhumation of the Himalayas has interacted with the
Asian monsoon to generate one of the most intense erosion fluxes on Earth. While tectonic/topography
clearly force monsoon distribution and intensity, it acts in turn on the mountain chain structure by
controlling the intensity and distribution of erosion. Himalayan erosion finally contributes to the
global reduction in atmospheric CO2 responsible for the Oligocene glaciation.
However, the direct sedimentary records of these processes during the Neogene are essentially
unexplored or limited during the Neogene and inadequate for quantitative approaches. This project
builds on IODP Expedition 354 which cored a transect at 8°N in the Bengal Fan. Through a
multidisciplinary approach combining synthesis of seismic stratigraphy and architecture of the
Bengal Fan, geochronology and geochemistry, this project is designed to quantify/calculate/reveal/assess
Himalayan erosion fluxes during Neogene and Quaternary times.

The successful candidate will focus on the seismic stratigraphic and structural architecture part.
In particular, she/he shall refine the spatial reconstruction of characteristic N-S thickness trends
with respect to plate topography and tectonic forcing, reconstruct the Neogene evolution of thickness
trends in response to quality and quantity of delivered sediments, confirm if the late Miocene onset of
channel-levee systems indicates a major change in the Bengal source-to-sink system, and study the
sand transport to the fan including a quantification of sand content utilising seismic attributes to
finally assign the controls on Bengal Basin evolution generally. All work shall be carried out in close
cooperation with the French partners.


  •     PhD in Geophysics or Geosciences
  •     Strong background in multichannel seismic data processing
  •     Experience in the seismo-stratigraphic interpretation of seismic data
  •     Knowledge about factors controlling source-to-sink systems
  •     Understanding of geological and climatological processes in Asia
  •     Ability and willingness to participate in offshore research expeditions

Please address enquiries to Prof. Dr. Volkhard Spieß (www.vspiess@uni-bremen.de).

The position is available under the condition of job release and is limited to a term until 31. December 2021.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with the federal German employee scale TV-L 13 (100%). Applications should
include a CV, a list of publications, a statement describing research interests, the applicant’s research and
technical background as they relate to the position, and contact information for three referees.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science,
women are particularly encouraged to apply.

In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be given to disabled persons.

Applications from scientists having an immigrant background as well as applications from international
researchers are explicitly welcome.

Deadline for the application is 7th December 2018. Applications should be with the reference number A291/18 to:

Universität Bremen
Fachbereich 5 – Geowissenschaften
Prof. Dr. Volkhard Spieß
Postfach 33 04 40
D-28334 Bremen

or by Email: Prof. Dr. Volkhard Spieß (vspiess@uni-bremen.de)

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