Uppsala universitet, Department of Earth Sciences

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the most complete such academic departments in Europe. Our research focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from submicroscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans. We have teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our courses offer a wide range within the geoscience area and several of the department's programs have received the highest rating in evaluations by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet). For more information, please visit: www.geo.uu.se or www.facebook.com/geouppsalauniversity/.

Duties: This project aims to reassess the phylogeny of Cambrian organophosphatic lophotrochozoans by comparing shell ultrastructure and indigenous biomarker composition – a powerful new innovative approach to interrogate Cambrian fossils.

A new custom-built femtosecond laser micropyrolysis gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer instrument and other state-of-the-art analytical facilities available in Sydney, permit extraction of indigenous organic biomolecules directly from pristine fossil organophosphatic shells from the exceptional Cambrian successions, mainly in Sweden, Australia and China. Detailed comparison of shell ultrastructure and isolation and characterization of organic molecules from pristine organophosphatic shell layers provides a pioneering new way to assess homologies and affinities in disparate lophophorate groups, opening up future opportunities to include biogeochemical data to test prevailing models of lophophotrochozoan phylogeny.

Requirements: Applicants require a PhD degree and preferably a publication track record in palaeontology, zoology or geochemistry, with specialist expertise in one or more of the following: biogeochemical analyses of biominerals, shell structure characterization, isolation and analysis of biomarkers, hydrocarbons and other macromolecules. Applicants should preferably have practical and hands-on experience with one or more of the instruments used to characterize shell ultrastructure, crystallography and composition, such as Raman Spectroscopy, Electron Microprobe, SEM, TEM, EBSD and/or FTIR spectroscopy. Working knowledge of pyrolysis systems (e.g. either Flash or MSSV pyrolysis) is desirable. The applicant must be willing to undertake training on the custom-built femtosecond laser micropyrolysis gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer which will be a key instrument for this project. The applicant must be willing to travel to Sydney, Australia and work in the Organic Geochemistry Laboratory at Macquarie University, where most analyses will be completed. Fluency in spoken and written English is required. The applicant should be interested in informing other people about your work; the ability to cooperate and work in a team environment is crucial.

Applications should include an up-to-date CV, university transcripts that include a list of courses and grades, names, mail and e-mail addresses of two referees, list of any publications, and a short (one paragraph) statement of research/career interests.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 01-05-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position ending 30-04-2021.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Lars Holmer Lars.Holmer@pal.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 16 April 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1256.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/1256
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 02.Apr.2020
Last application date 16.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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