3-year Post-doc in Geomorphology

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3-year post-doc fellowship in geomorphology and inverse modelling with focus on fractured and weathered basement on and offshore Norway.

Applications are invited for one post-doc position within the Norwegian Research Council (RCN) project “BASE – Basement weathering and fracturing on- and offshore Norway”.

The position is available from January 2022, has a duration of 36 months and is based at NGU in Trondheim.

Research Project BASE aims to gain new geological (subsurface) understanding of fractured and weathered basement rocks on- and offshore Norway. Largely relying on recently drilled onshore basement wells and existing offshore shallow boreholes, we will improve the current understanding of offshore unconventional crystalline basement plays, while also further strengthening the correlations between the off- and onshore domains. BASE addresses the following key question for which we are inviting applications from early-career scientists in the field of geomorphology and inverse modelling.

Post Doc Project: How has todays landscape been formed by past tectonic and climate processes?

The aim of this postdoc project is to investigate the exhumation history of the fractured and weathered basement combining different low temperature thermochronological methods including apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He analyses. Previously acquired data will be supplemented by newly collected samples that will be analysed at NGU. Cooling histories from thermochronology data will be complemented with cosmogenic nuclide data to constrain the timing of recent relief generation.

Results serve as input data for inverse numerical modelling, for which the candidate is expected to spend approximately one year at Aarhus University with collaborating scientists to develop sophisticated tailor-made models.

The successful candidate preferably has experience in acquiring, interpreting, and modelling of low temperature thermochronological data. Practical experience in fission track counting, track length measuring and with other low temperature thermochronometers is advantageous. Further, it is desirable that the candidate has experience with scientific programming, which will be applied to unravel long term exhumation histories. A keen interest in understanding the interaction between climatically driven versus tectonic forcing of landscape evolution is essential.