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External controls on deep-water sediment deposition in the western Indian Ocean

Project Description

The Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) invites application for a 4-year PhD position in Marine Geology.

The project will focus on the study of external controls on deep-water sediment deposition.

Specific duties will include:
•Conduct research to understand the mechanisms and timing of sediment delivery to eastern Indian Ocean based on the integration of sediment cores and geophysical data
•Elucidate how the interaction of gravity-driven processes (e.g., turbidity currents), bottom currents, and tectonic seafloor deformation controls the evolution of deep-water depositional systems
•Investigate the role of submarine landslides in promoting slope accommodation and the formation of canyons and channels
•Quantify the impact of bottom currents in slope channel architecture and evolution, as both a syn-depositional and post-depositional (reworking) process
•Willingness to travel and to participate to oceanographic cruises
•Presentation of results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals
•Writing of project report

BSc and (preferred) MSc degree in Geology or a related field with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 (“A” equivalent), and experience in the interpretation of sedimentological and geophysical data (multibeam bathymetric data, 2D and 3D seismic data).

The supervisory team consists of Dr Vittorio Maselli (Dalhousie University), Dr Alexandre Normandeau (Geological Survey Canada), Dr Elda Miramontes (Bremen University), Dr David Iacopini (University of Aberdeen).

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr V Maselli () with a copy of curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Funding Notes

The position is part of the Dalhousie Earth Sciences Doctoral Award, and the successful applicant will be awarded a competitive PhD funding package which includes tuition fees (with differential fees for international students) and a stipend for living expenses.

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