Post-doctoral opportunity: lake deposits, erosion, permafrost, and paleoclimate in the Arctic

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
$50,000 per year + benefits
Jun 21, 2019
Jul 21, 2019
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Post-doctoral opportunity at the University of Pittsburgh: lake deposits, erosion, permafrost, and paleoclimate

We seek a post-doctoral researcher interested in interactions between lakes, erosion, permafrost, and paleoclimate in high latitude areas. Specific projects within this scope can be adjusted based on the postdoc qualifications and interests. Desired qualifications include a background in one or few of the following: Sampling and analysis of lake sediments and/or permafrost soils, topographic analysis and/or landscape evolution modeling, carbon and/or nutrient cycling in permafrost regions, stable isotopes, paleoecology, sediment and water geochemistry in permafrost regions, and/or experience with radiocarbon dating. Field work and research experience in high latitude environments is a plus, and so is experience with data analysis and/or modeling using MATLAB, Python, R, C++, or alike.

The position is a one-year position with a possibility of extension, housed within the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh ( The post-doctoral scholar will work with the research groups of Drs. Eitan Shelef and Mark Abbott, and will also be associated with the Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Pittsburgh ( This is a research focused position that may include a component of student mentoring and outreach. 

To apply, please send the following items to Eitan Shelef ( or Mark Abbott ( as a single pdf document: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and how the position relates to your career goals, 2) a recent C.V., 3) a research statement (1500 words maximum) describing past and future research interests and goals, and 4) contact information for three references. Inquiries should be directed to Drs. Eitan Shelef ( Mark Abbott ( Review of applicants will begin on July 10th and continue until the position is filled, starting date is flexible.

Pittsburgh was recently named “American’s Most Livable City” by the Places Rated Almanac, boasts a low cost of living, a stunning cityscape and parks, and is home to a number of world-class museums, and a thriving arts and food scene. The city is also located within a short drive of multiple parks in the rolling hills and forests of the Great Lakes, Laurel Highlands and Allegheny Mountains.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. Women, members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and disabled are especially encouraged to apply.