Two PhD positions in Marine Geophysics

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Competitive funding package which covers tuition fees, stipend, travel to conferences and field work
Nov 12, 2020
Dec 12, 2020
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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Groundwater represents the world’s largest freshwater resource and provides drinking water for two billion people globally and over 10 million Canadians. Freshwater offshore aquifers located beneath the seafloor may represent a new and critical water resource for coastal communities. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) invites applications for two 4-year PhD positions in Marine Geophysics as part of a large international and multidisciplinary research consortium (SOURCE: Offshore Groundwater Resources in a Changing Marine Environment: Continental Shelf Surrounding Prince Edward Island) that will explore the presence of fresh offshore aquifers in the Gulf of St Lawrence, North Atlantic Ocean. The positions are funded through the Ocean Graduate Excellence Network (OGEN) and the successful applicants will be awarded a competitive PhD funding package which covers tuition fees and includes stipend for living expenses, support for travel to conferences and field work at sea, and unique training opportunities through OGEN. The goal of the two PhD projects will be to use a combination of high-resolution 2D and 3D P-Cable seismic and controlled-source electromagnetic data to image the upper 500 meters of the stratigraphic succession and to investigate the contained pore water salinity and its distribution. Applicants must have a MSc degree in Geophysics, Geology, or a related field. Priority will be given to candidates with a high cumulative GPA and expertise in acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic reflection data (PhD 1) and controlled source electromagnetic data (PhD 2). Computer programming skills are preferred.

The supervisory team is composed by Vittorio Maselli and Mladen Nedimovic (Dalhousie University), Christian Berndt, Marion Jegen, and Amir Haroon (GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel).

Applications can be sent to with a copy of curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and cover letter.

Deadline for the application is 1 January 2021, and the selected candidates are expected to begin their PhDs on 1 May 2021 or 1 September 2021.