PhD candidate in palaeoclimatology/ dendroclimatology

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Deadline: 01 Jul 2021

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About the position

A position for a PhD candidate in palaeoclimatology/dendroclimatology is available at the National Laboratory for Age Determination , NTNU University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

The position is associated to the project ClimateCultures: Socio-natural entanglements in Little Ice Age in Norway (1500-1800) , financed by the Norwegian Research Council. It asks: what happened the last time Nordic societies encountered rapid climate change? How did climate and culture interact during this Little Ice Age? The interdisciplinary project brings together historians, climatologists, and museum practitioners. It connects the ‘archives of society’ (historical documents/objects) with the ‘archives of nature’ (tree-rings/ice-cores) and disseminates its findings in partnership with museums and Oslo’s new Klimahuset.

The PhD candidate at NTNU will focus on the climatic part of the research. The successful candidate will research the climate development in Norway during the Little Ice Age (1500-1800). The work will be based on already published material from multiple proxies as well as on dendroclimatological material gathered during the project. Particular attention should be paid to extreme events (both in the historical and climatic sense). Some of the results can contribute to an exhibition.


The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development.

The candidate will be expected to cooperate closely with the other participants in the project. This includes participation in meetings, workshops, and conferences. The candidate will be based at the National Laboratory for Age Determination at NTNU in Trondheim, central Norway, with an expected start date of January 2022.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years.


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