ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie/Paris 6
RESEARCH FIELDEnvironmental science › Global changeGeosciences › OtherHistory › Medieval history
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE25/08/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONFrance › Paris
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/11/2021
The destruction of the framework of “Notre-Dame de Paris” cathedral in the fire of April 15th 2019 is a unique and exceptional opportunity to investigate the woods that composed it. Indeed, the timber constituting part of the framework grew during the 12th-13th centuries, a period marked by a global warming, the MWP (∼900 -1350 AD). The objective of this project is to initiate a climate reconstruction of MWP with a high temporal resolution by studying the δ13C isotopic composition at the scale of individual charred oak ring from Notre-Dame de Paris. To this end, the project is composed of two parts. The first part will aim to understand how the heterogeneity of carbonization impacts the initial chemical properties of wood, in particular its δ13C isotopic composition. Oak wood will then be charred experimentally at different temperatures. Combination of Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography coupled with an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (GC-irMS) will be used to determine the effect of temperature on the chemical and δ13C isotopic compositions of wood. Finally, in the second part, the aim will be to apply previous key insights on charred woods from Notre-Dame (following the availability of samples, the candidates would be able to work on archaeological samples from the same temporal window) to provide an annual-scale resolution climate reconstruction detailing in particular the frequency of extreme events during the MWP.
Contract duration: 12 months
The post-doctoral candidate will be hosted in METIS and will work with AASPE and MONARIS Research Units. Several missions in Nancy (LEMTA) are scheduled.
Worktime percentage: Full time
Qualification required: PhD (Postdoc experience < 2 years)
Starting date : November 2021
Deadline for application (CV (including the list of publications) + application letter + thesis reports): August 25th, 2021
Interviews: Early september
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELEnvironmental science: PhD or equivalentGeosciences: PhD or equivalentHistory: PhD or equivalent
The candidate should be trained in Earth Sciences, with a strong taste for biogeochemistry and lab work. Knowledge and/or interest for archaeology, dendrology, geology or soil science would be highly appreciated.
Interdisciplinarity: work between different laboratories.
Work in clean labs with strong acids.
EURAXESS offer ID: 666257
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