PhD project, past changes in West African Monsoon, Montréal, Canada

A PhD position within the project "Dust Impact and Vegetation Influence on CLIMate: looking to the future from a paleo perspective (DiViCLIM)" is available at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), Canada.


The proposed start date is Fall 2018 or Winter 2019. The scholarship offered is CAN$20,000/yr for 3 years as a minimum.

The PhD student will be hosted at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of UQAM and will benefit from direct interaction with the extended research group at the Center for the Study and Simulation of Climate at Regional Scale (ESCER) and Geotop Research Center on the Dynamics of the Earth System.


The aim of the project is to improve our knowledge of past changes in the strength of the West African Monsoon that allowed the today hyper-arid Sahara desert to turn into a lush expanse of grass during the so-called Green Sahara Period (12,000 – 5,000 years ago).

This project will set the basis for a better understanding of future changes in the African Monsoon intensity and its consequence to society. The proposed project will involve climate modeling and compilation and integration of available and new paleoclimate data from the west coast of North Africa to assess the impact of dust and vegetation cover on local and global climate.


Applicants with academic and/or research background in paleoclimatology with modeling or data analysis of paleoclimate records are encouraged to apply. The department is looking for a PhD candidate with good theoretical understanding of atmospheric and climate dynamics. The PhD candidate should have the flexibility and basic experience in working with climate models. Skill in analyzing paleoclimate data, notably pollen assemblages, will be an asset. Good statistic analytical skills are required for this project with experience in data processing software (for ex. Matlab, R or Python).


Applications close 31 July 2018.

Please send an expression of interest, CV and academic transcripts to:

Prof. Francesco S.R. Pausata: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.