PhD, arctic paleoclimate - Evanston, IL, USA

A funded PhD student opportunity in Quaternary paleoclimate, Arctic paleolimnology, and organic geochemistry is available at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA.


Position starts Fall 2021 in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Full stipend and tuition support are guaranteed for five years.

Initial NSF-funded research will focus on using stable isotopic and organic geochemical proxies in lake sediments to understand past abrupt climate changes in Greenland, while working with mentors to explore and calibrate innovative organic geochemical proxy methods. Additional projects could investigate past warm periods in the Arctic or reconstruct major climate shifts in the US Midwest.


The Department seeks applicants with a background or strong interest in sediment analyses, geochemistry, and paleoclimate.

This project offers field work opportunities for interested students, including training as part of an inclusive field team.

Training and opportunities in science communication and outreach are also available.

The student will be co-advised by professors Yarrow Axford and Maggie Osburn, and will be part of both the Quaternary climate and geobiology research groups. Both faculty are committed to supportive, inclusive mentorship.


The deadline is 15 January 2021, for acceptance in Fall 2021 .

Applications from URM, LGBTQ, first-generation, and all curious and highly motivated emerging scientists are encouraged. Prospective applicants should contact one or both PIs for more information after reading overviews of Northwestern's graduate program and holistic application requirements:

Yarrow Axford (she/her): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maggie Osburn (she/her): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.