Postdoc in analogue modelling



Dr. Susanne Buiter


+49 241-8095723



Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics

Our profile

The Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics at RWTH Aachen is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in continental tectonics for 3 years. The position will focus on using analogue model experiments to investigate the interaction between sedimentation processes, inheritance and shear zone localisation during continental rifting. Development of a new analogue modelling apparatus and helping students in the laboratory forms part of the responsibilities with this position. The group for Tectonics and Geodynamics is a continuation under a new chair of the previous group on Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geomechanics.

-We can offer an inclusive work environment with unique scientific challenges and good opportunities for professional development.
-We have a fully equipped analogue modelling laboratory with an underwater sandbox and an apparatus for modelling with gypsum powder. The lab has possibility for PIV analyses.
-We offer support for presenting at (inter-)national conferences and for open access publication of results obtained during the postdoc appointment.

Your profile

-This position requires proven experience in setting up and conducting analogue (sandbox) experiments of brittle-viscous tectonic processes (such as continental rifting, basin formation and inversion, and/or the formation of accretionary wedges).
-A strong background in quantitative techniques for analysing experimental results and comparing to natural observations is an advantage.
-Applicants must have completed their PhD at the time the position starts.
-Applicants are expected to be able to work independently as well as collaborate across disciplines.
-Applicants should be able to express themselves fluently in English, written and orally.

Your responsibilities

-The successful applicant is expected to develop a new analogue modelling apparatus for simulating continental tectonic deformation processes.
-The successful applicant will use the new modelling apparatus and/or existing equipment to conduct analogue experiments on strain partitioning in continental rifting.
-(Co-)supervision of Bachelor and Master students and some involvement in teaching is to be expected.
-Presentation of results at (inter-)national conferences and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals is expected.

What we offer

The successful candidate will be employed as a regular employee.
The position is to be filled 01.03.2020 until for 3 years.
This is a full-time position. It is also available as part-time employment per request.
Applicants must have a doctorate/Ph.D. or equivalent.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

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Application deadline:19.12.2019
Mailing Address:Dr. Susanne Buiter
Angewandte Strukturgeologie
RWTH Aachen
Lochnerstr. 4-20
52064 Aachen, Germany
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