Research Assistant / Associate (w/m/d)

Postdoc in numerical modelling of continental rifting



Prof. Susanne Buiter


+49 241-8095723



Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics

Our profile

The Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics at RWTH Aachen uses numerical and analogue techniques to investigate causes and consequences of continental deformation processes. We are calling for applications for a three-year position as postdoctoral researcher. The position will focus on numerical experiments of the initial stages of continental rifting, aiming to investigate interplays between inheritance, rheology and plate tectonic setting. Development of new numerical software is explicitly foreseen. Some involvement in teaching and student supervision is expected.

-We can offer an inclusive work environment with unique scientific challenges and good opportunities for professional development.
-We offer support for presenting at (inter-)national conferences and for open access publication of results obtained during the postdoc appointment.
-The existing finite-element 2D/3D software SULEC (by Buiter and Ellis) is available to the postdoctoral researcher.

Your profile

Applicants must have a doctorate/Ph.D. in Geosciences or equivalent.

-This position requires proven experience in setting up, running and evaluating thermomechanical numerical experiments of geodynamic processes (such as continental rifting, basin formation and inversion, and/or the formation of accretionary wedges).
-Experience in coding and/or developing numerical geodynamic software is a strong advantage.
-Applicants are expected to be able to work independently as well as collaborate across disciplines.
-Applicants must have completed their PhD at the time the position starts.
-Applicants should be able to express themselves fluently in English, written and orally.

Your responsibilities

-The successful applicant will use existing numerical software (such as SULEC) to conduct experiments on the initial stages of continental rifting, investigating the interplay between (structural and thermal) inheritance, lithosphere rheology, and the plate tectonic setting.
-The successful applicant is expected to develop new software for thermomechanical experiments, as teaching tools for BSc/MSc levels and/or as optimised towards 3D experiments.
-Close interaction with analogue experiments on continental rifting is a possibility.
-(Co-)supervision of Bachelor and Master students and some involvement in teaching is expected.
-Presentation of results at (inter-)national conferences and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals is expected.

We ask for a cover letter, a cv, a statement of research interest of maximum one page, and the contact details of three persons willing to write a reference (please note that we specifically not ask for reference letters at this stage).

What we offer

The successful candidate will be employed as a regular employee or as a public servant.
The position is to be filled 01.08.2020 until 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:27.04.2020
Mailing Address:Prof. Susanne Buiter
Angewandte Strukturgeologie
RWTH Aachen
Lochnerstr. 4-20
52064 Aachen, Germany
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