Monday, May 13, 2013

PhD position in metamorphic petrology at RWTH Aachen - Germany

The Institute of Mineralogy and Economic Geology at RWTH Aachen University invites applications for a DFG-funded PhD position within a research project focussing on the pressure-temperature-time-deformation evolution of high-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Palaeoproterozoic Nagssugtoqidian Orogen in South-East Greenland. The salary will be 75%TVL13.
The Nagssugtoqidian Orogen is one of a few Palaeoproterozoic collisional orogens, in which high-pressure metamorphic rocks have been preserved. Relict eclogites and/or high-P granulites occur within mafic dykes in the orthogneiss-dominated core of the orogen. Mineral assemblages of garnet and clinopyroxene as well as clinopyroxene-plagioclase symplectites indicate PT-conditions outside the plagioclase stability field. Preliminary work to this project indicates that the rocks underwent retrogression at medium-to high-pressure granulite facies grades, but it is currently unknown from which depth these rocks were exhumed. In collaboration with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), the research will combine pressure-temperature-time paths obtained from pseudosection modelling and U-Pb dating of minerals such as zircon, rutile, and titanite with detailed kinematic investigations of shear zones to the north and south of the high-P domain.
The position will be for three years. Applicants should have a Master or equivalent degree in Earth Sciences, a strong interest in phase diagram modelling and geochronology, and the ability to conduct field work in the Arctic. The appointment will start on the 1st of July 2013 or soon thereafter.
Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a letter describing the research interests and background, as well as the names and email addresses of two referees, should be emailed as a single pdf-file by May 22 to:
Annika Dziggel ( Information about the Institute of Mineralogy and Economic Geology at RWTH Aachen University can be found at

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