Monday, September 1, 2014

Three year PhD position in metamorphic petrology at the University of Potsdam

We are seeking motivated candidates for a three year PhD position (75%, equal to about 34k€ pa) in thermodynamic and geochemical modeling of porphyroblast growth in metamorphic rocks. The project involves state of the art micro-geochemical investigations (EPMA, LA ICPMS, SIMS, X-ray tomography) and combines observations in natural samples with thermodynamic-geochemical growth models. The aim is to simulate and quantify texture development in metamorphic rocks and compositional growth zoning in minerals in order to extract information about element transport mechanisms and –rates in metamorphic rocks. Candidates should have a masters degree or equivalent in geosciences or any related natural science. The successful candidate should have knowledge and experience in the fields of in situ geochemical methods and/or thermodynamic modeling and should be interested in computational methods involving skills in computational languages.
The candidate will be working with colleagues from the University of Potsdam in collaboration with the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, which provide an excellent analytical infrastructure as well as a number of experts in the fields of microanalytical methods, metamorphic petrology and numerical simulation of rock-forming processes.
The project is funded for three years by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and can start immediately. The advertisement will be open until the position is filled.

Applications with a cover letter indicating the motivation of application and a CV should be sent to Matthias Konrad-Schmolke, email:

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