SLATE – Submarine landslides and Their impact on European continental margins
The European Training Network SLATE funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie program offers an

Early Stage Researcher position
(for the duration of 36 month)
in the area of geophysics, particularly numerical modelling, in the frame of the project
Micro-mechanics of failure planes: key role of sediment texture and composition (ESR9).

The Early Stage Researcher will be located and employed at the MARUM at the Universität Bremen (Germany). The candidate will be enrolled and become a member of the graduate program at the MARUM and the Department of Geosciences at the Universität Bremen (Germany) as the purpose of the ESR project is research and training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

Project Description
It is accepted today that the basal failure plain of submarine landslides coincided with mechanically weaker layers embedded into slope sediments. These layers are characterized by material inhomogeneities. E.g. embedded high porous ash layers with a high liquefaction potential, or fossiliferous soils whose particles can break down under loading which is both associated with fluctuations of pore fluid pressure. Although many studies exist, the physical processes occuring prior and during the initial failure are still poorly understood as the failure processes itself excludes from direct observation and monitoring. ESR9 project will focus on quantification of the role and the interplay between different sediment-physical parameters of weak layers, e.g. sediment textures, grain composition, etc., and sediment destabilization.

The candidate will develop 3D numerical shear box experiment utilizing granular simulation techniques (e.g. PFC3D) to investigate the failure processes at the initial stage of submarine landslides. Experiments on a grain scaled level will enable to gain a thorough understanding of micro-mechanical and sediment-physical processes occurring at the basal failure planes of landslides. Numerical experiments will be combined with e.g. micro-CT and sedimentological analyses on a wide range of core material.

We are searching for an enthusiastic and dynamic early career researcher who is interested in joining a multidisciplinary research team. Very good written and oral English language skills are required, because the studies will be carried in an international program. The applicant is expected to visit partners from the SLATE consortium in another European country for extended secondements of up to approx. 6 months and will have to participate in joint network-wide training activities, e.g. our joint annual workshop.

Specific requirements:
  • Completed MSc or Diploma degree in Geophysics, Physics, Geology, Earth Sciences, Geoinformatics, Geotechnics or related fields;
  • Basic knowledge in numerical modelling techniques, sedimentology, geotechnics or related topics;
  • Skills in scientific computing (in C++) and in visualizing numerical output (e.g. using MATLAB or GMT) would be helpful.
The selected candidate will be employed full-time as an Early Stage Researcher. The position is limited to a term of up to 3 years and funded by the European Commission with a salary 100% TVL-13 linked to the German system.

There are no restrictions on nationality. However, to be eligible for employment according to EU mobility rules, candidates must match the definition of an Early Stage Researcher. Accordingly, ESR9 candidates must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment. In addition, the mobility role of the EU pinpoints that the Early Stage Researcher shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Applications should be submitted under the reference number A96/17 / SLATE-ESR9 to
Prof Dr Katrin Huhn
Marum, Universität Bremen
Leobener Str. 8
28359 Bremen
or by mail

Documents should include a letter of motivation, a CV, the applicant’s research and technical background as they relate to the position, as well as two reference letters. As the position should be filled at the nearest possible date, the deadline for the application is 25th May 2017 or until the positions are filled.

After the successful passing of the written applications, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview which will take place at the MARUM, Universitaet Bremen, Germany. Please make sure you are available from the middle June to the first week of July 2017.

The EU commission aims at increasing the number of women in science and therefore explicitly encourages applications from female candidates. In the case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification, priority will be given to disabled persons. Applicants with a migration background are welcome in this mobility program. In addition to the scientific education, the research training group supports families.

For further enquiries please contact Prof Dr Katrin Huhn, - MARUM, Universitaet Bremen, Leobener Straße 8, D-28359 Bremen/

published: 04 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.