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
(full-time for the duration of 36 month)
in the area of geotechnical testing, geophysics and monitoring in the frame of the project
Geotechnical characterization of slope failure preconditioning factors (ESR7)

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
In landslide research, the two sets of key factors to be distinguished are (i) long-term conditioning factors acting over geological time scales, and short-term triggers that may cause a given slope to fail. In a well defined PhD project where core material from various geological settings and accompanying in situ long-term data records exist, we want to focus on (i) determining the key role of pore pressure and clay sensitivity on slide initiation and risk of failure; (2) explore the nature and significance of seismic strengthening; and (3) acquire geotechnical data by in situ and laboratory methods along European slopes (most prominently the hazard-prone Mediterranean coastlines).

The candidate will carry out static and dynamic geotechnical experiments, process and scientifically evaluate in situ data sets from the same regions, and amalgamate the two into scientific publications. The candidate will further be involved in planning of and participating into a seagoing expedition where coring and geophysical data acquisition, but also in situ measurements are on the agenda.

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 secondments 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 earthquake physics, sedimentology, fluid dynamics or related topics
  • Skills in performing geotechnical laboratory experiments and in visualizing their numerical output (e.g. using MATLAB) are essential; experience in processing of data from long-term monitoring instruments is also desirable
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, ESR7 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 organization 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 A95/17 / SLATE-ESR7 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 positions 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 Achim Kopf - MARUM, Universitaet Bremen, Leobener Straße 8, D-28359 Bremen /

published: 10 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.