Mine Drainage and Hydromechanical Properties of Crystalline
Basement Rocks of the Bohemian Massif
The Chair of Engineering Geology at ETH Zurich invites applications for a PhD position in the field of Mine Drainage and Hydromechanical Properties of Crystalline Basement Rocks. The successful candidate must have an MSc in earth sciences, mining or geothermal engineering, or related field. Knowledge and experience in structural geology, rock mechanics and groundwater hydraulics are of prime importance. Interest in field and desk studies in historical and on-going subsurface mining, knowledge of geographical information systems and good communication skills (preferably in German) are strongly desired.
This position is part of a scientific investigation for the geological survey of Sachsen. The study area for the project covers the crystalline basement rocks of Sachsen (Eastern Germany), a world-famous mining region including the Erzgebirge of the Bohemian Massif. The study area offers a unique opportunity to investigate deep groundwater circulations in crystalline basements rocks and relate current stress conditions and past tectonic activity to preferential groundwater pathways at depth.
The primary focus of this PhD position is to understand controls on the regional groundwater flow in crystalline basement rocks, properties which are of prime importance for mining activities, deep geothermal energy and nuclear waste disposal. This PhD project will be strongly based on data sets generated by more than 100 years of surface and subsurface mining, deep drillings and selected new field observations. The duration of the position is approximately 3-4 years and can be filled by the successful candidate in fall 2012.
The Engineering Geology group consists of approximately 20 multidisciplinary scientists involved in a leading research and teaching program in quantitative engineering geology. Further information about the Earth Science Department and the Chair of Engineering Geology is available on the web: www.engineering-geology.ethz.ch. For further information regarding the advertised position please contact Prof. Simon Loew, Engineering Geology, ETH Zurich (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Completed applications should be sent by regular mail to Prof. Dr. Simon Löw, Engineering Geology, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland, and must include the following: 1) Cover letter with motivation; 2) Curriculum vitae which describes your complete personal details and career history; 3) Complete course grades and transcripts; 4) Digital copies of both BSc and MSc theses. Please note that applications submitted by email will not be accepted. Applications will be evaluated at the end of June 2012.