Two PhD fellowships in magmatic petrology and geochemistry
at ETH Zürich, Switzerland

The Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology at ETH Zurich invites applications for two PhD fellowship in magmatic petrology and geochemistry.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD students interested in deciphering the magmatic processes that led to (i) a sequence of Cambrian intrusives extending from Namibia to Brazil and related to the assemblage of West-Gondwana and (ii) shallow plutonic and volcanic rocks of NW Namibia related to the Cretaceous opening of the South Atlantic. The projects will be based on a combination of fieldwork, petrological and geochemical analyses of rocks and minerals, U/Pb geochronology and possibly some numerical modelling of magmatic processes (sensu lato).

The length of appointment will be for 4 years. Candidates should hold a MSc degree with a strong background in geochemistry and petrology, with additional skills in quantitative methods and a strong taste for challenging analytical and field work. The PhD projects will be integrated in the groups of Profs. Max Schmidt and Olivier Bachmann, in collaboration with the Namibia Geological Survey.

ETH Zurich offers excellent working conditions in a highly stimulating environment as well as a highly competitive salary. Interested candidates should send their applications including a CV, short research statement and contacts of three reference persons in a single pdf file to Max Schmidt ( and Olivier Bachmann ( Selection will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

posted: 29 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.