Two research positions at the Structure and Tectonics group

Two research positions are available at the Structure and Tectonics group in the GeoCentre Northern Bavaria in Erlangen starting at the 1st of December 2020.

Position 1: Modelling of Geothermal systems in fractured and faulted media.

This position deals with numerical modeling of Geothermal systems in northern Bavaria (Franken) within the GAB (Geothermie Allianz Bayern) in collaboration with CSIRO in Australia. The aim is to close the gap between fractured and faulted outcrop scale simulations and large reservoir-scale continuum simulations in the software MOOSE. The simulations are done in collaboration with the geothermal group at Erlangen that are undertaking petrophysical and structural outcrop classifications and hydrological experiments, which are used for input as well as calibration. The project takes place in 3 steps, namely initial buildup of meshed geological systems at variable scales, the smaller-scale simulation of fractured and faulted media and derivation of permeability tensors and the final large-scale reservoir simulations of geothermal systems with stress, fluid pressure and heat distribution. We are looking for an enthusiastic team member with a modeling background and some experience in Earth Sciences or Geophysics. We are offering the possibility to join a vibrant multi-disciplinary team at Erlangen with collaborations within the GAB and CSIRO in Australia. The FAU-University of Erlangen offers a large variety of courses to improve soft-skills with the Graduate school and Erlangen is a nice place to live.

Initially available for 1 year, possibilities for a 2.5 year extension, suitable for PhD, 75% E13.

Position 2: Dynamics of Mid Ocean Ridges, transform faults and subduction zones in complex settings

This position deals with the complexity of ridges and transform faults within areas of subduction-polarity flip and strong rotational components within the Fiji-basin and the Central New Hebrides island arc in collaboration with the petrological and geodynamics group at the GeoCentre North Bavaria. Methods will include natural observations using high resolution bathymetric maps, laboratory experiments and dynamic numerical simulations of ridge growth. Special emphasis lies on areas with circumferential extension and multiple triple points as well as the interaction between tectonic and magmatic processes. The successful candidate is expected to expand existing 2 -and 3-dimensional numerical models and to compare model outcomes with experiments using classical wax models of ridge dynamics as well as the natural observations. There are potentially possibilities to include field work in Vanuatu areas. The potential candidate should have a background in Earth Sciences or Geophysics and some modeling experience, even though the numerical part can also be acquired during the project. We are offering the possibility to join a vibrant multi-disciplinary team at Erlangen with collaborations with the petrological and geodynamics group. The FAU-University of Erlangen offers a large variety of courses to improve soft-skills with the Graduate school and Erlangen is a nice place to live.

Initially available for 2.75 years, suitable for a PhD, possibilities for extension, 50% E13.

Please send applications with CV, grades and motivation letter to Daniel Koehn (Daniel.koehn@fau.de) , deadline for application is the 23rd of October 2020.

Daniel Koehn
Professor for Tectonics
GeoZentrum Nordbayern, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Schlossgarten 5, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
daniel.koehn@fau.de
+49 (0) 9131 85 22626

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