Post-doctoral position in Geosciences(tectonics)

at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)



as part of the project entitled: "Stress in the Alpine foreland - a kinematic and mechanical approach (SALAMANDER)"

The Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The research project focusses on tectonics and mechanical aspect of the alpine foreland. In the alpine foreland we have, unfortunately, little in situ information on the stress tensor and the frictional strength. We will use mechanical principles applied in the Limit Analysis approach to develop sequential and static models for a variety of given geometric scenarii and explore the mechanical parameter space, making it possible to populate the alpine foreland with mechanical parameters and modelled stress tensor values. This will, subsequently, allow us to test if and where the alpine foreland is in a state of critical stress and to make predictions on the distance to critical failure of discrete known fault structures. The present project will benefit from synergies with our ongoing project on Stress State, Fault Criticality and Fluids in the Alpine foreland.

We offer a Post-doctoral position at Département de Géosciences at the Université de Fribourg for a duration of 18 months, starting as soon as possible, with possibility of an extension of 6 months. The work will be in collaboration with the Laboratoire géosciences et environnement Cergy of the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France (possibility extended exchange visits).

Skills and knowledge desired : structural geology, Jura fold-and-thrust belt geology, kinematic modelling, concepts of mechanics, scientific programming (basic), Linux environment, MOVE software.

Applications can be sent until position is filled. Applications should include a detailed CV and a motivation letter.

Send application as single pdf file to Pr. Jon Mosar or to Pr. Bertrand Maillot

posted: 19 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.