Open PhD position at the Geoscience Departement, University Fribourg:
Fractals and volcanic particles

The fixed-term position is available for 3 years (extendable by one year), and paid according to Swiss standards for PhD fellowships. This PhD project will investigate the fractal behavior or volcanic particle and the link of the latter with the composition of the magma as well as the formation mechanism of the latter. The morphological analyses will be done by image analysis using SEM imaging and X-ray computer tomography. The first measurements will be done on already available material. Collection campaigns are planned in Southern France, Eifel (Germany) and Island. The project will be done in cooperation with the University of Geneva (Prof. L. Caricchi).


We seek a highly motivated individual with keen interest in volcanic processes and image analyses and ability to work independently. Experience in image analysis and CT tomography is desirable but not required. The working language in the laboratory can be either French, German or English. Good command of English (written and spoken is desirable but not required. Applicants should hold a Master's degree or equivalent in Earth Sciences at the time of the appointment.


Candidates should submit, in a single pdf file, a short statement of research experience and interests, a CV and the names and contact information of two or three potential referees by February 28th 2018 to Prof. Bernard Grobéty ( The position is available immediately. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

posted: 06 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.