SaltGiant ETN announces 15 PhD student positions in Earth, Biological and Social Sciences

Applications are invited for 15 PhD student positions for 36 months - starting September to December 2018 - to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network "SALTGIANT - Understanding the Mediterranean Salt Giant" within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

Detailed information on the PhD projects, eligibility criteria and application process are available at:

SALTGIANT is a rare cross-disciplinary network of natural and social scientists dedicated to understanding the formation of the Mediterranean Salt Giant, one of the largest salt deposits on Earth, and its implications for sub-seafloor microbial life, risk assessment in the oil industry, geo-economics of the Mediterranean region and the history of oceanography. SALTGIANT brings together 24 academic organizations (13 beneficiaries, 11 partners), 6 private sector Oil&Gas companies, 2 mining sector companies, 1 biotechnology company, 1 geopolitics think tank, 1 museum and 1 specialist in transferable skills training from 11 countries to stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectorial knowledge exchange between geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, microbiologist, geographers and historians in a network with PhD students at its core. SALTGIANT combines (i) geological and geochemical field work, (ii) laboratory measurements and experiments, (iii) numerical modelling at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and (iv) empirical social sciences data collection and analysis, guaranteeing exposure of the research fellows to state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and hands-on practical training in a field rich in applications of both intellectual and societal relevance.

PhD positions available

  • ESR1 - Late Miocene-Early Pliocene offshore onshore sedimentary records in the vicinity of Gibraltar - University of Salamanca, Salamanca (Spain).
  • ESR2 - Marginal vertical motions (Western Mediterranean and Levant basins) - Consejo Superior de Investigationes Scientificas (CSIC), Barcelona (Spain).
  • ESR3 - Balearic Basin Architecture - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Montpellier (France).
  • ESR4 - Sicilian Basin Architecture - University of Palermo, Palermo (Italy).
  • ESR5 - Lago Mare Revisited - Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands).
  • ESR6 - Hydrology of Mediterranean Marginal basins during the formation of the Mediterranean Salt Giant - Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), Paris (France).
  • ESR7 - Modelling the (bio-)geochemical evolution and circulation of Messinian brine - Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands).
  • ESR8 - The microbial sulphur-cycle in Messinian evaporites - Hamburg University, Hamburg (Germany).
  • ESR9 - Long-term survival of microbes in halite brine inclusions - University of Essex, Colchester (United Kingdom).
  • ESR10 - Mediterranean Salt Structures - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Trieste (Italy).
  • ESR11 - Salt Tectonics in the Levantine Basin - Geological Survey of Israel (GSI), Jerusalem (Israel).
  • ESR12 - Overpressure development in rapidly deposited salt basins. Application to the Salt Giant in the Mediterranean Basin - National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton (United Kingdom).
  • ESR13 - Analogue modelling of combined crustal and Messinian salt deformation in Mediterranean - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Lille (France).
  • ESR14 - Eastern Mediterranean oil and gas discoveries and regional geopolitics and economic development issues - Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris (France).
  • ESR15 - Salt, Vessels and Maps: the Discovery of the Mediterranean Salt Giant - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France).

Deadline: 20th April 2018

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