ENIGMA Innovative Training Network: 15 PhD positions

European training Network for in situ imaGing of dynaMic processes
in heterogeneous subsurfAce environments


The ENIGMA Innovative Training Network offers 15 PhD positions (see the list next page) to talented and enthusiastic students holding a relevant Master degree (or equivalent) starting preferably before July 2017.

ENIGMA will train researchers in the development of innovative methods for exploring process dynamics in subsurface hydrosystems, in order to enhance understanding and predictive modelling capacities. ENIGMA is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, USA and UK.

ENIGMA is seeking highly qualified and motivated students with a strong background in geophysics, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrogeophysics, biogeochemistry, microbiology, soil physics or a related discipline.

The successful PhD candidates will conduct the research work in 2 or 3 institutions, in collaboration with industrial partners. She/he will have access to the most advanced field infrastructures across Europe and will beneficiate from the ITN resources to develop her/his research.

We are now inviting outstanding students to apply as PhD candidates!

Applicants should apply through the website with a motivation letter for up to 3 PhD topics (see website for further details), a CV with relevant documentation, and names of at least two referees.

We offer:

  • Cutting-edge research projects
  • A training program tailored to the needs of each student
  • Network-wide events with 5 Workshops and a Summer School
  • Friendly and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations
  • Excellent career opportunities

There will be a first round of evaluation between January 23rd and January, 31st.
There will be two other evaluation processes in March 2017 and in June 2017.


For additional information regarding these projects please email itn17011@earthworks-jobs.com


ESR1-PhD: Mixing and chemical reaction hotspots in saline-freshwater mixing zones
Supervisor: Marco Dentz, Jesus Carrera, CSIC Barcelona (CNRS Rennes, UNIL Lausanne, ACA Barcelona)1

ESR2-PhD: Imaging flow dynamics and reactivity in the stream-aquifer transition zone
Supervisor: Jan Fleckenstein, UFZ Leipzig (UCPH Copenhagen, UNINE Neuchâtel)1

ESR3-PhD: Closing the observational gap between the hyporheic and meander scale
Supervisor: Philip Brunner, UNINE Neuchâtel (UFZ Leipzig, GEOTH Heiligenstadt)1

ESR4-PhD: Flow and transport in fracture networks: reducing uncertainty of DFN models by conditioning to geology and geophysical data
Supervisor: Caroline Darcel, ITASCA, Philippe Davy, CNRS Rennes, (UNIL Lausanne, SKB Sweden)1

ESR5-PhD: Monitoring spatio-temporal water redistribution in the subsurface with seismic methods
Supervisor: Laurent Longuevergne, CNRS Rennes, Ludovic Bodet, UPMC Paris (UNIL Lausanne, SKB Sweden)1

ESR6-PhD: Active Fiber-Optic DTS methods to monitor subsurface flow dynamics
Supervisor: Olivier Bour, CNRS Rennes (CSIC Barcelona, OSU Oregon, SILIXA)1

ESR7-PhD: Multi-scale thermal imaging of groundwater upwelling in stream valleys
Supervisor: Peter Engesgaard, UCPH Copenhagen (UNINE Neuchâtel, UFZ Leipzig)1

ESR8-PhD: Monitoring water storage changes with a new portable absolute quantum gravimeter
Supervisor: Bruno Desruelle, µQuanS, Cédric Champollion, UM Montpellier (UCPH Copenhagen)1

ESR9-PhD: Geophysical signatures of spreading and mixing
Supervisor: Niklas Linde, UNIL Lausanne (CNRS Rennes, CSIC Barcelona)1

ESR10-PhD: High-resolution imaging of transport processes with GPR full-waveform inversion
Supervisor: Jan van der Kruk, FZ Jülich (CNRS Rennes, UNIL Lausanne)1

ESR11-PhD: Joint heat and solute tracer test inversion for imaging preferential pathways
Supervisor: Alain Dassargues, ULG Liège (BRGM Orléans, FZ Jülich)1

ESR12-PhD: Spectral induced polarization monitoring to quantify biochemical reactions
Supervisor: Sander Huisman, FZ Jülich (CNRS Rennes)1

ESR13-PhD: Fully coupled hydrogeophysical inversion of 3D tracer tomography
Supervisor: Olaf A. Cirpka, UT Tübingen (ULG Liège)1

ESR14-PhD: Geologically constrained joint inversion of hydraulic, tracer and ERT data for process visualization
Supervisor: Jesus Carrera, CSIC Barcelona (UCPH Copenhagen, ACA Barcelona)1

ESR15-PhD: Integration of dynamical hydrogeophysical data in a multiple-point geostatistical framework. Supervisor: Frédéric Nguyen, ULG Liège (CSIC Barcelona, AQUA Montpellier)1

1 Candidates will devote time to learn methods and/or do field work at co-supervising centers, in parenthesis.

posted: 11 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.