- Transmission electron microscopy investigations on hydrocarbon source and reservoir rocks, as well as coals, focussing on pore space distributions
- Micro- and nanomechanical characterization using in-situ nanoindentation
- Establishment of a robust experimental routine to conduct these examinations (incl. evaluation of different preparation techniques)
- Investigation of the interplay between geological processes (thermal maturation, diagenesis, etc.) and the resulting mechanical properties of the investigated sedimentary rocks and the organic matter therein.
- Preparation of a PhD thesis on this topic based on research articles in international journals
- The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the Chair of Material Physics at Montanuniversitaet Leoben
- Master's degree in Geosciences or Material Sciences (or a closely related subject)
- Personal interest to combine both fields and to advance the use of in-situ characterization techniques on geological materials
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (German is desirable but not mandatory)
- Participation in other related research projects and contribution to project proposals for funding agencies and industrial partners
- Willingness to integrate into a team of researchers and to share work on joint projects
- Enthusiasm to travel to national and international conferences and research partners (< 10 %)
- Willingness to participate in teaching activities
The appointment will be for a period of three years, at the Chair of Petroleum Geology, Montanuniversitaet Leoben. Salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel (€ 2.731,0 for full-time employment 40 hrs./week).
For online application visit: http://www.unileoben.ac.at/index.php?id=2780 (reference no.: 1707WPC). Closing date: 04.08.2017
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