Associate Professor at the University of Orléans, France - Tectonics and experimental rock deformation - starting date 1st sept. 2019

The University of Orléans and The Earth Sciences Institute of Orléans (ISTO) ( invite applications for an Associate Professor faculty position in Tectonics and experimental rock deformation (permanent position; in French nomenclature: "Maître de Conférences" in section 35 or 36 of CNU; (see or .... /section-36).

Job description


We seek candidates to strengthen the existing expertise of the rock deformation lab and field-based studies of naturally deformed rocks. The applicant is expected to supervise deformation experiments in the Griggs-type and Paterson apparatuses available at ISTO. He/she should also develop his/her own field targets to study deformation processes and the interactions between deformation, metamorphic/magmatic processes, and fluid flow. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to raise external funding sources for research.

The candidate should have a strong background in rock deformation, including the physics of deformation processes and the quantitative description and analysis of naturally/experimentally deformed rock at all scales. His/her expertise should cover at last two aspects of the following fields of research: experimental rock deformation, deformation structures/microstructures, metamorphic/magmatic petrology, and fluid/rock interaction.

The position is part of the "Geodynamics Group" at ISTO, which focuses on the dynamics of orogens and subduction zones and on the underlying fundamental processes of deformation, mineral physics/chemistry, and fluid flow. The group research is partly based on rock deformation facilities, consisting of a high pressure Griggs-type apparatus and a gas medium Paterson-type apparatus. Both machines are managed by research engineers, and a mechanical workshop dedicated to experimental facilities is operated at ISTO. An Ar-Ar lab dedicated to dating and tracking fluid-rock interactions, extensive petrological experimental facilities, a LA-ICP-MS devoted to analyze trace elements, FTIR, SEM, and many other analytical facilities are available at ISTO/CNRS.


The required teaching will involve courses both at Bachelor and Master levels. His/her expertise regarding deformation will play a major role in courses on solid Earth dynamics, structural geology, tectonics, and rock mechanics. The successful candidate will also participate in field courses. Finally, he/she will play an active role in the supervision of research projects at master level, on topics close to his/her expertise. Annual teaching duties amount to 192 h.

Application procedure

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests and contact information for three references.

Qualification to the advertised position must be demonstrated either through a national-based assessment carried out by CNU ("Qualification aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences") or by recent certification of teaching activities from the current employer.

Inquiries regarding this position may be addressed to: Lionel Mercury, director of ISTO (

Deadline for application: March 26th, 2019.

People not familiar with the French application system are encouraged to contact Lionel Mercury for assistance well before the deadline.

posted: 23 January 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.