PhD position in Quantitative Sedimentology

Applications are invited for a 3-years doctoral position in 'Testing long-term controls of sedimentary basin architecture in the broken foreland II' at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany. The research project is situated within the framework of 'StRATEGy', an international collaborative research programme focusing on the tectonics, georesources and surface processes of the Andean foreland basin of Argentina.

Job description

We seek a highly motivated individual to undertake a doctoral thesis in the field of quantitative sedimentology and basin analysis. The research will focus on quantitative outcrop studies over two comparative basins in Argentina to better constrain the rules determining the interplay of clastic and carbonate sedimentation.

In the first phase of the research programme, our team has focused on understanding basin-scale controls over the complex spatial distribution of depositional facies in the postrift-basin in NW Argentina. The multi-scale stratigraphic architecture reflects the interplay of extrinsic and intrinsic processes, ranging from inherited topography, tectonics, climate and sediment supply and resulted in the superposition at different temporal scales of clastics and carbonates sedimentary facies.

The second phase aims to characterise in detail two comparative sub-basins with the ultimate objective to define and quantify the controls on basin evolution and how clastic and carbonate sedimentation patterns reflect climatic processes and variations. The work will build on the existing regional dataset and will involve detailed characterisation of outcrop analogues to study the spatial variability and 3D facies architecture. Outcrop analogue data will then serve as basis for 3D numerical and forward modelling to test and simulate a range of sedimentary processes and scenarios in order to investigate how tectonics and climatic conditions are interconnected with basin intrinsic factors (inherited bathymetry, sea water alkalinity etc.).

The first part of the project will include a substantial fieldwork component in remote areas of Argentina and will involve traditional field mapping dovetailed with digital technologies for virtual outcrop modelling (Lidar, drone-borne and terrestrial photogrammetry). The second part will then be dedicated to data integration, outcrop modelling and subsequently forward modelling of the two sub-basins. The project will be tightly interconnected with ongoing projects of StRATEGy, providing a vibrant research and social environment. The successful candidate will be part of an international team of researchers and interaction and collaboration in this multidisciplinary research programme is key for this multidisciplinary doctoral research project.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to join our research group with a strong background in sedimentology (experience in carbonate sedimentology is advantageous). Experience and working knowledge in virtual outcrop and 3D modelling is beneficial.

To apply please send a motivation letter together with your Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of two references to Professor Dr. Maria Mutti ( and Dr. Gerd Winterleitner ( Applications will be accepted until the 31st of July 2018. Starting date will be the 1st of October, 2018.

posted: 04 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.