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The working group "Experimental Geophysics" of the Institute for Geology, Mineralogy, and Geophysics in the Department of Geosciences of Ruhr-Universität Bochum seeks to fill

2 PhD-positions (E13 75 %)

at the earliest possible date. The open positions refer to work in

a) a project entitled "Quantitative analyses and modelling of the microstructures associated with the (hydro)thermally activated aragonite-calcite transformation in single crystals, bivalve shells, and corals" within the research group CHARON financed by the German Science Foundation project, and

b) a project entitled "Hydromechanical reservoir characterization - Borehole Horstberg" in cooperation with Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover.

In either case, funding is secured for 3 years. The successful applicant for a) will perform and evaluate experiments with a miniature permeameter, analyze microCT-images, and perform further microstructural analyses with optical and electron microscopes. The observations will be analytically and numerically modeled using approaches for the description of phase- and grain-boundary migration. The successful applicant for b) will combine numerical investigations that model results from in-situ pumping tests with laboratory experiments targeting the hydromechanical properties of fractured sedimentary rocks as penetrated by the borehole Horstberg.

To be considered applicants have to hold a university degree (Master or Diploma) in geosciences or a related science or engineering discipline. Experience with laboratory experiments and/or numerical modeling is particularly welcome. A solid background in physics and mathematics enabling to perform quantitative analyses is mandatory. Applicants are requested to submit a CV and a motivation letter to Prof. Dr. J. Renner,, by Friday October 7th 2016.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany's leading research universities drawing its strength from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

The Ruhr-University Bochum is an equal opportunity employer.

posted: 13 September 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.