PhD position: Experimental Geophysics Group at
Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum (RUB)

We are seeking applications for a position as a doctoral research scientist (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter 0.75*E13, to start as soon as possible). The project will involve (i) performing "indentation" experiments on prototypic rocks for tunnel projects in Germany, (ii) analysis of fracture pattern on macro-, meso-, and microscale, and (iii) developing model descriptions of the failure process. Applicants should have a degree in Earth science or Physics or Engineering. Experience with experimental work in the context of "material characterization" would be an advantage. Funding (75 % E13) for this position by the German Science Foundation is secured for three years within the Collaborative Research Center "Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling" (SFB837, Subproject C5 is characterized by close interaction and collaboration with materials scientists characterizing tool degradation and numerical modelers of the related engineering departments.

The Experimental Geophysics Group has a broad range of research interests, many of them in the field of geomechanics. The experimental facilities comprise, for example, conventional und true triaxial rigs equipped with a monitoring system for acoustic emissions, permeameters, solid-medium apparatus, and field equipment for hydraulic borehole testing. The group fosters close cooperation with the seismology group in the geoscience department and the mechanics groups of the engineering department at RUB.

We accept applications as of now and until the position is filled. Please direct your digital application documents (CV, motivation letter, copies of certificates, names of 2 referees) to Joerg Renner ( who will also be happy to answer questions regarding the advertised position.

The Ruhr-University Bochum is an equal opportunity employer.

posted: 09 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.