PhD position in Thermochronology and Tectonics

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4 year PhD project at the Department of Geology at Salzburg University, Austria. The candidate will have the chance to be actively involved in installing a new thermochronological laboratory and method development, while working on more applied questions related to tectonic geomorphology.

Within the project Zircons and Landscapes, a systematic comparison between apparent (i.e. cooling) and absolute (i.e. crystallization) ages of zircons will be performed. This will be done in tephra layers exposed on the Aeolian Islands and / or the Calabrian Arc. In a second step, thermochronological data will be used to constrain the landscape evolution of the Calabrian Arc, focusing on its youngest exhumation history, in particular in the light of deep-seated versus surficial processes.

Intended date of commencement of employment: as of October 1, 2021
Duration of employment: 4 years
Number of hours per week: 30
Working hours: by agreement

Responsibilities: scientific support in research and teaching in the field of structural geology, geomorphology and tectonics, particularly participation in building a new low-temperature thermochronology laboratory, as well as administrative tasks; independent research activities including the writing and publication of a PhD thesis and, in principle, from the third year of employment, independent teaching to the extent of two hours per week

Employment requirements: completed studies in geosciences (MSc degree or equivalent)

Desired additional qualifications: knowledge in low temperature thermochronometry, structural geology, tectonics and geomorphology

Desired personal qualities: ability to work in a team, flexible and fast familiarization with new fields of activity, ability to work under pressure

The minimum monthly salary for this position is € 2,228.60 gross (14 times per year) and can possibly be increased on the basis of the collective agreement regulations by taking into account previous experience specific to the job.

Applications including a motivation letter, CV, publications (if applicable), academic transcript and the names of two referees should be sent to before June 10th 2021.

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published: 17 May 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.