Institute of Applied Geosciences

Two PhD positions in Structural Geology / Geomechanics

We are looking for two motivated PhD students to work on research projects funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

One PhD project deals with the set-up of a crustal-scale structural model of Germany which will then be transformed to a geomechanical-numerical simulation to investigate spatial variations in stress orientation as well as stress magnitude. This work will be carried out in cooperation with our project partners from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Special focus of the PhD student at Technische Universitšt Darmstadt will be on the basement structures so a good knowledge of the regional geology of Central Europe is essential.

The other PhD project focuses on the development and application of methodologies to upscale hydraulic and mechanical rock parameters from the lab and outcrop scale to the scale of numerical reservoir models with cell sizes typically in the range of 10th to 100th of meters. This work is part of a larger project involving four other German research institutions.

Qualified candidates must have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree in geology or geophysics. A strong background in structural geology, rock mechanics, and/or numerical modeling is required. Good communication and computing skills are essential.

Both PhD positions are funded for three years. Salary level and benefits are equivalent to 75% TV 13 (TV - TU Darmstadt). The Technical University Darmstadt aims at increasing the number of women in science and therefore explicitly encourages applications from female candidates. Disabled persons will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Applications must include a CV, grade transcripts, and a cover letter stating research interests and motivation for applying. Please submit your application (combined in one pdf document) in electronic format to Mrs. Stefanie Kollmann, Institute of Applied Geoscience, Germany (email: Evaluation of applications will start on January 22, 2018 and continues until the positions are filled. The expected starting dates are March 1, 2018 for the first and April 1, 2018 for the second PhD project.

For further information regarding the PhD positions please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Henk (email: or Dr. Karsten Reiter (email:

The Technical University Darmstadt is an equal opportunity employer.

posted: 21 December 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.