Research Assistant/Associate (w/m/d)

PhD position / Thermokinematic models including Uncertainty of Geometry in the Alps

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Computational Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering

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Are you interested in combining field work in spectacular scenery, lab analyses, uncer- tainty quantification and computer simulations? Then we may have the perfect PhD position for you!

In this project, we are going to integrate thermochronological data of the Alps with numerical models in order to quantify the influence structural uncertainty on exhumation estimates. This is a joint project of the research unit Computational Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering lead by Florian Wellmann and the group of Tectonics and Structural Geology lead by Christoph von Hagke within the Geological Institute, both RWTH Aachen University. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is part of the DFG Priority Program "Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions (4D-MB)" (http://www.spp-mountainbuild-

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international and multidisciplinary work environment. RWTH Aachen is part of the ABC/J Geoverbund and therefore well connected with Colonge and Bonn Universities and the Forschungszentrum Jülich. RWTH is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, we specifically encourage applications of qualified women and minorities.

How to apply:

  • Please contact us by email over with a brief (max.1 page) outline of your background and your motivation, to check if the position is still available, to avoid unnecessary work in preparing your documents;
  • After a positive reply, please send a full application with the standard documents (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts, and other items you consider as relevant) and a list of three potential referees to
  • If you have any questions, of course, feel free to contact us over this address anytime. We are looking forward to your application!

Your qualifications:

  • Master´s degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences course
  • Experience in field work and structural geology
  • Programming experience in Python or C an advantage

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Your tasks:

  • Field work, lab work, numerical simulations and programming
  • Acquisition and interpretation of structural and thermochronological data in the Alpine foreland
  • Quantifying timing and rates of exhumation and determining spatial patterns
  • Integrate results with other studies in Priority Program

What We Offer

  • The position is 3 years, fixed term and is to be filled at the earliest possible date.
  • This is a part-time position (75 % of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees).
  • The salary corresponds to pay grade EG EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).


If you have any questions, please contact

Prof. Florian Wellmann
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 - 80 98271

Dr. Christoph von Hagke
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 - 80 95725

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by September 30, 2020 to RWTH Aachen
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Computational Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering
Wüllnerstraße 2
52062 Aachen, Germany

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email to For data protection reasons, however, we recommend sending applications via mail.

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. We also offer a comprehensive continuing education scheme and a public transportation ticket available at a significantly reduced price.

RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.

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