Seeking world-class PhD students
in Solid Earth Sciences

The Laboratory of Excellence ClerVolc (Clermont-Ferrand Centre for Volcano Research) consortium involves five laboratories of Clermont-Auvergne University in Clermont-Ferrand, France (Magmatism-Volcanism, Particle Physics, Physical Meteorology, Mathematics, Computer Science) and the Clermont-Ferrand Earth Physics Observatory. The program addresses fundamental questions in the fields of magma generation, volcano dynamics, volcanic hazards and the evolution of the early Earth. We are seeking French and international candidates for four PhD projects, to start in October of 2021. A three-year grant for each project is assured, provided a suitable candidate is found.

  • From magma ascent to deep-seated-ocean lava flow emplacement: the case study of the ongoing (since 2018) submarine eruption offshore Mayotte. PhD directors O. Chevrel (LMV), L. Gurioli (LMV), E. Médard (LMV).
  • Equilibrium and kinetic fractionations of sulphur isotopes in magmas. PhD directors K. Koga (LMV), E. Rose-Koga (LMV).
  • Cerium isotopic composition of the upper mantle. PhD directors R. Doucelance (LMV), M. Boyet (LMV), P. Bonnand (LMV).
  • Formation of the Early Earth atmosphere: numerical modelling of the accretionary contribution. PhD directors J. Monteux (LMV), A. Bouhifd (LMV), A. Bianco (LaMP), L. Deguillaume (LAMP).

LMV: Laboratory of Magmatism and Volcanism (Earth Sciences); LaMP: Laboratory of Physical Meteorology.

Details of these projects, post profiles, salaries, contact addresses, application procedures and deadlines may be found at the following link:

The ability to speak French is not necessary, but any successful non-francophone candidates will be required to attend courses in the language. In the event of additional enquiries or problems, please contact ClerVolc scientific director T. Druitt (

You will find other 2021 PhD projects in magmatism and physical volcanology financed by Clermont-Auvergne University (UCA) at the following link.

Note that the procedure for application for these university posts is different from that for the ClerVolc projects, and you should follows the application instructions given in French and English at the UCA link.

published: 12 April 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.