Two PhD positions in the European Training Network
SALTGIANT (4 years)

Job description:

The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University has two PhD positions available within the European Training Network SALTGIANT. The total number of ESR-positions in this network is 15.

Details on all 15 positions, as well as the application procedure can be found on

The two Utrecht-based projects can be extended from the standard 36 months to 48 months and concern:

ESR5: Reconstructing Mediterranean water level and hydrological fluxes during the final phase of the Messinian Salinity Crisis.

Objectives: To revisit the enigmatic Lago Mare interval and study the key sections on-land and in the deep sea (DSDP cores) on an E-W transect across the Mediterranean with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Primary supervisor: Prof. Dr Wout Krijgsman

ERS7: Modelling the (bio-)geochemical evolution and circulation of Messinian brine.

Objectives: To investigate the evolution of brine hydrology and biogeochemistry in the Mediterranean basin during the formation of the Mediterranean Salt Giant via numerical modelling.

Primary supervisor: Dr Paul Meijer

Terms of employment:

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position at first for one year. Depending on a good performance this may be extended to a maximum period of four years (in case of full time employment), with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary starts with 2,222,- in the first year and increases to 2,840,- in the fourth year of employment with a full-time appointment. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Earth Sciences is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht.

About the organisation:

The Utrecht Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. With a population of 2600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Earth Sciences conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The department hosts a highly international group of more than 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and houses a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

How to apply:

Applications are only accepted via, before the deadline of April 20, 2018.

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posted: 22 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.