Institut für Geologie

2 PhD Positions in 4D Evolution of the Swiss N-Alps

The Institute of Geological Sciences (University of Bern, Switzerland) invites applications for two 4 years PhD positions, which are embedded in the swisstopo (Geological survey of Switzerland) project "Swiss Alps 3D". This project aims to build a large-scale 3D geological model of the Central Alps, and the PhD candidates of the two announced positions will focus on 3D modelling of the Swiss N-Alpine realm.

The resulting 3D models provide crucial knowledge over the present-day geometry of the main structures and geological boundaries of the underground of the Swiss N-Alps. This will allow access to a wide range of applications as 3D tectonic restoration, yielding the 3D paleogeography and termochronologic evolution of the former European passive continental margin. One major goal of the 3D restoration is to gain deepened insights in the tectonic evolution and its lateral variability in this part of the Alps.

The reconstructions and 3D models will be based on own field investigations, literature data compilation and accomplishment using 2D GIS and 3D computer modelling. Depending on the personal interest of the PhD candidate additional directions such as U-Pb dating of calcite veins or slickensides, Raman thermometry of organic material or calcite clumped isotope studies can be combined with previously mentioned tasks. There will be a close interinstitutional collaboration with swisstopo and other Swiss Alps 3D projects, who will model the adjacent units.

For this multifaceted project, we seek two excellent and highly motivated candidates interested in combining field and map information with 3D computer modelling. Ideally, the candidates already bring in knowledge on Alpine Geology and are used to conduct Structural Geology/Tectonics research in Alpine mountainous terrains. It would be beneficial to understand literature written in German/French and applications by female candidates are encouraged. Given the collaboration aspects, communication skills and the ability for team work are expected. The Institute of Geological Sciences of University of Bern provides a stimulating and diverse research atmosphere with the possibility to interact between a variety of research teams.

The ideal date for the start of the project will be before summer 2024 but some flexibility in terms of the starting date exists. The project is funded for a maximum duration of four years. Required is a (1) MSc in Earth Sciences or an equivalent degree. Applications should include a cover letter with a (2) statement of research interests and (3) motivation to undertake a PhD project, an (4) abstract of the MSc thesis, a (4) CV, (5) transcripts of academic degrees as well as (6) names and addresses of two references. The application should be sent electronically as (7) single PDF file to Prof. Marco Herwegh (marco.herwegh@unibe.ch). Deadline for applications is 15th of April 2024. For further information please contact Marco Herwegh by mail.

posted: 11 March 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.