Two PhD positions in the field of tectonic geomorphology

We are seeking two highly motivated PhD candidates to conduct fully funded PhDs in the field of tectonic geomorphology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) and GFZ Potsdam.

You will work on our RELICT project, which examines how sediment dynamics and inherited relief influence transient landscape response to tectonic perturbations. The two PhD projects combine analytical techniques (cosmogenic nuclides, thermochronology) with numerical modeling, and both include fieldwork in the stunning mountains of Calabria in Southern Italy.

The main PhD supervisors will be Dr. Duna Roda-Boluda (VU Amsterdam) and Dr. Benjamin Campforts (VU Amsterdam), with one candidate co-supervised by Prof. Taylor Schildgen (GFZ-Potsdam) and the other by Dr. Loraine Gourbet (GFZ-Potsdam). The PhD students will spend their 1st year at VU Amsterdam, their 2nd year at the GFZ Potsdam, and their 3rd and 4th years back at VU Amsterdam. The PhD degree will be issued by VU Amsterdam.

Support for the project includes a guaranteed annual salary, tuition fees, and funding for field work, analytical expenses, conferences, and travel. The start date is negotiable, but ideally on September 1st 2024.

More information and the application link can be found here:

To apply, please submit through the link a 1-2-page cover letter outlining your background and interest in the project, a CV with the names of two referees, and academic transcripts. Please do not apply via email. The application deadline is April 29th.

For any questions, please email Dr. Benjamin Campforts ( and Dr. Duna Roda-Boluda (

posted: 15 March 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.