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Two PhD positions within the FWF project “Elevated Low Relief Landscapes in Mountain Belts: Active Tectonics or Glacial Reshaping? A Case Study in the Eastern Alps”

Position
Two PhD positions within the FWF project “Elevated Low Relief Landscapes in Mountain Belts: Active Tectonics or Glacial Reshaping? A Case Study in the Eastern Alps”

Employer

University of Salzburg, University of Graz

Homepage: http://www.geodynamics.at


Location
Salzburg, Graz, Austria

Sector
Academic

Relevant divisions
Geodynamics (GD)
Geomorphology (GM)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)

Type
Full time

Level
Entry level

Salary
€ 2,096,00 gross per month (14 x) for a 30-h / week employment

Preferred education
Master

Application deadline
31 December 2018

Posted
18 October 2018

Job description

Two PhD positions within the FWF project “Elevated Low Relief Landscapes in Mountain Belts: Active Tectonics or Glacial Reshaping? A Case Study in the Eastern Alps”

This project will focus on the evolution of elevated low relief landscapes (plateaus) in active mountain ranges. The project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the government of Salzburg for a period of three years and will commence in March 2019. Details of the research project are available under: www.geodynamics.at.

Duration of the employment
The two PhD positions will be fully financed for 36 months. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Austrian Universities in Austrian (§ 26 “Kollektivvertrag für die ArbeitnehmerInnen der Universitäten“ Verwendungsgruppe B1), a salary of € 2,096,00 gross per month (14 x) for a 30-h / week employment. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for two more years. Prolongation of the contract will be made dependent on sufficient progress in the first year.
Desired skills and experience
The successful candidate should have:
Obligatory:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geology, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Computational Science
    Excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas:
  • experience in numerical simulation tools and programming skills (e.g. C++, Fortran, Python, R, Matlab…)
  • ability to work in rugged alpine terrain and caves
  • experience with lab-work and chemical preparation of rock samples
  • knowledge of the principles of earth surface dynamics (in particular the interaction of processes driven by climate and tectonics)
  • autonomous and proactive working
  • written and spoken English proficiency
  • skills in dissemination of scientific results (e.g. writing scientific publications)
  • flexibility and the ability to work in a team

Specification of the main focus of the two PhD positions:

  • PhD-candidate A will work at the University of Salzburg under the supervision of Jörg Robl. She/He will focus on morphometry and landscape evolution modelling (glacial erosion). A stay abroad at Aarhus University (David Egholm) is planned. For this position we seek for an ambitious young scientist with a strong affinity to numerical modeling. Experience with field work in alpine environments is an advantage.
  • PhD-candidate B is based in Graz and will work under the supervision of Kurt Stüwe. She/He will focus on cosmogenic nuclide dating of cave sediments. A stay abroad at the SUERC Glasgow (Derek Fabel, Fin Stuart) is planned. For this position we seek for a motivated researcher with a strong affinity to lab work and caves. The ability to work in rugged alpine terrain and caves is a prerequisite.
    A tight cooperation between all team members is expected. Amongst others this will include joint field work in the Eastern Alps, meetings in Salzburg and Graz, GIS and modelling workshops, conference visits, and paper writing.
    The Application should include:
  • letter of motivation for the desired position (PhD-A: Salzburg or PhD-B: Graz)
  • CV (academic career, scientific publications, research interests, skills)

The applications can be submitted until December 31 to the following Email address: joerg.robl@sbg.ac.at


How to apply

The applications can be submitted until December 31 to the following Email address: joerg.robl@sbg.ac.at