Job advertisement Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting

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Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting

Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting


RWTH Aachen University

The Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics at RWTH Aachen uses numerical and analogue techniques to investigate causes and consequences of continental deformation processes. We can offer an inclusive work environment with unique scientific challenges and good opportunities for professional development. We offer support for presenting at (inter-)national conferences and for open access publication of results obtained during the postdoc appointment. The existing finite-element 2D/3D software SULEC (by Buiter and Ellis) is available to the postdoctoral researcher.

Aachen, Germany


Relevant divisions
Geodynamics (GD)
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)

Full time


The salary corresponds to the German level EG 13 TV-L

Required education

Application deadline
27 April 2020

23 March 2020

Job description

I am looking for someone interested in a postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting. The position is initially for three years, but could possibly be extended. The focus will lie on numerical experiments of the initial stages of continental rifting, aiming to investigate interplays between inheritance, rheology and plate tectonic setting.

Applicants must have a doctorate/Ph.D. in Geosciences or equivalent. The position requires proven experience in setting up, running and evaluating thermomechanical numerical experiments of geodynamic processes (such as continental rifting, basin formation and inversion, and/or the formation of accretionary wedges). Experience in coding and/or developing numerical geodynamic software is a strong advantage as development of new numerical software is explicitly foreseen. Involvement in teaching and student supervision is expected.

More details on the position can be found at

I am only happy to answer questions about the position and suggest e-mail ( as initial contact. Seeing the situation with corona, i expect to be conducting interviews online, but would like to reassure interested candidates that we will do what we can to provide them with relevant information about working at RWTH Aachen University and living in Aachen. Equally is the proposed start date of 1 August not written in stone and will be something to work out together with the successful candidate while we adapt to these fast changing times.

How to apply

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a “Family-Friendly University”. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore ask you not to include a photo in your application. For information on the collection of personal data pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please visit:

We ask for a cover letter, a cv, a statement of research interest of maximum one page, and the contact details of three persons willing to write a reference (please note that we specifically not ask for reference letters at this stage). Please send your application by April 27, 2020 to:
Prof. Susanne Buiter
Angewandte Strukturgeologie
RWTH Aachen
Lochnerstr. 4-20
52064 Aachen, Germany

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.