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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Researcher in planetary geology

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Postdoctoral Researcher in planetary geology

Postdoctoral Researcher in planetary geology

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Space Research Centre - Polish Academy of Sciences

The Space Research Centre PAS is the only institute in Poland, whose activities are related to research of the Earth and Solar System bodies, using space and satellite technologies.


Warsaw, Poland


Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)

Full time


10,050 PLN/month brutto

Required education

Application deadline
15 September 2021

6 September 2021

Job description

The researcher will participate in the research project “Modelling of crustal deformation caused by magma intrusion on terrestrial planetary bodies (DeMo-Planet)” carried out the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) in Warsaw, Poland. The project’s P.I. is Dr. Sam Poppe and co-P.I. is Prof. Dr. Hab. Daniel Mège. Planned tasks will include: 1) implementing an application of a Distinct Element Method (DEM) model that will simulate the emplacement of medium- to high-viscosity magma in a discontinuum model medium; 2) parametrise the model with mechanical host rock properties representative for Earth, the Moon and Mars; 3) collaborate with the project leader and collaborator on comparing model outcomes with observations from field cases in Poland and on the Moon; 4) (statistical) analysis of the obtained results; 5) preparation of research results (final database) for publication; 6) lead and/or participate in the preparation of scientific publications and conference contributions.
Requirements are: 1) holder of a PhD degree in Earth Sciences, Geophysics or equivalent, (computer) Engineering may also be considered; 2) knowledge of basic (statistical) analysis of numerical model results; 3) knowledge of or profound interest in the model implications for geologic/volcanic process understanding; 4) strong numerical skills (Python, Matlab); 5) proficiency in scientific English speaking and writing; 6) proven capability of scientific publishing.
Period of employment is 12 months starting from October 1, 2021, with a possibility to prolong until project’s end in July 2023.

How to apply

Candidates should electronically send PDF versions of
- an academic CV (max 3 pages) including information on scientific publications, awards, prizes, scholarships, scientific experience, workshop and conference participation, trainings and research projects
- motivation letter (max 2 pages)
- a copy of the master’s and PhD diploma, with supplements
- contact information to at least two independent researchers for reference
to (message title ‘DeMo-Planet postdoc position’). Selected candidates will be interviewed remotely by the selection committee. For any additional info please contact dr. Sam Poppe: