[Geodynamics] Postdoc Position in Geodynamics (GFZ Potsdam, Germany)

Sascha Brune brune at gfz-potsdam.de
Fri Jul 29 22:00:51 AEST 2016

Dear all,

there is one open Postdoc Position in Geodynamics (3-years) at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ Potsdam <http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/home/>). Please feel free to apply or forward this email to any person who might be interested. 

We are searching for a motivated researcher with interest in Rifting and Numerical Modelling to become part of the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group CRYSTALS "Continental Rift Dynamics Across the Scales". The official advertisement text can be found here <http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/career/job-offers/job/512516-d-postdoc-position-geodynamics/> and is also pasted further below.

Candidates should apply no later than 14th of August via applications at gfz-potsdam.de <mailto:applications at gfz-potsdam.de> quoting the reference number 51/25/16 D and combining their application documents (letter of motivation, CV and certificates) into a single PDF file with a size of up to 3 megabytes.

For any questions, e-mail me at sascha.brune at gfz-potsdam.de <mailto:sascha.brune at gfz-potsdam.de> (please do not reply to the mailing list).

With apologies for cross-posting.
Kind regards,
Sascha Brune

Sascha Brune
Geodynamic Modelling Section
GFZ Potsdam, Germany
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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1180 employees, the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.

This project is embedded in the vibrant Geodynamic Modelling Section <http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/section/geodynamic-modeling/staff/> with great expertise in numerical geodynamics ranging from mantle convection and plumes over lithospheric-scale processes to earthquakes and tsunamis.

1 Postdoc position (Geodynamics)
Reference No. 51/25/16 D
Project title: Structures and Dynamics of Magmatic Continental Rifts – Numerical Modelling in two and three Dimensions  

The aim of this project is to understand the interaction of rift tectonics with the generation and extraction of magma. The successful candidate will use state of the art numerical modelling software in order to investigate magma-tectonic feed-back processes and their impact on rift dynamics in two and three dimensions. Focus regions comprise primarily the East African Rift System, but also the volcanic continental margins of the South Atlantic. The project is embedded in the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group CRYSTALS “Continental Rift Dynamics Across The Scales: Understanding Observations Through Numerical Modelling”. It is carried out in cooperation with the research group “General Geology” at Potsdam University.

    - develop and run computational rift models
    - improve the geodynamic modelling software by introducing partial melting and melt extraction accounting for rheological feed-back processes
    - benchmark 2D magmatic rift models with well-studied areas of the Kenya Rift and the South Atlantic
    - application to 3D rift dynamics under consideration of rift segmentation and multi-phase extension
    - supervision of Master students 

    - Master’s degree and PhD degree in geophysics, geology or other related disciplines at the time the position starts
    - research interest in continental rifting and numerical modelling
    - experience in scientific programming (e.g. C, Fortran, Python, Matlab, etc)
    - ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team
    - research experience with the East African Rift System is a plus but not a must 

Starting date:
    - by arrangement
    - 3 years

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