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PhD Position: The effects of plate reorganization, surface evolution and crustal deformation on mountain building

05.07.2017 - GED, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

The contribution of deep lithospheric processes to the evolution of mountain belts and foreland basins remains poorly constrained. A recently funded research project aims to constrain the effects of lithospheric processes in the northern foreland basin of the Alps by combing thermochronological data with kinematic models of shortening and exhumation over the Late Cenozoic.

This is a joint project of RWTH Aachen University and the University of Göttingen, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is part of the DFG Priority Program "Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions (MB-4D)" (, and will involve frequent interaction (workshops, conferences) with the ~20 research projects in this priority program.

Your tasks in this project will be:

  • Acquisition and interpretation of structural and thermochronological data in the Alpine foreland basin
  • Quantifying timing, rates and spatial distribution of exhumation using inverse thermal models
  • Determine shortening in the foreland fold-and-thrust belt using kinematic restorations
  • Relate the results of this study to new geophysical and geodynamic models of slab dynamics and new constraints on geological events in the Alps coming out of other studies in the Priority Program

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences
  • Experience in field work and structural geology
  • Good command of written and spoken English Application deadline: July 15, 2017

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