12 PhD Positions in DFG Research Training Group at Potsdam University

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In October 2015, the DFG International Research Training Group “Surface processes, Tectonics and Georecources in the Andean Foreland Basin of Argentina” (StRATEGY) will be established at the University of Potsdam in cooperation with the GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience. The consortium will partner with a similar Argentine graduate program at the universities of Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy, and Tucumán, funded by the Argentine science foundation CONICET.

StRATEGy will conduct an interdisciplinary study of the source-to-sink system of the NW Argentine Andes and the foreland regions. Research topics will focus on the complex relationships between tectonics, climate, erosion, sediment deposition, and the environmental conditions prone to the generation, migration, and accumulation of hydrocarbon resources and metallogenesis. The foreland and the transition to the Andean orogen interior is characterized by ongoing, yet highly diachronous and spatially disparate tectonism, in addition to pronounced contrasts in relief, rainfall, and erosion. These characteristics make this region an outstanding natural laboratory to study surface processes and the tectonic and climatic forcing factors that impact sediment production and mass-transfer on multiple spatiotemporal scales.

StRATEGy seeks excellent candidates for the 12 sub-projects that will be jointly advised by mentors from Potsdam University, GFZ Potsdam and Argentine partners of the consortium. The PhD salaries correspond to part-time (75%) appointments, with fixed-term employment contracts for 3 years. Contracts are limited according to the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). The salary scale is TV-L E13. Employment in all positions shall begin on October 1, 2015. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The StRATEGy consortium strives to increase the proportion of women in research and specifically encourages females to apply for these positions.

For further information on the individual positions, please visit the project website (http://www.geo.uni-potsdam.de/irtg-strategy.html), or download the job advertisement flyer.

Applications should include the following components: CV, letter of motivation, research interests (specific interests and research plan for PhD project), a record of academic degrees, including a transcript of records and two letters of recommendation. Because the members of the PhD program will spend 6 months at our partnering universities in Argentina, Spanish language skills are advantageous.

Applications should be sent in PDF format by e-mail. Contact: Dr. Henry Wichura (wichura@geo.uni-potsdam.de)

The deadline is July 31, 2015.