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3 PhD positions at the Earth Surface Dynamics Group
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
We are searching for three highly motivated doctoral students to undertake
multidisciplinary research on the connections between tectonics, landscape
evolution and the formation of biodiversity. Positions are in the Earth
Surface Dynamics Group under the supervision of Prof. Sean Willett in the
Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich.
These doctoral positions are part of a broader effort to explore and model the
connections between landscape evolution and biological speciation and
diversification over geological timescales. Collaborators within the
Department of Environmental Sciences will also be involved in the project. The
fundamental question to be addressed is how does tectonics affect physical
geography or other landscape factors defining habitat and how does the change
in those parameters over space and time impact speciation, species dispersal
and biodiversity. Three specific case studies will be investigated to explore
The first project will explore the early collisional orogeny in northern Taiwan and the establishment of topographic barriers to species migration. Focus will be on establishing timing of the early collision using thermochronometry and its relationship to established phylogenies.
The second project will investigate the rate of landscape change in Madagascar with its extraordinary diversity of endemic species. Detrital cosmogenic radionuclide techniques will be combined with geomorphic analysis to establish rates and history of topographic evolution of the island and the relationship to species diversification and spatial distributions.
The third project will study aquatic species of northern Italy through the use of environmental DNA to establish how the fluvial river network was impacted by the uplift of the Apennines and the establishment of a north-south barrier along Italy.
Candidates should have a Master's degree in Earth Science or closely related
field such as Environmental Sciences, Ecology or Geophysics and a demonstrated
ability to work and communicate effectively across disciplines. Candidates
should have a strong quantitative background including experience with
numerical modeling or other quantitative analysis. Experience with specific
techniques as described under the individual projects will be regarded
positively, but is not necessary.
ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science
and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge
fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over
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We look forward to receiving your online application inclduing:
a curriculum vitae,
two references and
a letter describing motivation and experience.
Applications are due Aug 15th with interviews to be held in late August or
early September. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted
through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal
services will not be considered.
Further information on the Earth Surface Dynamics group is available at:
www. earthsurfacedynamics.ethz.ch. Questions about the project can be directed
to Prof. Sean Willett at email@example.com (no applications).
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We
promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and
learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and
students are respected. Visit ourEqual Opportunities and Diversity website to
find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to
grow and flourish.
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