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Postdoc position in magma-driven hydrothermal systems
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher (3-years position) to perform a
study on how hydrothermal fluid flow, driven by magmatic heat, evolves in
fracture zones. While this is a wide-spread phenomenon it is poorly
understood. More specifically, the study aims at numerical simulation of how
fracture zones and faults above or near to an intrusion influence fluid flow
in calderas, rift zones, etc. This will be the first study of its kind,
expected to significantly advance our understanding of natural hydrothermal
systems, with applications to the occurrence and sustainability of geothermal
resources as well as of the formation of vein-type hydrothermal ore deposits.
The main tasks are to
identify and formulate the first order research problems to be addressed
by the project, and to develop and simulate geologically meaningful
conceptual models of magma-fracture-fluid interactions that help answering
analyze the simulation results, formulate the key scientific results and
publish peer-reviewed articles
extend the capabilities of our in-house simulation platform CSMP++ to
incorporate more realistic fracture representations in the models
Applicants should hold a PhD, preferably in geosciences, but applications from
related fields will be considered. Key skills are the ability and willingness
to rapidly and thoroughly acquaint yourself with the research topic, to learn
the C++ programming language, to independently drive the research project, and
a demonstrated record of publishing research results. Previous expertise in
numerical modelling and programming and/or work on hydrothermal systems is a
plus. The main focus of the work can somewhat be adapted to the successful
candidate's skills but a strong orientation towards working on the geologic
problems rather than mainly programming is expected.
Our group is widely recognized as an internationally leading team in numerical
simulation of natural hydrothermal processes, and currently comprises three
additional postdocs and several PhD students working on related topics. The
project offers the possibility to participate in actively shaping the state of
the art in the field and solving fundamental geologic problems by numerical
simulation methods. An active interaction with other researchers that perform
more field-oriented research is highly encouraged.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following
CV and publication list
Research statement including your ideas regarding the advertised project
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our
online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not
Further information about the department can be found on our website.
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Thomas
Driesner, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (no applications). The
position will be open until filled but we encourage to send applications
before December 15, 2021.
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