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Postdoc Position in Geodynamics (Geodynamics, Tectonics, Laboratory Modelling)

VU University Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Description of work

The postdoc will develop models of subduction and continental deformation to gain new quantitative insight into the geodynamic evolution of the South American subduction zone and the Andes mountain belt. The postdoc will use laboratory-based modelling techniques (analogue modelling) to run experiments in large tanks simulating plate-mantle interaction, subduction and continental deformation. The postdoc will use a sophisticated Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique to quantify, amongst others, the velocity field, strain field and topography through time. The postdoc will also run advanced rheological tests and other physical tests on various modelling materials used in the experiments to quantify their rheological and physical behaviour. During the project, the postdoc is expected to write a minimum of three first-author papers based on the research conducted during the project that are published/to be published in international peer-review journals. All the modelling techniques, visualization equipment, rheological equipment and post-processing software required for the project are available in the department.

The Postdoc will form part of a team of academics, postdocs, PhD students and MSc students at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam that focus their research on the geodynamics and tectonics of the solid Earth, and will assist with supervising PhD students and MSc students in the team. The postdoc is also expected to contribute a small percentage (5-10%) of its time to teaching activities in the BSc and MSc degrees.

Requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who holds a PhD degree in Geodynamics, Tectonics, Structural Geology or Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and is dedicated to pursue a career in science. Below follows a list of additional requirements:

  • Extensive experience with laboratory-based (analogue) modelling of geological processes as evidenced by a track record of first-author, peer-reviewed, publications (experience with PIV and/or rheometry will be considered advantageous);
  • Excellent ability to communicate in both written and spoken English;
  • Good social skills, ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Highly motivated to conduct fundamental research in Geodynamics and Tectonics.

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