2 Ph.D. Positions Available

We’re recruiting 2 Ph.D. students for the Fall, 2019 semester.  All Ph.D. students at ETH Zurich must have a prior M.S. degree in Earth Sciences, so candidates without an M.S. cannot be considered.

One Ph.D. position will focus on deformation mechanisms within the Chugach accretionary complex in southern Alaska along the Kenai Peninsula. The rocks are primarily low metamorphic grade, brittlely deformed metasediments and metabasalts, but also include mafic and ultramafic bodies and some ductilely deformed slivers of greenschist and blueschist– several of the units are classified as melanges.  The field work along the Kenai peninsula is rugged, so we are looking for applicants who are comfortable: 1) outdoors in bear country, 2) on boats and kayaks in cool weather, 3) packrafting on glacial lakes and rivers, 4) being transported in small float planes and 5) hiking long distances through vegetated and/or rough terrain.  Candidates should have significant prior outdoor experience.  Wilderness survival and/or first-aid training is a plus, but not required.

The second Ph.D. position will be primarily focused on rock deformation experiments on a Griggs-type high pressure & temperature deformation apparatus installed in a synchrotron beamline. The precise experimental targets will be variable and can be aligned with the student’s own interests.  Prior experience with rock deformation apparatus is a plus, but not required.

To apply, first contact Whitney Behr by email with a summary of your research experience and other relevant background information (e.g. a CV).  The applications will remain open until the position is filled, but evaluation of candidates will begin on January 15.