Open Positions

Open Ph.D. positions

We are looking for two doctoral students to join our group for ~4 year Ph.D projects (M.S. degree required)! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact us, and please send your CV and your research experience and interests to Prof. Dr. Whitney Behr to whitney.behr@erdw.ethz.ch.

  1. In one of the Ph.D. positions we are looking for someone for a field-based project. The Ph.D. student would work on subduction interface structure and rheology in the Church Complex along the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The applicant should have experience with outdoor skills and (remote) fieldwork. Experience with sedimentology and/or boating skills would be desirable.
  2. The second Ph.D. position is fairly open: it could involve projects combining field work (in the Alps, Cyclades, southern Alaska and Northern California), laboratory deformation experiments, microstructure research and/or numerical modeling of subduction processes, mantle rheology and tectonic geomorphology. The applicant should have experience in at least one of the listed topics.

Open postdoctoral researcher positions

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a ~2 year position! If you are interested, please send your CV, your research experience and interests and a list of publications to Prof. Dr. Whitney Behr to whitney.behr@erdw.ethz.ch.

We are looking for someone for a lithospheric dynamics project. The position is fairly open and the potential research topics could involve laboratory deformation experiments, microstructure research, field work (in the Alps, Cyclades, southern Alaska and Northern California), and/or numerical modeling under the general themes of subduction processes, mantle rheology, or active faulting/tectonic geomorphology. If you have relevant experience in at least one of the listed fields, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are looking for M.S. students! See below for open research topics:

Thermochronology to characterize subduction complex exhumation and implications for western North American margin evolution

This M.S. thesis will constrain the timing and processes of exhumation of a subduction complex in northern California (Condrey Mountain Schist, CMS). CMS exhumation is an interesting puzzle with implications for western North American margin evolution. The selected student will use (U-Th)/He and Zircon Fission Track thermochronometers on existing samples to determine cooling histories. We seek a Masters-level Earth Sciences student with an interest – or previous coursework – in geochronology and tectonics. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Whitney Behr.