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PhD student

RWTH Aachen


I am looking for a motivated PhD student with interest in microstructure and microanalytics, to study the evolution of fluids and fracture sealing in the Variscan foreland fold and thrust belt.

Microstructural and microanalytical work will be based on fieldwork on coastal outcrops in, in Germany, UK and Portugal. Microstructure analysis will be done in Aachen, and fluid inclusion dating in Amsterdam, in cooperation with professor Jan Wijbrans.

This project is part of the 12-PhD student FluidNET consortium.

Aufgaben und Einsatzfelder


Fluids driving the evolution of the continental crust: influence of pathway networks, fluxes, and time scales.

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded from 2021 - 2024

  • Would you like to work at the forefront of the fluid-rock research field, and planting the seeds for future actionable alternatives or improvements to the prevailing metal ore forming paradigms?
  • Would you like to be trained in the FluidNET's multi-faceted industry-academia research training programme and tackle the biggest societal challenges in the field of responsible resource recovery?
  • Are you interested in acquiring the trans- and interdisciplinary skills needed to make significant contributions to both the academic and extra-academic fluid-rock interaction world?
  • Are you in the first four years of your research career, or will you graduate soon?
  • Are you enthusiastic about moving between science, policy and practice in order to qualify for successful careers in research, consulting, industry or governance?

Fluids, in particular water, next to the solid components represent a key component in the Earth continental crust because water can act as a solvent, a catalyst enhancing chemical reactions, a transport medium for mass transport, and it controls the strength of rocks.

FluidNET’s approach will focus on tracking down the sources and pathways of fluids in the crust and will attempt to measure the timescales length scales over which fluids are mobile in the crust.

Supported and fully funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme, the FluidNET network offers 12 high level fellowships. The students will be selected for a 3-year advanced multidisciplinary research training, and are expected to start by 1 July 2021, with due to COVID related restrictions later starting dates negotiable.

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If you are interested in this project, please contact me for more information.

Prof. Em. Dr. Janos L. Urai
Tectonics and Geodynamics
RWTH Aachen University, Lochnerstrasse 4-20
D-52056 Aachen, Germany
T: +49 241 809 5723


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