The postdoc project forms part of a larger project (a Vici project from NWO, the Dutch National Science Foundation) on the processes of mountain building and continental deformation at subduction and collision zones.
The postdoc will develop models of subduction and continental deformation to gain new quantitative insight into the geodynamic evolution of cordilleran mountain belts. The postdoc will use numerical modelling techniques to run experiments simulating plate-mantle interaction, subduction and continental deformation. From these experiments, the postdoc will quantify, amongst other things, the three-dimensional velocity field, strain field, stress field and topography through time, and compare these results with observations. During the project, the postdoc is expected to write a minimum of three first-author papers based on the research conducted during the project, to be published in international peer-review journals.
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 programs.
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 numerical modelling of geological processes as evidenced by a track record of first-author, peer-reviewed, publications (experience with modelling of subduction/mantle dynamics will be considered advantageous; experience with laboratory-based (analogue) modelling will be considered advantageous as well);
• 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.
The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for another 2 years (total duration of 3 years).
Information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment can be found at http://www.workingatvu.nl and include, for example:
• remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
We offer a competitive salary package in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, in the position of Researcher in salary scale 10, ranging from a minimum of € 2588,00 gross per month up to a maximum of € 3238,00 gross per month based on fulltime employment.
For additional information please contact Wouter Schellart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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