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RWTH Aachen - Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics

The Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics at RWTH Aachen uses numerical and analogue techniques to investigate causes and consequences of continental deformation processes. We are calling for applications for a three-year position as postdoctoral researcher. The position will focus on numerical experiments of the initial stages of continental rifting, aiming to investigate interplays between inheritance, rheology and plate tectonic setting. Development of new numerical software is explicitly foreseen. Some involvement in teaching and student supervision is expected.

We can offer an inclusive work environment with unique scientific challenges and good opportunities for professional development.
We offer support for presenting at (inter-)national conferences and for open access publication of results obtained during the postdoc appointment.
The existing finite-element 2D/3D software SULEC (by Buiter and Ellis) is available to the postdoctoral researcher.

Research Assistant / Associate (w/m/d)

Work­ing field:

  • The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant will use exis­ting nume­ri­cal soft­ware (such as SULEC) to con­duct expe­ri­ments on the initial sta­ges of con­ti­nen­tal rif­ting, inves­ti­ga­ting the inter­play bet­ween (struc­tu­ral and ther­mal) inheri­tance, lithos­phere rheo­logy, and the plate tec­to­nic set­ting.
  • The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant is expec­ted to deve­lop new soft­ware for ther­mo­me­cha­ni­cal expe­ri­ments, as tea­ching tools for BSc/MSc levels and/or as opti­mi­sed towards 3D expe­ri­ments.
  • Close inter­ac­tion with ana­lo­gue expe­ri­ments on con­ti­nen­tal rif­ting is a pos­si­bi­lity.
  • (Co-)super­vi­sion of Bache­lor and Mas­ter stu­dents and some invol­ve­ment in tea­ching is expec­ted.
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion of results at (inter-)natio­nal con­fe­ren­ces and publi­ca­tion in peer-reviewed sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals is expec­ted.

We ask for a cover let­ter, a cv, a state­ment of rese­arch inte­rest of maxi­mum one page, and the con­tact details of three per­sons wil­ling to write a refe­rence (please note that we spe­ci­fi­cally not ask for refe­rence let­ters at this stage).


App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. or equi­va­lent.
App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. in Geo­sci­en­ces or equi­va­lent.

  • This posi­tion requi­res pro­ven expe­ri­ence in set­ting up, run­ning and eva­lua­ting ther­mo­me­cha­ni­cal nume­ri­cal expe­ri­ments of geo­dy­na­mic pro­ces­ses (such as con­ti­nen­tal rif­ting, basin for­ma­tion and inver­sion, and/or the for­ma­tion of accre­tio­nary wed­ges).
  • Expe­ri­ence in coding and/or deve­lo­ping nume­ri­cal geo­dy­na­mic soft­ware is a strong advan­tage.
  • App­li­cants are expec­ted to be able to work inde­pendently as well as col­la­bo­rate across disci­pli­nes.
  • App­li­cants must have com­ple­ted their PhD at the time the posi­tion starts.
  • App­li­cants should be able to express them­sel­ves flu­ently in Eng­lish, writ­ten and orally.

What we of­fer:

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be employed as a regu­lar employee or as a public ser­vant.

The posi­tion is 3 years and is to be fil­led by August 1, 2020. This is a full-time posi­tion. It is also avail­able as part-time employ­ment per request.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, dis­ab­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­p­re­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The princi­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit:

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Prof. Susanne Buiter
Tel.: +49 (0) 241-8095723

Please send your application by April 27, 2020 to
Prof. Susanne Buiter
Angewandte Strukturgeologie
RWTH Aachen
Lochnerstr. 4-20
52064 Aachen, Germany

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.