Post-Doc / research Associate
The UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN, Faculty 5 Geosciences is offering, subject to budgetary
release of the post, the position of a
Post-Doc / Research Associate
Salary level 13 TV-L (100%)
Reference number A25/19
in the field of
Interplay between surface processes and deformation at rifted margins
for a duration of 36 months starting from 1st May, 2019 or later.
The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract,
§2 I (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only be
considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available
in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.
Rifting of the continental lithosphere includes the interactions of multiple processes occurring
at different time- and length-scales. Some of the key processes and interactions have been
intensively analyzed in recent years using advanced numerical modelling techniques. However,
little attention has been placed into the effects of surface processes in passive margin formation.
Erosion and sedimentation might play an important role on timing and spatial distribution of
deformation since redistribution of mass through the surface implies a change in stresses that may
dominate extension. Additionally, surface processes strongly depend on climate so there is the
possibility that climate can have an effect on rifting. This postdoctoral position is focused on
analyzing how climate interacts with extensional tectonics and the influences of surface processes
on the architectural build-up of passive margins.
In order to answer these questions, the post will use and develop numerical models in Matlab.
The current available model is 2D visco-elasto-plastic and accounts for surface processes for both
subaerial and submarine environments. Specific technical tasks of the post will be to: 1) set up
experiments and interpret outcomes of models with spatially and temporally varying surface processes
parameters (i.e. precipitation rates), 2) design and conduct experiments to test feedbacks between
lithospheric deformation and surface processes, 3) optimize existing force boundary conditions functions
so that effects of surface processes in acceleration/delay of rifting can be evaluated. Outcomes of the
models will be contrasted with observations from natural examples of rifted margins such as Gulf of
California and South China Seas, where feedbacks between surface processes or climate and margin structure
have been proposed in observational studies.
The postdoc will integrate in a growing group at the University of Bremen/MARUM dedicated to understand
processes involved in continental extension and seafloor spreading from a multidisciplinary point of view.
The holder of this position may have to teach up to 4 hours weekly in German/English at B.Sc. and M.Sc.
level (§ 23 BremHG) and is expected to support PhD and master projects under the responsibility of
Prof. Marta Pérez Gussinyé. Successful scientific publication for the purpose of postdoctoral academic
qualification (e.g. habilitation) is expected.
- Completed doctoral degree in Computational Geodynamics or related fields.
- Experience in finite element modeling and scientific computation (UNIX/LINUX, MATLAB).
- Applicants should have excellent English language skills and enjoy working in an international and
- Ability to speak or readiness to learn German as teaching language
The University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in natural sciences;
therefore, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and
qualification, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.
The University of Bremen explicitly invites persons with migration background to apply.
Applications including C.V., publication list, names and addresses of two referees, copies of degree
certificates, and a statement of research interest should be submitted until 13th March 2019 to the
secretary, Mrs. Martina Braun: email@example.com or send your application under the
reference number A25/19 to:
Fachbereich 5 – Geowissenschaften
Prof. Dr. Marta Pérez Gussinyé
Postfach 33 04 40, D-28334 Bremen
or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org as one pdf document
Phone: +49 (0)421-218 65350
We are pleased to answer your further questions by phone or email to
email@example.com, Phone: +49 (0)421-218 65350
For a paper-based application, please make sure to only send document copies.