2 PhD Student Positions in Earth Surface Dynamics / University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Applications are invited for 2 PhD student positions in the field of Earth surface dynamics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. PhD research projects will focus on the development of a quantitative erosion model of the European Alps, using low-temperature thermochronology, surface exposure dating (cosmogenic nuclide & OSL) and landscape evolution modeling. Fieldwork will be conducted in the Swiss Alps. The project is included into a larger Sinergia-FNS project in collaboration with ETH Zurich and involves close interactions and scientific opportunities between early-stage researchers (6 PhD students and 2 Postdoctoral scholars). The positions are fully funded for three years with the possibility of extension for one additional year.

Applicants should have a Masters degree in geology, geography, geophysics, physics, chemistry or any related quantitative discipline, with strong interests in earth surface erosion processes. A strong command of written and spoken English is essential. Some experience in the laboratory and/or programming skills will be considered as a plus.

The PhD research projects will be supervised by Prof. Frédéric Herman and Dr. Pierre Valla (Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, Univ. of Lausanne). Our dynamic and rapidly growing research group possesses a brand new luminescence laboratory, access to cluster computing resources, and we are scenically located on the shores of Lake Geneva, a region of outstanding natural beauty offering an exceptionally high quality of life. For further information on our personnel and ongoing research activities, see: http://www.unil.ch/idyst

Interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, along with the names and addresses of two referees by September 30, 2014 by email to Prof. Frédéric Herman (frederic.herman@unil.ch) and Dr. Pierre Valla (pierre.valla@unil.ch). Questions can be directed to Prof. Herman and/or Dr. Valla.

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