PhD Position: The effects of plate reorganization, surface evolution and crustal deformation on mountain building

The contribution of deep lithospheric processes to the evolution of mountain belts and foreland basins remains poorly constrained. A recently funded research project aims to constrain the effects of lithospheric processes in the northern foreland basin of the Alps by combing thermochronological data with kinematic models of shortening and exhumation over the Late Cenozoic.

This is a joint project of RWTH Aachen University and the University of Göttingen, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is part of the DFG Priority Program "Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions (MB-4D)" (, and will involve frequent interaction (workshops, conferences) with the ~20 research projects in this priority program.

Your tasks in this project will be:

• Acquisition and interpretation of structural and thermochronological data in the Alpine foreland basin
• Quantifying timing, rates and spatial distribution of exhumation using inverse thermal models
• Determine shortening in the foreland fold-and-thrust belt using kinematic restorations
• Relate the results of this study to new geophysical and geodynamic models of slab dynamics and new constraints on geological events in the Alps coming out of other studies in the Priority Program

Your qualifications:

• Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences
• Experience in field work and structural geology
• Good command of written and spoken English

Starting date: As soon as possible

Fixed term: 3 years

Working hours: 75% part-time

Salary: EG 13 TVöD-Bund

Location: Aachen, and in total 8 months of exchange visits to Göttingen

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international and multidisciplinary work environment. RWTH Aachen is part of the ABC/J Geoverbund and therefore well connected with Cologne and Bonn Universities and Jülich Research Center. RWTH is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, we encourage applications of qualified women and minorities. We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if application is not successful. They will not be returned.

In case you have further questions regarding this offer, feel free to contact Dr. Christoph von Hagke ( / 0049 (0)241 80 98443) or Dr. Elco Luijendijk (, +49 (0)551 39 14269)

Please submit your application by July 15th

Please submit your application including CV, relevant documents and a motivation letter to Christoph von Hagke Institute of Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geomechanics RWTH Aachen University, Lochnerstraße 4-20, 52056 Aachen, Germany and by email to Dr. Christoph von Hagke ( and Dr. Elco Luijendijk (