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  • PostDoc position for a research project in Tectonics

    The section of Earth Sciences at the Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for one post-doctoral position in Tectonics.

    We seek a post-doctoral candidate for a research project in tectonics. Applicants for this position must have a PhD in tectonics. The successful candidate is expected to have outstanding expertise in structural analysis and experience interpreting regional tectonic data. Requirements include using Move™ software and a demonstrated expertise in GIS such as ArcGIS. Knowhow in interpreting seismic lines and earthquake data are desirable. Fieldwork will allow the candidate to become acquainted with the area of investigation. The candidate is expected to be proficient in English and fluent in German and/or French. The work duties include field courses and fieldtrips.

    The research project concerns the tectonic analysis of the eastern Jura Fold-and-thrust belt and its interferences with the tectonic structures of the Rhine Graben system. The objective is to obtain a better and detailed understanding of the kinematic development of the whole area. The project will build on existing inhouse expertise and collaboration with external partners. The candidate is expected to supervise students at Master level.

    The position is available beginning November 2022 for a duration of 2 years. The position will be filled as suitable candidate is found.

    Employer:  Tectonics research group at the University of Fribourg , Department of Geosciences.

    How to apply

    Applications must include:

    • a motivation letter,
    • a one-page statement of your research expertise,
    • a detailed CV and publication list,
    • contact information of 3 reference persons to be contacted,

    Applications should be made via email in one single PDF file to Jon Mosar  Mail.

  • PostDoc position in Rock glacier dynamics (70%)


    Rock glacier dynamics in the Swiss Alps:
    evolution and drivers at multiple spatio-temporal scales

    With the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Universities of Fribourg (UniFr), Lausanne (UNIL) and Zurich (UZH), and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos are launching the RoDynAlpS project, the first comprehensive and consistent study of past, present and regional evolution of rock glaciers in Switzerland. Through the combination of local and region-wide remote sensing analyses, integrative field-based studies and detailed numerical modelling, the project will provide a complete framework for understanding the dynamics of rock glaciers in the context of climate change. RoDynAlpS is a 4-years project, starting in spring 2023.

    Read more about the project : RoDynAlpS – Open positions

    Job description (PostDoc)

    You will act as the corner stone of the project, support the activities of the project and facilitate national and international collaborations. On the basis of already existing and newly collected data, the Postdoc will develop numerical and conceptual models to advance our understanding of rock glacier dynamics in the Swiss Alps in close collaboration with the project members. The research direction can be negotiated in the framework of the project goals, depending on your expertise and preferences. Participation in fieldwork campaigns is possible and encouraged.

    The expected start date in position is May 1st 2023 at the earliest. The contract length is 1 year, renewable up to 4 years (until the completion of the RoDynAlpS project). The activity rate is 70%.

    Qualification requirements

    You hold a PhD degree in Geography/Geoscience and have experience in the field of permafrost creep and rock glacier dynamics. You are an independent researcher, with a strong research vision and you are capable of coordinating a team with different interests. Additionally, you are an expert in either data analysis, numerical modelling, or remote sensing. We encourage applications from motivated and creative individuals. You have very good oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of one of the Swiss national languages is an asset. Previous work experience in high-mountain terrain is beneficial.

    Working place

    The successful applicant will join the Alpine Geomorphology research group within the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    How to apply

    Application, in the form of a single pdf-file including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae (summarizing education, positions, academic work and two/three major research achievements), a list of publications, copies of educational certificates, contact information for at least 2-3 professional references (name, affiliation, relation to applicant, e-mail) to Nicole Equey . Please note that all documents should be in English.

    The review of the applications will start on January 10th 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

    For any question relative to the position and the application process, please contact Prof. Reynald Delaloye  and Alessandro Cicoira .

    Prof. Reynald Delaloye (UniFr) / Dr Alessandro Cicoira (UZH) / Dr Cécile Pellet (UniFr) / 01.12.2022