The Department of Earth Sciences is looking for a highly motivated and high potential scientist who applies advanced microscopy and analysis techniques combined with field, laboratory or modelling research with applications in geodynamics, geo-resources and/or geo-hazards. Fields of interest could include but are not limited to: nanogeosciences, imaging at all scales, deformation processes and tectonics of crust and upper mantle, shock metamorphism and impact craters, geo-materials for the energy transition, as well as fluid-rock interaction and digital rock physics. As our ambitious new colleague, you will strengthen research and education in Earth Sciences and develop your own internationally recognised research line that should be complementary to current team efforts and that is key to the long-term viability of department.
Our current fields of research include: field to nano-scale studies of rock deformation, fault gouges and ice sheets, fluid flow and fluid-rock interaction in high- and low-permeability (geo-)materials. We are also active in the development and application of novel electron microscopy and related techniques in Earth sciences. You are expected to contribute to the further development and application of advanced techniques such as atomic-resolution transmission TEM, ion and electron microscopy as well as X-ray (synchrotron) tomography. Moreover, you should have an interest in big data analysis of in situ electron and X-ray tomography experiments and contribute to the university’s initiative in open (data) science.
You will supervise and train PhD candidates and conduct research with a wide range of research groups in and outside the department. Besides, developing an independent line of research it would be of advantage to be interested in the trans-national access to our state-of-the-art laboratories within the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) programme.
You are expected to contribute to BSc and MSc courses in the Utrecht Earth-sciences programmes, e.g., in structural geology, earth materials, and field work, and supervise graduation projects. On average, the department aims for an equal contribution in educational and research activities for all its tenured academic staff, which comprises about 20% associated activities such as management tasks and committee work.