PostDoc (f_m_x) Mechanical behavior of fault zone in-situ experiment and numerical modelling
Reference Number 7698
The understanding of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of fault zones or in naturally fractured reservoirs is essential both for fundamental and applied sciences and in particular for the safety assessment of radioactive waste disposal facilities. The overall objective of so-called in-situ experiments is to better understand the physical processes occurring in natural systems but under controlled conditions with extensive monitoring systems. The bilateral DFG/ANR proposal CHENILLE (Coupled beHavior undErstaNdIng of fauLts: from the Laboratory to the field) aims at highlighting the physical processes controlling fault mechanics at different scales. In this frame, a thermally controlled in-situ fluid injection experiment is intended to be performed on a strike-slip fault zone outcropping at the Tournemire/France Underground Research Laboratory (URL). A heating system has been installed around the injection area to enable a precise and controlled incremental increase of the thermal load. Different monitoring systems are designed to measure the seismic and aseismic deformation induced either by thermal and/or by hydraulic loading.
- Collaborate closely in an interdisciplinary context (fault mechanics, computation of in-situ experiment dataset, numerical modelling)
- Present, publish and communicate research results at scientific meetings and in scholarly journals
- The project will involve frequent business trips to Nancy (France) to collaborate with Dr. Audrey Bonnelye (the PI of the project)
- Handling the data resulting from the hydraulic stimulation
- Developing numerical modelling based on the previously acquired datasets
- A Master`s degree or equivalent and a PhD in the domains of Geomechanics or Geophysics
- Fluency in English
- Good communication skills
- Strong interest in fault mechanics
- Experience with numerical modelling would be appreciated
What we offer:
- Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Public service benefits
- Extensive training opportunities
- Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
- Flexible working hours and conditions
- Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
- Institute day-care centre on site
- Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
- Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
Fixed-term: 24 months
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam
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