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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,500 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
For section 2.6: Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics (Department 2: Geophysics), we are looking for a:

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.

Your responsibilities:

  • 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

Your qualifications:

  • 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

Start date: As soon as possible
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

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 30th July 2023. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at]gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]gfz-potsdam.de.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations. Members of the University of Lorraine (UdL · GeoRessources Laboratory) will be involved in the selection procedure. Your personal data will, of course, be treated confidentially and will be communicated to the involved person exclusively for the purpose of evaluating your professional suitability within the framework of this selection procedure. Once the procedure has been completed, the personal data will also be deleted there in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Fabrice Cotton (fabrice.cotton@gfz-potsdam.de) or Audrey Bonnelye (audrey.bonnelye@univ-lorraine.fr). If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

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