Conversations with the Earth

MSc, PhD Opportunity in Geology

Fully-funded PhD Position – Terrane Spotting: testing models for the
evolution of Earth’s first continents

The Institute of Applied Mineralogy and Economic Geology at RWTH Aachen University invites
applications for a DFG-funded PhD project within the framework of the DFG priority program
“Building a Habitable Earth” (SPP 1833). The SPP seeks to improve our understanding on how
Earth became the only known habitable planet, and offers a unique environment and
infrastructure for the training of early career researchers studying topics related to the evolution
of the early Earth (

One of the main goals of SPP 1833 is to better understand the geodynamic processes in which
Archean continental crust formed and to evaluate when and how plate tectonics began. In this
project, we aim to test two contrasting hypotheses–plate tectonic (mobile lid) versus non-plate
tectonic (stagnant lid)–for the formation of the Archean Lewisian Complex, Scotland, using a
combination of phase equilibrium modelling and in situ U–Pb, Lu–Hf, O isotope and trace
element analysis of zircon. The project will be supervised by Dr Annika Dziggel (RWTH Aachen
University) and Dr Tim Johnson (Curtin University).

The position will be for three years, starting January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (pay group 75% TVL13).
Applicants should have a Master’s or equivalent degree in Earth Sciences, and a strong
interest in phase equilibrium modelling and/or isotope geochemistry. The project will involve a
substantial field work element and requires a suitable level of physical fitness and excellent
field skills.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a letter detailing research interests and the names
and contact details of two referees, should be emailed as a single pdf file by October 01,
2018 to Annika Dziggel ( Information about the Institute of
Applied Mineralogy and Economic Geology at RWTH Aachen University can be found at

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a "Family-Friendly University". We particularly
welcome and encourage applications from women, people with disabilities and ethnic minority
groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The
principles of fair and open competition apply, and appointments will be made on merit.

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in eco-hydrology (Hydrological constraints on Rare Earth Elements dynamics in the regolith-plant continuum)
LIST, Luxembourg17 Nov or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Dating iron duricrusts in central Amazonia, Brazil: relation with paleoclimate change
GEOPS (University Paris Sud) and Institut de Mineralogie, de Physique des Materiaux et de Cosmochimie (UMR CNRS 7590, Sorbonne University, Paris), France01 Oct or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
4 PhD positions in Environmental Geochemistry
Soil Chemistry Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland31 Jul or until position is filled

Type: PhD Position
PhD position in aquatic biogeochemistry
Environmental Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology/ Department F. A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences/University of Geneva, Switzerland15 Jul or until position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Two Postdoctoral positions in Biogeo-chemical and Ecosystem Modeling
Global Water Futures Program, Ecohydrology Research Group, University of Waterloo, Canadauntil the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Research Assistant in Isotope Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry, University of Tuebingen, Germanyuntil the position is filled

Toward Sustainable Society with Natural Resources
-Development of Resource Exploration Technology in the Past Thirty Years and for the Future-
November 26-28, 2018 Kyoto, Japan
SPONSORED: by the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ)

CO-SPONSORED: by Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ), Inter-national Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG), Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technolo-gy (JAMSTEC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan Society of Geoinformatics (JSGI), Non-Profit Organization of Geological Infor-mation, Utilization, and Promotion (GUPI), and The Society of Resource Geology (SRG)


  • ISME (International Symposium on Mineral Exploration) is an international activity of the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Insti-tute of Japan (MMIJ). The purpose of ISME symposia is to bring together scientists ac-tively working on some diverse fields in order to foster the exchanges of ideas related to the methods or resource exploration, as noted by Singer and Kouda, 1993, Nonrenewable Resources, v. 2, no. 2, pp. 65-66.
    Emphasis of ISME-XV will be on state-of- the-art research related to resource exploration with a review of research outcome in the past thirty years in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of DETEC.
    Main topics are:
    + Mining/Petroleum Geology and Economic Geology
    + Mining and Petroleum Engineering
    + Applied Mineralogy
    + Geostatistics, Geoinformatics, and Mathematical methods
    + Geophysics and Geochemistry
    + Remote Sensing
    + Advanced Geographical Information System (GIS)
    + Resource Economics
    + Environmental Geology
    + Hydrogeology, Water Resources, and Water Conservation
    + Marine Resources
    + Natural Gas and Methane Hydrate
    + Geothermal Researches
    + Assessment Technologies and Risk Analysis
    + Exploration Strategies
    + Urban Mining and Recycling
    + Extraterrestrial Resource Exploration
    + Data-driven Science

    The exposition will be announced.


  • The 15th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration (ISME-XV) will be held at International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University Yoshida Campus, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan from Monday 26th to Wednesday 27th November 2018.
    General access information of the venue is available on the following website:


  • International Organizing Committee
    Chair: Kazuya Okada (President of Sumiko Resources Explora-tion & Development Co., Ltd.; Chair of DETEC-MMIJ)
    Co-Chair: Katsuaki Koike (Prof. of Kyoto University)
    Co-Chair: John Carranza (Prof. of University of KwaZulu-Natal)
    (Others are T.B.D.)


  • The ISME started in 1990 focusing on mineral resource ex-ploration in terms of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and then has developed to solve other problems of natural resources such as uranium, coal, natural gas, petroleum, methane hydrate, geo-thermal, groundwater, and aggregates, as well as the related environmental issues. The symposium will cover all aspects that can contribute to innovate resource exploration technolo-gy including the field of IT/IoT with Artificial Intelligence.
    The ISME proceedings have been published as proceedings volumes or in several special issues of the official journals of IAMG (Nonrenewable Resources and Natural Resources Re-search) and the Japan Society of Geoinformatics (Geoinfor-matics).


  • ISME Symposia have been held every two years from 1990 in Japan, and in various parts of the world in conjunction with annual conferences of IAMG (International Association for Mathematical Geology) and the IGC (International Geological Congress) as listed below;

    ●ISME-AI’90: Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 1990, Tokyo-Tsukuba, Japan
    - “The Use of Artificial Intelligence”, Special Issue in Journal of Geoinformatics, v. 2, no. 2, 1991
    ●ISME-II: Sep. 7-8, 1992, Tokyo, Japan
    -“Quantitative Methods of Resource Assessment, Integration of Geoscience Data and New Techniques for Exploration”, Special Issue in Nonrenewable Resources, v. 2, no. 2, 1993
    ●ISME-III: Oct. 4, 1994, Mont Tremblant, Canada (joint with IAMG)
    -“Visualization of Spatial Data”, Special Issue in Nonrenewable Resources, v. 4, no. 3, 1995
    ●ISME-IV: Aug. 10-11, 1996, Beijing, China (joint with IGC30)
    -“Deposit Modeling and Advanced GIS for Exploration”
    ●ISME-V: Aug. 20-21, 1998, Brisbane, Australia
    -“Mineral Exploration Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Support Systems”
    ●ISME-VI: Aug. 15-16, 2000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (joint with IGC31)
    -“Information Science in Mineral Exploration”
    ●ISME-VII: Aug. 20-21, 2002, NASA, California, USA
    -“Application of Artificial Neural Networks to the Earth Sciences”, Special Issue in Natural Resources Research, v. 12, nos. 2&3, 2003
    ●ISME-VIII: Aug. 22, 2004, Florence, Italy (joint with IGC32)
    -“Mathematical Geology for Resource Exploration,” Special Issue in Natural Resources Research of v. 14, no. 4, 2005.
    ●ISME-IX: Sep. 19-21, 2006, Bandung, Indonesia
    -“Toward New Frontiers for Resources Exploration and Sustainable Development”
    ●ISME-X: Aug. 4-16, 2008, Oslo, Norway (joint with IGC33)
    -“Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development”
    ●ISME-XI: Sep. 7-8, 2010, Espoo, Finland
    -“The Technological Challenges and Innovation of Resources Exploration, Subsurface Waste Disposal and Environment”
    ●ISME-XII: Aug. 5-10, 2012, Brisbane, Australia (joint with IGC34)
    -“Unearthing Our Past and Future ? Resourcing Tomorrow”
    ●ISME-XIII: Sep. 22-24, 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam
    -“Toward Sustainable Society with Natural Resources - Frontiers in Earth Resources Technologies and Environmental Conservation”
    ●ISME-XIV: Aug.27-Sep.4, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, (joint with IGC35)
    -“New Theories and Methods in Resources Exploration."


  • Abstracts Due: EXTEND UP TO May 30, 2018
    Author Notification: May 15, 2018
    Digital Camera Ready Paper Due: July 10, 2018
    Early Registration fee deadline: July 31, 2018
  • The abstracts will be reviewed by at least two referees selected by the Program Committee. Interested contributors should submit the abstract submission form before April 30, 2018 to <>. The form can be downloaded from the link given below.
    <Abstract Submission Form>
    Please include title, author(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone & fax, e-mail address, 3-5 keywords, and corresponding author with your submittal. Contributors should choose the presentation method of oral or poster, which might be re-determined by the Program Committee.
    The notified contributors should submit electronically one-page digital camera ready paper in English before July 10, 2018 to <>. The template file will be announced.

    Registration will start on June 1, 2018. Only papers of participants registered before July 31, 2018 will be included in the proceedings volume. The full papers will be published in an appropriate journal or a book. For more details, please contact to the conference secretariats.


  • Before July 31
    General 25,000JPY
    Student 15,000JPY
    (Note) Lunch, banquet, ice breaker and excursion are excluded
  • After July 31
    General 30,000JPY
    Student 15,000JPY
    (Note) Lunch, banquet, ice breaker and excursion are excluded.
  • Methods of CREDIT CARD payment will be announced in later.


  • The official language of the symposium will be English.


  • November, 2018
    26(Mon): Technical sessions with Keynote Lectures & Ice Breaker
    27(Tue): Technical sessions with Keynote Lectures & Banquet
    28(Wed): Excursion

6th Indonesia International Geothermal Conference & Exhibition, 5-8 Sept. 2018

The Indonesian Geothermal Association (INAGA) has announced the dates for the 2018 Indonesia International Geothermal Congress & Exhibition IIGCE.

The event will take place September 5-8, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The IIGCE is the 6th edition of the key geothermal event for Indonesia’s growing geothermal market.

With this year’s theme “Empowering Geothermal for Indonesia’s Energy Sustainability”. We proudly encourage you to be part of the region’s premier event in Geothermal industry and benefit from its advanced programs.

Submission guidelines:
- Abstract should be written in English and limited to 500 words
- The full manuscript should be submitted in English
- All abstract will be evaluated highly on originality and technical value, any improvement, refinement and development can be completed while preparing and editing the full manuscript

Important dates:
Deadline for Abstract Submission : 7 May 2018
Notification of Acceptance: 8 June 2018
Deadline for Full Manuscript Submission: 27 July 2018
Deadline for PPT Submission: 27 August 2018


Web informasi tentang Magister, PhD dan PostDoc terutama dalam ilmu kebumian: 

a. LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) Departemen Keuangan Indonesia
b. OeAD (Lembaga Pengelola Beasiswa di Austria) atau
c. DAAD (Lembaga Pengelola Beasiswa di Jerman, link DAAD Jakarta) atau link DAAD Germany
d. Monbukagakusho (Beasiswa di Jepang)
e. Australia Awards (Beasiswa di Australia)
g. NHM - mineral deposits group (Inggris) - informasi terkait PhD dan post doc 


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