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PhD Opportunity in Geology

a four-year fully-funded PhD position in Zircon Petrology at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The student will use a combination of experimental and metamorphic petrology to improve constraints on the use of zircon crystals as thermobarometers in metamorphic and magmatic processes. You will develop a zircon trace element thermobarometer and validate it using UHP metamorphic rocks. The
project will be carried out under supervision of Dr. Fraukje Brouwer (Metamorphic Petrology) and Prof. Wim van Westrenen (Experimental Petrology) with an extensive international team of collaborators.

More information on the job and the application procedure may be found at
The deadline for applications is 3 March, 2019 and the position is available from then.
The Institute of Applied Geosciences at Graz University of Technology invites applications for a 3 years full‐time Postdoctoral Researcher position in Isotope Geochemistry and Mineralogy funded through the recently funded FWF Met-Proxies project. The earliest starting date is May 1, 2019.

All applications submitted until the 20th of March will receive full consideration. Applications submitted after this date will be considered until the position is filled.
For further information contact Prof. Dr. Martin Dietzel or Dr. Vasileios Mavromatis (
PhD Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures” in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position commences as soon as possible.


The application deadline is 15.03.2019. Please send electronic applications to: .


Ernst Mach Grant ASEA (Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam) - Research Stays in Austria
The Ernst Mach Grant ASEA-UNINET within the framework of the ASEAN-European Academic University Network (ASEA-UNINET) enables students and researchers stays in Austria. The target group are PhD students, postdocs and lecturers at member institutions of the ASEA-UNINET.

Target group: graduates, postgraduates, postdocs

Countries of origin: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam

Duration: Graduates, Postdocs: 1 to 9 months | Postgraduates: max. 36 months

Funding organisation: OeAD-GmbH/ICM in cooperation with ASEA-UNINET (on behalf and financed by funds of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Closing date for applications: spring 2019

Calibrating geothermometers: integrating field, laboratory and well data for appraising thermal maturation of organic matter - NERC

Technology development and R&D within the petroleum sector has often been a result of response to demands and competition, tailored to specific needs without wider implications. Of prime importance is the ability to integrate data and methodologies from several sources to provide an holistic view of challenges and opportunities, particularly with respect to the thermal alteration of organic matter and thus potential reserves. With a significant shift towards unconventional resources (coal-bed methane, rifted volcanic basins) and the extension of mature basins, there is a need to develop and calibrate new laboratory and field assessment approaches. This project focusses on both field and lab-based techniques that have the capability to provide an updated framework for understanding the relationships between unconventional hydrocarbons, their thermal evolution and potential reserves.

Metamorphic aureoles around intrusions can be considered excellent natural laboratories for studying thermal alteration of organic matter, alongside carbonate and clay minerals in sedimentary rocks. Metamorphic index minerals, fluid inclusion analyses of silicate/carbonate minerals (δ18O for temperatures) and Raman spectroscopic analyses of carbonaceous materials will be combined to produce geothermometric data surrounding intrusions. These data will be calibrated against magmatic geothermometers (e.g. Al-in-olivine geothermometry) to constrain minimum temperatures of thermal alteration, alongside potential for constraining minimum and maximum cooling rates of emplaced material.

Samples will be collected from localities on the West coast of Scotland for a detailed suite of analyses of intrusions adjacent to organic rich shales (Raman spectroscopy of solid carbon, low grade metamorphic index minerals) and siliciclastics and carbonates (silicates/carbonates/cements, fluid inclusions).

This study will allow for a more complete appraisal of the extent of thermal alteration of sedimentary organic matter with implications for understanding the co-precipitation of organic and inorganic minerals and compounds, downhole logging correlation, basin wide thermal gradients in rifted margin settings and the efficacy of mineralogical geothermometers. Work will build upon research by Muirhead focused on the thermal alteration of organic materials and compliment research by Brasier on carbonate mineralisation and sediment diagenesis.
Understanding the thermal alteration of organic materials and their relationships to inorganic minerals has implications not just for the petroleum sector, but for any sub-surface fluid flow (e.g. aquifers, barriers to fluid flow, carbon capture and storage). The student will receive training in Raman spectroscopy, fluid inclusion microthermometry, scanning electron microscopy, alongside the integration of large datasets into data mining packages such as R. These will give the student a significant advantage when seeking employment or further academic roles, with the potential to generate important publications in these novel approaches. The student will join a large cohort of HC focused PhD students, including PhDs studying contact metamorphism, intrusion related maturation of hydrocarbons, fold-thrust belt thermal alteration of sedimentary organic matter, as well as those utilising Raman spectroscopy and fluid inclusion analyses.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Geology or a relevant subject.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘NERC’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

Application closing date is 12:00pm (GMT) on 1 March 2019. Applications received after this time will NOT be considered. Additionally, incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• CV
• 2 References (Academic, where possible)

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr D Muirhead ( with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School (

The start date of the project is 1 October 2019


Four Year PhD Position in Mineral Physics/Petrology in Mineral Physics/Petrology is available at the Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna. The position is embedded in an Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) funded, bilateral Austrian-­‐Russian project on “Fe-­‐Ti oxide inclusions and magnetism of oceanic gabbro”.

The PhD candidate will be based at the Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna and will be required to perform extended research stays at partner in Slovenia and Germany. The main task to be accomplished by the PhD candidate is the mineralogical and crystallographic characterization of Fe-­‐Ti oxide micro inclusions, including their sub-­‐micron scale internal microstructures, their orientation relationships to the host minerals as well as their chemical and
magnetic properties. The main method of investigation will be Transmission Electron Microscopy.
The preparatory characterization will be done in-­‐house using dedicated Scanning Electron Microscopy including Electron Backscatter Diffraction as well as targeted extraction of  TEM foils
using Focused Ion Beam technique.
The microstructural characterization at high resolution will be done using Transmission Electron Microscopy in collaboration with Prof. Dr. A. Recnik at the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubiana. The
grain-­‐internal magnetic structures will be investigated using electron holography in collaboration
with Prof Dr. R. Dunin-­‐Borkowski at the Ernst Ruska-­‐Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The
PhD candidate will be trained in SEM, EBSD, FIB and TEM techniques and will work  at the interface between crystal physics, petrology and geophysics.
We seek a highly motivated candidate with background in mineralogy/crystallography/petrology,
or material physics. The candidate should have a genuine interest in Transmission Electron Microscopy as well as in mineralogy/petrology and crystal physics. Experience in electron microscopy, in particular, TEM-­‐based microstructural research, will be beneficial.

The position should be filled by 1st of March 2019.
Further information is available from Prof Dr. R. Abart,
General information about the Department of Lithospheric Research and  the University of Vienna is
available at: and at
Please send your application to 
Prof. Dr. Rainer Abart 
Department of Lithospheric Research
Althanstraße 14 (UZA II),
Room: 2B327
Vienna, Austria

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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