The institut de physique du globe de Paris has an opening for a postdoctoral position to carry out research in tectonics and structural geology. The project (PI: Martine Simoes) is funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) to assess active deformation and seismic hazards in slowly deforming orogens, by quantifying deformation over various timescales, from long-term geological deformation down in time to short-term processes at the scale of the seismic cycle. The Western Kunlun mountain range (China) will be considered as a case example.
The postdoctoral fellow will take an active role in the quantification of deformation across this mountain range and its foreland basin (the Tarim Basin) over the long-term, i.e. over several Myr to 10s Myr. The objectives of this work will be to assess active structures, their contribution to cumulative shortening, the overall shortening rate to be accommodated across the mountain range and the eventual evolution over time of these parameters. To complete this task, the postdoctoral fellow will take advantage of the extensive and unique compilation of geological observations, maps and seismic profiles that our group has recently compiled at the regional scale. Depending on the obtaining of permits, he/she will also participate to data acquisition in the field. Based on these data, he/she will build balanced cross-sections and will make an efficient use of the exceptional sedimentary archives to define the timing of faults from growth strata, their cumulative shortening and will from there incrementally restore the evolution of deformation. The acquired knowledge on the long-term kinematics of deformation will also be used to quantify a first-order thermal structure of the mountain range and its foreland basin.
The candidate will benefit from various interactions and collaborations within the Tectonics group of the institut de physique du globe de Paris and elsewhere to additionally propose and develop his/her own line of research. The postdoctoral fellow will present his/her scientific results in international meetings, and write scientific papers to be published in peer-reviewed international journals.
Duration / Salary
This postdoctoral position is proposed for a duration of 24 months, to be started as early as September 2019 and at latest by January 2020. Net salary will depend on previous experience of the candidate, and will average ~25 k€/year.
The candidates should have completed a PhD degree in tectonics or structural geology, with experience in building and restoring geological cross-sections. The applicants are expected to send their curriculum and a brief summary of their past research experience and scientific results to Laurie Barrier and Martine Simoes.
The names and contact information of two (or more) referees will also be provided.
Applications are open and will be considered upon reception as long as the position is vacant.