GeoCAM project is looking for a PhD candidate to carry out the PhD Thesis in the field of geodynamics of the Central Alpine Mediterranean Orogenic System.
Project: Geodynamics of the Central Alpine Mediterranean Orogenic System: Mantle characterization and vertical motions
•Reference number: PGC2018-095154-B-I00
The project where the PhD student will participate aims to bring new light on how the Central Alpine Mediterranean Orogenic System has been shaped by the Africa-Eurasia convergence and on the triggering mechanisms that accommodated this convergence. We also aim at clarifying the impact of these events on the surface mass redistribution and the conditions under which the Tyrrhenian, Adriatic and Pannonian sedimentary basins (main repositories of natural resources in the region). For this we will perform numerical modeling on a transect crossing the Central Mediterranean through the Tyrrhenian back-arc oceanic basin, the Apennines fold belt, the doubly subducting Adriatic Sea, the Dinarides fold belt, the Pannonian back-arc continental basin and the Carpathians fold belt to the SW of the stable Eurasia plate. Our methods combine geophysical, structural and petrological data to infer the crustal and upper mantle structure. We will apply both static (present-day) lithospheric structure and geodynamic modelling to account for mantle seismic velocities, surface heat flow measurements, elevation, gravity and geoid anomalies, and sedimentation/erosion data. We will obtain a new balanced geological cross-section of the lithosphere consistent with plate reconstructions and geophysical data.
Requirements and valuable skills
- Solid geophysic and geological background
- Skills and interest in programmig (GIS)
- Knowledge of Linux shell scripting for software development
- Knowledge of Phyton programming for for software development