Post-doc Researcher in Earth Science -- Volcanic Landscape modelling

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/03/2020 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Brussels

The EVoLvE project

The EVoLvE project - Modelling temporal evolution of volcano landscape through erosion – is a fundamental research project funded by FWO – Flanders for the period 2020-23, under the coordination of Prof. Matthieu Kervyn in the Physical Geography research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The EVoLvE project aims at a better understanding the long term morphological evolution of volcanoes.

Volcanoes are highly dynamic geomorphological features which grow through eruption and erode rapidly. Although the fact that volcano landscapes change on short (1 – 10² yr) or long-term (105 - 106 yr) is evident, these processes and their controlling factors remains poorly constrained. This project aims to employ novel analogue and numerical models of landscape evolution with the fractal characterization of volcano shapes to develop a comprehensive model of long-term volcano morphology evolution.

The EVoLvE post-doc research will be in charge of adapting a state-of-the-art landscape evolution model to reproduce patterns and rates of volcano degradation. The end product will be an integrated numerical model that accounts for both constructive and destructive processes and is capable of simulating long-term volcanic landscape evolution toward a better interpretation of current volcano morphologies.

Research group and international collaboration

The EVoLvE project brings together a multidisciplinary research team, composed of dynamic scientists with expertise in tectonic geomorphology modelling (Prof. Liran Goren, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), volcano geomorphology (Dr Gabor Kereszturi; Massey University, New Zealand), and volcano morphometry and analogue modelling (Prof. Matthieu Kervyn, VUB Belgium). Specifically, the post-doc researcher will be co-supervised by L. Goren and Prof. Matthieu Kervyn and research visits at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will be organized during the second year of the project. Dr Benjamin Campforts (at CSDMS Boulder Colorado) will also collaborate on the development of the numerical model. Interactions with volcano geomorphologists is foreseen through a project steering committee.

Selection process

Inquiries about this position and applications should be submitted per email to Prof. Matthieu Kervyn (makervyn@vub.be). The application deadline is 31 March 2020.

Application should include a motivation letter, a complete curriculum vitae including a full list of scientific outputs and a short description of previous research, and contact details of two academic referees. Copies of the MSc and PhD diploma’s are also required.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. An (online) interview will be undertaken with suitable candidates before an offer is made

Offer Requirements


The selected applicant will hold a PhD in Earth sciences (Physical Geography, Geology or related fields), with demonstrated expertise in numerical modelling of Earth surface processes. The applicant is expected to have experience in developing codes in Python, Matlab, Fortran, or other relevant programming languages. Experience with landscape evolution modeling (Landlab, TT-LEM, DAC …), geomorphological and/or volcanic processes are additional assets. The selected applicant will be fluent in English.

The selected applicant should have a demonstrated record of scientific publications in international peer-review journals. Experience in project coordination and supervision of master and PhD students will be considered as strong assets.

The selected applicant will take a coordination role in the EVoLvE project, including organizing project meetings, maintaining contact with the project steering committee, contributing to the yearly reports, and participating in the supervision of one PhD project. A limited contribution in teaching activities and supervision of master students will be expected.

The post-doctoral researcher will be funded for an initial period of 24 months, with a possibility of extension for one extra year. The position is expected to start between May and September 2020.

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