Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: MSCA-IF 2017 at the Department of Geodynamics

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    01/09/2018 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Project Office
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Professor Domingo Aerden, from the Department of Geodynamics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in this university. Applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information in the participant guide: http://sl.ugr.es/097k).

The Faculty of Sciences at the University of Granada is one of the biggest ones in Spain. There are three geology departmenets with a total of about academic 75 staff: Department of Geodynamics, Department of Mineralogy and Petrology and Department of Stratigraphy and Paleontology. It is located in the Centre of Granada, at the foot of Sierra Nevada. Our research group of about 18 people studies active and ancient tectonics of the Betic-Rif Cordillera and the Variscan orogen in Spain and North Africa.

It is proposed that the post-doctoral researcher will study the kinematics of the Variscan Belt in the Iberian Massif and the Pyrenees through a combination of field work, 3D microstructural analysis and geochronology. Oriented samples of porphyroblastic micaschist will be collected from selected regions and studied in precisely oriented horizontal and vertical thin sections. Aerden (2004) has shown that inclusion trail trends are regionally consistent in the Iberian Massif and record a previously unrecognized succession of crustal shortening directions and corresponding fold trends. These fold trends are preserved in the form of "FIA" (Foliation Intersection Axes) within metamorphic porphyroblasts that grew over an extended period of time (ca. 370-300Ma). The study of such microstructures with new 3D techniques and the dating of porphyroblasts and mineral inclusions provides a unique opportunity to unravel the tectonic evolution of the Variscan belt in Spain and resolve a current controversy regarding the formation mechanism, even existence, of the Central Iberian Arc. Field work and microstructural analysis at the University of Granada will be combined with Sm-Nd (TIMS) dating of garnet porphyroblasts at Boston College (USA) supervised by prof. Ethan Baxter and U-Pb dating of monazite grains within porphyroblasts and their matrix will be done in collaboration with Prof. Valérie Bosse (University of Clermont-Ferrand). Alternatively, a similar project can be proposed in any orogen where the postdoctoral researcher has a particular interest in.

Research Area:

  • Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor (aerden@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)