Physics of multiscale fluid-melt migration across the deforming subduction interface

Postdoctoral position in coupled fluid-melt migration at plate boundaries

Main host institution: ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Secondement Institutions: CISC Spain, CNRS

The Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research scientist in modelling fluid-melt migration in subduction interfaces. The successful applicant will join the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group and work in a multi-disciplinary environment in close collaboration with Dr. Dave A. May and Prof. Taras Gerya. The appointment is for a fixed term period of 24 months.
The candidate will develop and validate both two- and three-dimensional models of two-phase flow which will be used to study the percolation of reacting fluid and/or melt through the deforming subduction interface. The research entails both the development of appropriate spatial discretisations and their implementation in three-dimensions.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Earth Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline. As a pre-requisite, applicants must have experience in geodynamic modelling, specifically in one or more of the following areas; mantle convection, thermo-mechanical models of the lithosphere, glaciology or two-phase flow. A strong background in mathematics and knowledge of either finite-element or finite-difference discretisations, together with a strong understanding of the C programming language are essential. Experience with developing software for distributed memory parallel computing environments is highly advantageous.

ETHZ is situated in the heart of down town Zurich. Zurich is an extremely livable city and has one of the highest qualities of life in the world. The salary offered is very competitive and in accordance with EU standards and the cost of living in Switzerland. The candidate will additionally collaborate with researchers at the secondement institutions.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Dave May ( or Prof. Taras Gerya (
Starting date is expected between January and May 2014.
Deadline for applications is November 13th , 2013.