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Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher position:

Evolution of permeability in Krafla’s geothermal field and associated seismo-acoustic patterns.


General information
This position is one of the 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN) IMPROVE project. IMPROVE is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA). It can lead to a PhD, but not necessarily. IMPROVE is a highly cooperative multi-disciplinary network of European Research Institutes and Small-Medium Enterprises. In IMPROVE, 15 Early Stage Researchers are trained to innovative research in volcano science extending across the academia-industry bridge, and including cooperative work, leadership skills, and independent thinking. Volcano science includes from innovative monitoring and prospecting to advanced laboratory experiments, High Performance Computing, and Artificial Intelligence.

All positions are for a length of 36 months, with EU standard salary for MSCA-ETN fellowships. The anticipated start date is March 2022.

For further information on the project and positions, please see the IMPROVE website:

Project description
The objectives of this project are to determine permeability and resultant volatile flux as well as their evolution with respect to petrology and alteration, in the shallow geothermal field of Krafla caldera, Iceland, down to the magma/rock interface (<2 km depth) and further to link volatile flux through a characterized permeable network to seismic patterns and their evolution in time.
The project has a strong experimental, lab-based component dealing with acoustic emission (AE) measurements and analysis of obtained signals working at elevated PT conditions (currently foreseen: up to 400°C and 25 MPa). it is complemented with the physico-chemical and textural characterization of surface, subsurface & magmatic rocks (SEM, Raman, EMPA, XRF,..) and the determination of the effects of hydrothermal alteration on petrophysical properties (density, porosity, permeability, strength) using state-of the art methodology.

Required skills and experience
We welcome applications from candidates who fulfil the following criteria:

  • A completed research-oriented university degree, such as a Master's degree or BSc Hons, in a Geosciences, Geophysics, or related disciplines
  • Experience in academic or scientific environment
  • A good command of English, both verbal and written
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for research, combined with scientific curiosity, reliability and the capacity to teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Experience with experimental laboratory work is highly beneficial
  • Programming ability (e.g. python, matlab) and experience with signal processing and numerical modelling is beneficial
  • Additional background in seismology, rock mechanics or alteration mineralogy is welcome
  • Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • Willingness for research visits of several weeks at partner institutions of IMPROVE

Candidates must meet the following requisites:

  • 1. Be of any nationality, but not having resided or carried out their main activity (job, studies, …) in the country of appointment for more than 1 year in the past 3 years.
  • 2. Be within 4 years from the degree that in their country, or in the country of appointment, gives access to a PhD.
  • 3. Not having completed a PhD. Current PhD students can apply.

What we offer

  • Integration in a versatile European Training network with dedicated workshops, research visits and high level of intellectual exchange with your peers and supervisors
  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in the dynamic, interdisciplinary and international research environment at LMU Munich
  • Secondments at various institutions and small companies during the PhD, foreseen are: DIAS (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), and INGV(Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) Bologna, . Landsvirkjun icelandic geothermal company, Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre), and Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam (GFZ).
  • Close supervision and technical support

We offer a full-time position with 40 working hours per week. Salary is based on the EU standard salary for MSCA-ETN fellowships, minimum gross wage is 3100 euros before local taxes, plus a mobility allowance and possibly a family allowance. The period of employment is 3 years. The anticipated start date is March 2022.

How to apply:
The application and supporting documentation must be in English.
Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The Application must be in a form of a single PDF file and include:

  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A CV including relevant competences, skills
  • A publication list, if applicable
  • An abstract of your MSc thesis
  • Copies of degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records for previous studies (Bachelor and/or Master). Please indicate expected date of graduation if your Master’s degree is not completed
  • Contact information of two references

General information
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage applications from qualified candidates, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.
IMPROVE ensures equal opportunities with respect to gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other aspects different from quality and competence.

Application deadline: 31. December 2021.
Please submit your application electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Prof. Dr. Bettina Scheu, e-mail: