Two PhD positions - Geneva, Switzerland

The Earth Surface Dynamics section at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, seeks high-quality applicants for two fully funded PhD studentships with the framework of the Marie Curie ITN project S2S-FUTURE.


Start date: 1 August 2020


Source-to-sink (S2S) systems describe the response of the Earth's surface to tectonic and climatic signals over geological times, from upstream zones of erosion (source) to ultimate deposition (sink). Understanding S2S systems is key to significantly improve humans' ability to predict the characteristics of sedimentary accumulations hosting essential societal and industrial resources (geomaterials, energy, minerals, groundwater, waste). Tomorrow's successful exploration of Earth's resources for future sustainable and responsible growth relies on training the next generation of researchers with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to S2S systems.

The S2S-FUTURE project, closely co-designed by academics and professional partners to enhance societal relevance and employment demand, has 3 major ambitions:
- Train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with the highest level of state-of-the-art concepts, techniques, and multidisciplinary knowledge to comprehend complex large-scale S2S systems with creativity, innovation, and numerical modeling tools.
- Empower these ESRs with acute awareness of career opportunities in both academic and non-academic sectors thanks to selected entrepreneurial skills and involvement into a diverse professional network of world leaders in the domain.
- Promote the efficiency of European S2S research and application to meet society needs through the establishment of a dynamic network of professional and the development of legacy tools that will ensure the network's perennity and its expansion beyond this ITN: a yearly S2S Summer School and a EU web­portal for S2S Europe and the S2S-FUTURE trained ESRs will be at the center of this network, in a unique place to contribute and benefit from future capacity building and breakthroughs of source-to-sink sedimentary research.


1. Impact of extreme hydrological perturbation on sediment distribution from source to sink, PETM, Spain:

2. Chemical weathering response to extreme global warming during Paleocene Eocene Hyperthermals, Southern Pyrenees, Spain:


The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020.

Details of how to apply can be found on the project website:

Further information

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