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Job posted by LMU (13/01/2014 15.53)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy 13 ESR positions

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VERTIGO (Volcanic ash: fiEld, expeRimenTal and numerIcal investiGations of prOcesses during its lifecycle) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. Its aim is research and training on all aspects of physico-chemical processes during the lifecycle of volcanic ash: from formation in a volcano, through changes during the dispersal in the atmosphere to the impacts on life and society. The 4-year project starts on January 1, 2014. The network is coordinated by the Mineralogy Section of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), Germany.

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Short description of the 13 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects with working title and host institution. For information on a specific ESR project please contact the indicated scientist-in-charge. For application, please send your CV and name and adress of three referees.

ESR 1: "The causes and consequences of large-scale volcanic ash aggregation."
Host institution: LMU (Ulrich Kueppers:

ESR 2: "A new look into explosive volcanic eruptions: integrated shock-tube experiments, field- and laboratory-based high-speed imaging and textural characterisation of pyroclasts."
Host institution: LMU (Ulrich Kueppers:

ESR 3: "Airline companies and volcanic eruptions: Approaches to better combine information from different research disciplines (atmospheric measurements, modelling, engineering)."
Host institution: LMU (Matthias Wiegner:

ESR 4: "Volcanic ash production during longlasting obsidian lava eruptions."
Host institution: JGU (Jonathan Castro:

ESR 5: "Modelling aggregation of ash particles in volcanic plumes and the effect on ash cloud dispersion."
Host institution: INGV (Antonio Costa:

ESR 6: "Field-based study of volcanic ash via visible and thermal high-speed imaging of explosive eruptions."
Host institution: INGV (Jacopo Taddeucci:

ESR 7: "Impact of volcanic ash deposits on soil."
Host institution: UCL (Pierre Delmelle:

ESR 8:Empirical constraints on aero-engine components tolerance following ingestion of volcanic ash."
Host institution: NILU. Application deadline has pa

ESR 9: "Environmental and anthropogenic factors affecting the respiratory toxicity of volcanic ash."
Host institution: UDUR (Claire Horwell:

ESR 10: "Laboratory simulations of gas-pyroclast flows: Investigating the effect of particle concentration, electrification, aggregation and re-entrainment in a recirculating windtunnel."
Host institution: AU (Jon Merrison:

ESR 11: "Numerical modelling and fractal analysis of magma fragmentation based on grain-size distributions of natural pyroclastic deposits."
Host institution: UNIPG (Diego Perugini:

ESR 12: "High-resolution geochemical mapping of volcanic ash: constraining the effect of syneruptive magma mixing on eruptive style and ash distribution."
Host institution: UNIPG (Diego Perugini:

ESR 13: "Derivation of volcanic ash mass concentration from in-situ and groundbased aerosol measurements."
Host institution: DLR (Bernadett Weinzierl:

Nr of positions available : 13

Research Fields

Environmental science - Earth science
Chemistry - Biochemistry
Pharmacological sciences - Toxicology

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)


Salaries are complemented by substantial support for mobility and travel.

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Eligibility Criteria:

1. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

2. Early-Stage Researchers must (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

3. Good written and oral knowledge of English BEFORE starting the contract (TOEFL test or equivalent required)

Further information on application procedures is available on the project webpage:


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Language ENGLISH
Language Level Good
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Degree Field Other
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Degree Master of Science
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Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), GERMANY (Coordinating Institution)

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Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU)

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Public Research
Theresienstr. 41
80333 - Munich
email u.kueppers@lmu.deemail greta.kueppers@min.uni-muenchen.de