Jobs in Topomod

The core of the TOPOMOD Initial Training Network are cross-disciplinary research projects with the aim of investigating and modelling the origin and evolution of topography of the continents over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.

Each project is co-supervised by at least two senior scientists from  different partner institutions.

SubprojectTitle Supervisors (primary host institution) Co- supervision Fellow
ESR 1 – Topographic evolution of growing mountain belts Hovius (GFZ) Willett (ETH-Zurich) Odin MARC
ESR 2 – Multiscale, multidimensional deformation patterns of continental interiors: simulation and analysis – decoding? Oncken/Rosenau (GFZ) Funiciello (Roma TRE) Tasca SANTIMANO

ESR 3 – The structure, mechanics and petrophysical properties of active fault zones in siliciclastic sediments Rossetti (Roma TRE) Storti (Parma), De Paola (Durham) Gabriele CALZOLARI
ESR 4 – Interaction between tectonics and surface processes in the Zagros mountains Burg (ETH-Zurich)/Castelltort (Geneva) Kaus (Mainz)/Yamato (Rennes I) Marine COLLIGNON
ESR 5 – Suture zone inversion during back-arc extension with application to
the Aegean.
Brun (Rennes I)/Gueydan (Montpellier) Fort (G.O.Logical Consulting) Konstantinos
ESR 6 – Links between anomalous topography and large-scale tectonics in southern India Burg (ETH-Zurich) Cloetingh (Amsterdam) Sanjay Kumar

ESR 7 – Exploring the topography time scale in volcanic rifts Walter (GFZ) Acocella (Roma TRE) Mehdi
ESR 8 – Mechanics of faulting and exhumation of metamorphic rocks Gueydan (Montpellier)/Brun (Rennes I) Sokoutis (Amsterdam) Gianluca
ESR 9 – Rheological and Structural Inheritance: Key Players in the Tectonic Evolution of Intraplate Deformation? Sokoutis (Utrecht) Burg (ETH-Zurich) Elisa CALIGNANO
ESR 10 – Seismic characterization of intracratonic orogens Carbonell (ICTJA-CSIC) Storti
Siddique A. EHSAN
ESR 11 – Dynamic modelling of magmatism after continental collision van Hunen (Durham) Villaseñor (ICTJA-CSIC) Lars KAISLANIEMI
ESR12 – Mantle characterization and dynamic topography Fernandez (ICTJA-CSIC) Faccenna (Roma TRE) Jan
ESR 13 – Lithosphere dynamics and topography contributions from the deeper mantle van Hunen (Durham) Villaseñor/Fernandez (ICTJA-CSIC) Hongliang WANG
ESR14 - Slab interactions during the closure of the Tethys: control on the evolution of the Meso-Cenozoic Mediterraenean orogenesis
Faccenna, Funiciello (Roma TRE)  Guillaume (Rennes) Agnes
ER 1 – Unraveling the deep origin of topography: insights from modeling Funiciello (Roma TRE) Husson (Rennes I) Antoine ROZEL
ER 2 – Evolution of oblique continental rifting: comparison through experimental modelling and analysis of the Main Ethiopian Rift natural laboratory Sokoutis (Utrecht) Corti (Firenze) Mélody PHILIPPON


All TOPOMOD positions are conditionned to the general EC Marie Curie conditions for Initial Training Networks :

1) Research Experience: only researchers who are in the first stage of their career can apply.
In particular:
ESR : Early-stage researchers  (PhD = 36 months fellowships)
: must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
only ESR14 is a 18 months fellowship.
ER: Experienced researcher  (Postdoc = 24 months fellowships)
must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience and must also have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience

(Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate)

2) Mobility Conditions:
researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date


  • Full employment contract with social security
  • Net monthly salary depending on the country of the host institution (correction for variations in cost of life) and on the family status at the time of recruitment
  • Yearly travel allowance of €250-2500 (fixed amount that depends on the distance between the country of origin and the host institution)
  • A career exploratory allowance of €2000 (single payment)
  • Guaranteed funding for the research project and training activities

Each ESR and ER will have a personalised training program mutually agreed on recruitment, which will directly reflect his/her personal training needs and career objectives.


The application must be accompanied by the  Curriculum Vitae and by academic credentials (mark sheets and degree statements). Submissions will be not considered eligible without these documents. The candidate is asked to clearly state his/her motivations into the submission form.

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  • February, 2011: Applications open. Contacts between applicants and supervisors.
  • October, 2011: Recruiting completed
  • June, 2013: Recruiting (ESR14) completed


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