PhD position in experimental petrology

Marie-Curie Initial Training Network ABYSS (ESR1)

Training network on reactive geological systems from the mantle to the abyssal sub-seafloor

Host institution: Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università Degli Studi di Milano (Italy) / Secondment institutions: Petroceramics SpA, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz Universität Hannover

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Milano seeks to appoint a PhD student for a research project in experimental petrology with main focus on melt-rocks interactions at mantle-crust interface governing the formation of the oceanic lithosphere. The successful applicant will use HP-HT experimental and analytical facilities available at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Milan. To investigate crustal conditions the successful candidate will work in close collaboration with J. Koepke of the Leibniz Universität of Hannover.

Methods: Experiments in static and rocking piston cylinders and in Internally Heated Pressure Vessel; WDS/EDS electron microprobe, LA-ICP-MS, TEM, SEM image analysis. Thermodynamic modeling and phase petrology.

Goals: Understanding the role of melt-rock reactions and fractional crystallization on the origin of mafic cumulates within the oceanic lithosphere, combined with data on natural occurrences obtained in parallel projects within the network.

Requirements: Candidates must hold an MSc in Earth Sciences. Experience in petrology and analytical geochemistry is advantageous.

This fellowship is for a period of 36 months starting on (no later than) November 1, 2014.

For further information, contact: P. Fumagalli (

This position has been filled