Postdoctoral fellowship in coastal paleoseismology/Quaternary environmental change in Belgium

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Geological Survey of Belgium, invites applicants for a research fellowship (postdoctoral level) in coastal paleoseismology/Quaternary environmental change. It will be a 1.5 year contract (January/February 2017- June 2018). Here’s the job advert:


The successful candidate will work within the framework of a research project funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office: ‘QuakeRecNankai’ – Paleo-tsunami and earthquake records of ruptures along the Nankai Trough, offshore South-Central Japan. The main goal of the QuakeRecNankai project is to generate a long time series of tsunami and megathrust earthquake recurrences, in order to gain a better understanding of the complex recurrence patterns, both in space and in time. To this end, the project will investigate the geological record of:

  • paleo-tsunami in the Lake Hamana coastal region and Sagara coastal plain, key sites located along the Tonankai and Tokai segments,
  • paleo-earthquakes, using suitable lakes from further inland locations (e.g. selected lakes in the Mount Fuji area, located along the Tokai segment).

The QuakeRecNankai project unites a consortium of international researchers with expertise in paleo-tsunami, limnogeological, paleoseismological and coastal research:

  • Prof. Marc De Batist – Universiteit Gent, Belgium (coordinator)
  • Prof. Vanessa Heyvaert – Geological Survey of Belgium, Belgium
  • Prof. Aurelia Ferrari – Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Prof. Helmut Bruckner – University of Cologne, Germany
  • Dr. Osamu Fujiwara – Geological Survey of Japan, Japan
  • Prof. Yusuke Yokoyama –University of Tokyo, Japan

More information about the project:


The postdoctoral researcher will need to conduct research on tsunami deposits in the Hamana and Sagara coastal plain region and will need to combine i) advanced sedimentological and geochemical analyses and ii) innovating dating techniques.
Profile of the candidate:

  • Ph.D. in sciences, Quaternary geology.
  • Skills in sedimentology of coastal systems, palaeoseismology, micropaleontology and tsunami deposits are highly desirable.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a clear desire for scientific visits to Japan.

Other competences:

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Projectmanagement.
  • Taking initiative, being able to meet objectives.

We offer:

  • Full-time position for a period of 1.5 year.
  • Salary scale: SW11.
  • Free public transport between place of residence and the Institute.


  • International candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications should include a CV, list of publications, a short (1-page) synopsis of previous research achievements and research plans and the names of at least two referees.
  • Applications and inquiries should be sent electronically to the email address below.
  • The closing date for applications is 15 December 2016.

Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen
Tav Vanessa Heyvaert
Belgische Geologische Dienst
Jennerstraat 13
1000 Brussel, België.

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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