Two PhD positions on Krafla volcano at Univ. Iceland - EU Marie Curie ETN IMPROVE

Halldór Geirsson - HI hgeirs at
Tue Dec 21 10:14:14 UTC 2021

Dear colleagues, sorry for cross-postings,

with this e-mail we want to draw attention to two PhD positions (Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions) currently being advertised at the University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences.  The PhD projects form a part of the Marie Curie ETN network IMPROVE ( Please circulate to those that you think may be interested.

IMPROVE ESR 5 will use data on the Krafla fires in 1975-1984 and geothermal numerical modeling to study the effects of a major intrusive event on a volcanic geothermal area.

IMPROVE ESR 6 will use various techniques and data to constrain realistic Earth parameters and develop an improved 3D model of the elastic, visco- and poro-elastic structure of Krafla.

Candidates must meet the following requisites:

  1.  Be of any nationality, but not having resided or carried out their main activity (job, studies) in the country of appointment for more than 1 year in the past 3 years.
  2.  Be within 4 years from the degree that in their country, or in the country of appointment, gives access to a PhD.
  3.  Not having completed a PhD. Current PhD students can apply.

The application deadline is 3 January 2022, and the candidate is expected to start in March 2022.  Further details and on how to apply can be found here:

IMPROVE is a highly cooperative multi-disciplinary network of European Research Institutes and Small-Medium Enterprises. In IMPROVE, 15 Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) are trained in innovative research within volcano science extending across the academia-industry bridge, and including cooperative work, leadership skills, and independent thinking. Volcano science includes from innovative monitoring and prospecting to advanced lab experiments, High Performance Computing, and Artificial Intelligence. Two volcanic areas provide ideal cases for relevant scientific advance and training-through-research: Mount Etna in Sicily, one of the most monitored volcanoes in the world and the place where to extend our understanding of active volcano dynamics; and the Krafla caldera in Iceland, site of a large geothermal circulation system largely exploited for energy production, and of a shallow magmatic intrusion which is catalyzing break-through research from all over the world.

Halldór Geirsson (hgeirs at, Magnús T. Gudmundsson (mtg at and Freysteinn Sigmundsson (fs at


Institute of Earth Sciences

University of Iceland

Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

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