The TIMEleSS project aims at studying interfaces in the Earth’s mantle combining observations from seismology, mineral physics experiments, microstructures, and wave propagation modeling. It is supported through a bilateral grant, from the ANR in France and the DFG in Germany. The project is led by Sébastien Merkel and Nadège Hilairet at the Université de Lille, Christine Thomas and Carmen Sanchez-Valle from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, and Sergio Speziale from the Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam.

Project launch: March 2018
Duration: 36 months
Total ANR-DFG funding: 700 000 €

Latest news

TIMEleSS PI’s will be at EGU 2018!

9 January 2018 | Posted in TIMEleSS news

TIMEleSS PI’s are calling for abstractsat EGU 2018! Look for session sessions

Deadline for abstracts submission is tomorrow, Wednesday 10 January 2018, 13:00 CET. Hope to see you in Vienna !

TIMEleSS Sessions at EGU 2018

Opening for two PhD positions!

21 December 2017 | Posted in Open Position, TIMEleSS news

The TIMEleSS project is looking for 2 PhD student. Both students will investigate the link between microstructures, phase transitions and seismic structures in the Earth’s deep mantle using a combination of advanced diffraction methods at synchrotron sources and in-house experimental facilities. Both positions should start on March 1st, 2018, or whenever the position are filled.

The first position will be based at the Institute for Mineralogy of the University of Münster (Germany) under the supervision of  Prof. Dr. Carmen Sanchez-Valle and will focus on materials relevant for deep subducted slabs. The second position will be based at the Unité Matériaux et Transformations of the University of Lille (France) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sébastien Merkel and will focus on materials for an average mantle composition.

Candidates should contact Carmen Sanchez-Valle and Sébastien Merkel, following the procedures in the attached PDF files. The review process will start on January 15th, 2018, with all applications submitted until January 14th, 2018.

Details and application procedures:

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Partner institutions

Université de Lille CNRS   Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster  Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum

Participating laboratories

Unité Matériaux et Transformations, Université de Lille Institut für Geophysik, Universität Münster
Institut für Mineralogie, Universität Münster Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials, GFZ

Funding bodies


Agence Nationale de la Recherche Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft  Projet financé par l'ANR