TIMEleSS Annual Meeting

TIMEleSS Annual Meeting, Aachen, Germany, July 2019

The TIMEleSS Annual Meeting was held at the Jugendherberge in Aachen, Germany, on 23-24 July 2019. Members from the Université de Lille (Julien Chantel, Jeffrey Gay, Estelle Ledoux, Sébastien Merkel), the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (Matthias Krug, Federica Rochira, Morvarid Saki, Christine Thomas), and the Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam (Sergio Speziale) met for two days to discuss current advances and future plans.

The first day was dedicated to progress report by the PhD students followed by a scientific presentation by our guest Morvarid Saki. Projects members discussed potential interactions and plans for the next year during the second day.

The meeting a was great opportunity to highlight the current achievements of the project and to focus the work that remains. We now have lot’s of projects and results to look forward to. See you next year for the next meeting and further results!

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

The TIMEleSS project is looking for a post-doctoral fellow. The position is available for 1 year and extendable. The position is attached to the Earth and Planetary Materials group the Unité Matériaux et Transformations, at the Université de Lille, France, with strong collaborations with the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Münster.

The candidate should have a strong background in deep Earth seismology and/or wave propagation in complex media and/or mineral physics and will be in charge of connecting mineral physics knowledge of phase transformations and microstructures in the Earth’s mantle to potential observations of seismic reflections and scattering.

Details on the position, conditions, and requirements can be found in the following document.

Startup meeting for TIMEleSS

TIMEleSS startup meeting in Münster, October 2018

All TIMEleSS projects have now officially started! TIMEleSS members are in Münster for their startup meeting, with presentations from the PI’s, starting PhD students, and guests.

Participants include (left to right, standing up) Sergio Speziale, Carmen Sanchez-Valle, Tine Thomas, Jeff Gay, Federica Rochira, Matthias Krug, Julien Chantel, Melissa Achorner, (left to right, sitting down) Morvarid Saki, Sébastien Merkel, Angelo Pisconti, Estelle Ledoux.

Opening for two PhD positions!

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:

The TIMEleSS project was selected!

Good news during the gray fall months of 2017: the TIMEleSS project has been selected!

The TIMEleSS acronym stands for “Phase TransformatIons, MicrostructurEs, and their Seismic Signals from the Earth’s mantle”. We will receive a bilateral grant, from the ANR in France and the DFG in Germany, for a total sum of approximately 700 k€. The project includes salaries for 3 PhD students, 1 post-doc, undergraduate works, travel, consumables, and some equipment for our experiments.

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.

With the project, we aim at studying deep mantle discontinuities through a combined mineral physics — seismology approach. The combination of both mineral physics and seismology input be used to model deep mantle processes.

The scientific project is planned to start in the spring of 2018 and will run for 3 years. Stay tuned!