Vacancies at the department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
The Department of Earth Sciences conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of Biogeology, Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics and Hydrogeology. Research is integrated into four interdisciplinary programmes addressing the structure and dynamics of the planetary interior, the evolution of the lithosphere, the properties of Earth materials, as well as actuo- and paleo-environments and climates.

The following vacancies are currently available:

Open invitation for PhD positions at the Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht
The faculty invites open applications for PhD research positions. In addition to the positions above, we welcome original proposals by highly motivated and excellent individuals seeking a Ph.D. position at Utrecht University. These open applications should include a letter of motivation, a description of the proposed research (area and project), your CV and at least two letters of recommendation. Original proposals can be send in througout the year (ivau@geo.uu.nl) and will be evaluated on behalf of the board of the research institute on a regular basis, in general in the time span of 2 to 4 months.

The main subjects of evaluation are:
- how do we judge the quality of the proposal?
- does the proposal fit into the departements research programmes?
- do we have the interest, expertise, and availability of a promotor and - more important - an appropiate daily supervisor?
- can we find the budget, either within our own finances, from national or international scientific funding institutes or from industry?

There is no specific format required for the application, but we advice to use 4 pages, 10 pts, as a maximum for the actual description of the research area and research plan.
Suggestions for funding, plans for (inter-)national co-operation, etc. may be added, when applicable.

For more details on our research programmes and the researchgroups, see our research page.

Source: http://www.geo.uu.nl/homegeosciences...29024main.html