Jobs in CREEP

The core of the CREEP Innovative Training Network are 16 cross-disciplinary Ph.D. research projects address the fundamental question of how complex rheologies influence the dynamics of both the shallow and the deep Earth and industrial applications. Each project involves at least two different disciplinary approaches and is co-supervised by senior scientists from different institutions. It also involves a internship of at least 2 months in one of the private-sector partners.

The projects are structured in 4 work-packages that comprise 3-5 research projects involving closely related methods. Strong interactions are envisaged between these 4 WP. These interactions will be organized through the following transverse research themes, which group studies using different methods and/or analysing different aspects of a process. These transverse research themes are:
–    Mantle dynamics and plate tectonics, which includes ESR projects 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16
–    Multiple deformations mechanisms and composite rheologies, which includes ESR’s projects 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16.
–    Faults rheology and dynamics, which includes ESR’s projects 2, 4, 6, 10, 14, 16.
–    Fluid-rock interactions, which includes ESR’s projects 3, 8, 12, 14
–    Rocksalt deformation, which includes ESR’s projects 3, 13
–    Microfracturing and induced seismicity, which includes ESR’s projects 2, 12, 14.
–    Deformation and anisotropy of physical properties, which includes ESR’s projects 1, 6, 11, 13.

Work Package

CREEP collaborative research projects

Primary host institution

Academic and private-sector

WP1. Experimental characterization of complex rheologies
ESR1 – Rheology of the lithospheric mantle Geosciences Montpellier, F Durham, Schlumberger
ESR2 – Effects of fault rheology on microseismicity Univ. Utrecht, NL Bristol, Baker Hughes
ESR3 – Quantifying the role of coupled solution transfer and frictional/brittle processes in controlling the rheology, transport and containment properties of rocksalt Univ. Utrecht, NL UCL, Akzonobel
ESR4 – The role of diffusion creep mechanisms, activated at seismic slip rates by frictional heating, in controlling dynamic fault weakening and earthquake propagation Univ. Durham, UK Geosciences Montpellier, Geospatial Research Ltd.
ESR5 – Rheology and deformation of glass under extreme conditions JGU Mainz, DE Geosciences Montpellier, Schott
ESR10 – Creep of granular materials: from fault gouge to reservoir rocks UCL, UK Utrecht, Geospatial Research Ltd.
WP2. Laboratory modelling of complex rheologies
ESR6 – Unraveling the subduction earthquake cycle through analogue modelling and the analysis of natural data Uniroma TRE, IT Geosciences Montpellier, MP Strumenti
ESR7 – Convective instabilities in colloidal dispersions FAST Orsay, F JGU Mainz, SCHOTT
ESR8 – From viscous plumes to dikes and fractures: influence of the rheology on the lithospheric response to planetary mantle upwellings FAST Orsay, F ETH, Rockfield
WP3. Numerical modelling of complex rheologies
ESR9 – Plate tectonics: strain localization due to anisotropy in the lithospheric mantle  Geosciences Montpellier, F ETH, APERAM
ESR12- Modelling crack propagation and fluid injection (hydrofracturing) applied to geothermics  JGU Mainz, DE Bristol, GMuG
ESR15- Large-scale mantle dynamics: Influence of evolving microstructures ETH Zurich, CH JGU, Reykjavik Geothermal
ESR16- Rheological controls of seismicity along lithospheric plate boundaries  ETH Zurich, CH Uniroma TRE, Schlumberger
WP4. Seismological studies of deformation and anisotropy
ESR11- Anisotropy and structure of the D” region
WWU Munster, DE Bristol, GMuG
ESR13- Development of seismic anisotropy in deforming salt bodies
Univ. Bristol, UK FAST Orsay, Rockfield
ESR14- Seismic methods to estimate the strength of cracks and fractures  Univ. Bristol, UK UCL, Reykjavik Geothermal

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