Sulfide differentiation and enrichment in metals at the lower oceanic crust and crust-mantle transition zone: ICDP OmanDP holes

Project summary on the NCN website

Principle Investigator: dr Jakub Ciążela

Scientific supervisors: prof. dr hab. Ewa Słaby, dr Jakub Ciążela

Funding: National Science Centre Poland, OPUS-17

Project ID: 2019/33/B/ST10/03016


Application deadline: 15.04.2020

Recruitment results: 22.04.2020

Start of the scholarship: 4.05.2020

Duration of the employment in the NCN project: 36 months

Remuneration: 3 000 PLN/month (net)

Location: Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland


We offer:

  • Work in the leading geological institute in Poland
  • Remuneration paid as a scholarship for the duration of the project, the net amount is 3 000 PLN per month for 36 months
  • Participation in at least 6 international earth science conferences (including European Mineralogical Conference, Goldschmidt Conference, EGU General Assembly, and AGU Fall Meeting)
  • Several research stays in Münster, Hannover and Warsaw.
  • A new high-end company laptop
  • Extensive course of Polish language for foreigners
  • Possibility to apply for additional internal and external funding to extend the time or amount of the scholarship
  • Help in searching for permanent position in academia after obtaining the PhD degree


Requirements / Expectations:

  • MSc degree in Earth sciences (or a similar discipline) until 30.09.2020.
  • Determination and high commitment to pursue scientific career in the future
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Preferably experience in conducting geological field works due to various opportunities in other running or future project in our group.
  • Preferably strong background in mineralogy and petrology, as well as experience in interpretation of geochemical and isotopic whole-rock and is situ data
  • Experience in work with petrological thin sections, especially using optical microscopy (including reflected light) and EPMA or SEM. Experience with LA-ICPMS and SHRIMP/SIMS is also welcome.
  • Experience in scientific writing (authorship of an abstract or co-authorship of a publication)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Willingness to learn basics of Polish language. Achieving A2 level after one year, and B1 level after second year is expected and will help to find a permanent position in academia after obtaining the PhD degree.


Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Realization of the project research tasks
  • Oral presentations (or posters) in international conferences
  • Preparation of the scientific articles and periodic reports.
  • Participation in doctoral studies organized by Doctoral School Geoplanet (


Form of submitting documents:

Applications should be submitted by 15.04.2020 to the principle investigator of the project, Dr. Jakub Ciazela via e-mail: and 

In the title of the message please indicate sulfides oceanic lithosphere”

For any additional information, please contact Jakub Ciążela.

Hydrothermal system in late Archaean - its impact on an abiotic environment composition

Recruitment begins on March 6, 2020 and ends on April 15, 2020.
Recruitment begins on January 1, 2020 nd ends on February 3, 2020.

Place of employment: ING PAN Research Center in Warsaw, ul. Twarda 51/55;

We offer interesting research work in the project: “Hydrothermal system in late Archaean - its impact on an abiotic environment composition." (NCN project - implementation time three years, one full-time position for doctoral student).

Life most likely appeared on Earth at the stage of its early evolution. It was favored by the strong greenhouse effect and higher surface temperature of the Earth, which could stimulate the development of thermophilic organisms. Perhaps these conditions persisted until the initiation of an intense exchange between the earth's mantle and the crust, which could result in sequestration of carbon dioxide through the mantle. Intensive exchange was associated with the formation of igneous melts; as a result of the magmatic evolution also hydrothermal systems appeared and evolved. Even if the Earth's surface at the end of the Archaean (2.5 billion years ago) was significantly cooled, hydrothermal systems could still support conditions conducive to the development of life. The question arises how the hydrothermal system worked at the end of the archaic. Was it similar to later, younger, or its characteristics were completely separate. In order to get answers to such questions, a plutonic, granite massif from the Indian Dharwar craton, 2.5 billion years old, was selected. This massif has numerous changes resulting from the impact of hot and very hot solutions of a mantle or a crust-mantle origin. The duration of action of these solutions is not dated. The project envisages the reconstruction of the composition of these solutions on the basis of studies on the chemical composition of minerals, the composition of their domains formed as a result of igneous and hydrothermal crystallization, and the dating of hydrothermal domains.

The research will be based on cooperation with research centers in Poland and international cooperation. The research team appointed to implement the project has many recognized research results in the field of early Earth evolution, including research on the composition of minerals and solutions (fluid inclusions) from granitoid massifs, experimental studies of the mineral - solution reaction, dating of minerals.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

1) have a master's degree *;

2) knowledge of the formation and transformation of minerals in hydrothermal solutions, especially in the geochemical aspect;

3) have good or at least basic knowledge of EPMA, LA ICP MS, HR TEM, CL methods;

4) are fluent in English;

 (*) Candidates who do not have a second degree diploma at the time of application must submit a letter from the parent unit stating that the studies will be completed in 2020.

In the title of the message please indicate "Archaiczny_Hydrotermalny_System".

If necessary, please send any queries (not applications) to Prof. Ewa Słaby to the address

Additional provisions are possible depending on successful research grants applications.

The supervisor will be Prof. Dr hab. Ewa Słaby,, Institute of Geological Sciences PAS.