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The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks TALENTS will train 12 Doctoral researchers (DRs) to better understand the processes leading to continental rifting and break-up, using key natural laboratories, characterising rift initiation (East African Rift - EAR), basin formation (Gulf of Corinth and the Central European Rifts), and continental break-up (West Iberian margin). They will be trained with the interdisciplinary skills in research and society to guarantee for future generations that Europe leads the world towards a thriving society and economy, while transitioning to a low carbon future where risks related to the use of subsurface resources are correctly assessed.

We focus on the following key themes in rifted-margin research: (1) the evolution of crustal rheology, (2) orogenic inheritance, (3) dynamics of faulting, (4) stratigraphic architecture, (5) kinematic framework, (6) the lithosphere mantle, and (7) fluid flow (e.g., magma, CO2, H2, CH4, and hydrothermal fluids). Below is a list of projects related to these themes.


Projects list

Please note that your application must meet the European Commission eligibility criteria, which you can find Here

DC projectHost InstitutionContactApplication statusExpected start dateDetails
DC1: Analysing rift failure mechanisms to understand rift successGFZ Potsdam, Germany

Dr. Susanne Buiter


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC2: Thermo-mechanical stability of the Rhine Graben: geodynamic effects on fault criticallity in a geothermally prospective rift systemGFZ Potsdam, Germany

Dr. Sascha Brune


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC3: Fault evolution and slip rates in magma-rich rifts using quantitative geomorphology and volcanic stratigraphyUNIFI, Italy

Dr. Derek Boswell Keir


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC4: Mantle inheritance impact on rift evolution and rifted margin formationNTNU, Norway

Dr. Gwenn Peron-Pinvidic


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC5: Localisation and along-rift linkage of extension and implications for geothermal potential in Main Ethiopian RiftUNIFI, Italy

Dr. Derek Boswell Keir

DC6: Bridging spatial and temporal scales of tectonic activity in active rift environmentsNKUA, Greece

Dr. Haralambos Kranis


Open 01/09/24
DC7: Evolution of seismicity thoughout the lifecycle of riftingUU, Netherlands

Dr. André Niemeijer


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC8: Current strain distribution in active rifts from space geodetic measurementsENS, France

Dr. Jean-Arthur Olive


Opening soonbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC9: Serpentinisation processes at rifted marginsCNRS Strasbourg, France

Dr. Gianreto Manatschal


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC10: Processes controlling concentrations of elements in fluids associated to magmatic segments along the East African Rift and implications for co-production on geothermal systems (i.e., He, H, Li)CNRS Lorraine, France

Dr. Raphaël Pik


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC11: Rift-initiation in the lower to middle crustUBERN, Switzerland

Dr. Marco Herwegh


Closedbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24
DC12: Reconciling records of fault initiation, growth and interaction from geomorphic and sub-surface data sets: impacts on sediment sourcing and seismic hazardImperial College, United Kingdom

Dr. Rebecca Bell


Openbetween 01/06/24 and 01/08/24