Dottorato di Ricerca - University of Georgia e INGV


Società Geologica Italiana

Carissimi Associati SGI,
Carissimi Soci Società Associate,

su indicazione del Prof. Mattia Pistone (University of Georgia), vi inoltriamo il seguente messaggio relativo a una posizione di dottorato di ricerca sul tema: "The excess gas paradox at volcanoes: does CO2 favor gas accumulation in mafic magmas?"

Cordiali saluti,

La Segreteria

NSF project Award# 2322935
The excess gas paradox at volcanoes: does CO2 favor gas accumulation in mafic magmas?

University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA)
Position starts in January 2025 for Spring enrollment
We are seeking a highly motivated PhD-level graduate student to investigate the factors that control the competition between gas retention and release in magmas, which, in turn, influence how volcanoes erupt. The candidate will seek answers by studying the potential link between the porosity of volcanic rocks erupted during explosive eruptions and the chemistry of volcanic gas emissions monitored via ground-based measurements at Mt Etna (Sicily, Italy), the largest volcano in Europe. The candidate will undertake a set of multidisciplinary tasks, which include rock sampling and processing of volcano data monitoring, laboratory analyses at the University of Georgia and at synchrotron facilities in the U.S. and Germany, and volatile solubility modelling. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to develop additional research questions related to the prime questions of the project. The candidate will gain skills in literature study, data acquisition, processing, and interpretation, and STEM skills and leadership that can be distilled in both academia and private sector.
The PhD candidate will join the MAGMA MIA research group led by Dr. Mattia Pistone, PI of the NSF-sponsored project, and will work closely with Drs. Rosa Anna Corsaro, Nicole Bobrowski, Giuseppe Salerno, Marco Liuzzo, Alessandro La Spina, and Daniele Andronico of the Osservatorio Etneo of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) in Italy, and with Dr. Michael Stuckelberger from the DESY synchrotron facility in Hamburg, Germany.
Applicants must have an M.S. in Earth Sciences or closely related field, strong academic credentials and work ethics, previous experience working in petrology and/or volcanology. Desirable skills and experience (or demonstrated potential) include field sampling (requiring hiking to some study sites and carrying rock samples and field gear), laboratory analyses (data acquisition, processing, and interpretation), and knowledge of statistical methods. This project will involve traveling away from campus for fieldwork in Italy and flexibility to travel between institutions (INGV, DESY, and U.S. synchrotron centers) for extended periods. Experience (or demonstrated potential) in educational outreach and inclusive fieldwork and teaching techniques is a great plus.
If you are interest, please contact Dr. Mattia Pistone via email ( To apply, email 1) a statement of research interests and experience, 2) resume/CV, 3) unofficial transcripts and 4) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Mattia Pistone (, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geology, University of Georgia. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information about Mattia's research: and
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences ( is the oldest public college of the U.S., has >80 degree programs that set the pace for a dynamic learning environment at the state's flagship institution. The College fosters critical thinking skills, from languages and literature to biological sciences, build the foundation for every profession as they empower students to be informed, engaged citizens. The University of Georgia ( is a "land-grant and sea-grant university, and is also the state's oldest, most comprehensive and most diversified institution of higher education". Its motto is: "to teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things". The University of Georgia is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.