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Planet MARS Project

The aim of the Planet MARS project is to investigate and characterize the nature of Mars’ interior structure and dynamics using a broad range of observations as well as theoretical, numerical, and experimental approaches. This ETH-funded project builds upon the successful landing and acquisition of data from the NASA Mars InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander. InSight is the first robotic explorer to study crust, mantle, and core of Mars with the goal of answering key questions about the early formation of the inner solar system rocky planets and rocky exoplanets. InSight also measures tectonic activity and meteorite impacts on Mars today. Considering the scale and breadth of the scientific challenge, Planet MARS proposes an integrated, fully comprehensive approach joining exploration geophysicists, geodynamicists, experimental petrologists, mineral physicists, volcanologists, geochemists, and numerical and observational seismologists in a unique collaborative framework.

Planet MARS: seven PhDs in Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Geodynamics


The application deadline has passed and the positions have been filled.

Further Information

For further information on the Earth Science Department, please visit our website.

SEG Seminar: Planetary Geophysics


The research to be carried out represents a cross-disciplinary effort involving nine groups at ETH:

  1. Seismology and Geodynamics (Prof. D. Giardini)
  2. Exploration and Environmental Geophysics (Prof. J. Robertsson)
  3. Earth and Planetary Magnetism (Prof. A. Jackson)
  4. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Prof. P. Tackley)
  5. Swiss Seismological Service (Prof. S. Wiemer)
  6. High Pressure Petrology (Prof. M. Schmidt)
  7. Experimental Mineral Physics (Prof. M. Murakami)
  8. Planetary Geochemistry (Prof. M. Schönbächler)
  9. Magmatic Petrology and Volcanology (Prof. O. Bachmann)