Univ.-Prof. Dr. Boris Kaus

As a geodynamicist my main interest is understanding how geological processes work, from the grain scale to the scale of a planet. We predominantly do this with the help of mathematical and numerical models, for which we develop new approaches in our group. Ongoing research projects include lithospheric-scale shear localization, the coupling between melt migration and lithosphere deformation, the formation of fold-and-thrust belts, the coupling between erosion, lithosphere dynamics and mantle flow, the dynamics of subduction zones as well as the development of new software that runs on high-performance computing systems.

My research is funded by the Swiss Science foundation, the European Research Council as well as by an ERC Starting Grant that was awarded to me in 2010.

My teaching interest include Geophysics, Modelling of tectonic processes, The dynamics of the Earth and Lithosphere as well as anything related to Quantitative Geosciences. 

We are often looking for motivated and qualified students to do a PhD project. Have a look at our webpage and publications and contact me if you are interested and have a MSc-degree in a related field. 

Work Experience:

Since 9/2011: Professor of Geophysics (W2), JGU Mainz, Germany.

12/2010-8/2011: Assistant Professor for Computational Geodynamics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

2007-2010: Senior research scientist (Oberassistent), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Since 2007: Research Assistant Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

2005-2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.


2004:  Ph.D.  in Natural Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 

2000:  M.Sc. (Diplom) in Natural Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

1997:  B.Sc.   (Vordiplom) in Geology, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Academic Honours

2012: Paul Niggli Medal

2011: EGU Arne Richter Awardfor Outstanding Young Scientists

2010: ERC Starting Grant Award

2007: Editors’ citation for ”Excellence in Refereeing” for "G-Cubed"

2006: ”Exceptional reviewer” award by GSA Today

2005: ETH Medal for Ph.D. thesis

pdf of the full CV


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Boris Kaus
Geophysics and Geodynamics
Room 00-285
Tel: 06131-39-24527


Institute of Geosciences
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
J.-J.-Becher-Weg 21
D-55128 Mainz


Postal Address:

JGU Mainz
D-55099 Mainz 

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