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 German Research Foundation, the European Research Council, and an ERC Starting Grant (2010-2015) and an ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant (2016-2017).

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. 


See the group publication list, or my Google Scholar profile.

Work Experience:

2014- Full professor of Geophysics and Geodynamics (W3), JGU Mainz, Germany.

2011-2014: Professor of Geophysics (W2), JGU Mainz, Germany.

2010-2011: Assistant Professor of Computational Geodynamics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

2007-2010: Senior research scientist (Oberassistant), ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

2007-2015: Research Assistant Adjunct Professor, USC, Los Angeles (USA).

2005-2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate, USC, 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

2015: ERC Proof of Concept Grant SALTED

2014: John von Neumann Excellence Project for high performance computing.

2014: Gauss Lecturer of the German Geophysical Society (DGG)

2012: Paul Niggli Medal

2011: EGU Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists.

2010: ERC Starting Grant Award MODEL

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