Jonas B. Ruh

Date of Birth: 7 November 1982
Citizenship: Swiss


Education and academic appointments

April 2016 – present: SNSF Advanced PostDoc Fellow at CSIC Institut de Ciènces de la Terra Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Spain
Academic project: SNSF (CH): Tectonic inversion of a basement-involved fold-and-thrust belt: Temporal and structural evolution of the Kopet Dagh (NE Iran) and its implications for the Arabia-Eurasia collision history
Supervision: Dr. Jaume Vergés

March 2014 – March 2016: Marie Curie PostDoc Fellow at UPMC Paris, France
Academic project: Marie Curie ITN: ZIP – Zooming in Between Plates
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Evgene Burov, Dr. Laetitia LePourhiet, Prof. Dr. Philippe Agard

April – September 2015: Secondment (internship) within ZIP at the CSIC Institut de Ciències del Mar Barcelona, Spain
Supervision: Dr. Valentí Sallarès, Prof. Dr. César R. Ranero

January 2010 – November 2013: PhD student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Academic project: SNSF (CH); Towards understanding long-term accretionary wedge dynamics: An integrated modelling and field study.
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Burg, Prof. Dr. Taras Gerya, Prof. Dr. Boris Kaus, Prof. Dr. Ann Hirt.
External referee: Prof. Dr. Daniel Davis (Stony Brook)

October 2009: Master of Sciences ETH in Earth Sciences Master’s Thesis: Footwall breccia dikes: Occurrence, development and relation to sulphide mineralization in the North and East Range of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Canada.
Supervision: PD Dr. Th. Driesner and Prof. Dr. Ch. Heinrich

Teaching experience

2014 – 2016: Institute de Science de la Terre Paris, UPMC, France
– Assistant in ZIP Finite Element class in Athens, October 2014
– Teaching in Master class: Numerical modeling of thin-skinned tectonics and application to natural observations

2010 – 2013: Geological Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
– Supporting field assistant of Ali Mohammadi in the Makran
– Numerical modeling: Finite Element and Finite Difference techniques in Matlab and C
– Assisting and Co-organizing extensive field trips in the scope of the PhD thesis to the Makran and Zagros, Iran
– Paleomagnetic research at the Laboratory of Natural Magnetization: Magnetostratigraphy and investigation of magnetic properties

Research and Teaching Assistant:
– Assistant for “Numerical modeling of rock deformation” lecture
– Assistant on geological field trips

2008 – 2009: Assistant of the Electron Probe Microanalyser at ETH, Zurich

Field experience

September/October 2016: Field trip in the Kopet Dagh Mountains, NE Iran, according to the SNSF advanced PostDoc project at CSIC Barcelona.

November 2015: Field trip through the western Makran upon invitation from NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company)

October 2015: Field trip in the scope of ZIP: “Monitoring the Chilean subduction zone” in northern Chile

June/July 2015: Marine cruise across the Hellenic arc in the scope of ZIP to gather seismic lines with WAS and MCS techniques

July 2014: Field trip in the scope of ZIP: “Walking along ancient plate boundaries” in the Western Apls

January/February 2010 – 2013: Extensive field work in the Iranian Makran, Sistan, and Zagros according to the PhD thesis

July/August 2008: Field work on the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Canada, according to the Msc thesis

2007 – 2009: Terrain courses of the ETH Master program

2003 – 2006: Terrain courses of the ETH Bachelor program

August – October 2005: Structural and sedimentary geological field work (mapping) in the Yassin valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. Supporting two diploma students

Language skills

German: Native language

English: Fluent in writing and speaking

French: Fluent in writing and speaking

Spanish: Fluent in writing and speaking


July 2015: ETH Silver Medal for outstanding Doctoral Thesis