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Latest open positions:


PhD opportunities


[1] Funded PhD opportunities in fluvial seismology at New Mexico Tech Open until: 2019-09-30 The students will join a project to investigate bedload transport in ephemeral channels. We will use direct measurements from the Arroyo de los Pinos sediment station to calibrate seismic and acoustic surrogates and explore the ability of dense nodal arrays to distinguish sediment transport from turbulence in relatively fine-grained systems. If interested, please contact PIs Sue Bilek ( and Dan Cadol (
[2] PhD positions in global seismology (particularly pertaining to lowermost mantle structures) at the University of Cambridge with any suitable candidates:


Post-Doc opportunities

[1] Institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Open Until: 2019-04-14
You will contribute to projects involving subsurface energy applications with emphasis on induced seismicity related to geothermal energy and geological CO2 storage developments. The purpose of the position is to contribute to our group’s efforts in developing technologies to safely extract energy from the subsurface. For more details and to apply please see:
[2] Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Southampton, UK
We are particularly looking for someone with skills in wide-angle seismology and reflection seismology, but will consider applicants from all fields of seismology. The successful candidate will work on seismic data collected during summer 2017 in a multi-source experiment focused on fluid escape structures in the North Sea, and potentially also on passive seismic data from the same experiment. Further details may be found at
The application deadline is 31st March and the post is available for immediate start. Interviews are expected to take place on 30th April. Please contact Professor Tim Minshull ( for further enquiries.
[3] Institution: Michigan State University
Open Until: 2019-04-01
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate in developing and applying data analytics and computational algorithms to enable fast and high-fidelity multi-scale seismic imaging, with emphasis on dynamic monitoring the near-subsurface structure of the Earth. Potential projects include but are not limited to assimilating seismic data sets derived from passive, active, and ambient noise sources to image, monitor, and model (1) the spatial and temporal changes of active seismic and volcanic regions and (2) the interactions of water, life, soil, and rock in the Earth’s critical zone. The selected candidate will be working for Dr. Min Chen ( Preferred start date no later than September 1st, 2019, earlier if possible. Applicants must apply through the MSU online system.



PhD and Post Doc positions

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Post Doc position

Postdoctoral Scholar Position
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

The candidate will be on a NASA-funded project, “The early phases of the crustal deformation/earthquake cycle from GNSS and complementary Earth observation datasets: Implications for earthquake and tsunami hazards.” The objective is to improve our understanding of the underlying physics of crustal deformation and the earthquake cycle, focusing on early onset postseismic deformation, through models of time-dependent fault zone processes.

Candidates should have demonstrated experience in modeling crustal deformation with the potential for independent, creative research.

The position is now open for a one-year period, with an option for an additional one-year, dependent on funding and performance. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please e-mail a CV, two references and a letter of research interests to”



Geophysicist Job

Institution: Sisprobe
Open Until: 2019-02-15

Sisprobe is the world’s leading provider of subsurface imaging and monitoring using ambient seismic noise surface wave tomography (ANSWT), hosted at the Institute of Earth Sciences (at Grenoble-Alpes University, France).

They are looking for:

*Experience in:

– surface waves tomography and inversion (ideally ANSWT);

– passive seismic data and processing.

*Advanced Matlab or/and Python knowledge (any additional programming language will be an advantage);

*Master in geophysics, seismology, mathematics, physics (PhD is an additional advantage, although it is not required);

*Fluent in written and spoken English.

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to:



PhD position

Institution: GNS Science
Open Until: 2019-02-28

We seek a highly motivated student for a 3-year PhD scholarship on numerical simulations of slow slip and earthquakes in the Hikurangi subduction margin. This project aims to use numerical simulations of seismic and aseismic fault slip and seismic wave propagation, combined with newly acquired on-shore and off-shore data, to understand the mechanisms controlling complex megathrust slip behaviour at the Hikurangi subduction plate boundary in New Zealand. The student project will include extensive numerical modelling and interpreting observations and model results.

The student will be expected to enrol as a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and will be supervised by Yoshi Kaneko at GNS Science and Prof. Martha Savage at VUW.

Prospective candidates must have a strong background in geophysics, physics, engineering, or a related discipline, be proficient in one or more scientific programming languages (Matlab, Python, Fortran, etc.), and have completed (or is expected to complete) a Master’s or equivalent degree by the start of the PhD programme.

Applications including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and evidence of previous study should be submitted via the Faculty of Graduate Research website ( by 28 February, 2019. The start date is flexible but will be no later than 1 July 2019. Please direct all questions to:

Dr Yoshi Kaneko (



Post Doc position

Institution: Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Open Until: 2019-03-01

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for an open position in our international team at the Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Main tasks are the improvement of site-specific seismic hazard assessment and regional ground-motion prediction equations. This will be achieved by considering realistic sources and complex models for path and site effects. It is expected that both empirical and stochastic methods will be applied, also including descriptions of uncertainties.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Seismology, Geophysics, Engineering Seismology or a related Engineering discipline. Strong background in statistics and/or engineering seismology is required. Proven experience with ground-motion prediction equations represents an important advantage. Excellent scientific programming and communication skills are a prerequisite, as is fluency in English. Knowledge of German or French would be regarded positively.





PhD positions

A large research initiative DeepNL on Investigating subsurface processes in the Netherlands has recently been initiated in the Netherlands. In the DEEP NL initiative Delft University of Technology has currently 15 PhD position advertised in a range of specialisations within the broad field of applied Earth Sciences. Please see the following link for more details:
The projects DeepImage and Science4Steer within DeepNL are the 2 projects that our Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics group is participating.
We would appreciate it very much if you could bring the enclosed advertisement to the attention of prospective PhD candidates. We are looking for candidates with proven excellence in physical / mathematical thinking. The application deadline for the students is on the 31st of January 2019.


Post Doc position

Institution: Niels Bohr <institute, University of Copenhagen
Open Until: 2018-12-01

The Solid Earth Physics Group at the Niels Bohr Institute is offering a PostDoc position for an excellent, highly motivated candidate interested in computational geophysics. The position is available for 2 years from February 1, 2019 (or soon thereafter).


Post-doc positions

[1] Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Geophysics and Tectonics division. The successful applicant will be involved in projects focused on the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain and Eastern Lau Spreading Center and will contribute towards the development of new methods, applications and research initiatives, and assist in supervision of graduate or undergraduate students involved in this field of research.Please send questions and application material to Robert Dunn (


[2] The Ocean Floor Observatory Technology Development Group, Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT), JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for two Postdoctoral Researcher positions in a research project entitled “Subduction Zone Observation and Monitoring for Hazard Mitigation” which is an integrated seismogenic zone research project through seismic surveys, seafloor observations, and monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis.Please refer to their website for details about the Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami and our research plan.



2 PhD positions 

[1] PhD/Postdoc in computational seismology and Lithospheric imaging by joint inversion of seismic data and gravimetric anomalies (Deadline for submission is 15-11- 2018) 

Goal: New methods for the joint inversion of seismic and gravimetric data, in order to obtain finely resolved 3D models of density at the regional scale. 

Scholarship: Funded by the OROGEN Program jointly organized by TOTAL, BRGM, and CNRS. 



[2] PhD project on the ECLIPSE Supervolcano project hosted at the School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington 

Goal:  seismic and geochemical/volcanological methods to study the seismic structure and eruption potential of supervolcanoes (particularly Taupo and Okataina calderas).  The  PhD project will involve a component of fieldwork.

Scholarship: The next deadline for PhD scholarship applications is 1 November 2018 in New Zealand dates (31 October in the US): successful scholarship applicants receive a NZ$23,500 stipend and all tuition fee payments for a term of three years.


Students wishing to apply should also contact Martha Savage ( or Colin Wilson ( to discuss project options.

Full details regarding the application process are available from the Faculty of Graduate Research at



5 Post-doc positions

[1] Post Doctoral Fellowship, Seismology, Canada First Research Excellence Fund (Deadline for submission is 31-10-2018)

Goal:  Developing passive seismic techniques to image shallow structure using a combination of ambient noise and other seismic sources recorded by dense arrays. A primary goal of this research is to characterize induced microseismicity and improve understanding of the response of reservoir formations to perturbations such as injecting CO2 at sequestration sites and developing geothermal resources.

Scholarship: Canada First Research Excellence Fund and this is a joint project in collaboration with the University of Alberta.

The position is available immediately and the search will continue until the team is assembled. Anticipated start dates range from late 2018 to early 2019.




[2] Postdoctoral Opportunities at Rice University (Deadline for submission is 01-11-2018)

Goal:  We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department.

Scholarship: Wiess and the Pan Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The research fellowships will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500.



[3] Postdoc position available in marine seismic analysis and interpretation Department of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University University (Deadline for submission is 07-11-2018)

Goal:  Processing interpreting and analyzing marine geophysical data from the South China Sea in order to generate an acoustic and sediment map of the entire basin.

Contact Peter Clift ( for more details



[4] Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology at Colorado School of Mines (Deadline for submission is 01-01-2019)

Goal: high-resolution seismic models of the Middle East region. The project aims to combine waveforms with arrival times in adjoint inversions based on 3D wave simulations to improve data coverage in the study area.

Scholarship: Funded by AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory)

Questions and requests for further information about the position can be emailed to Prof. Ebru Bozdag ( 




[5] Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University (Open Until filled)

Goal: modelling project investigating the use of seismic monitoring and time-lapse electrical resistivity in the critical zone observatory (czo) in central Pennsylvania. 

The postdoc will be co-supervised by Professors Susan Brantley, Andrew Nyblade and John Regan.





3 Faculty positions

[1] Assistant Professor of Seismology, Purdue University (Deadline for submission is 20-12-2019)

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), within the College of Science at Purdue University, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of seismology.

Areas of specialisation: earthquake geophysics, and/or natural/active source seismic imaging

Questions related to this position should be sent to Douglas Schmitt ( or Christopher Andronicos (


[2] Faculty Position in Geophysics and Geochemistry (MIT) (Deadline for submission is 01-11-2018)

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position.

Areas of specialisation: theory, observation, and/or experimentation and particularly encourage applicants whose work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.



[3] Faculty Position in solid earth geosciences/engineering seismology (Deadline for submission is 17-12-2018)

The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2019.

Areas of specialisation: research interests related to Active tectonics, Continental/Lithospheric dynamics, Computational Geophysics, Exploration Geophysics, or Engineering Seismology.

More information about this position can be obtained by contacting the chair of the search committee, Eunseo Choi (



Other positions

[1] Scientist, Seismology with Air Worldwide
Main responsibilities, but not limited to: Develop regional seismicity and probabilistic seismic hazard models using various types of available seismic, geological, geophysical, and geodetic information. Support AIR global earthquake models develop computer codes to address earthquake hazard related issues, collect and analyse earthquake catalogues, paleoseismic and geodetic information on faults. Collect and analysis geologic and geotechnical information for site response analysis. 



[2] Natural catastrophe specialist (earthquake) -Swiss Re
As a Catastrophe Perils Specialist you will be part of the Catastrophe Perils team which is responsible for Swiss Res global risk assessment framework and related client services in four locations across the globe. We are accountable for developing and disseminating Swiss Res view of Nat Cat risk. To achieve this, we develop and utilise state-of-the-art probabilistic models for assessing impacts of natural catastrophes such as windstorms, earthquakes and floods. We operate with a clear business mandate to grow Swiss Res visionary edge of natural perils (re)insurance in close cooperation with underwriters and clients.



Marina Corradini
Marina is an Italian PhD Candidate at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. In her work she investigates the relation between the rupture complexity and the high-frequency seismic radiation through the use of a back-projection technique. When she is not in her office, she works as a science communicator at ‘Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie’ of Paris. Marina is the Editor of the EGU Seismology blog. As ECS-reps she would like to promote gender equality in geoscience and explore how the society currently supports postgraduate and postdoctoral female researchers in their career progression. You can reach her at corradini[at]

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