Seismology Job Portal

Seismology Job Portal

On this page, we regularly update open positions in Seismology for early career scientists. Do you have a job on offer? Contact us at

Please, note that other available research positions are displayed on the EGU Jobs Portal.

Special Thanks to Eric Löberich for researching job postings for the ECS.

Latest open positions:


PostDoc at Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich:
"We are looking for a researcher with an interest in developing and applying sophisticated approaches for rapid earthquake characterization and EEW for Switzerland and other regions in which our EEW group are active, such as in Northern and Central America. The successful candidate will contribute to the integration of these approaches within the widely-used seismological processing platform SeisComP. The successful candidate will also optimize seismic network configuration for EEW."
Two permanent Research Geophysicists at Moffett Field (Mountain View), CA:
The USGS Earthquake Science Center is conducting an open search for up to two permanent Research Geophysicists in seismology/ground motion modeling in the Moffett Field (Mountain View), CA office. This permanent position is advertised at a GS13 or GS14 level (only for US Citizen).
Engineering seismology  at Fugro, France:
FUGRO’s French entity is one of the expertise centers in seismic monitoring, geological mapping, remote sensing interpretation and digital cartographic information, engineering geology, geologic hazards evaluation and GIS management. FUGRO’s French entity is offering a permanent position for a professional in the area of engineering seismology at our offices located in Auriol, France.
Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), US:
The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in earthquake seismology. We seek to hire an observational seismologist who specializes in topics including, but not limited to: earthquake source processes, multi-hazard early detection algorithm development, ground motion prediction, seismic hazard assessment, and artificial intelligence/machine learning applied to seismology.
Master’s Degrees at University of Missouri, US:
The University of Missouri (MU) has a diverse and welcoming faculty with opportunities for doing world class geoscience research, field work and for gaining teaching experience. MU has a long track record of preparing graduate students to be competitive for jobs with federal and state agencies in geoscience, private sector careers.
PhD Position at ETH Zurich, Switzerland:
The Exploration and Environmental Geophysics group has an opening for an ambitious and talented PhD candidate, starting between February 1st, 2021 and May 1st, 2021. The position has a strong experimental component that will take place in the Centre for Immersive Wave Experimentation (CIWE), a novel wave propagation laboratory recently established at ETH. The real-time, complete level of control over the boundary conditions provided by the CIWE infrastructure will allow us to experimentally observe unprecedented wave phenomena.
15 PhDs at Various Locations, EU:
Monitoring a Restless Earth
The seismic wavefield carries the imprint of material it crossed. We now understand that seismic wavefields alter the material when they pass through it and that these changes are measurable. This is important, because the dynamic response of Earth’s material directly afects our societies: geomaterial alterations are associated with many natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions, landslides, earthquakes, and the structural health of civil structures such as bridges and buildings. Traditional seismic sensors - global and regional networks of seismometers - provide us with high temporal resolution, but sparse spatial resolution.

Right now, new sensing technologies (fiber-optic cables (DAS), large-N arrays, rotation sensors) are emerging that can give us much more detailed spatial information about how the seismic wavefield behaves. This means that we can study changes in local material properties, and investigate complex behavior of materials as they deform under small strain. These sensing technologies are reaching a level of maturity where they can be incorporated into common seismological observation practice.

For this new era of seismological instrumentation and observation fundamentally new skills need to be developed. In SPIN, we will train the next generation of scientists to develop novel views about the dynamic behaviour of Earth materials, and in particular how to observe them with the revolutionary new sensing systems at hand. It is currently enigmatic how to combine these sensor types to optimize resolution power. This research and training will impact the way we understand solid Earth processes, how we interrogate the Earth’s geomechanical behavior, and the way we forecast natural hazards.
Seismic Hazard Model Service Delivery Lead at GNS Science, New Zealand:
We are seeking a talented and motivated Seismic Hazard Service Delivery Lead for a permanent, fulltime position in our Avalon, Lower Hutt office. The person will take a lead role in managing the delivery of seismic hazard research, including the maintenance and development of infrastructure that supports the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM). The role is team-oriented and works closely with scientists, software specialists, and a range of end-users.
Engineering Seismologist at GNS Science, New Zealand :
We are seeking a talented and motivated engineering seismologist for a permanent, fulltime position in our seismology teams based at Avalon, Lower Hutt. The scientist will work full-time as a key member of our National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM) programme, with opportunities for leadership of ground motion working groups. The purpose of this role is to undertake and co-ordinate engineering seismology research and application that will directly contribute to current and future revisions of the NSHM. Specific topics will be dependent on the successful candidate.
Mine Scientist at Institute of Mine Seismology, Tasmania, Australia:
The Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) is looking for a driven, innovative scientist to strengthen their mine seismology group based in Hobart (Australia). You would work as part of the team assisting mines around the world to process and analyse seismic data recorded by their IMS monitoring systems. There would be occasional international and domestic travel to mines as required. You would undertake applied research on problems of mine seismology. You'd also work on scientific algorithm development, prototyping and testing. No prior experience with mine seismology required, although it would be advantageous.
Seismic Data Technician at Alaska Earthquake Center, US:
The ALASKA EARTHQUAKE CENTER is looking to hire a Seismic Data Analyst to join our team on the front lines of earthquake monitoring. The Earthquake Center’s mission is to advance Alaska’s resilience to earthquakes through monitoring, research, and public engagement. This position offers a flexible schedule, retirement and health insurance benefits, sick leave and vacation pay, tuition waivers for UAF courses, and a respectful, inclusive, and collaborative team environment. We track upwards of 100 earthquakes each day in Alaska. In this position, you will learn how to assess and measure these earthquakes. The successful candidate must demonstrate ease and comfort in using computers, a passion for detail, an ability to execute repeated computer tasks, and a talent for spatial thinking. While a basic knowledge of earth sciences or earthquake monitoring is desirable, it is not required. On occasion, the position requires being on-call for 24/7 to respond to significant earthquakes. An interest in social media in a professional setting is an asset. Under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The Earthquake Center is based at the Geophysical Institute on University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.
PhD at Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, US:
The Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island is seeking for a motivated PhD student in the field of geophysics, funded by NSF grants. The research projects will focus on earthquake physics involving numerical simulation, data analysis, and machine learning. The candidate should have a degree in geophysics, earth sciences, or other related fields. Experience in data analysis and programming is preferred. The applicant is encouraged to contact Matt Wei ( before apply. More details about potential research projects can be found here:
R&D Computer Science professional at Sandia National Laboratories, US:
We are seeking an R&D Computer Science professional with a background in data engineering. The selected applicant will support existing efforts to create/develop uniform data management standards through engagement with staff on multiple, cross-disciplinary projects and will have responsibility for the development and administration of user/technical-focused documentation.
Postdoctoral researcher position at Shenzhen Research Institute of The Chinese University of Hong Kong:
The focus of research is to derive high-resolution subsurface structure and/or its temporal variation based on dense array data. Target fields include, but are not limited to, crustal fault zones and shale gas blocks in China. For further information, please send inquiries to Prof. Hongfeng Yang (
PostDoctoral Research Position at ETH Zurich, Switzerland:
The observation, causes and impacts of earthquakes are the core focus of the research activities of the Professorship for Seismology and the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich. The SED has an active research and operations team developing and demonstrating capacities in rapid earthquake characterization and earthquake early warning (EEW), both in Switzerland and across the globe. We are looking for a researcher with an interest in developing and applying sophisticated approaches for rapid earthquake characterization and EEW for Switzerland and other regions in which we are active, such as in Northern and Central America. The successful candidate will contribute to the integration of these approaches within the widely-used seismological processing platform SeisComP. The successful candidate will also optimize seismic network configuration for EEW.
Assistant Professor, Tenure Track at Stanford University, US:
The Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Consistent with Stanford University’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAL) vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, we especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars with historically underrepresented backgrounds in traditional STEM fields, as well as in emerging areas of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences, including research areas that intersect with societal issues.
PostDoc at Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, US:
McGill University, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in earthquake cycle modeling. The project aims to investigate earthquake rupture and slow slip processes using numerical models constrained by surface displacement observations. The primary role of the postdoc researcher is to integrate earthquake and aseismic slip model with Bayesian data assimilation method toward the development of a fault slip predictive system with a focus on the Cascadia subduction zone. The successful candidate will also be affiliated with the interdisciplinary Earthquake Process Group in EPS, and will join a collaboration with the Department Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill.  For full consideration, applicants should send a CV, a list of references, and a statement of research interest by email to Yajing Liu ( by February 1st, 2021.
Postdoc Earthquake Seismology at Colgate University, Department of Geology, US:
 Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoctoral research position in earthquake seismology at Colgate University with an anticipated start date in spring/summer 2021. A successful applicant will collaborate in constructing a model of the Alaskan subduction zone using surface wave tomography. This position also offers a unique opportunity to receive formal mentorship in teaching at the undergraduate level, including course design and delivery, and to gain experience teaching one class per year as the instructor of record.
Masters Degree graduate research at Western Washington University, US:
The Geology Department at Western has a diverse and welcoming faculty with opportunities for doing world class geoscience research, field work and for gaining teaching experience. WWU has a long track record of preparing graduate students to be competitive for jobs with federal and state agencies in geoscience, private sector careers, as well as going on to PhD programs. Applications are due January 15, 2021 to start Fall 2021.
PhD at University of Rochester, US:
The University of Rochester seismology laboratory (URSeismo) at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is seeking applications from highly motivated undergraduate students to join our Ph.D. program and work on research opportunities in global lithospheric structure. Research at URSeismo will involve developing high-performance computing tools that process large amounts of ground vibration waveform data for Earth imaging. Members in our group work on research projects in marine seismology, crustal structure, ambient-noise spectral analysis, Bayesian inversion, and data sciences in solid earth geophysics ( The interested student will work on a project investigating lithospheric layering beneath the African continent using advanced seismic imaging techniques.
Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from NSF, US:
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique research resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program is intended to provide beginning investigators of significant potential with experiences that will establish them in positions of leadership in the scientific community. During tenure, Fellows affiliate with a host research organization(s) and conduct research on topics supported by OCE. Fellowships will include participation in a professional development program that emphasizes development of mentoring skills and that coordinates the involvement of Fellows in conferences and activities that are focused on increasing the engagement of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents. Applicants who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in STEM, or who have attended community colleges and minority-serving institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaska Native Serving Institutions, and Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions) are especially encouraged to apply.
EGU Seismology ECS Team
We are a team coming from mixed places with various interests: Janneke does her DPhil in DIAS, Dublin and is the Seismology ECS point of contact. Javier joint recently from Chile and is doing his DPhil in DGF, Universidad de Chile. Eric is finishing up his DPhil in Vienna, Austria and takes care of our Twitter account. Michaela is doing her DPhil in ETH, Swiss. Maria is doing her first PostDoc in DIAS, Dublin and since recently she is the editor-in-chief for the blog. Nienke hangs around in the University of Cambridge, UK and Walid is starting a PostDoc in Washington University in St Louis, US.

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