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Latest open positions:
PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Funding for a three-year study of seismicity and crustal deformation related to slow slip events at the offshore Hikurangi subduction zone has recently been announced by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. The project is being undertaken by Laura Wallace, Emily Warren-Smith, and Katie Jacobs (GNS Science), and Professor Martha Savage (VUW), in collaboration with scientists from the U.S., Japan, and Canada. Click here for more information.
PhD Scholarship at DFG, Germany: Funded by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the NatRiskChange Research Training Group now offers a full DAAD PhD scholarship at the Institute of Geosciences of University of Potsdam, Germany for a period of three years (or up to four years for candidates from developing countries). The related PhD project is entitled “Discriminating Seismic Sources during Subglacial Floods Based on Seismic Data Analysis”. Further subject-specific information can be obtained from Prof. Eva Eibl (email@example.com). Applications can only be submitted through https://www.geo-x.net/daad-gssp/. The application should be uploaded in one single PDF document (< 10 MB) by 1 March 2021. Applications per email will not be considered. Click here for more information.
PhD at New Mexico State University, US: The New Mexico State University Department of Physics, in Las Cruces NM, seeks geophysics graduate students with broad backgrounds in computation and physics. The student will be working on a NSF sponsored seismological experiment in Myanmar to understand the Burmese subduction zone. We also have opportunities for students interested in deep mantle and core structure under another NSF supported project. We are looking for students at both the Master's and PhD levels. Students are supported through both teaching and research assistantships. The geophysics program at NMSU is part of the physics department. Click here for more information.
PhD at ETH, 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. Click here for more information.
Postdoc at UCLA, US: The UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences has an opportunity for an enthusiastic postdoctoral scholar in seismology to work on the NASA InSight mission. The postdoc will work directly with Prof. Caroline Beghein and will interact and collaborate with scientists within the InSight team. The successful candidate will be involved in undergraduate and graduate student mentoring and will benefit from a strong group of colleagues in geophysics and planetary sciences at UCLA. Start date: as soon as possible. Click here for more information.
PostDoc at TU Delft – Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, NL: The position is part of a large international and multidisciplinary EC GEOTHERMICA project on de-risking enhanced geothermal energy projects (DEEP). The job description of the vacancy can be found through the following link: Click here for more information.
PostDoc at Cornell University, US: The Cornell Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher with interests in imaging with broadband and high-frequency seismic arrays. Several arrays have been deployed across subduction zones in recent years, allowing high-resolution full-wavefield sampling of complex structure in the thrust zone, volcanic arc and underlying mantle of these critical regions. The postdoctoral researcher will make use of these data and modern computational methods, emphasizing recently-collected onshore and offshore arrays from Alaska and Cascadia. The specifics of the project are flexible depending on the applicant’s interest and experience. Click here for more information.
PostDoc at ETH, 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. Click here for more information.
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, US: We seek applications from diverse candidates with expertise in any of the following research areas: acoustic and elastic-wave modeling, imaging, inversion, and machine learning. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of observational and computational geophysicists to develop novel algorithms for applications to geothermal energy and geologic carbon storage. While the research goals for these projects have been established, there is significant flexibility in the way these goals can be achieved. A self-motivated, creative postdoc will find this environment conducive to intellectual and professional growth and we are looking for applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds who are motivated to work in the National Laboratory system. Click here for more information: Search for vacancy IRC83502, and click on “Apply Now” under IRC83502.
PostDoc at ETH, Switzerland: We are looking for a researcher with an interest in seismotectonic studies of the Alpine orogen including the development and application of sophisticated approaches for crustal imaging, high-precision earthquake locations as well as source and stress inversion of crustal seismicity in the Central Alpine region. The successful candidate will also improve the capabilities of the seismic network to monitor such seismicity in real-time applications and extend existing databases by additional seismotectonic information. Click here for more information.
PostDoc at Geophysics at the University of Oregon, US: We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon. This position will develop and conduct independent research in the broad fields of earthquake and/or tsunami science. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): Modeling of large ruptures and wave propagation; Crustal deformation modelling; Real-time GNSS observations and processing; Observational seismology of large events; Ground motion; Modeling and observation of tsunami propagation and local effects; Tsunami early warning. The primary research advisors will be Valerie Sahakian and Diego Melgar. Click here for more information.
PostDoc at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium: With this project, we propose to bring century-old analog seismic data and metadata compliant with modern standards by bridging two domains of expertise, namely seismology and machine learning. The goal of the project is to develop methodologies to make pre-digital seismic (i.e. scanned seismogram images) data compliant with FAIR principles( Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of digital assets) which are the core of modern community standards. This data and metadata, once discoverable and usable, are the only source of independent observations available to atmosphere-ocean-solid earth coupling modellers to study the ocean climate using the seismic waves they generate during the pre-satellite period. The project is done in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium. Click here for more information.
Tenure Track positions
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, US: The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2021. We invite applicants in all areas of observational, theoretical and computational geosciences who specialize in using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in their research. We particularly encourage applicants in the areas of natural hazards, climate change, solid earth geophysics, remote sensing, or allied Earth system fields. The Geological Sciences department at UF has developed a strong expertise in high-performance numerical computing of Earth System dynamics, providing an ideal context for future work and collaborations involving AI/ML research in the Earth Sciences. This position is part of a new AI/ML hiring initiative at the University of Florida (https://ai.ufl.edu) coinciding with the development of the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD architecture, the world's fastest supercomputer in higher education (https://news.ufl.edu/2020/07/nvidia-partnership/). Applicants should have a PhD or have completed the PhD requirements by August 2021. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Click here for more information.
Assistant Professor positions at Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University, NL: The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University is seeking outstanding candidates (f/m) to fill three tenure track positions in Earth Sciences at the Assistant Professor level. We may consider a higher-level appointment for one of the positions. The department’s mission is to advance our understanding and prediction capability of processes that govern the evolution of System Earth from the molecular to the planetary and from the microsecond to the geological time scale. Our ambition is to be a world-leading centre of excellence in scientific research as well as research training and teaching, and to contribute in a meaningful way to the challenges of a modern, sustainable society by acquiring new and fundamental geo-scientific knowledge and by directly addressing societal challenges related to the field of earth sciences. For more information about this position, please contact: Prof Jack Middelburg (Head of department), via firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here for more information.
Seismograph Technician at University of Utah Seismograph Stations, US: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (quake.utah.edu) is seeking a specialist who will work under the supervision of other professional staff to operate, repair, and maintain 230 stations forming part of the University of Utah’s regional seismic network. Stations consist of seismic sensors, digital data acquisition systems, and associated telemetry equipment and are sited both in the urban built environment and in remote field locations throughout Utah, parts of neighboring states, and Yellowstone National Park. The Seismograph Technician will assist with the installation of new seismograph stations and maintain a detailed record of station visits and a written repair history for specified equipment items. Click here for more information.
Seismic Network Engineer at University of Utah Seismograph Stations, US: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (quake.utah.edu) is seeking applicants to fill the position of Seismic Network Engineer. The successful applicant will work with other professional staff to operate, repair, and maintain 230 seismograph stations forming part of the University of Utah’s regional seismic network. Seismograph stations consist of seismic sensors, digital data acquisition systems, power supplies, and associated telemetry equipment and are sited both in the urban built environment and in remote field locations throughout Utah, parts of neighboring states, and Yellowstone National Park. The Seismic Network Engineer is involved in the installation of new seismograph stations and maintains a detailed record of station visits and a written repair history for specified equipment items. Click here for more information.
R&D Geoscience Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, US: We are seeking an R&D Geoscience Engineer with a background in data science, data engineering, data curation, and data management. The selected applicant will be responsible both for supporting existing efforts and for the development and administration of new metadata, data management, and documentation standards which maximize the ability of staff to archive, understand, and use multi-phenomenological data across many projects and scientific fields. Applications should be submitted by email to email@example.com. Click here for more information.
Communication specialist at AGU Section, US: The AGU Seismology section is looking for an early career member of the executive committee. The applicant should be within six years of their Ph.D. for the new position of communications specialist. The communications specialist is a member of the committee and assists with section communications via newsletters, the web site, and social media, in collaboration with other members of the committee. The position is initially for one year. We expect it to require 3-5 days of work during the course of the year. If you are interested in the position, please contact the section president, Suzan van der Lee or Martha Savage and attach a C.V. You may also contact us to ask for specific additional information. Please note that if you decide to join the committee, you will need to become an AGU member. Click here for more information.
Seismic Data Quality Control (QC) Analyst at Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM, US: KBR, under contract to US Geological Survey at the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory (ASL), is seeking a Seismic Data Quality Control (QC) Analyst to review seismological waveforms and other digital time series data for quality control to detect abnormalities and coordinate with field staff to correct the abnormalities. Relocation assistance may be available for qualified candidates. Click here for more information.