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.

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PhD positions

Two PhD positions in multidisciplinary studies of Earth's core:
We invite applications for two funded PhD student positions for an NSF funded project spanning high-pressure mineral physicscomputational fluid dynamics, and seismology, aimed at studying Earth’s core. This project is a collaboration between Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Berkeley and the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. The student focusing on mineral physics will be at the University of Utah, while the student focusing on computational fluid dynamics and seismology will be hosted at UC Berkeley. This interdisciplinary project will touch on: geomagnetism, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, crystallography, and geophysics. The research aims to explore how the mineralogical properties of solid iron controlled how it crystallised, and how this influenced the outer core convection and the seismic velocity structure of the inner core.

The position will remain open until filled and begin either Spring or Fall of 2022. We invite interested students to contact Daniel Frost (, Bruce Buffett (, and Lowell Miyagi ( We strongly encourage applications from individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, non-traditional students, and members of other underrepresented groups.
PhD position (w/m/d) Geophysics or Physics at KIT, Germany:
The detection of meteors is still a challenging field in astronomy. Currently, meteorites are mainly detected at night due to the occurrence of associated light flashes when they interact with the Earth atmosphere; however, good weather conditions are needed. Using data from dense seismological networks we could show that it is possible to detect meteorites with seismometers and therefore direct detections might now be possible at day time and during cloud cover.
The aim of the PhD is to search systematically for acoustic signals in existing seismological data archives. In addition, you will locate the signal sources and develop new approaches to describe their physical properties. Due to the large amount of data involved Artificial Intelligence algorithms should be modified and applied.
The research is embedded in the research topic artificial intelligence at the Geophysical Institute. Themes are the development and application of methods for detection, analysis and simulation of signals. Click here for more information.
PhD position at Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, NL:
Deadline: 19-09-2021. The Department of Earth Sciences is now looking for a highly-motivated, high-potential applicant to fill a PhD position on constraining the maximum earthquake magnitude in Groningen using 3D multi-physics, data-driven modelling (4 years).The seismic hazard due to induced seismicity in the Groningen gas field (the Netherlands) is largely determined by the maximum earthquake magnitude (Mmax) and the likelihood of its scenarios. Mmax is thus critical for political decision-making and hazard perception by society. Current Mmax estimates are determined using extrapolations from observed small earthquakes using event-based statistics and expert judgement. A physical basis is thus largely missing. Such a physical component is consistently challenging to include in any probabilistic seismic hazard assessments (PSHA) due to very high demands on computational costs. Particularly, the challenge in Groningen is to include the key physical processes on a particularly complex network of many, curved and intersecting faults. The PhD candidate will utilise recent advances in several computational communities to advance physics-based PSHA and provide physics-based estimates of Mmax in Groningen. Click here for more information.

PostDoc positions

Researcher in Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG) Institution: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) :
Deadline: 15-09-2021. The Marine Geology and Geophysics Research Group, Subduction Dynamics Research Center (SDR) (Director: Shuichi Kodaira), Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is soliciting applications for a Researcher (Ⅱ).The Subduction Dynamics Research Center (SDR), Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG) conducts marine geological and geophysical research with the aim of improving the current understanding of seismogenic zones, focusing on the source regions of large earthquakes and tsunamis.
We invite applications for a scientist to study marine sediments collected using state-of-the-art research vessels and equipment provided by JAMSTEC. The successful applicant will analyze marine sediment records of earthquake activity using sedimentological, physical, chemical, and chronological approaches. Click here for more information.
Postdoctoral/Full Position at Global Earthquake Model (GEM), Pavia, Italy:
The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) is a global collaborative effort that brings together state-of-the-art scienceand national, regional and international organisations. GEM promotes the creation of open tools, models and datasets for the calculation of seismic hazard and risk.The GEM Hazard Team assembles and maintains global and regional earthquake databases, and develops and provides the capability to compute and analyse seismic hazard. Currently,the GEM Hazard Team actively develops the OpenQuakeEngine (the GEM calculation engine) and a number of tools and applications for PSHA input model creationand testingsuch as the OpenQuake Hazard Modeller’s Toolkit ortheOpenQuake Model Building Toolkit. The team also collaborates with groups of scientists in different parts of the world involved in activities promoted by GEM.To expand our modelling capabilities,we seek a modeller/researcher with a strongquantitative background and a distinctinterest in seismic hazard analysis. The position, open for an initial duration of twoyearswith the possibility of becoming a permanent position, can be filled either at post-doctoral or full staff level depending on the candidate experience. Click here for more information.
PostDoc at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands:
Deadline 01.11.2021. This PostDoc position forms part of the Science4Steer project which aims to understand the effects of time-varying pressures, stresses and strains resulting from natural gas production and (re-) injection in the Dutch subsurface as a basis for operational strategies to minimise the hazard of induced seismicity. Click here for more information.
Research Geophysicist at U.S. Geological Survey, Vancouver, WA:
Deadline: 17-09-2021. A Research Geophysicist position (with speciality in seismology) is now open at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO), located in Vancouver, Washington. CVO is one of 5 volcano observatories operated by the USGS' Volcano Science Center, which are collectively responsible for understanding and mitigating volcanic hazards at the nation's 161 potentially active volcanoes. In addition to having responsibility for volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, CVO is host to the USGS' Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, which works with scientists and officials in other countries to aid them in their efforts to mitigate volcanic hazards. Click here for more information.

Professorship positions

Assistant Professor Position in Geophysics at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico:
Deadline: 15.09.2021. The Earth and Environmental Science Department at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in geophysics. We seek candidates whose interests would complement the Department’s strengths in understanding the Earth using geophysical techniques; applicants with interests in any field of observational, experimental, or computational geophysics are welcome. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, independent, and externally funded research program supporting M.S. and Ph.D. students and teach three courses per year. Click here for more information.

Technical positions

Mine Seismologist at Institute of Mine Seismology:
The Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) is the world leader in monitoring and modelling the seismic rock mass response to underground and open pit mining. IMS operates in 32 countries and has offices in South Africa and Canada (Ontario), as well as head office in Tasmania, Australia. There are around 60 staff at IMS. IMS is looking for a motivated individual with a passion for science to join our growing team in Ontario (Barrie region), Canada.
You would work as part of the team assisting mines around the world, to process, analyse and interpret seismic data recorded by their IMS monitoring systems. The region of focus for this role will be the Americas. There would be occasional international and national travel to mines and involvement in 24/7 standby seismologist service. You would undertake applied research on problems of mine seismology. You'd also work on scientific algorithm development, prototyping and testing. Please email CVs to Daryl.Rebuli <at> 
Two Seismo-acoustic Engineer Positions at UAF WATC, US:
Deadline: 07-09-2021. The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)is searching for two Seismo-acoustic Engineers to take an active role within the WATC engineering team in maintaining and improving seismic and infrasound stations around the globe. Our ideal candidates will bring a unique background of technical skills, problem solving, organization, and teamwork to add to the WATC engineering and research team. You’ll have an opportunity to engage in a wide range of projects spanning research and operational spaces and will have the flexibility to steer your career path based on your unique skills and areas of interest. WATC strives to maintain high data quality and availability, while also prioritizing a healthy and collaborative work environment for all team members. You’ll have the opportunity to travel to remote locations around the world, support industry leading research, engage with students, and drive projects you’re passionate about. 

You can apply at: Please reach out to Lukas Blom ( or Dr. David Fee ( with any questions about the position or application process.
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We are a team coming from mixed places with various interests: Dinko is a PostDoc at the University of Zagreb and is the first point of contact for the group. Angel is doing her DPhil at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and is managing our Instagram account. Bruna is doing her DPhill in DIAS, Dublin and takes care of our Twitter account. David is a PostDoc at the University of Lisbon and is spearheading the Campfires. Andreas is pursuing his PhD at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and is helping run the blog. William is a PhD student at the University of Southampton in the UK and is also helping with the blogs. Katinka is a PhD student at ETH Zurich and is also on the blog team. Foivos is our newest member and is a PostDoc at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) in Bologna. Matthew is finishing up his PhD at Oxford University, UK, and is editor of the blogs.

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