Job Opening

Postdoctoral positions in seismology

Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Università di Padova

Posted: 01/09/2018

Open Until: 12/29/2018

Institution: Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Università di Padova Open Until: 2018-12-29 Dear colleagues, The Department of Geosciences (University of Padova, Italy) and the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV-Bologna, Italy) are opening 3 post-doctoral fellowships in seismological modelling and computational seismology in the frame of the ERC-StG grant NEWTON (#758199). Research focuses on coupling seismological and geodynamical modelling of the Earth’s interior in order to better determine the mantle recent dynamics and present-day structure around convergent margins. The research activities rely on seismological inversion and data assimilation techniques. Early seismological tests will be conducted on realistic predictions of the mantle structure and elastic properties around generic subduction zones provided by geodynamical simulations. Subsequently, the modelling will be applied to model natural subduction settings integrating seismological observations. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with a geodynamic group based at University of Padova, seismologists at INGV-Bologna, as well as with a network of scientists that will actively collaborate on the project. The candidates should hold a PhD in Geophysics-Seismology and should have experience in seismic data processing and inversion of single/multiple seismic phases (body and surface waves) and/or of the full waveform. Skills in computational seismology and experience with software simulating the propagation of the seismic wave field (e.g., SPECFEM3D) will be greatly appreciated. The successful candidates are expected to work in both independent and collaborative group environments and to be self-motivated to accomplish the research goals. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and can be extended up to maximum 4 years. The gross salary is 26500-30800 €/year, depending on experience, and will be integrated with health insurance and benefits. Information on the cost of living in Padova can be found here: For information, please contact Manuele Faccenda ( and Andrea Morelli (


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