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15 EU Funded PhD Positions in Engineering Seismology


Posted: 12/20/2018

Open Until: 02/25/2019

15 EU (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN) Funded PhD Positions in Engineering Seismology at leading institutions across Europe.

Dear all,

I would like to bring to your attention the following PhD opportunities (for 2019 start) in the newly established URBASIS-EU consortium:

All PhDs are funded according to the conditions set out in the highly sought after Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN, which offers some of the most generous terms in Europe.

URBASIS-EU specifically focus on the multidisciplinary applications of the engineering seismology and earthquake engineering in fields as diverse as induced seismicity, low-probability/high consequences earthquakes, site effects, seismic vulnerability and risk analysis.

Criteria for Eligibility:

Eligible candidates must be in the first 4 years of their research career, and have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree.
Eligible candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of his host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).
Eligible candidates can be of any nationality.

The 15 PhD projects, which also involve significant industrial and academic secondments, are:

ESR1.1 - Uncertainty characterisation of ground motion from large earthquakes in urban areas - Supervisors: Marco De Angelis and Ben Edwards (University of Liverpool - Host institution) Danijel Schorlemmer (GFZ Potsdam)

ESR 1.2 - Ground-motion models for stable continental part of Europe - Supervisors: Fabrice Cotton and Dino Bindi (GFZ Potsdam Host institution), Ben Edwards (University of Liverpool)

ESR 1.3 – Hazard and risk assessment in urban areas based on 3D physics-based ground shaking scenarios - Supervisors: Chiara Smerzini (POLIMI Milano - Host institution) Dimitris Pitilakis (AUTH Thessaloniki)

ESR2.1 - Modelling Ground-motion from Induced Seismicity in Urban Areas - Supervisors: Ben Edwards (University of Liverpool - Host institution) Dino Bindi and Fabrice Cotton (GFZ Potsdam)

ESR 2.2 - Seismic swarms: comparing natural and induced earthquakes - Supervisors: Agnès Helmstetter (UGA Grenoble - Host institution) Danijel Schorlemmer (GFZ Potsdam) Ben Edwards (University of Liverpool))

ESR 3.1 - Evaluation of complex soil response and its variability in the urban environment - Supervisor: D. Fäh (ETH Zurich - Host institution) Fabien Bonilla (IFSTTAR Paris)

ESR 3.2 -Innovative methodologies for soil-structure interaction assessment - Supervisor: Stefano Parolai (OGS Trieste - Host institution) - Dimitris Pitilakis (AUTH Thessaloniki)

ESR 3.3 - Effect of dense urban areas as metamaterials for seismic waves - Supervisors: Philippe Roux (UGA Grenoble - Host institution) Stefano Parolai (OGS Trieste)

ESR 3.4 – From fault rupture to city seismic response: 3D multi-scale physics-based scenarios for earthquake effects in large urban areas - Supervisor: Roberto Paolucci (POLIMI Milano - Host institution) Fabian Bonilla (IFSTTAR Paris)

ESR 3.5 - Fragility curves for structures including soil-structure interactionsSupervisor: Dimitris Pitilakis (AUTH Thessaloniki - Host institution) Roberto Paolucci (POLIMI Milano)

ESR 4.1 - [Intensity measure and engineering demand parameter for natural and induced seismicity->doc51] - Supervisors: Philippe Guéguen (UGA Grenoble - Host institution ) Danijel Schorlemmer (GFZ Potsdam)

ESR 4.2 - Time dependency of seismic risk in urban areas - Supervisors: Stéphane Drouet and Ramon Secanell (GEOTER - Host institution) Philippe Guéguen (UGA Grenoble)

ESR4.3 - Testing of seismicity and attenuation models/decision support - Supervisors: Danijel Schorlemmer and Fabrice Cotton (GFZ Potsdam - Host institution) Donat Faeh (ETH Zurich)

ESR4.4 - Modelling and dealing with vague and sparse information using machine learning- Supervisors: Edoardo Patelli and Michael Beer (University of Liverpool - Host institution) Philippe Guéguen (UGA Grenoble)

ESR 4.5 - Evaluation of the systemic vulnerability and risk of interconnected systems at urban, sub-urban, and industrial scales - Supervisors: Kyriazis Pitilakis (AUTH Thessaloniki - Host institution) Chiara Smerzini (POLIMI Milano)

We look forward to receiving your application (via ) that must include personal cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, the names and complete contact information of two referees, and letters of two referees. The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed the 25th of February 2019 by the Selection committee and final decision will be published after interviews of the applicants and each Supervisory ESR committee, due the third week of March 2019.


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