Job Opening

PhD Position: Ring laser measurements for geodesy and geophysics

LMU Munich

Posted: 11/14/2019

Open Until: 02/02/2020


*PhD project: Ring laser measurements for geodesy and geophysics*

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geophysics Section,
Seismology Group) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich,
Germany, is seeking applications from enthusiastic young researchers for
an interdisciplinary Ph.D. project in the field of ring laser
observations applied to seismology and geodesy.

The Geophysical Observatory in Fürstenfeldbruck (20km outside of Munich)
hosts the unique 4-component ring laser ROMY that is capable of
measuring the complete vector of Earth’s rotation as well as the
rotational ground motion induced for example by earthquakes or the
oceans with unprecedented accuracy (for more information see , or Hand: Lord of the rings,
/Science/, 21 April 2017). The project has strong interdisciplinary
aspects as it involves aspects of ring laser technology and operational
procedures, laser optics and electronics, time series (spectral)
analysis, theory and analysis of seismic wave propagation, and Earth’s
rotation. The project has substantial experimental nature in the sense
that part of the tasks involve working with the ROMY ring laser hardware
and the data acquisition system on a regular basis with the goal to
stabilize observational quality. The acquisition and analysis tools are
based on Python scripts (making use of ObsPy -

The successful applicant will be happy to work mainly at the Geophysical
Observatory  Fürstenfeldbruck in a pittoresque setting. We invite
applications from students with (preferably) experience in experimental
physics (possibly optics/electronics), a strong interest in laser
physics, a solid background in fundamental physics and mathematics, and
a willingness to work on ring laser data analysis and
seismological/geodetic applications. The student will benefit from
ongoing projects in the field of rotational and computational
seismology, earthquake engineering, and ring laser physics. The project
will be co-supervised by the satellite geodesy group of the Technical
University Munich and the Fundamentalstation Wettzell, that hosts the
G-ring laser. The Department has a powerful Linux-cluster and access to
local supercomputer facilities ( ).

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. Please send a
complete application with CV, a statement of research interests in
response to the scope of the project (one page), names of two
references, preferably in PDF format to: Prof. Dr. Heiner Igel (e-mail:

Apologies for multiple postings.

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