Job Opening

Research Associate in Earthquake Seismology

University of Cambridge

Posted: 03/01/2018

Open Until: 05/01/2018

Research Associate in Earthquake Seismology (Fixed Term)
Department of Earth Sciences - Bullard Labs
University of Cambridge

We are looking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in 
earthquake seismology at the University of Cambridge for a period of 18 
months in order to support the Newton Institutional Links project 
"Earthquake hazard mitigation in Sulawesi and Kalimantan". The PDRA will 
be required to travel to Indonesia on multiple occasions in order to 
build collaborative links with partners at ITB (Institute of Technology, 
Bandung), and oversee the deployment of an array of broadband 
seismometers in Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Other tasks include one or more 
of (i) extraction of earthquake waveforms generated by local and 
regional events from GDSN and IDSN stations; (ii) the inversion of body 
wave data for earthquake source parameters and centroid depth; and (iii) 
the inversion of local and regional earthquake traveltimes for 
hypocenter location and seismic velocity structure. The overall goal of 
the project is to provide new source and structural information to 
improve current probabilistic seismic hazard models of the region.

The successful candidate must have either completed, or be in the 
process of completing, a PhD in a relevant subject area such as 
seismology or geophysics. We seek a candidate with experience in 
earthquake seismology and/or Earth imaging, who also has practical 
experience with the deployment of seismometers in the field. Good 
written and oral communication skills and a respect for other cultures 
is essential for liaising with partners in Indonesia, presenting results 
at workshops and international meetings, and preparing papers for 
submission to international journals.

There is some flexibility in the start date, but the candidate would 
need to commence their position sometime between April 1 and September 1 

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months. As an 
alternative, the candidate may choose to be funded part time for 2 years 
at 0.75FTE. However, if this option is chosen, they must commence the 
position by 1st May.

To apply for this vacancy, please visit and click on "Apply online" at the 
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have not already) and log in before completing the online application 

For further information, please email Nick Rawlinson (nr441<at> 
or Alex Copley (acc41<at>

Please quote reference LB14849 on your application and in any 
correspondence about this vacancy.

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