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36-Months Researcher Position In Seismology

36-Months Researcher Position In Seismology


University of Beira Interior

The University of Beira Interior is nowadays a landmark institution at national and international level of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Relying increasingly on quality, UBI has invested in creating well-equipped laboratories; in the expansion of its facilities -either dedicated to teaching and research activities, such as those required to offer their students the best working conditions and social support – in the progressive involvement in national and international research projects; and also in a highly qualified teaching staff. The Research Units are integrated into the Coordinating Research Institute (ICI), which aims at promoting research, fostering the connection between areas of knowledge and the implementation of multidisciplinary teams at international level. UBI also hosts the C4G – Collaboratory for Geosciences, which is included in the Portuguese Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. C4G, through UBI, represents the Solid Earth Portuguese community at EPOS (European Plate Observing System), a project promoted by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. In addition, UBI is part of the Instituto Dom Luiz, an Associate Laboratory based at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Portugal). IDL’s core mission focuses on the use of quantitative science to unravel our Planet’s Dynamics and to respond to major societal challenges posed by Climate Change, to promote sustainable use of Earth and Energy Resources, and exposure to Natural Hazards. As an integrated Earth System Science Institute, IDL actively promotes cross-discipline interactions from fields as diverse as Geology, Geodesy, Solid Earth Geophysics, Physical Oceanography, Hydrology, Meteorology and Climate, Environmental Science and Engineering.


Covilhã/Lisbon, Portugal


Relevant divisions
Geodynamics (GD)
Natural Hazards (NH)
Seismology (SM)


Entry level

2,128.34 €/month, plus holiday and Christmas supplements, and food allowance

Required education

Application deadline
11 March 2019

8 February 2019

Job description

Job description: Researcher Position 36-months contract
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 36-months

University of Beira Interior (Portugal) is hiring a Researcher for the project SHAZAM: Seismicity and HAzards of the sub-saharian Atlantic Margin. SHAZAM project aims at investigating the role of asthenospheric dynamics in the intraplate deformation and seismicity of the Gulf of Guinea. The researcher will take a key role in this project in 1) leading the strategy for maintaining and deploying new seismic stations in the Gulf of Guinea what involves fieldwork, 2) contributing to the seismic hazard assessment in this intraplate region and 3) evaluating the seismic anisotropy.

More on the project SHAZAM:
This project will build on existing local geodetic and seismic network to unravel geodynamic processes behind the intraplate seismicity and deformation allowing to enhance the related seismic risk mitigation. SHAZAM project focuses on the Gulf of Guinea and adjacent Western Africa as study area and will achieve its objective by combining seismicity, seismic anisotropy, geodetic and tectonic data as well as numerical modelling. SHAZAM Project will start by reinforcing seismic and geodetic monitoring network in the study area. The analysis of seismic, geodetic and geomorphological data will be used to conduct a probabilistic seismic hazard assessment. The integration of geophysical data in the region of the Cameroon Volcanic Line will contribute together with seismic anisotropy, to provide constraints on the asthenospheric dynamics that will be further addressed by numerical modelling.

Project Tasks:
Task 1 – Instrumentation upgrade
Task 2 – Active tectonics characterization
Task 3 – Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment
Task 4 – Integration of volcanic data in Cameroon Volcanic Line
Task 5 – Numerical modeling of the asthenosphere/lithosphere interaction

Project Team:
The project involves three main institutions in Portugal: University of Beira Interior (PI: Stéphanie Dumont, Rui Fernandes), Institute Superior Technical (João Fonseca, Susana Vilanova, Sandra Heleno, Pedro Pina) and Instituto Dom Luiz/University of Lisbon (Susana Custódio, Graça Silveira, Marta Neres). The project will work in close collaboration with local and AfricaArray partners.

How to apply

The application opens on February 8, 2019 for 20 business days and is released on the webpage HERE

Required skills:
Academic degree: PhD in seismology/geophysics
Other requirements: Expertise in seismicity analysis. Good programming skills.

For more details please contact Stéphanie Dumont (

The application will be open for 20 business days.
Applicants with doctoral degrees obtained in foreign countries need to be registered as holders of a doctoral degree in Portugal. The presentation of the registration/recognition/equivalence certificate for the doctorate diploma is mandatory for the contract signature. Check the DGES website for more information, in particular on the diploma recognition and equivalence

Salary: The gross monthly salary entitle is stipulated in clause 1 of article 5 of the Regulatory Decree No. 11-A/2017, of December 29th, corresponding to level 33 of the Consolidated Table of Allowances, as approved by Government Order No. 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, being 2,128.34 Euros per month, plus Holiday and Christmas supplements, and food allowance, in value and conditions for workers with a legal relationship of employment under the Labour Code.