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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Seismic Tremor

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Seismic Tremor


University of Oxford


Oxford, United Kingdom


Relevant divisions
Seismology (SM)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)

Full time


£32,236- £39,609 per year

Required education

Application deadline
21 October 2019

21 August 2019

Job description

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the physical processes that create nonvolcanic tremor. The postdoc will be part of team working on slow earthquakes and will work closely with Dr Jessica Hawthorne. They will carry out research to identify the physical processes that control tremor as part of a NERC standard grant. The postdoc will provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group, including PhD and project students.

The post holder will conduct a series of targeted seismological investigations to test several of the proposed mechanisms: dilatancy, size limitation, low normal stress, and attenuation. The postdoc will consider how each of these mechanisms would manifest in seismic data. They will use and develop new seismic analysis techniques and will take advantage of high-quality data from Parkfield, CA to assess a range of model predictions. The post holder may examine, for instance, tremor’s size distributions, moment-duration scaling, clustering, and rupture directivity.

The postholder will manage their own academic research and administrative activities, contribute ideas for new research projects, develop ideas for generating research income and present detailed research proposals to senior researchers. They will also carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, including U. Oregon, U. Strasbourg, and the USGS, and will act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and techniques.

The postholder must hold a PhD in geophysics or another relevant discipline by the time of appointment, they must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmers, and they must have the ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities and have excellent communication skills, including writing for publication, presenting research proposals and results.

The post is currently funded until 31 December 2021, with the possibility of extension to 30 months subject to funding agency agreement. We wish to fill the post as early as is practical. For further details of the post please see the job description.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 21 October 2019 will be considered.

Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. All candidates will be evaluated for employment without regard to gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. The department holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

How to apply

For more information or to apply, visit or, and please get in touch with Jessica Hawthorne at if you want to discuss the position further.

The application deadline is 12pm on 21 October 2019.