Fully funded PhD opportunity in Seismology
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
The CES and CDI research groups are parts of the Earth Science & Engineering program at KAUST, which is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities and opportunities to explore and grow academically. The university attracts top international scientists and students to conduct fundamental and goal-oriented research in a wide range of scientific fields and technological applications.
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)
We seek a highly motivated PhD student to join our research teams in Computational Earthquake Seismology (CES) and Crustal Deformation and InSAR (CDI) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The PhD student will take part in an exciting international project that aims at characterizing the active tectonics along with the seismic and volcanic hazards in the Red Sea and western Saudi Arabia, with particular focus on the transform fault systems. The objectives of the projects will be achieved by means of an interdisciplinary approach consisting of research cruises, fieldwork, remote sensing, temporary deployment of an offshore/onshore seismic network, analogue modelling and analysis of existing geophysical data.
In particular, the student will investigate the seismicity and earth structure by acquiring and analysing new broadband seismic data both from OBS and land seismometers. The project includes sea going expeditions in the Red Sea and extensive fieldwork in the country. The student is also expected to contribute to the analysis of existing geophysical datasets (e.g., reflection seismology profiles, gravimetry) and to take initiative in the development of the project. Attendance of international conferences and research collaborations, including short visits, with researchers in Germany, Italy, and the UK will be part of the student experience.
Applicants should have an MSc degree in geophysics, physics, geology, or related fields. A minimum GPA of 3.2 (or equivalent) is required, as well as fluency in English and availability to participate in fieldwork in challenging environments. Programming/numerical skills are desirable; good interpersonal skills and the willingness to work in a multicultural team are expected. Women are particularly welcome to apply.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Laura Parisi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Prof. Sigurjón Jónsson (email@example.com) and Prof. Martin Mai (firstname.lastname@example.org) can also be contacted for general questions about the project and admission at KAUST. The formal application process is handled via an online platform. Admitted students receive a stipend, free housing, and free health care. The position will remain open until filled. The starting date is flexible, but expected by August 2020. Paid pre-doctoral internships are available for preliminary data processing.