PhD student position in Geodesy and earthquake science
Chalmers University of Technology
The PhD position is in the research group for Space Geodesy and Geodynamics which belongs to the Onsala Space Observatory Division (OSO), one of the five divisions of the Department of Space, Earth and Environment (SEE). On the one hand, we att SEE focus on questions emanating from a long long time ago – the origins of the universe, of our planet and of life. On the other hand, we observe what is happening on Earth today and develop methods, tools and models that enable us to look towards the future and find solutions to global challenges about resources, energy supply and environmental impact. Together we work to increase knowledge on how to best achieve a long-term sustainable planet. The department hosts two research infrastructures: Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central. Your main working places will be the Onsala Space Observatory, 40 km south of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.
Natural Hazards (NH)
Earthquakes are a spectacular but sometimes disastrous demonstration of the forces at work on our planet. With the development of the plate tectonics theory, significant progress has been achieved in understanding why and where they occur, yet the mechanisms that really initiate them remain unclear. Recent studies suggest that plate tectonics may not be the only factor involved in seismic fault activity. In this PhD project, you will combine geodesy and earthquake science to assess the influence of external forcings such as tides and climate on the activity of seismic faults.
You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, primarily in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.