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PhD positions in DAS and seismic full waveform inversion

PhD positions in DAS and seismic full waveform inversion


Penn State University


United States of America


Relevant division
Seismology (SM)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
15 December 2023

25 June 2023

Job description

Two seismology positions in DAS and FWI are available and are funded by NSF and DOE.

The PhD position on DAS will focus on understanding the DAS data from several experiment sites, including the urban FORESEE array, a new FORESEE Pittsburgh array, and the Alaska array. All datasets are long-term (yearly) monitoring strain-rate measurements. The student will develop quantitative skills including data mining/machine learning, seismic data processing, and inversion/tomography. This project will also interact with colleagues from a multidisciplinary team. The work may include fieldwork in Pittsburgh and Alaska. Prior research experience in seismology data processing and ambient noise is highly desirable.

The PhD position on FWI will focus on the development of multi-parameters including elasticity, viscoelasticity, and applications to field datasets from CO2 storage and near-surface seismic sites. The student will be expected to develop computational skills, wave simulations, and data inversion. One of the goals is to build an open-source FWI package for the near-surface geophysics community. Prior research experience in seismic wave propagation and simulations and/or FWI is highly desirable.

Students with a record of publication or master’s degree, strong quantitative skills, and appropriate experiences will be given preference. The start date for graduate studies is Fall 2024. To express interest in the positions please email Prof. Tieyuan Zhu at and include 1) a statement of research interests and experience, 2) a CV, and 3) a writing sample, if available. Please find information here about our research group:

Candidates will be considered for PhD admission through the following programs: Preferred initial contact is requested before Dec 15 2023 to be closely followed by PhD application. Requests after December 15th, 2023 will be accepted but evaluation is not guaranteed.