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Job advertisement PhD Position in Seismology, The Australian National University

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PhD Position in Seismology, The Australian National University

PhD Position in Seismology, The Australian National University

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Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University


Canberra, Australia


Relevant division
Seismology (SM)


Student / Graduate / Internship

Current PhD scholarship rate is $34,000 AUD per year

Preferred education

Application deadline
10 January 2024

27 November 2023

Job description

The ANU Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) is Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth Sciences, home to the largest concentration of Earth scientists in Australia, and ranked 11th in the world for Geophysics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

The Geophysics research area has a rich history in studies of the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s interior. The group exploits its unique position in the southern hemisphere, located on a stable continent but surrounded by seismically active plate boundaries, to conduct cutting-edge research in global/regional seismology and geodynamics. The group is at the forefront of passive seismic imaging across the Australian continent and the Australian plate, with various recent and on-going seismic deployments both on land and in the ocean. Opportunities to work with this data and its interpretation are currently available. Particular tectonic settings/topics of interest, relevant to this position, currently include plate boundaries, ocean basins, craton margins, and connections between upper mantle dynamics and the surface in general.

If you currently study geophysics, physics, earth science, or another similarly quantitative discipline and are interested to apply these skills to better understand our planet then this could be the PhD for you. The position is available now with a flexible start date up until September 2024.

To obtain admission to ANU’s PhD program, you will need excellent marks (equivalent to first-class honours) in your undergraduate degree and must have completed a research thesis (e.g. Honours, Masters, MSci) of similarly high quality. At RSES all students receive allowances for computer equipment (A$2000), as well as travel to international conferences (A$5000). Supervisor supported funding is available for a PhD scholarship for 3.5 years (2023 rate: A$34,000/yr), which is the anticipated time to obtain a PhD at the ANU. For international applicants, additional support is available for relocation expenses and overseas student health cover.

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest to Dr Caroline Eakin ( before January 10th, including the following documents (in pdf format):

1) Cover letter including statement of research experience and interests (max 2 pages)
2) CV, including contact information for at least 2 references
3) Copies of academic transcripts