The Exploration and Environmental Geophysics (EEG) group at ETH Zurich has an immediate opening for a

PhD position in geophysical monitoring of fractured
rock for geothermal reservoirs

The position is within the area of monitoring fractured rock using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) techniques. Both single-hole reflection imaging and crosswell GPR fullwaveform inversion will be developed to characterize fractures in crystalline rock using saline tracers. The project includes theoretical and computational developments, as well as field experiments. We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in geophysical imaging and monitoring, in data integration, and in linking geophysics, hydrogeology and rock mechanics. The project is embedded in the In-situ Stimulation and Circulation (ISC) experiment of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE) at the Grimsel test site. The ISC experiment studies stimulation procedures for geothermal reservoirs and investigates the link between hydraulic stimulation and induced seismicity. An interdisciplinary team of more than 10 scientists working on the ISC experiment offers plenty of opportunities for collaboration. We offer a dynamic working environment with highly qualified scientists, excellent computational facilities, a large pool of state-of-the-art geophysical equipment. In addition, our group has access to high-performance computing systems owned by ETH. The Exploration and Environmental Geophysics group at ETH Zurich is embedded in a vibrant Earth Science department, which will offer many opportunities for collaborative projects.

The successful candidate for the PhD project position should hold a Master’s degree in geophysics, physics, applied mathematics, or similar fields, and should have a keen interest and preferably some experience in geophysical data processing and inversion theory. Good knowledge of English is essential and, although not a prerequisite, a basic understanding of German is an advantage.

For further information on the project, please contact Dr. J. Doetsch by email: (no applications) and visit our website

We look forward to your online application until October 31, 2016 including a CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of three referees. Please send it to: ETH Zurich, Ms. Maja Bügler, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. The selection process starts immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The application can be submitted online at

posted: 04 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.