Two PhD Positions in Glacier Applied Geophysics

The Applied and Environmental Geophysics Group at the University of Lausanne has openings for two PhD students. The PhD projects, which are part of a recently funded grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation on advancing the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for alpine glaciological applications, will involve:

(A) Development of novel strategies for performing diffraction velocity analysis, diffraction imaging, and interpolation on high-resolution 3D and 4D GPR data sets from alpine glaciers with the aim of better imaging and understanding glacier internal structure and dynamics.

(B) Construction of a drone-based GPR system for the efficient and safe acquisition of densely sampled 3D and 4D data on alpine glaciers, followed by the development of computer codes to derive information about internal ice deformation and the distribution and dynamics of meltwater conduits from these data.

The PhD positions are funded for four years and the starting date is April 1, 2020, or a slightly earlier or later date to be agreed upon. Successful candidates will have a strong quantitative and computer programming background, and hold a Master's degree in geophysics, physics, engineering, or a related quantitative discipline. PhD project (A) will involve close collaboration with a leading computational and exploration seismology group based in Austin, Texas, and will require several months of living abroad. PhD project (B) will involve substantial field work on glaciers in Switzerland, and thus experience with organizing and carrying out measurements in remote alpine environments is an asset. For both projects, previous experience with seismic and/or GPR data processing and inversion, most notably with respect to code development, and some experience and/or strong interest in machine learning, are highly beneficial.

To apply, please send by email (i) a cover letter clarifying your overall motivation for entering a PhD program; (ii) your curriculum vitae; (iii) transcripts of your grades from the Bachelor's and Master's degrees; and (iv) the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two referees to Dr. James Irving, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland ( The final deadline for receipt of applications is December 31, 2019.

posted: 15 November 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.