Section 2.6 "Seismic Hazard and Stress Field" invites applications for a

Research Scientist Position (m/f) on "Physics-based ground-motion modeling and seismic hazard evaluation"

Reference No. 41/26/17 G

The assessment of seismic hazard for major cities is a key challenge and requires detailed investigation of the potential site-specific amplifications and near-field ground-shaking. The development of broadband waveform simulation methods and the exponential increase of ground-motion data provide new research opportunities to develop such site and faultspecific ground-motion models.

Our research group (Seismic Hazard and Stress Field, Section 2.6, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences) is looking for an enthusiastic research scientist interested by the development of innovative physics-based ground-motion modeling and the scientific issues that need to be solved in order to integrate both physic-based simulations and empirical ground-motions models into site-specific seismic hazard studies (e.g. near-source effects, ground-motion variability, directivity effects, site effects, epistemic uncertainties). The successful candidate will be part of a team dedicated to engineering seismology (Prof. Fabrice Cotton, Dr. Dino Bindi, Dr. Graeme Weatherill) with a solid experience in Ground-Motion modeling and probabilistic seismic hazard assessment. Our key team project ("Urban Fault Observatory") is the development of urban, fault and site-specific, probabilistic hazard assessment methods. For further information (no application) visit our webpage.

Your qualifications:

Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 3 years (with possibilty of extension)
Working hours:full-time (currently 39 h/week)
The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment
Salary:EG 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.

The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.

We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful. They will not be returned.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Mrs. Albrecht at +49 (0)331 288-28878.

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