The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approximately 1.280 employees (including visiting scientists), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the "System Earth" and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany's largest science organization.

For Section 2.6 "Seismic Hazard and Dynamic Risk" / Department 2 "Geophysics" we invite applications for a

PostDoc position: Seismic monitoring of civil engineering structures Job Vacancy No. 3939

The amount of seismic data recorded in buildings is exploding. We are seeking a talented and motivated scientist (m/f/x) to work with our engineering seismology team for combining engineering technologies and seismic data, develop innovative building seismic monitoring methods, investigate the seismic response and the behaviour with respect to large earthquakes and different structural states, and to monitor and predict in real-time possible damages of instrumented buildings due to earthquakes. The specific topics will be dependent on the skills of the successful candidate. Skills related to seismic hazard/engineering applications and a sound knowledge of scientific (e.g. machine learning) programming is welcome. A participation in field experiments is also encouraged.

This project will benefit from a unique working environment:

  • The hosting team (GFZ section 2.6) has a strong expertise in all aspects of seismic hazard and risk and is actively developing earthquake source models, ground motion models, and exposure models.
  • The hosting team has the capacity for equipping buildings and critical infrastructures with various type of sensors and is highly interested in the testing of new technologies (low cost sensors, fiber optics, deconvolution interferometry).
  • The hosting is involved in several programs/projects dealing with large datasets and machine learning methods.
  • The recruited researcher will be integrated in stimulating National and European workshops, working groups and collaborations with associated on-going projects (The RISE and LEXIS projects, both supported by the EU within the Horizon2020 framework, the ROBUST and DARE project, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research and by the German Research Foundation).
  • Your responsibilities:

    • develop new methods for combining engineering knowledge and seismic data for exposure, loss modeling, rapid response or early warning frameworks
    • develop innovative seismic monitoring methods or technologies
    • develop methods adapted to large datasets (e.g. machine learning)
    • active participation in field experiments

    Your qualifications:

    • Master's degree (or equivalent) and PhD degree in seismology or earthquake engineering
    • advanced experience with seismic data-processing and the analysis of large seismic databases
    • advanced experience with Linux, shell scripting, Python, relational databases (PostgreSQL and PostGIS), QGIS, and visualization tools
    • experience in earthquake hazard and risk assessments using OpenQuake
    • experience or willingness to work with large datasets and interact with data experts
    • willingness to work in an international, interdisciplinary team
    • experience in presenting scientific results during conferences and through publications in peer-reviewed journals
Starting date: 1st May 2020
Fixed term: 24 months
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost). The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Location: Potsdam

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 (www.geo-x.net), 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.

Please submit your application by 29th February 2020 using the "Apply" button.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at 0331 288-28878.

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.

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