Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Distributed Acoustic Sensing, Geomechanics, Applied Seismology

The University of Alberta, Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at the University Of Alberta invites applications for three postdoctoral research positions. The successful applicants will carry out research in the group of Professor Mirko van der Baan on the topic of (1) distributed acoustic sensing (DAS), (2) geomechanics, and (3) applied seismology, in particular microseismicity. They will work on theory and applications of microseismic monitoring, including hydraulic fracture stimulation of low-permeability reservoirs, and carbon capture and storage.

Ongoing research involves computational modeling using discrete element methods, high-resolution hypocenters and source mechanisms, and low-frequency strain deformations due to fracture propagation. Projects may involve field work, knowledge transfer from earthquake seismology, geomechanics to microseismic monitoring and/or adaptation of computer algorithms.

General information and application procedure

These postdoctoral positions are available immediately. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to four years. The successful applicant will become part of the Microseismic Industry Consortium, which is sponsored by hydrocarbon operators and service companies. There will be a strong interaction with the sponsors.

Applicants should hold a PhD and have research experience in earthquake and/or applied seismology, geomechanics, or distributed sensing.

Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, and a statement of research interests, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the Department. All application materials should be sent by email or by post to Professor Mirko van der Baan, Department of Physics, CCIS, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E1, Canada. Email:

Information on the department can be found at and on the research consortium at

Evaluation of applications will commence: 10 January 2022.

The University of Alberta welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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