Research Associate - earthquake seismology (Fixed Term)

We are looking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in earthquake seismology at the University of Cambridge for a period of 18 months in order to support the Newton Institutional Links project "Earthquake hazard mitigation in Sulawesi and Kalimantan". The PDRA will be required to travel to Indonesia on multiple occasions in order to build collaborative links with partners at ITB (Institute of Technology, Bandung), and oversee the deployment of an array of broadband seismometers in Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Other tasks include one or more of (i) extraction of earthquake waveforms generated by local and regional events from GDSN and IDSN stations; (ii) the inversion of body wave data for earthquake source parameters and centroid depth; and (iii) the inversion of local and regional earthquake traveltimes for hypocenter location and seismic velocity structure. The overall goal of the project is to provide new source and structural information to improve current probabilistic seismic hazard models of the region.

The successful candidate must have either completed, or be in the process of completing, a PhD in a relevant subject area such as seismology or geophysics. We seek a candidate with experience in earthquake seismology and/or Earth imaging, who also has practical experience with the deployment of seismometers in the field. Good written and oral communication skills and a respect for other cultures is essential for liaising with partners in Indonesia, presenting results at workshops and international meetings, and preparing papers for submission to international journals.

There is some flexibility in the start date, but the candidate would need to commence their position sometime between April 1 and September 1 2018.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months. As an alternative, the candidate may choose to be funded part time for 2 years at 0.75FTE. However, if this option is chosen, they must commence the position by 1st May.

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For further information, please email Nick Rawlinson ( or Alex Copley (

Please quote reference LB14849 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

published: 22 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.