Research Associate in deep Earth seismology
(Fixed Term)

We would like to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to strengthen our research team in global seismology at the University of Cambridge for a fixed term of 24 months. Our team works on revealing the heterogeneity and dynamics of the deep Earth. We mostly work with seismic body waves to reveal new observations of deep seismic heterogeneity. Subsequently, we often work with mineral physicists and geodynamicists to understand the implications of our observations.

This research project aims to constrain the Vp/Vs anomaly in ultra-low velocity zones on the core-mantle boundary. A crucial constraint to understand the nature of these zones and their role in global mantle dynamics. A related research project can also form in discussion with PI Cottaar based on the interests and (aspired) skills of the candidate, and current work in the team.

The successful candidate must either have, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. seismology, geophysics). We are looking for a candidate with experience in body-wave seismology, computational seismology, and/or inverse theory; a good understanding of scientific questions relevant to the deep Earth; a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals; and good communication skills in order to present results at international meetings.

Funding is fixed-term for 24 months. Position is funded by European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 804071 - ZoomDeep). Starting date is by July 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Feel free to email the PI Sanne Cottaar ( with any questions. Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please quote reference LB30013 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. For full details and to apply go to

The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 04 February 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.