Post-Doctoral Position in integrated
geophysical-petrological crustal imaging

Salary: 33,975-42,394 EUR (depending on experience and qualification)
Duration: (1 year)

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) invites applications for one Post-Doctoral Researcher position. The position is within the framework of the Science Foundation Ireland funded project iTHERC, aimed at integrated, multi-scale, THermoChemical modelling of the crust and lithospheric mantle in the North Atlantic region, with a special focus on on- and off-shore Ireland. The research involves multi-scale active- and passive-source seismic, gravity and EM imaging of the crust and upper mantle of Ireland and the North Atlantic. The problems posed are both fundamental (structure and evolution of the crust, mantle lithosphere and underlying mantle; current and past lithospheric deformation and mantle dynamics across northern Atlantic; tectonics of the western margin of Eurasia) and application-oriented, of economic relevance (establishing the structure of the crust at rifted basins as related to the assessment and characterization of potential hydrocarbon systems, and thermal evolution of the system and its impact on the overlying sedimentary blanket).

The candidate will join the recently established, growing group of integrated geophysical-petrological modelling in DIAS. The research will be in close collaboration with other groups in DIAS (Seismology, Marine Geophysics). The position is funded for 1 year with a possible extension subject to satisfactory performance. Specific information on the position is given below.

The starting date for the positions is January, 2018, or as soon as possible after that. The starting salary will be €33,975 - €42,394 per year, depending on experience, plus benefits. Consideration of applications will begin on December 1 and continue until the position is filled. Potential candidates should send a cover letter outlining their research interests, motivation and suitability, a full CV and contact details of three referees via email to Dr Javier Fullea ( using the subject line “iTHERC”. For additional information on the project or working at DIAS please contact Javier Fullea. DIAS is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

A position for a geophysicist with wide experience in processing and interpretation of seismic reflection and refraction seismic data, and derived tomographic models. Considerable experience in numerical modelling and scientific programming (Fortran, C, Python) are required. Familiarity with petrophysics will be positively evaluated.

The successful applicant will develop a new tool for integrated geophysical-petrological inversion of active-source seismic and other geophysical data sets. The main aim is to merge existing ray tracing and full waveform propagation algorithms with the software for multi-observable geophysical-petrological lithospheric imaging available in the group.

The new tool will be applied to study the possible evolutionary scenarios of Irish off-shore basins (e.g. Porcupine basin, Celtic Sea basin) in the context of the thermochemical and rheological structure of the North Atlantic region, and to address questions related to their formation processes (i.e. rift-related magmatism, serpentinization, associated uplift/subsidence). Collaboration with other researchers in DIAS is expected and therefore teamwork ability is required.


  • Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within Geophysics/Engineering.
  • Evidence of the ability to present and publish the result of research at an international level and documented research potential.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

posted: 21 November 2017    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.