Postdoctoral Position in Seismology and Integrated Geophysical-Petrological Modelling

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Study invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in seismology and geophysical-petrological modelling. The position is at the Geophysics Section, DIAS, and is funded by the project DIG.

DIG (De-risking Ireland's Geothermal Potential) will explore the potential for low-enthalpy geothermal energy on the island of Ireland. It will integrate multi-disciplinary, multi-scale geophysical, geological and geochemical data by means of joint analysis, interpretation, modelling and inversion.

The goal of this postdoctoral project-one of the 5 under DIG-is to build a 3D thermal model and determine the regional geothermal gradient across the island of Ireland. A very large, recently assembled set of broadband, surface-wave measurements is one key component of the dataset. It can constrain crustal structure and the temperature and thickness of the mantle lithosphere. Other essential information will come from the surface heat flow, controlled-source seismic profiles, magnetotellurics, magnetic and gravity anomalies, and measurements of crustal radiogenic heat production and thermal conductivity. Thermodynamic petrological modelling and inversion of the data will be performed using the LitMod software tools ( for integrated modelling and inversion, with further methodological developments, as needed, in the course of this project.

Duration: 2 years.
Salary: €37,874 - €45,041, depending on experience and qualifications.
General Irish public sector regulations on annual leave, sick leave, pension entitlements etc. will apply.
Start date: as soon as possible.
Application deadline: Applications received by 20.01.2020 are guaranteed full consideration. Applications after this date may also be considered, until the position is filled.

Qualifications: a PhD in geophysics or related field is required. Substantial computing and programming experience and a good command of English are essential. A publication record commensurate with career stage is expected. Experience in the seismic imaging of the lithosphere, petrological modelling and inversion, or geothermal modelling is desirable.

To apply: e-mail a complete academic CV, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees to Dr. Sergei Lebedev ( and/or Dr. Javier Fullea (, with "DIG postdoctoral position" in the subject line. Consideration of the applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on the project, please contact Sergei Lebedev ( or Javier Fullea (

DIAS is committed to gender balance, inclusion and diversity.

This project is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under the SEAI Research, Development & Demonstration Funding Programme 2019 (grant number 19/RDD/522) and by the Geological Survey Ireland.

posted: 19 December 2019    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.