Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seismic Imaging and Uncertainty Assessment
Vacancy Ref: 052130
We seek a postdoctoral research associate with a strong background in seismic or seismological imaging of the subsurface of the Earth. You’ll participate in an industrially-funded research project, ‘The Edinburgh Imaging Project (EIP)’, led by Prof Andrew Curtis in the School of Geosciences. In particular you’ll develop and apply state-of-the-art and new methods for imaging the elastic properties of the upper crust of the Earth and assessing uncertainty in your results, using measured seismic waveform data. EIP has a long and successful record of novel research on inverse theory, uncertainty assessment, migration-related methods, Marchenko methods, machine learning (neural networks and variational methods), and seismic or coda wave interferometry. You might therefore expect to specialise in any of these, or other related methods, and will interact with a number of Ph. D. students working on similar topics as part of the team. The methods developed will be used to improve imaging at a variety of scales, perhaps including non-destructive testing, medical ultrasonic imaging, large scale seismological imaging, and certainly industrial-style seismic imaging. You will interact with all project partners and with Prof. Curtis to ensure that your specific research fits the overall project goals of improving methods for subsurface imaging and uncertainty assessment, and applying these in useful contexts.
This post is full-time for 30 months starting as soon as possible.
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Closing date: Thursday 18th June 2020 at 5pm
The School aims to ensure equality of opportunity and holds an Athena SWAN Silver award. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. Appointment will be based on merit alone.
1. Job Details
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seismic Imaging and Uncertainty Assessment
School/Support Department: School of Geosciences
Line manager: Prof Andrew Curtis
2. Job Purpose
To develop and apply state-of-the-art and new methods for imaging the elastic properties of the Earth’s subsurface and assessing uncertainty in those results, and testing and applying the methods in one or more of the contexts of industrial imaging of the upper crust, and possibly also ultrasonic non-destructive testing or medical imaging.
3. Main Responsibilities
In collaboration with and under the direction of Prof. Curtis:
4. Planning and Organising
• Work with Principal Investigator (PI) Prof. Curtis to organise time to ensure project objectives are achieved.
5. Problem Solving
• Develop novel methods to solve unresolved problems in subsurface imaging and uncertainty assessment
6. Decision Making
Key decisions will be made collaboratively with input from the PI. The post-holder will undertake day-to-day decision making on method and code development, and on analysis of results. They will need to learn and exercise good judgement as to which decisions must be referred to the PI and which should simply be implemented and documented.
7. Key Contacts/Relationships
The post holder will principally interact with the PI based in Edinburgh. They will also visit, collaborate and discuss as necessary with our external industrial stakeholders who sponsor the EIP. The post holder will be expected to represent the University externally, by presenting their work at specialist meetings or workshops in the relevant research area. They will also be required to provide advice and support to relevant undergraduate and postgraduate students.
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
There are no line management responsibilities associated with this post.
10. Job Context and any other relevant information
This PDRA position will be based in Edinburgh and will involve occasional travel to industrial partners in the UK and possibly elsewhere, and to present results at international conferences.
All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing the 6th of July. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The closing date is 5pm on Thursday 18th June 2020.
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Conditions of Employment
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.
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The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
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