ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science and technology. It i renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The observation, causes, and impacts of earthquakes are the core focus of the research activities of the Professorship for Seismology and the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich. We invite applications for a

Ph.D. position in Statistical Seismology:
"Enabling dynamic earthquake risk assessment"

Our ETH research proposal focuses on three principal aspects of fundamental science and engineering essential for the transition from the current static to a new dynamic risk assessment framework: Next generation earthquake forecasting tools, to be developed within this project, highlight periods and regions of elevated seismic hazard and risk due to natural and induced earthquakes with steadily improving accuracy. The data-driven, adaptive forecasting tools we are proposing to develop and test probabilistically would combine state of the art statistical and physics-based earthquake forecasting approaches.

Data-driven structural health monitoring and damage detection for smart infrastructure and buildings are within reach, based on coupling novel simulation tools with state-of-the-art monitoring methodologies. Integrated dynamic loss assessment for infrastructure systems and buildings enabled by coupling the hazard forecasting and data-driven rapid damage detection.

The successful candidate would work under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Wiemer (Head Swiss Seismological Service, D-ERDW) and would closely collaborate with Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic (DBAUG) and Prof. Eleni Chatzi (D-BAUG).

We are looking for young and highly motivated candidates with strong quantitative skills and the ability to take an interdisciplinary perspective. The candidate should fulfil the following minimal requirements: (1) Serious background in geophysics or related field, knowledge of seismology and statistics a plus. (2) Demonstrably high programming skills preferably in MATLAB or Python. (3) Sufficient fluency in English. (4) A master's degree (or equivalent) in Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Sciences or related areas.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: CV, a letter of motivation and the master thesis as well as other relevant scientific ouput (reports, posters, published papers or preprints). Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Swiss Seismological Service, please visit our website: www.seismo.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Shyam Nandan by email: snandan@ethz.ch (no applications).

Closing date for applications: 6th January 2019.

posted: 28 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.