15 PhD positions in Seismology in European Training Network "SPIN"

The SPIN "Monitoring a Restless Earth" Innovative Training Network (ITN) is recruiting 15 highly motivated PhD students, or "Early-Stage Researchers" (ESRs). The positions will have staggered starting dates between March-October 2021 for a duration of 3 years.

SPIN is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA). SPIN brings together a network of excellent research departments, industrial partners, observatories, governmental organizations and risk modeling companies. Through this programme we strive to provide outstanding PhD training and to carry out cutting-edge research.

The overarching goal of the SPIN network is to advance seismic observation, theory and hazard assessment alike by:

  1. fully integrating the latest ground-motion sensing technology, such as DAS, large N arrays and rotational sensors. We will develop survey designs that optimise this novel technology to improve the monitoring of geohazards. In SPIN, we devise laboratory experiments to test new physical models of wave propagation that include the complex response of Earth materials to stress, and perform numerical simulations to predict their effects across scales in the real Earth. We apply the new models of wave propagation, and the field observations from novel sensor types, to detect and exploit time-dependent material changes to improve forecasting of real emerging natural hazards.
  2. creating a fertile environment to train a new generation of European researchers who can incorporate new sensor types into widespread, societally-relevant applications. In SPIN, we will give researchers a broad and versatile training experience - in fundamental theory, the forefront of ground motion sensing technology, in monitoring system design, and in the interpretation and assessment of natural hazards and the mitigation of associated risks.

The following 15 PhD positions are available:

SPIN ESR 1.1    LMU Munich -  Harnessing wavefield gradients: theory, experiment, applications
SPIN ESR 1.2    ETH Zurich -  Distributed acoustic sensing for natural hazard assessment
SPIN ESR 1.3    University Grenoble -  Wavefield gradient methods to monitor the Earth's crust
SPIN ESR 1.4    IPGP Paris -  Ocean floor seismological and environmental monitoring
SPIN ESR 2.1    GFZ Potsdam -  Rock mechanics and Seismology
SPIN ESR 2.2    University of Edinburgh -  Understanding earthquake-induced damage & healing of crustal rocks
SPIN ESR 2.3    BGS Edinburgh -  Next-Generation Physics-based earthquake forecasts
SPIN ESR 3.1    University of Edinburgh -  Optimal design of experiments and surveys for scientific interrogation
SPIN ESR 3.2    LMU Munich -  Numerical models across the scales
SPIN ESR 3.3    University Grenoble -  Detection and characterization of seismic signals with dense arrays of new seismological instruments
SPIN ESR 3.4    University of Hamburg -  Ambient signals as a tool to characterize material properties
SPIN ESR 4.1    DIAS Dublin -  Ground motion and unrest triggering on volcanoes
SPIN ESR 4.2    University of Hamburg -  Nonlinear seismology meets structural health monitoring
SPIN ESR 4.3    ETH Zurich -  Monitoring hazards from a changing alpine environment
SPIN ESR 4.4    GFZ Potsdam -  Distributed Acoustic Sensing and Volcano-seismology

Full descriptions of each PhD position can be found on the SPIN website: http://spin-itn.eu

What we offer

The SPIN project combines training in theory and research methods with key professional skills training and individual career mentoring. Within the programme, PhD researchers have the opportunity to engage in outreach activities and to develop international professional networks by pursuing research stays abroad and by taking part in international conferences and workshops. The MSCA ITN programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.

What we're looking for

We welcome applications from candidates who fulfill the following criteria:

  • A research-oriented university degree, such as a Master's degree or BSc Hons, in a relevant field (e.g. Geophysics, Physics, Applied Math, ..). The PhD enrollment requirements will depend on the hosting institute, please refer to the individual project descriptions and institute webpages.
  • Note that you may apply if you have not completed your degree yet, as long as your degree will be completed by the time of recruitment in the project.
  • An outstanding academic track record
  • A good command of English, both verbal and written
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for research, combined with scientific curiosity, reliability and the capacity to teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment.

Eligibility criteria

Please ensure that you fulfill the following eligibility criteria for ESR (Early Stage Researcher) positions in H2020 MSCA-ITNs, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered:

  • Candidates can be of any nationality, and there is no age limit.
  • They must have less than four years of research career after obtaining their degree and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Candidates are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the SPIN partner country in which they will be employed for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.
  • For all recruitment, the eligibility and mobility of the candidate will be determined at the time of their recruitment in the project.
  • There are no exceptions to these rules.

Application procedure

You may apply to a maximum of three PhD positions within the network. However, you must submit a separate cover letter specifying motivation for each position.

The first application deadline is April 5th, 2021. Application evaluations will start immediately, and will continue until all positions are filled. Selection interviews with shortlisted candidates will be organized by the hiring institutions. Please note that each PhD position has its own earliest starting date, check the project descriptions on http://spin-itn.eu/recruitment/

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The selection will be exclusively based on qualification without regard to gender identity, sexual orientation religion, national origin or age.

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A CV including relevant competences, skills and publication list, if applicable
  • Copies of degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records for previous studies (Bachelor and/or Master). Please indicate expected date of graduation if your Master's degree is not completed
  • Contact information of two references
  • Completion of the SPIN application form: http://uhh.de/min-spin-apply
  • Please note that each individual PhD project may have additional application steps and/or qualification criteria. Please carefully check the PhD descriptions: http://spin-itn.eu/recruitment

Applications should be sent in one single pdf file with filename `SPIN_YourLastname_YourFirstname.pdf' to spin-applications.min@uni-hamburg.de

For further information on the project, please consult our website at: http://spin-itn.eu, in particular the information under "Recruitment". If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact SPIN-management@uni-hamburg.de.

Data handling

By applying to a PhD position, you agree that all data concerning your application may be stored electronically and distributed among the supervisors involved in the selection procedure within the MSCA ITN SPIN. If you do not agree, your application can not be processed further, due to the project's centralised recruitment process. The data are used solely for the recruitment process and we do not share information about you with any third party.

posted: 18 March 2021    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.