PhD and Postdoc Opportunities
Computational Seismology for Geo-reservoirs

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Computational Earthquake Seismology, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, Geophysics, seek 6 highly motivated PhD and postdoctoral researchers to study

Fracture activation in geo-reservoirs - physics of (induced) earthquakes in complex fault networks.

The FRAGEN project will shed light on properties and activation of fractures in geo-reservoirs, natural or man-made, using seismic data analysis and physics-based earthquake simulations on high-performance computing infrastructure.

Funded by a KAUST Competitive Research Grant, the project includes two 3-year PhD and two 2-year PostDoc positions based with Prof. P. Martin Mai at KAUST (, as well as one 3-year PhD and one 2-year PostDoc position joining the group of Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel at LMU Munich (, as well as extensive collaboration between the research groups. The starting date is flexible with the earliest opportunity in April 2018. Evaluation of applications starts immediately until positions are filled. Successful applicants must have a recent degree in geophysics, physics, engineering, or computational sciences. Candidates should have strong analytical skills, and experience in programming, data analysis, geophysical modeling and visualization. Fluency in English is mandatory. Good interpersonal skills, willingness to work in an international team of researchers and students, and ability to present the work at international conferences are expected.

KAUST ( is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities, generous assured research funding, and internationally competitive salaries. The university attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers, and students to conduct fundamental and goal-oriented research to address the world's pressing scientific and technological challenges related to the sustainability of water, food, energy, and the environment.

The Geophysics section of LMU ( offers excellent working conditions and hosts several strongly numerical based projects. The Department has a powerful Linux-cluster and access to local supercomputer facilities (

To apply, please send (as PDFs) your CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of at least two referees to Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel ( or Prof. P. Martin Mai (

posted: 9 December 2017    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.