PhD and Postdoc Opportunities
Physics-based seismic hazard assessment and earthquaketsunami interaction: computational seismology on exascale

The seismology group at University of Munich (LMU) and the supercomputing group at Technical University of Munich (TUM) are looking for ambitious, highly motivated PhD candidates and postdocs. The appointed candidates will strengthen their team to jointly develop models and software for physics-based earthquake simulations and tackle seismological challenges at extreme scales.

Within the new project ChEESE (Center of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth) coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) and funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 initiative, we will advance models for physics-based seismic hazard assessment (with application e.g. to Northern Iceland, Italy) and earthquake-tsunami interaction (specifically throughout the seismic cycle) by further developing the open-source simulation software packages ExaHyPE and SeisSol.

SeisSol (cf. simulates seismic wave propagation and dynamic rupture in complex geometries based on unstructured adaptive tetrahedral meshes. ExaHyPE (cf. and is an engine for solving hyperbolic PDE systems, including the seismic wave equations. Both packages rely on the arbitrary high-order accurate derivative discontinuous Galerkin method (ADER-DG).

Candidates should have a strong background in at least two of the following areas:

  • earthquake source physics and fracture mechanics
  • computational seismology and numerical methods
  • parallelisation of simulation software at extreme scales; experience with heterogeneous platforms is particularly welcome
  • performance engineering of simulation software

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. We are convinced that diversity in research groups helps to improve the quality of collaborative research. The Geophysics section of LMU ( and the scientific computing section at TUM's Department of Informatics ( both offer excellent working conditions and host a multitude of projects related to earthquake seismology, HPC and computational geoscience. Both groups have access to leadership-class supercomputer facilities (

To apply, please send (as a single PDF) your CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of at least two referees via email to:

Alice-Agnes Gabriel -
Michael Bader -

or post your application to A. Gabriel, LMU Munich, Institute of Geophysics, Theresienstr. 41, D- 80333 Munich, Germany. The starting date is flexible with the earliest opportunity in November 2018. Evaluation of applications starts immediately until positions are filled.

posted: 22 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.