Ph.D. position in Geodynamics at the University of Miami


A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the Geodynamics group at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (University of Miami). Starting Fall 2021, the successful applicant will investigate the dynamics of Earth's global network of subduction zones using state of the art numerical modeling techniques. At a global scale, we aim to identify how deep mantle circulation manifests in near-surface deformation at subduction zones, and the time- and length-scales over which multiple subduction zones mechanically interact with one another. Numerical models will be constrained using a range of geological and geophysical observables and will be complemented with more simplistic analytical models. For a brief overview of currently active research areas in the UM Geodynamics group, see:


Students with backgrounds in either geosciences or another quantitative discipline (physics, engineering, etc.), and a strong academic record, are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is also beneficial. If interested, please reach out to the Geodynamics group head, Dr. Adam Holt (, with a short CV and any questions that you may have. The formal application deadline is January 1st 2021 and detailed information on the official application procedure can be found at Early applications, by December 1st, are encouraged to meet deadlines for internal (UM) fellowships.

Rosenstiel School, University of Miami:

Successful applicants will become members of the Department of Marine Geosciences (MGS) within the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. MGS is home to faculty with a wide range of research focuses (Geodesy, Seismology, Geochemistry, Geology) and is located on the picturesque Rosenstiel School campus (Virginia Key, Miami). The Ph.D. assistantship provides 5 years of full support: salary, tuition, and health insurance.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. See for additional information.

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