Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Distributed Acoustic Sensing
and Applied Seismology

The University of Alberta, Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at the University Of Alberta invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. The successful applicant will carry out research in the group of Professor Mirko van der Baan on the topics of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and applied seismology for microseismic monitoring of underground CO2 storage.

They will work on theory and applications of microseismic monitoring, focusing in particular on carbon capture and storage.

Ongoing research involves high-resolution hypocenters and source mechanisms, differentiation between natural and induced seismicity, and low-frequency strain deformations due to fracture propagation. Projects may involve field work, knowledge transfer from earthquake seismology to microseismic monitoring and/or adaptation of computer algorithms.

General information and application procedure

The postdoctoral position is available immediately. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to four years. The successful applicant will become part of the Ensure project, involving multiple research organizations and hydrocarbon operators. There will be a strong interaction with the project partners.

Applicants should hold a PhD and have research experience in earthquake and/or applied seismology, or distributed sensing.

Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, and a statement of research interests, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the Department. All application materials should be sent by email or by post to Professor Mirko van der Baan, Department of Physics, CCIS, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E1, Canada. Email:

Information on the department can be found at and on the Ensure project at

Evaluation of applications will commence: 27 Dec 2022.

The University of Alberta welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

posted: 26 November 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.