Research Associate - earthquake seismology (Fixed Term)

We are looking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in earthquake seismology at the University of Cambridge for a period of 24 months in order to support the NERC grant "Seismic imaging of the Macquarie Ridge Complex: A search for incipient subduction". This project is in collaboration with the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU), and involves a deployment of land stations on Macquarie Island, and Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBSs) in the surrounding ocean. The successful candidate will be required to travel to New Zealand in late October 2021, and spend up to one month at sea aboard the RV Tangaroa to help retrieve the OBSs (in addition to perhaps one to two weeks of shore time), which were deployed in October 2020. Once the data are retrieved, tasks may include (i) preprocessing and archiving of data in collaboration with ANU colleagues; (ii) application of array based techniques to detect and locate earthquakes; (iii) inversion of body wave data for earthquake source parameters; and (iv) inversion of local, regional and/or teleseismic earthquake data for seismic velocity structure. During the 2-year duration of the PDRA, at least one trip to ANU to collaborate with colleagues on the project is anticipated.

The successful candidate must have either completed, or be in the process of completing, a PhD that largely focuses on earthquake seismology and/or seismic imaging.

Practical experience with the deployment of seismometers in the field is also a requirement. Good written and oral communication skills are essential to facilitate the presentation of results at workshops and international meetings, and for preparing papers for submission to international journals.

There is some flexibility in the start date, but the candidate would need to commence their position no later than October 1, 2021.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months only.

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For further information, please email Nick Rawlinson (

Please quote reference LB25825 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. To apply go to

The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 26 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.