The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for
Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a
member of the
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With
our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems
and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for
action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional
level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated
risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw
materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of
human activity on system Earth.
As a partner in
Geo.X, the GFZ
has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions
in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of
geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation
and development opportunities.
For section 4.2 'Geomechanics and Scientific Drilling', we are looking for a:
PhD position (f_m_x)
Reference Number 7203
The central research topic of Section 4.2 aims at understanding the physical processes that control dynamics and mechanical properties in the Earth's crust and mantle lithosphere. This covers the entire spectrum of topics ranging from geomechanics and rock physics to the rheology of crust and uppermost mantle, ranging over the entire spatial bandwidth from the laboratory through mine and reservoir scale to the deformation of tectonic plate boundaries. At the field scale, we investigate seismic and aseismic deformation processes and aim at identifying slip transients covering the entire frequency band of seismic signals.
The ERC research project QUAKEHUNTER (Real-time monitoring of earthquake nucleation for faults near urban areas) aims to (1) determine the most effective approaches to detect fault-related transients preceding moderate to large earthquakes, and (2) to monitor seismic and aseismic processes and infer from them the fault conditions under which earthquake nucleation processes emerge, and the optimal instrumentation required to capture them.
This PhD project focuses on illuminating the faulting structures with an unprecedented resolution by creating next-generation micro-seismicity and focal mechanisms catalogues using classical and AI-based techniques in the broader Sea of Marmara region, NW Turkey, including the Istanbul megacity area. The main goal will be to image seismically quiet patches representing future potential earthquake nucleation hot spots and to identify the main drivers exerting a non-negligible stress loading on target fault structures.
Development of next-generation catalogues for the study region
Analyses of the kinematics and stress of each region
Analysis of local non-tectonic forcing promoting earthquake triggering
Publish your results as scientific papers in ISI peer-review journals
Present and disseminate your research results at scientific meetings
Master in geophysics or equivalent
Solid background in the field of seismology
Programming skills (AI/ML programming frameworks, e.g. PyTorch or TensorFlow, Python, MATLAB, SQL)
Fluency in English (written/oral)
Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
Interest to participate in field campaigns on the North Anatolian Fault
What we offer:
Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
Public service benefits
Extensive training opportunities
Professional career advice is offered by our in-house Career-Centre
Flexible working hours and conditions
Support with finding a good work-life balance is offered by benefit@work
Institute day-care centre on site
Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
1st July 2023
The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.