Two Research Assistants - 3-year limited-term

The Department of Applied Geosciences and Geophysics, Chair of Applied Geophysics, at Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria invites applications for two 3-year limited-term Research Assistants. The minimum salary is € 2.237,60 (14 x per year, pay scale B1 according to Uni-KV) plus benefits. The actual salary may vary depending on experience

The positions are part of the recently funded grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) on Origins of Seismic Reflectivity in Lower Crustal Rocks, which will be conducted within the framework of the Drilling the Ivrea-Verbano zonE (DIVE - project. A Master degree in geophysics, geoscience, physics or a similar discipline is required at the time of the appointment as well as the wish to obtain a PhD degree. The applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Project A: The successful applicant will have a solid understanding of seismic wave propagation, as well as a strong scientific computer programming background preferable in Python or Matlab. The ability and willingness to work long hours in the field during the drilling campaign is essential and a working knowledge of seismic instruments and seismic data processing is desirable. The position will involve seismic-while-drilling (SWD) and borehole seismic experiments to image and characterize the perforated lithologies. The candidate is expected to adapt and develop signal processing techniques tailored to SWD in crystalline rocks, process borehole seismic data and relate the resulting signals back to their geologic and petrophysical origins.

Project B: The successful candidate will have a good understanding of well logging methods and interpretation, as well as very good programming skills preferably in Python or Matlab. Knowledge of geostatistical and petrophysical methods and seismic attributes are an advantage. The position will involve the interpretation of geophysical borehole data to characterize the perforated lithologies. The candidate is expected to apply and adapt geostatistical methods for rock mass classification in crystalline rocks. This should provide insights into the interdependencies between measured properties and petrological factors controlling them. The results will then be used to predict seismic attributes from well log responses and to shed a light on the origin of seismic reflectivity in lower crustal rocks.

The positions offer an excellent opportunity for young researchers to work in an interdisciplinary international project of high impact with plenty of opportunities to network in order to start a successful academic career.

Please submit your application in English using the online-form

For Project A use the link to the job reference number 2202WPF (closing date 20.03.2022) and for Project B the reference number 2202WPE (closing date 01.04.2022).

For your application, please include: CV, Copies of diplomas and university transcripts, Letter of motivation and Names and contact information of two referees.

posted: 10 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.