Thread: Research Fellow in Passive Source Seismology

Started: 2016-07-29 09:31:47
Last activity: 2016-07-29 09:31:47
Catherine Rychert
2016-07-29 09:31:47
Institution: University of Southampton
Open Until: 2016-09-08

Research Fellow in Passive Source Seismology x 2

Geology & Geophysics

Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary: £28,982 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (2 year fixed term contract and 3 year fixed term contract)
Closing Date: Thursday 08 September 2016
Reference: 763716HN
Ocean and Earth Science are looking to appoint two Researchers in the Geology and Geophysics Research Group.

The research will be in:

1. Seismically Imaging the Tectonic Plate (fixed term for 3 years)– play a vital role in a large international project to image and understand the properties that define a tectonic plate. The fellow will work on two funded research projects: the UK NERC-funded PI-LAB project and ERC-funded EURO-LAB project. You will do one or more of the following projects: global imaging of the tectonic plate, in situ imaging of the 0 – 40 My old Atlantic plate using data collected from a large ocean bottom seismic experiment (receiver functions, surface waves, body waves, shear-wave splitting), seismic-MT joint inversions, and/or developing full-waveform inversions. In addition to supporting these projects you will be encouraged to develop their own research interests in seismology. Interaction with international collaborators is key, since broad impact will be attained by integrating results and incorporating a wide range of seismic resolutions. Additional details of the project can be found here: The cruise blog can be found here:

2. Seismically Imaging Subduction Processes (fixed term for 2 years)– determine the factors that control subduction zone melting and associated volcanoes and earthquakes with a particular focus on the role of volatiles in the system. You will work in a collaborative team as part of a UK- NERC funded Large Grant, VOILA (VOlatile recycling In the Lesser Antilles arc). You will use a wide range of seismic techniques and a new large ocean bottom and ocean island dataset. Imaging techniques include, but are not limited to receiver functions, shear wave splitting, attenuation tomography, and surface waves. You will integrate results with our interdisciplinary collaborators for a broad perspective and enhanced impact. Please see additional information on the following website:

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 10 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. Following our excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) assessment (where over 93% of our research activity was recognised as being of either world-leading or internationally excellent quality). You will be joining an active research group, with 11 full academic staff, 6 Research Fellows, and almost 40 PhD students (

The start date for both positions is 2nd of January 2017 with some flexibility.

For both positions, you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in seismology, geophysics, or related field, experience in computing and data processing and in the completion of projects to international peer-review publication level.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Catherine Rychert (C.Rychert<at>

Interviews are scheduled for the 13th / 14th of October 2016.

Please include your CV and Publication list. We will require 3 references if you are successful at shortlisting, please provide the contact details for these on your application.

Please see job description / person specification for both roles below.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Maxine Parker (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3784Call: +44 (0) 23 8059 3784Call: +44 (0) 23 8059 3784. Please quote reference 763716HN on all correspondence.
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