Thread: PhD student positions (Fall 2020) in Earthquake Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Started: 2019-10-14 20:48:45
Last activity: 2019-10-14 20:48:45
We are seeking candidates for PhD student positions in Earthquake Science at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. The expected start date is Fall 2020.

Earthquake science at MIT is being reinvigorated summer 2020 with two new faculty, Camilla Cattania and William Frank. Potential projects cover the full spectrum of earthquake science, from theoretical and computational fault mechanics to observational seismology and geodesy. Joint advising is possible and encouraged. Students with backgrounds in geophysics, computer science, and physics are invited to apply. The successful candidate will be comfortable with numerical computing.

Camilla Cattania is interested in fault mechanics and earthquake physics at different scales, from small repeating events to earthquake interaction on regional and global scale, using a combination of numerical, analytical and statistical tools.

William Frank’s research focuses on exploring the continuum of transient deformation within the solid Earth, from fast earthquakes to slow slip, with a variety of observational techniques, including both seismology and geodesy.

The geophysics program at EAPS is driven by multiple faculty conducting research across geophysics, creating a dynamic and motivating atmosphere for graduate students. More information about MIT and EAPS is available at the following website:

The deadline to apply is January 5th, 2020. More information about the PhD program and the admissions process in EAPS is available here: If interested, please send a CV and a one-page research statement to both Camilla Cattania (camcat<at><camcat<at>>) and William Frank (wfrank<at><wfrank<at>>).

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