Thread: 15 PhD positions in European Training Network "SPIN"

Started: 2021-02-11 23:37:18
Last activity: 2021-02-11 23:37:18
Celine Hadziioannou
2021-02-11 23:37:18
Institution: A network of 9 research institutes across Europe
Open Until: 2021-04-01

The SPIN „Monitoring a Restless Earth“ Innovative Training Network (ITN) is recruiting 15 highly motivated PhD students, or “Early-Stage Researchers” (ESRs). The positions will have staggered starting dates between March-October 2021 for a duration of 3 years.

SPIN is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA). SPIN brings together a network of excellent research departments, industrial partners, observatories, governmental organizations and risk modeling companies. Through this programme we strive to provide outstanding PhD training and to carry out cutting-edge research.

The overarching goal of the SPIN network is to advance seismic observation, theory and hazard assessment alike by:

1) fully integrating the latest ground-motion sensing technology, such as DAS, large N arrays and rotational sensors. We will develop survey designs that optimise this novel technology to improve the monitoring of geohazards. In SPIN, we devise laboratory experiments to test new physical models of wave propagation that include the complex response of Earth materials to stress, and perform numerical simulations to predict their effects across scales in the real Earth. We apply the new models of wave propagation, and the field observations from novel sensor types, to detect and exploit time-dependent material changes to improve forecasting of real emerging natural hazards.
2) creating a fertile environment to train a new generation of European researchers who can incorporate new sensor types into widespread, societally-relevant applications. In SPIN, we will give researchers a broad and versatile training experience – in fundamental theory, the forefront of ground motion sensing technology, in monitoring system design, and in the interpretation and assessment of natural hazards and the mitigation of associated risks.

The following 15 PhD positions are available:
SPIN ESR 1.1 -- LMU Munich -- Harnessing wavefield gradients: theory, experiment, applications
SPIN ESR 1.2 -- ETH Zurich -- Distributed acoustic sensing for natural hazard assessment
SPIN ESR 1.3 -- University Grenoble -- Wavefield gradient methods to monitor the Earth’s crust
SPIN ESR 1.4 --  IPGP Paris -- Ocean floor seismological and environmental monitoring
SPIN ESR 2.1 -- GFZ Potsdam -- Rock mechanics and Seismology
SPIN ESR 2.2 -- University of Edinburgh -- Understanding earthquake-induced damage & healing of crustal rocks
SPIN ESR 2.3 -- BGS Edinburgh -- Next-Generation Physics-based earthquake forecasts
SPIN ESR 3.1 -- University of Edinburgh -- Optimal design of experiments and surveys for scientific interrogation
SPIN ESR 3.2 -- LMU Munich -- Numerical models across the scales
SPIN ESR 3.3 -- University Grenoble -- Detection and characterization of seismic signals with dense arrays of new seismological instruments
SPIN ESR 3.4 -- University of Hamburg -- Ambient signals as a tool to characterize material properties
SPIN ESR 4.1 -- DIAS Dublin -- Ground motion and unrest triggering on volcanoes
SPIN ESR 4.2 -- University of Hamburg -- Nonlinear seismology meets structural health monitoring
SPIN ESR 4.3 -- ETH Zurich -- Monitoring hazards from a changing alpine environment
SPIN ESR 4.4 -- GFZ Potsdam -- Distributed Acoustic Sensing and Volcano-seismology

Full descriptions of each PhD position can be found on the SPIN website:
There, you will also find further information about the application procedure under "Recruitment".

What we offer
The SPIN project combines training in theory and research methods with key professional skills training and individual career mentoring. Within the programme, PhD researchers have the opportunity to engage in outreach activities and to develop international professional networks by pursuing research stays abroad and by taking part in international conferences and workshops. The MSCA ITN programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.

We are looking forward to your application!

best regards,
Prof. Dr. Celine Hadziioannou and the SPIN consortium

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