Thread: Two funded PhD Opportunities in Seismology at Dalhousie University

Started: 2019-05-29 14:29:31
Last activity: 2019-05-29 14:29:31
Institution: Dalhousie University
Open Until: 2019-12-31

The Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University is seeking two highly-motivated PhD students in seismology. Tuition, generous stipend, and other fees are funded for both graduate research positions.

One PhD student will work on seismicity monitoring and classification in Baffin Bay. The student will collect and process land and marine (ocean bottom seismometer - OBS) data, and use these data to determine seismic location, magnitude, and focal mechanism, and further discriminate between earthquakes and landslides using machine-learning based methods. Integrated with the results of geological and archeological work, this project will provide assessment and prediction of geohazards from landslides, earthquakes, and tsunamis in the region. Principal supervisor will be Dr. Mladen Nedimović. Preferred start date is September 2019 (no later than May 2020).

One PhD student will work on method development and applications of rapid seismic detection, location, and characterization. The student will develop a comprehensive and seamless workflow to automatically and rapidly detect, locate and characterize earthquakes, and apply to onshore and offshore seismicity monitoring using land seismic data and OBS data. Machine-learning and GPU techniques will be adopted. Principal supervisor will be Dr. Miao Zhang. Preferred start date is September 2019 (no later than September 2020).

- Background in math, physics, and geophysics
- Experience in computer programming (e.g., C and Python)
- Knowledge of signal processing, preferably seismic data analysis
- Admission requirements including language (

Applicants should submit by email to Dr. Mladen Nedimović (mladen<at> or Dr. Miao Zhang (miao.zhang<at> the following PDF documents: a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications relevant to the position, a CV with contact information for 3 referees with graduate research experience, and unofficial records of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Both positions are open until filled.

The Department of Earth Sciences was recently ranked 4th in Canada and has strengths in geophysics, geochemistry, and geohazards. Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s largest with 19,000 students and a top 10 ranked Canadian research university. The new National Facility for Seismic Imaging is housed at Dalhousie University and will be equipped with 120 state-of-the-art broadband OBS in 2020.
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