Thread: PhD opportunity GFZ Potsdam, Germany in "Uncertainty Quantification in Seismic Imaging"

Started: 2020-01-18 19:02:48
Last activity: 2020-01-18 19:02:48
We invite applications for a fully funded PhD position at the German
Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (near Berlin), Germany
( Applications
must be submitted online through the folllinkowing (which also give
further details). The quoted starting date is somewhat flexible. Please
submit your application online by *7^th February 2020* using the "Apply"


Please note that the links will only remain active until the deadline!

For Section 2.4 "Seismology" of Helmholtz Centre Potsdam –  GFZ German
Research Centre for Geosciences we invite applications for a

PhD position in "Uncertainty Quantification in Seismic Imaging"

Job Vacancy No. 3880

The interdisciplinary UQ project addresses the understanding and
quantification of uncertainties in data, models and predictions through
methods of probability theory, as well as their communication in the
context of both research and outreach. The project connects applied
researchers from the four Helmholtz research fields Earth & Environment,
Energy, Health, and Information among each other and with Helmholtz data
science and software experts, as well as external with university
partners from mathematics and econometrics (see
for more details).
The work package hosted at GFZ focusses on “Seismic Imaging”, i.e., the
statistically sound inference of seismic structure and its uncertainties
based on seismic waveforms directly or on secondary observables (travel
times, surface wave dispersion etc).

Your responsibilities:

* develop and adapt new approaches of quantifying and visualising
uncertainty for seismological imaging problems
* implement prototypes demonstrating application of these approaches
and conduct case studies based on existing datasets
* present results at workshops, international conferences and in
scientific publications
* Interact with other domain scientists, software engineers and
mathematicians within the UQ project. ‘Agile’ working groups of
these actors will develop solutions and promote the methodological
advances on the domain-specific research questions.

Your qualifications:

* Master’s degree (or equivalent) in geophysics, mathematics, computer
science, physics or related field
* background in either seismology, wave propagation in elastic media,
inverse methods or in the mathematical and computational methods of
uncertainty quantification (e.g. Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Bayesian
* scientific programming skills (e.g. Python, Matlab, C/C++, Fortran, etc)
* strong verbal and written communication skills in English


* knowledge of Unix environment and scripting in Linux/MacOS
* cooperative software development tools (e.g. git)

*Starting date:* 15^th March 2020 (somewhat flexible)
*Fixed term:* 36 months, EG13 (75%)
*Location:* Potsdam

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international
work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects.
The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to
the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time
and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the
research campus.
The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well
connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin.
Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in
Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.
Please submit your application online by *7^th February 2020* using the
"Apply" button.
Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore
we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women.
Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the
case of equal qualification.
We will retain your application documents for at least three months,
even if the application is not successful.
For questions regarding the scientific aspects please contact Prof
Frederik Tilmann at tilmann<at> <tilmann<at>>.
If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to
contact Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878 or

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