Job Postings: Faculty Positions, PhD & Postdoc positions

 1) PhD Topics in Rift Volcanism for 2015

2) Faculty Position at the Professor level with focus on geophysical characterization and numerical modelling of petroleum systems – Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University

3) Assistant Professor Structural Geology and Tectonics – North Carolina State University

4) Tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level – Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) Saint Louis University

5) Post-doctoral research position investigating aseismic slip, earthquake occurrence and hazard – USGS Menlo Park, California; Vancouver, Washington.


1) PhD Topics in Rift Volcanism for 2015

Rift Volcanism: Past, Present, Future is a new 5-year large-scale research project funded by NERC to investigate the volcanism of the Main Ethiopian Rift. The project involves researchers from 6 UK universities (Edinburgh, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds and Southampton), Addis Ababa University, the Geological Survey of Ethiopia and the British Geological Survey. Here are links to a series of PhD topics that are being offered by researchers across the consortium. The funding for these projects will mainly be offered through the appropriate Doctoral Training Partnership – so follow the links to find out how to apply.

Since funding for these projects comes from the UK Natural Environment Research Council, there are quite strict eligibility rules: UK residents should be entitled to full funding; EU nationals who are not UK residents should be entitled to support for fees, but may need additional scholarships to cover living costs; while international students will need to be funded from scholarships or other sources: if in doubt, please ask!.

* Bristol (GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership).

Monitoring induced seismicity due to geothermal energy production in active volcanic systems.

UK Supervisors: Mike Kendall, Richard Luckett, Juliet Biggs, Brian Baptie (BGS)

* Cambridge (Fully funded project)

Eruption dynamics of peralkaline rhyolitic volcanism in the Main Ethiopian Rift.

UK Supervisors: Marie Edmonds (Earth Sciences) & Kathy Cashman (University of Bristol)

* Edinburgh (Edinburgh E3 Doctoral Training Partnership)

Understanding the nature of pyroclastic density current generation at Quaternary silicic volcanoes in the Main Ethiopian Rift.

UK Supervisors: Eliza Calder (Edinburgh), David Pyle (Oxford), Julia Crummy (British Geological Survey).

Supervisors: Andrew Bell, Ian Main (Edinburgh)

* Leeds (Leeds – York Doctoral Training Partnership; fully funded project)

What controls the magmatic plumbing systems of spreading centres in Afar?

UK Supervisors: Tim Wright (SEE), Andy Hooper (SEE), Dr Juliet Biggs (Bristol)

* Oxford (Oxford Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research)

Volcanic carbon dioxide emissions in the Main Ethiopian Rift.

UK Supervisors: Tamsin Mather, David Pyle (Oxford)

Understanding volcanism in rift settings: the frequency and magnitude of large explosive eruptions in the Main Ethiopian Rift.

UK Supervisors: Tamsin Mather, David Pyle, Karen Fontijn, Victoria Smith (Oxford)

* Southampton (SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership)

Interaction between magmatic processes and faulting at an active rift valley volcano

Supervisors: Derek Keir (Southampton), Alex Brisbourne (British Antarctic Survey).

Related links:

The RiftVolc project follows on from a number of major research activities in the Ethiopian rift over the past twenty years which have involved collaborators from Ethiopia, Europe and the United States. These include:

Afar Rift Consortium (2007 – 2012) with a focus on the Afar region of northern Ethiopia

EAGLE – the Ethiopian Afar Geoscientific Lithospheric Experiment (2003 – 2007)

GeoPRISMS – East African Rift System Primary Site

> More information about this announcement here


2) Faculty Position at the Professor level with focus on geophysical characterization and numerical modelling of petroleum systems – Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University

The Department of Geoscience has strong research groups within a number of research areas. Basin analysis with high level cross disciplinary research is an important focus area, and the position will have a key function in the basin analysis group. This group includes at present 4 associate professors/professors and a varying number of postdocs and technicians. Equipment for on- and offshore reflection seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, various tools for logging of boreholes and rock mechanical experimental laboratories are available.


The appointee must have a strong background within geophysics and its application to petroleum related problems. Another important qualification is the ability to integrate numerical modelling and applied geophysics. The department has a long tradition for industry cooperation and applicants both with an industrial and/or an academic background are welcome. Experience with cross disciplinary research is an advantage. The appointee is expected to teach courses within applied geophysics (e.g. signal processing and seismic acquisition and processing) at all university levels (BSc, MSc and PhD).

The appointee is expected to develop strong international collaboration and to attract funding and material support (data, software, equipment) from national and international sources. Attractive opportunities exist via the collaboration with other researchers in addressing the problem portfolio of the recently established Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre funded by the Dansk Undergrunds Consortium.

Further information:

Further information can be obtained from Head of Department Søren Bom Nielsen, Department of Geoscience, Hoegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C by e-mail or phone +45 2113 1499.

Formalities and salary range:

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish).

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.


All applications must be made online and received by: 1 Marts 2015

Please apply online here

Aarhus University offers an inspiring education and research environment for 44,500 students and 11,500 members of staff, ensuring results of a high international standard. The budgeted turnover for 2014 amounts to DKK 6.2 billion. The university’s strategy and development contract are available at


3) Assistant Professor Structural Geology and Tectonics – North Carolina State University

The Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) at North Carolina State University (NC State) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in structural geology and tectonics.

Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: rock mechanics, neotectonics, thermochronology, sedimentary basin analysis, plate kinematics and geodesy. Candidates that combine field observations with precision measurement techniques, numerical simulations, analogue models, or laboratory experiments are preferred, and applicants should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaborations across and beyond the geosciences. The start date of this position is 15 August 2015.

Review of applications will begin on 10 February 2015; the position will remain open until filled. Applications, including cover letters, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and contact information for three references must be submitted online at (position number 46132).

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in the geosciences or a related field. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong potential for outstanding accomplishments in research, research supervision, and teaching. They will be expected to teach an undergraduate-level course in structural geology, as well as other undergraduate and graduate classes commensurate with the candidate’s interest and expertise. An interest in participating in the Department’s capstone undergraduate geology field course also is desirable. MEAS places a high value on excellent instruction and the use of innovative teaching methods.

Located within the College of Sciences at NC State, MEAS is one of the largest interdisciplinary geoscience departments in the United States. Opportunities exist for disciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions with more than 30 marine, earth and atmospheric scientists. Additional information about the department and its facilities can be found on the web page: NC State also hosts large programs in geotechnical and construction materials engineering and has recently established the Center for Geospatial Analytics:

Founded in 1887, NC State is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service.  Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. A collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and research collaborations with area universities and the Research Triangle Park are compelling reasons for relocation to the area.  NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Inquires about the open position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Del Bohnenstiehl at


4) Tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), to begin in the Fall semester, 2015.

We seek applicants with expertise in disciplines that will support our geology programs as well as contribute to our growing environmental science programs through research, teaching, and the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. We are interested in geoscientists with a background in areas of soft rock geology such as sedimentology, stratigraphy, and basin analysis, as well as applicants in closely related disciplines including geomorphology, surface processes, and land-atmosphere interactions. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Applicants with a strong field component to their research and teaching will be favorably regarded. A PhD in earth science is required at the time of appointment.

The Department programs include undergraduate degrees in environmental science, environmental studies, geology, geophysics, and meteorology. Masters and PhD degrees are granted in geoscience (with concentrations in geology, geophysics, and environmental geoscience) as well as in meteorology. For more details, visit the EAS website at

All applications must be made online at and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of teaching, research, and professional goals, and the names and complete contact information of at least four references. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Further inquiries may be sent to

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, and health care, is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE), and encourages nomination and application of women and minorities. Additional information can be found at


5) Post-doctoral research position investigating aseismic slip, earthquake occurrence and hazard 

The USGS Mendenhall post-doctoral research program has an opportunity for research into the conditions that lead to seismic versus aseismic faulting and the spatial and temporal interaction of fault slip modes, to advance our understanding of earthquake occurrence and earthquake hazard. It is a multidisciplinary opportunity involving seismology, deformation and geodesy, geophysics, experimental fault mechanics, and seismic hazard analysis. It is open to candidates from all of these fields. Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

1) Determining the extent that areas of coseismic and aseismic slip overlap, and the implications for forecasting future large earthquake ruptures.

2) Seismologic, deformational or laboratory constraints on the physical processes underlying transient fault slip, including ETS and the occurrence of foreshock sequences.

3) Better establishing the seismic moment from co-seismic slip below the ‘locked’ depth, scaling of such deep slip with ruptured area and the influence of deep slip on large earthquake stress drop and surface slip.

4) Relation of episodic slow slip to large earthquake occurrence, including improved observational and rheological constraints on the up-dip extent of ETS.

5) Improved observations of transitions between aseismic and seismic slip and their relation to temperature, depth, mineralogy, phase transformations, slip rate, strain rate and pore pressure.

6) Developing methods to use geodetically observable aseismic transients or associated foreshocks in monitoring and earthquake hazard, for example in short-term likelihood forecasts.

7) Constraints on the dynamic rheology of the near-trench extent of subduction megathrusts and the mechanics of co-seismic coupling among fault slip, ground motion and tsunamigenesis.

Application deadline: February 17th 2015

Position start dates: Start dates have not been finalized. At the present time they are projected to be between May 2015 and early 2016.

Research Advisors: Nick Beeler, (650) 329-4863, (360) 993-8987,; Jessica Murray, (650) 329-4864,; David Shelly, (650) 329-4024,; Diane Moore, (650) 329-4825,; David Lockner, (650) 329-4826,; Evelyn Roeloffs, 360-993-8937,

Location: Menlo Park, California; Vancouver, Washington.

For general information on the Mendenhall program see:

and for a more detailed description of this opportunity (15-9) see :

Contact one of the research advisors directly to discuss possible application proposals.


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