Job Posting: PhD and Postdoctoral Positions

1) Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology – the University of South Florida
2) Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting – RWTH Aachen
3) Multiple PhD positions –  Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University
4) USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Opportunities

5) Tenure-track Position Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environment – Dalhousie University


1) Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology at the University of South Florida

The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Scholar position to join the seismology group. This is a full-time 12-month position with a starting date expected no later than January 4th, 2021. Initial funding is for one year with possibility for annual renewal. The selected candidate will join the seismology group to work on the project “Improving Small Event Characterization and Determination of Moment Tensor Uncertainties.” The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a large dataset of broadband seismic waveforms, as well as synthetic waveforms generated from 3D seismic wavefield simulations. The project will involve applications and also methodological developments for estimating moment tensors. The candidate is also encouraged to develop her/his own research agenda.

Minimum Qualifications

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar requires a doctoral-level degree preferably in geophysics, seismology, physics, or computational sciences involving data analysis and programming. Candidates with a non-US degree will be required to provide proof of degree equivalency. The successful candidate must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Postdoctoral Scholar.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in geophysics/seismology, be a highly motivated, independent researcher, and have experience in seismic moment tensor analysis and/or seismic waveform modeling. The project is computationally intensive, and part of the analyses will be conducted using the High-Performance Computing facilities at USF and other project partner institutions such as the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Additional Information for Applicants

To apply, please visit and submit the application material as a single pdf. The Job ID is 25788. The material consists of 1) a cover letter outlining current research accomplishments and goals for the Postdoctoral position, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) three (3) letters of recommendation. For questions and more information about the position, please contact Jochen Braunmiller ( and/or Glenn Thompson (
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by October 16th, 2020.


2) Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting – RWTH Aachen

Dear all,

I am looking for someone interested in numerical modelling of continental rifting for a three-year postdoc position. Please find more information on the position, and how to apply, at the link below, but a short description is that the position will focus on numerical experiments of the initial stages of continental rifting, aiming to investigate interplays between inheritance, rheology and plate tectonic setting. Development of new numerical software is explicitly foreseen. Involvement in teaching and student supervision is expected – both of course to reasonable degree. I am only happy to answer questions about the position and suggest e-mail ( or phone as detailed in the pdf at the link.

I expect to be conducting interviews online, to limit travel in Corona times, but would like to reassure interested candidates that we will do what we can to provide them with relevant information about working at RWTH Aachen University and living in Aachen. There is equally some flexibility regarding the start date.

Postdoc in numerical modelling of continental rifting

Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics
RWTH Aachen University
Jobnumber: 32537, Institutskennziffer: 531220

With best wishes,

Susanne Buiter


3) Multiple PhD positions –  Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University

We are seeking Ph.D. students to work on the following projects to begin in the Fall of 2021 in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.  Please contact the faculty listed below for more information.  Details on applying to Cornell are available here:

  • Atmospheric Sciences: Prof. Natalie Mahowald ( is seeking students interested in the modeling of the interactions of insoluble particles (dust, ash) with climate and biogeochemistry.
  • Precipitation, extreme events, and climate change: Professor Angeline Pendergrass ( is seeking at least one PhD student to join her team working on the Earth’s hydrological cycle, climate dynamics, variability and change in the field of atmospheric sciences.
  • Climate science: Professor Flavio Lehner ( is looking for at least one PhD student to work on global to regional climate variability and change using global climate models and observations, with an eye on understanding large-scale drivers of impact-relevant phenomena such as heatwaves, drought, wildfires or compound events.
  • Geospace science: Prof. David Hysell ( is seeking multiple students to work on theory and observations of phenomena in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere related to space weather. Projects will involve the use of large international facilities as well as instruments made in our lab together with numerical simulations and forecast models.
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry: Prof. Matthew Reid is seeking a PhD student to examine impacts of sea level rise and storm surges on sulfur speciation in estuarine and coastal wetlands, with a focus on couplings between cycling of organic sulfur and elements including arsenic and selenium. (
  • Evolution of Southern Hemisphere Paleofloras: I am looking for a student interested in working on K-Pg paleofloras from Patagonia. For further information, please contact Prof. Maria A. Gandolfo (
  • Experimental petrology/geochemistry: Potential areas of research include investigations of planetary redox, trace element thermobarometry and diffusion speedometry. For more information, please contact Prof. Megan Holycross (
  • Geothermal: Professors Patrick Fulton, Jefferson Tester, Teresa Jordan and others seek PhD students to participate in geoscience and geothermal engineering projects based on an exploratory borehole to be drilled in 2021 at Cornell. The borehole data and ongoing monitoring data and analyses will underpin refinement of plans to develop a deep geothermal heat-extraction well field, and to investigate basic hydrogeological and mechanical features of the crust. A broad range of geosciences and geothermal engineering student opportunities exist, spanning hydrogeology, geomechanics, seismology, reactive transport chemistry, and heat-chemical-mechanical-fluid interactions.  (Contact;; or for more information).
  • Seismology and rock mechanics: Prof. Greg McLaskey ( is looking for a PhD student to work on the mechanics of earthquakes and the generation of seismic waves by means of large-scale laboratory experiments.
  • Seismology: Prof. Geoff Abers ( is seeking a PhD student interested in imaging and earthquake processes in subduction zones, integrating many recently-collected onshore and offshore datasets in Alaska, Japan, Cascadia and elsewhere.
  • Geophysics, volcanology, and remote sensing: Prof. Rowena Lohman ( is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on satellite observations of ground surface change, including innovative measurements of soil moisture from space.  Prof. Matt Pritchard ( is looking for a Ph.D. student to work on combined ground and satellite observations of volcanic activity involving potential fieldwork in Bolivia and/or Chile and developing an inter-disciplinary global synthesis of volcano remote sensing observations.


4) USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Opportunities

Our annual cycle of opportunities are now open! Individual opportunities are also advertised throughout the year, so check back often to look for new positions! Please communicate with individual Research Advisor(s) to discuss project ideas and answer specific questions about the Research Opportunity. General inquiries can be sent to the Mendenhall Program email box:

Open Research Opportunities will be filled depending on the availability of funds. All application materials must be submitted through USAJobs by 11:59 pm, US Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date.

Opportunities available at:


5) Tenure-track Position Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environment – Dalhousie University

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University invites applications for the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health, an endowed tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science provides a dynamic setting for innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses important societal challenges related to the interaction of earth system processes and human development.
We are seeking an exceptional emerging scholar whose academic activities in research and teaching are focused at the intersection of earth systems science, human use of resources and sustainable development with consequences for human population health. We are particularly interested in applicants who have established scholarship in the area of One Health and/or Exposure Science, who employ or have experience in the application of spatial methods, and who can contribute expertise to departmental and university-wide geospatial information science and technology certificates and programs. Finally, we are especially interested in candidates whose research aligns with at least one of the Dalhousie University priority research areas (Ocean Studies; Advanced Materials and Clean Technology; Health and Wellness; and Governance, Society and Culture)

Eligible applicants must hold a doctoral degree, must demonstrate research excellence and productivity, have the potential to attain external grant funding for their research program, and have a strong interest and aptitude for the teaching and mentoring of students. Ideally candidates will have training in the environmental sciences, public or population health science and demonstrate competency in the application of epidemiologic principles and associated analytical methods required to explore associations between environmental conditions and health outcomes.

The successful candidate will contribute to innovative, interdisciplinary environment and health research and will be expected to cooperate and work with other researchers, drawing on and building research strengths and capacity, ideally in alignment with Dalhousie’s Research and Innovation Strategic Direction, and the Strategic Plan for the Faculty of Science. Ultimately, the Chair will provide leadership and inspiration through collaborative research, outreach, student engagement, and the development of relationships with communities and cultures within and external to Dalhousie University.
Please submit the following information via PeopleAdmin:

a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;
a curriculum vitae;
a maximum two-page document describing the candidate’s proposed research program;
sample publications (a maximum of two);
a one-page statement describing teaching philosophy and teaching interests; and
the contact information for at least three referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognized expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee for long-listed candidates and should not be sent with the initial application.

Assessment of applications will begin on 13th November 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The appointment will be effective 1st July, 2021 or as negotiated.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University is recognized internationally for our world-class academic programs and as one of Canada’s leading research institutions. Dalhousie welcomes talented scholars to our home by the ocean and to join our mission to make a lasting impact through the discovery, advancement and sharing of knowledge. The Department represents the recent merger between the Environmental Sciences Program and the Department of Earth Sciences, and is currently in a faculty growth phase. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its vibrant spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront. Information about the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, current faculty, and research and teaching programmes can be found at:

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