Graduate and Postdoctoral Opportunities in OBS and Related Research

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Graduate Student and Post-doc Opportunities at the University of Hawaii

Volcano construction and lithospheric flexure along the Hawaiian-Emperor hotspot track

A post-doctoral researcher in seismology is sought for projects involving wide-angle, active-source data collected on ocean bottom seismographs, and tomographic imaging of the crust and upper mantle.  The successful applicant will integrate results and interpretations with those of a companion multi-channel seismic reflection study led by collaborators at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  Skills and experience in active-source seismology are desired.  Contact Robert Dunn:  See more details at:

A graduate student interested in geodynamic modeling is sought to study the time-dependent growth of volcanic loads and resulting mechanical response of the oceanic lithosphere.  This student will incorporate seismic results with computer simulations of lithospheric loading and flexure to address issues related to geomagnetic observations as well as lithosphere rheology.  Applicants should have a strong background in math and physics; experience in computer modeling and programming is desirable. Contact Garrett Ito & Paul Wessel

Absolute plate motion over moving hotspots

A graduate student is sought to work on new methodologies to constrain absolute plate motion (APM) models, using a variety of geophysical data, and investigate the range of plume motion and true polar wander allowed by current data.  Applicants should have good preparation in math and physics; experience in computer programming and data analysis is desirable. Contact Paul Wessel

Tectonic reorganizations of the North Atlantic south of Iceland

A graduate student is sought to participate in a marine geophysical research cruise, Summer 2019, and work on magnetic anomaly, gravity and multi-beam bathymetry data to understand the tectonic evolution of the seafloor spreading system south of Iceland (the Reykjanes Ridge). A focus will be on how transform faults and other ridge axis discontinuities form, evolve, and are eliminated. Applicants should have a good understanding of plate tectonic theory and background in math and physics; experience in computer programming is desirable. Contact Fernando Martinez:

Prospective students should apply via:


Postdoctoral Researcher for Structural Seismology Group, JAMSTEC

Institution: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Open Until: 2018-10-02

The Structural Seismology Group at the Research and Development (R&D) Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (CEAT), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), is soliciting applications for two Postdoctoral Researcher positions in a research project entitled “Subduction Zone Observation and Monitoring for Hazard Mitigation”, which is an integrated seismogenic zone research project through seismic surveys, seafloor observations, and monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis.

Please refer to our website for details about the Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami and our research plan.

[Research Description]
Project tasks will include the following:
Research to reveal the seismogenic process in the seismogenic zones around Japan, such as the Nankai Trough and Japan Trench, using data processing and interpreting seismic data from active source seismic surveys using a multichannel seismic reflection system and/or ocean bottom seismometers.

[Relevant Research Fields]
Marine Seismology, Marine Geology, Geophysics, etc.

Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the date of employment. In addition, no more than 5 years can have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the date of employment.

[Work Place]
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES),
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama city, Kanagawa,
236-0001, JAPAN

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