PhD, Internship, Postdoctoral, and Cruise Opportunities in Ocean Bottom Seismology

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pacific Array OBS deployment - Call for Participation
Cruise dates: March 31 – April 30, 2018 (flexibility of ±5 days required) Application deadline: January 15, 2018 PIs: Jim Gaherty, Zach Eilon, Don Forsyth, Göran Ekström Science Party: up to 6 We are soliciting cruise participants for the RV Kilo Moana Broadband OBS deployment, part of the international Pacific Array initiative to install ocean bottom seismographs in arrays across the Pacific plate. We plan to collect a passive seismic dataset from a region of seafloor that has never previously been instrumented. This region, close to the Marquesas Islands in the central Pacific, is notable for unexplained gravity lineations that hint at small-scale sub-lithospheric convection. More information about this project can be found online: (

Aside from participating in deployment of 30 OBS instruments, science party responsibilities will include rotating 8-hour watches to collect and archive multi-beam bathymetry and side-scan data, as well as crewing on board oceanographic instrumentation. Cruise activities will include reading and discussion of papers pertinent to the science goals of the experiment.

Selected applicants will contribute to collecting the open-access data that will be provided to the scientific community for use in addressing a wide spectrum of Earth Science research targets, from marine geophysics to global seismology. Applications from students and early career scientists are particularly encouraged. Applicants do not need to have experience with the type of data collection they will participate in; we hope that wide community participation in these field campaigns will provide opportunities for scientists to gain familiarity with a variety of data collection techniques. Limited funds for travel to/from ports of San Diego and Honolulu are available for participants.

To apply, please assemble an application package (2-page CV and 1-page statement of interest and experience) and submit it electronically to James Gaherty ( no later than January 15, 2018. Applications by graduate students require a letter of support from the graduate advisor.

Apply to Sail with the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment
Deployment of the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) kicks-off in May 2018. This major shoreline-crossing community experiment focuses on the subduction zone offshore the Alaska Peninsula, which has been the site of North America’s largest recorded earthquakes as well as major volcanic hazards. Beginning in May 2018, 75 broadband ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) and 30 land stations will be deployed for the 15-month experiment. The array covers a broad area that spans the incoming plate, the megathrust and volcanic arc to the distal backarc, with a dense trench-normal transect in the Kodiak region.

Graduate students and scientists at all career stages are invited to sail with two OBS deployment legs of the AACSE during the late spring and early summer of 2018. The project will collect OBS data from offshore part of southern Alaska. Both legs of the deployment expedition will be aboard the Global-Class R/V Sikuliaq. The PI team anticipates that berths for 5 to 7 additional students or scientists will be available on each leg. Travel costs to Seward, AK will be paid for Apply to Sail participants, but no stipend is included.

You can find information on the project web page, including a detailed deployment plan and map ( On that page you can find a “Subscribe” button to stay alerted to project updates – most future information will be only sent to those who sign up on the web page.

Cruise Dates
Leg 1: May 9 – May 29, 2018 (arrive three days before departure)
Leg 2: July 11 – July 25, 2018 (arrive two days before departure)

Students and scientists with a strong interest in learning field techniques and contributing to this community experiment are encouraged encouraged to seek additional information and apply for a position on the GeoPRISMS project page. Applications are accepted from 8 December 2017 to 22 January 2018.

PhD and Postdoctoral Positions in Seismology, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Dear Colleagues,
The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies invites applications for one Ph.D. and one Postdoctoral position in seismology. The positions are in the seismology group at DIAS that has an active research programme in regional and global seismic imaging, waveform and array tomography and lithospheric dynamics. The positions are part of a large new project that will deploy broadband, ocean-bottom seismometers in the North Atlantic, across the vast Irish offshore, giving the successful candidates opportunities to participate in the deployment and retrieval cruises.

The two research projects are on waveform tomography, at the North Atlantic to global scales. Advances in the tomography methods will be implemented and, together with the unique new data, should enable imaging the N Atlantic with unprecedented resolution. Scientific targets of the research include the evolution of the lithosphere of the N Atlantic and its margins, the origins of the enigmatic N Atlantic Igneous Province volcanism, the deep structure of the Iceland Hotspot and its effect on the evolution of the region.

Ph.D. Studentship
Duration: 4 years

Stipend:  €18,000 per year, tax free.
Start date:  1 March, 2018, or as soon as possible after that.

The new data created in this project, used together will all other available broadband data, will improve the resolution of tomographic imaging in the entire N Atlantic. In this PhD project, new, state-of-the-art models of the crust, now available for the N Atlantic and adjacent regions, will be incorporated into waveform tomography as prior information. Errors in earthquake source parameters (locations, source mechanisms) can limit the resolution of the imaging; they will be dealt with by means of iterative inversions for Earth structure and the source parameters. The applications of the improved imaging methods will target discoveries on the lithospheric structure and evolution and on the hotspot-lithosphere interactions, in the N Atlantic region and beyond.

Students at DIAS receive broad training in geophysics through short courses, workshops, and attendance at international schools and major conferences. PhD students in the seismology group have been very successful in their research, publishing actively and winning international and national awards for their work.

Applicants should have excellent grades, preferably an advanced degree (M.Sc. or equivalent), background in geophysics, physics or mathematics and strong computing skills, including programming. To apply, please e-mail a complete academic CV, a statement of research interests, English proficiency certification if applicable (DIAS requirements are the same as those at UCD:,
academic transcripts, and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees to Dr. Sergei Lebedev (, with "seismology Ph.D. position" in the subject line. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on the project or on studying at DIAS please contact Sergei Lebedev (

Post-Doctoral position
Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Seismology, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Duration: 3 years
Salary:  €36,489 - €43,394 in the first year, depending on experience and qualifications, with annual increments thereafter
Start date:  1 March, 2018, or as soon as possible after that.

Waveform tomography with 3D waveform sensitivity kernels and massive datasets.

Understanding the Cenozoic evolution of the N Atlantic requires understanding the Iceland Hotspot’s effects on the dynamics, uplift and volcanism of the margins and the hotspot-ridge-lithosphere interactions. Our group's current waveform tomography with large datasets performs well in imaging the lithosphere, and the new data will improve the lithospheric imaging in the entire N Atlantic. To understand how the hotspot affects the lithosphere, we also need sharper images of the deep upper mantle. For this, improved, 3D sensitivity kernels for regional S and multiple S waves are needed. In collaboration with Dr Tarje Nissen-Meyer and his group at Univ. Oxford, the successful candidate will implement the computation of the 3D kernels for body and surface waves and apply the improved tomography methods to the latest N Atlantic and global datasets.

Qualifications: a PhD in geophysics or related field is required. Substantial computing and programming experience and a good command of English are essential. Substantial research experience and proven publication record are preferred, but recent PhDs with strong relevant expertise will be given full consideration. Experience in the seismic imaging of the lithosphere or computational seismology is desirable.

To apply: e-mail a complete academic CV, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees to Dr. Sergei Lebedev (, with "Postdoctoral position" in the subject line. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on the project, please contact Dr. Sergei Lebedev ( DIAS is an equal opportunity employer.

We would appreciate your passing this on to anybody potentially interested in these opportunities.

Many thanks,
Sergei Lebedev

PhD in Seafloor Geodesy and Seismology, Hikurangi Subduction Zone, New Zealand
We seek a PhD student to investigate the slip behaviour at the offshore Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand.  The PhD project will be co-supervised by Laura Wallace at GNS Science ( and Martha Savage at the Institute of Geophysics,  School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW; 

The project is part of a multi-disciplinary, international effort to understand the physical processes leading to slow slip events and earthquakes at the Hikurangi subduction zone.  The PhD project will involve work with ocean bottom pressure data, GPS-Acoustic methods, and ocean bottom seismology to understand the distribution of offshore slow slip events, interseismic locking, and the relationship of these to seismicity. The project will also provide opportunities to participate in sea-going research voyages to deploy and recover seafloor geodetic and seismological instruments.

The geophysics group at Victoria University of Wellington has an established track record of research in seismology, tectonics, crustal geophysics, and structural geology. GNS Science is New Zealand’s primary government-funded geoscience research agency.

In the most recent Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) evaluation, Victoria University of Wellington was ranked first in New Zealand for research excellence and was also ranked first in New Zealand in Earth Sciences.

The deadline for the PhD scholarship applications is 1 March 2018 in New Zealand dates (28 February in the US). The successful applicant will receive a NZ$23,500 stipend and all tuition fee payments for a term of three years. Students should have completed an MSc degree prior to commencing study. Successful applicants are expected to have strong backgrounds in geophysics, mathematics, and physics.

Full details regarding the application process are available from the Faculty of Graduate Research at

Students wishing to apply may also contact Laura Wallace ( or Martha Savage ( for further information.  We will be at the New Zealand Geosciences meeting in Auckland in late November and at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans in December and if you plan to go to one of those meetings, we welcome a chance to talk to you about the project.

Martha Savage
Institute of Geophysics, SGEES
Victoria University of Wellington
Te Whare Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui
Cotton 529
Box 600, Wellington 6140
New Zealand

DDI: +64 (0)4 463-5961
Mobile: +64 (0)21-262-7516

2018 MATE/UNOLS Long-term Internship
The MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2018 MATE/UNOLS long-term (approximately six-month, subject to funding) internship through January 17, 2018 3pm Pacific Time.   Please share this with undergraduate students or recent graduates from an undergraduate program who you think would be interested and qualified.   Applicants must be ready to enter the job market in the field of marine technology with academic studies complete or near complete.  This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard a research vessel and be exposed to a wide range of technology and equipment. Flyers are available by contacting Nandita Sarkar, MATE Internship Coordinator, at

Full Description: This spring/summer (approximately mid-March to end-September 2018; subject to funding), the MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet will sponsor one marine technical internship hosted jointly by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) and STARC (Ship-based Science Technical Support in the Arctic). The selected intern will be hosted mainly onboard research vessels belonging to the WHOI and SIO fleet and USCGC Healy. The intern will work with marine technicians on shore and at sea, learning how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment in support of shipboard scientific research. The internship will begin in Woods Hole, MA.  The exact schedule through September will be determined later, but will involve work on UNOLS and USCG vessels and at on-shore facilities.  Internship projects will be dependent on the funded science but previous interns have worked on cruises to support science ranging from chemical oceanography, marine biology, GIS/bathymetric surveys (seafloor mapping), geological studies, work with ROVs and much more! The position will last approximately six months, but is dependent on funding. The intern will receive a stipend of $500 per week, reimbursement for travel expenses, and on-station housing while ashore.

For more information about marine technician careers, please visit .  

For more specifics on a Research Vessel Marine Technician, see Steve Hartz’s profile here:

MATE internships focus on technology and scientific support of marine research rather than the academic research. This internship specifically aims to help recruit and train a new marine technician for the US Academic Research Fleet. Guidelines for the long-term internship can be found here: file:///C:/Users/Nandita/Documents/MATE_Intern/6mth_InternshipGuidelines.pdf

The MATE Center encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or age.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must be close to graduation or recently graduated (less than 2 years) with an Associate or Bachelors degree from an accredited US educational institution. Applicants must be US citizens. A valid US passport will be required for the internship but may be applied for after the internship offer is made. Past MATE summer interns are eligible to apply. Applicants must ready or soon-to-be-ready to enter the job market in this field with academic studies complete or near complete. Demonstrated sea time is highly desirable.

To apply, please visit and scroll down to “How do I apply” to complete the online application and submit your supporting documents. REQUIRED supporting documents include: A cover letter describing your ideal internship, career goals, why you are interested in becoming a marine technician, and skills / academic background, your current resume, your unofficial transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation from an instructor, academic advisor, or employer (ideally, we prefer a letter from an instructor in a related course AND a letter from an employer).

Deadline: Application deadline with all supporting material, including letters of reference: January 17 2018, 3pm PST.

Contact: For further information or questions, please visit or contact Nandita Sarkar, MATE Internship Coordinator, at