Postdoctoral researcher (f_m_x) – Data Analysis of Strain Evolution in Rifts
Reference Number 6334
Rifts and rifted continental margins host significant natural resources, such as groundwater and geothermal energy, but are also sites of strong, infrequent earthquakes posing considerable natural hazard. To understand the occurrence of geohazards and georesources, we need to quantify how strain localises and how fault networks evolve in crustal-scale extensional systems. This project follows an innovative, multidisciplinary approach by using data analysis techniques in order to interpret big data sets from numerical geodynamic models and geophysical surveys.
This project will be embedded in GFZ’s Section 2.5 “Geodynamic Modelling”. The post-doctoral researcher's role will be to develop and employ techniques involving computer vision, network and graph analysis to quantify fault dynamics in time-dependent 3D numerical forward models as well as 2D and 3D geophysical data sets. Results will be compared to manual interpretations of both data types and interpreted in terms of their geodynamic context in order to shed new light on the dynamics of normal fault networks in space and time.
- Developing and using data analysis workflows to extract discrete faults from 3D, time-dependent geodynamic models and geophysical data sets
- Conducting and interpreting thermo-mechanical models using the geodynamic research software ASPECT
- Comparison and interpretation of fault characteristics from models and geophysical data
- Interacting and collaborating with other members of the Geodynamic Modelling Section and the Geophysics Department
- Presentation of results at scientific meetings and in publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Master`s degree (or equivalent) and a PhD in Earth Sciences, Physics, or Engineering
- Experience and knowledge of the development and use of data analysis techniques in geosciences
- Knowledge of and experience with geodynamic modelling, preferentially the ASPECT research code
- Experience in Python programming and model visualization
- Proven ability to work in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment
- Creativity and critical thinking skills and the ability to publish, as demonstrated by a record of original and innovative publications
- Capacity for international teamwork, and excellent communication skills
- Proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset
What we offer:
- Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Public service benefits
- Extensive training opportunities
- Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
- Flexible working hours and conditions
- Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
- Institute day-care centre on site
- Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
- Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam
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