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PhD Student (m/f/x) in Project SaMOVAR
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For section 2.4 "Seismology" (department 2 "Geophysics"), we are looking for a:

PhD Student (m/f/x) in Project SaMOVAR

Reference Number 4346

In the frame of the DFG funded research project SaMOVAR (SeisMic Observations of deep VolcAnic pRocesses) the successful candidate will analyze seismological data from a volcanic region in Kamchatka (Russia). The investigation aims to identify temporal variations in the propagation properties of seismic waves as they are induced by volcanic activity, earthquakes or environmental influences. High resolution data from a temporary seismic installation will be combined with the long term observations of a permanent network. Together with investigations of the deep volcanic structure and seismic sources in the target region, the results will contribute to a better understanding of magma transport processes at depth.
The work will be carried out in collaboration with the Universität Frankfurt and partners from Russia and France.

Your responsibilities:

  • adapt and develop new approaches and routines for the analysis of ambient seismic noise with seismic interferometry
  • analysis of noise based signals for temporal variations as well as deterministic signals for imaging of subsurface structures
  • interpretation of results with respect to volcanic and seismic activity as well as environmental influences
  • present results at workshops, international conferences and in scientific publications

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in geophysics, physics, mathematics or computer science, or in a related field
  • background in seismology, wave propagation
  • scientific programming skills, preferably in Python
  • desirable is knowledge of the Unix/Linux environment and cooperative software development with Git
  • good verbal and written communication skills in English

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 3 years
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

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
  • good public transport connections by being in walking distance of Potsdam main station

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 25th August 2020. Please use our online application form only.
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law IX.
Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation. 
For questions regarding the scientific aspects please contact Dr. Christoph Sens-Schönfelder at sens-schoenfelder@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331 288-28787.


Louise Poralla
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787