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Postdoctoral position in Seismology and fault mechanics (f/m/x)
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities. 
For section 4.2 "Geomechanics and Scientific Drilling"  we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral position in Seismology and fault mechanics (f/m/x)

Reference Number 5201

Earthquake source characterization and directivity effects near Istanbul : Implications for seismic hazard

The main objective of this project is to analyze the earthquake source properties and the directivity effects of seismicity from the western portion of the North Anatolian Fault in Turkey. There, the permanent downhole geophysical observatory ICDP-GONAF is fully operating and complemented with additional permanent and temporary seismic deployments to improve the seismic coverage. Due to the proximity of the megacity of Istanbul, the project has important implications for the seismic hazard assessment of Istanbul and the constraint of most plausible scenarios for the rupture of a large (M>6.5) earthquake. The main results will be compared with analogous results from similar tectonic setting in southern California where a denser seismic network is available. The project will benefit from the interaction and collaboration with scientists at the GFZ Potsdam, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and University of Southern California. 

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing the main scientific body of the project, including the estimation of source parameters of earthquakes in Marmara, resolving the directivity effects and estimating the corresponding seismic hazard and consequent risk
  • Collaborating with national and international scientific partners
  • Wraping-up and publishing research results in ISI peer reviewed journals
  • Participating in field campaigns including deployment and maintenance of seismic stations abroad
  • Presenting scientific results in national and international conferences

Your qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates who fullfil the following criteria:

  • Completed research oriented University Degree, such as a Master degree in a relevant field (e.g. Geophysics, Physics)
  • Completed a PhD with a focus on seismology, fault mechanics and/or seismic hazard aspects
  • Strong programming ability (Matlab, Python)
  • A good command of English (both verbal and written)
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for research
  • Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary and international team

Start date: 1st August 2021
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, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
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
  • In walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by 7th July 2021 (extended). Please use our online application form only.
Application must include:
  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
  • A CV including relevant competences, skills and publication list, if applicable
  • Copies of degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records for previous studies (Bachelor, Master, PhD) - Please indicate expected date of graduation if your Master’s degree is not completed.
  • Contact information of two references

Application evaluations will start immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv@gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba@gfz-potsdam.de.

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. 
In case of any further queries relating to the role’s responsibilities, please contact Dr. Patricia Martínez-Garzón on patricia@gfz-potsdam.de . If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.


Franca Buge
Franca Buge
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787

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