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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.
We are looking for a Master Student (f/m/x) to join our section 2.5 "Geodynamic Modeling" (department 2) for a duration of a thesis.
The project we offer is about continental rifting and break-up as critical components of plate tectonics. Our understanding of these processes depends, to a large part, on the interpretation of seismic reflection data imaging these structures, but the appearance of these structures is still not well understood. To address this issue, we will simulate the seismic appearance of different continental rifts and rifted margins created by 2-D models coupling surface processes and geodynamics. These models predict, among many others, the rock density, sediment ages and plastic strain, which we will use to build a rock physics model including bulk density, p-wave velocity, acoustic impedance and reflectivity.

Master thesis: Seismic forward modelling of continental rifts and rifted margins

Reference Number 5773


  • This project will suit someone with an interest in applied geophysics and a good understanding of Python
  • Basic experience in geophysics and coding

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 6 months
Working hours: flexible, by arrangement
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application directly to Thilo Wrona via email at wrona@gfz-potsdam.de

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