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PhD position in Applied Geophysics with focus on applied seismology

06.08.2018 - Uppsala University, Sweden

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University offers a PhD position in Applied Geophysics with focus on applied seismology. The position is full-time for four years and may include up to 20% of research or teaching assistantship, extending the position to 5 years.

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the largest and scientifically broadest Earth Science Department in Sweden and includes research programmes in Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics, Geophysics, Palaeobiology, Hydrogeology, Meteorology and Natural Resource Science.

The Geophysics Program: Seismic methods provide high-resolution images of the Earth's interior. The acquired data contain geometrical information on geological structure and on the physical properties of the materials that the seismic waves have propagated through. The Geophysics Program is currently running projects involving studies of major crustal structures of the Baltic Shield, urban geophysics, geological storage of CO2, mineral exploration and geological modeling of major mineral belts, geohazards, development of electromagnetic and seismic instruments and methods for shallow and deep crustal studies. Research focus in the applied geophysics part is on (1) structural interpretation of reflection seismic and electromagnetic data based on conventional and advanced processing/modeling methods, (2) monitoring CO2 geological storage sites, (3) developing novel processing/modeling methods for hardrock conditions, (4) multi-disciplinary near-surface studies in both urban and noisy areas, (5) physical property and borehole geophysics studies and (6) integrating results from the field data with other geophysical and geological data. The geophysics program runs its own ~ 550-channel (cabled and 1C/3C wireless), a state-of-the-art 100-3C seismic landstreamer acquisition system, and uses modern processing and imaging software. It is also well equipped with modern downhole logging equipment. Further information about the program and the department can be found at

Duties: The PhD candidate will conduct research within the field of seismic method development, both acquisition and processing. Goals will be to develop methods that will facilitate the use of active-passive seismic data in the research focus areas outlined above. The candidate will therefore interact closely with other researchers and PhD students in their particular projects.

Requirements: We are seeking a motivated candidate with strong interest in research who has an academic magister/master- or engineering degree, or equivalent, in geophysics, physics, earth sciences or a similar field (formally, four years of university study including a minimum of 1 year at advanced level are required). Linux/Unix and programming skills; experience and knowledge on seismic data acquisition and processing are necessary. Knowledge of Seismic Unix and shell scripts is a merit. Good oral and written proficiency in English is required. The research will include significant fieldwork and the candidate should be willing to spend time outdoors for data collection; a driving license is required.

Application: Applications must include a CV, certified copies of diplomas and transcripts, and a cover letter describing yourself and your relevant experience (maximum 2 pages). The application should also contain a summary of your master thesis and eventual publications, and contact information for, or letters from at least two referees. In your cover letter specifically explain how much seismic data processing knowledge you have. Apply at:

Employment conditions: The position is full-time for four years and may include up to 20% of research or teaching assistantship, extending the position to 5 years.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

  • Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
  • Starting date: 01-10-2018, Temporary position four years ending 30-09-2022.
  • Type of position: Full time position.
  • For further information about the position please contact Dr. Ayse Kaslilar tel. +46(0)18-471 3322, e-mail:
  • Please submit your application by 7 September 2018, UFV-PA 2018/2535.

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  • Placement: Department of Earth Sciences
  • Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Pay: Fixed salary
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Working hours: 100 %
  • Town: Uppsala
  • County: Uppsala län
  • Country: Sweden
  • Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
    Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
    Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
  • Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/2535
  • Last application date: 2018-09-07