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Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Numerical Modelling of Deep Earthquake Processes (f/m/d)

Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics (BGI)

Application deadline:

Within the Emmy Noether project “QuakeID”, the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics (BGI) at the University of Bayreuth, Germany is seeking a candidate for a

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Numerical Modelling of Deep Earthquake Processes (f/m/d)

The main objective of the project is to develop and conduct numerical models to simulate and analyze deep earthquake rupture processes. The candidate will become part of a team of a post-doctoral researcher, two PhD students and the project leader (Dr. Marcel Thielmann).

Code development will be conducted in close collaboration with project partners at ETH Zürich (Dr. Ludovic Räss), the University of Frankfurt (Prof. Thibault Duretz) and will also be coordinated with the GPU4GEO project.

This position offers the possibility to be part of an interdisciplinary team consisting of both modellers and experimentalists. The BGI has a long history of research into Earth and Planetary Sciences and offers an ideal environment for additional collaborations, which are also encouraged.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop/extend a software framework to model deep earthquake rupture processes.
  • Conduct numerical simulations and analyze data.
  • Data compilation on the ambient conditions of deep earthquakes and on their seismological characteristics.
  • Present results at scientific conferences and in scientific journals.
  • Close collaboration within an interdisciplinary group and institute.

Your qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant field (geophysics, computational physics, geodynamics or similar). We are looking for a candidate with a strong computational background including experience in the numerical solution of partial differential equations, optimization techniques, and parallel computing.
  • Very good programming skills, experience in scientific programming (Julia, CUDA, Matlab, C/C++).
  • Proficient in spoken and written English; proficiency in German is beneficial, but not required.
  • An ideal candidate will have worked with geodynamical simulation codes previously. Prior knowledge of deep earthquake processes is not required.
  • A good track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Start date: 01.04.2022
Fixed term: 2.5 years with the option of extension for further 2.5 years
Salary: The salary will be based on grade E13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.
Place of work: Bayreuth, Germany

Your application

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Women and persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University, and an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Please apply online via the Applicant portal Uni Bayreuth selecting “QuakeID_PR” from the drop-down menu. Your application should contain a cover letter (describing your past and current research interests), your CV, your publication list as well as contact information of two references.

Application deadline: 30.11.2021

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

For further information please contact Dr. Marcel Thielmann: