PhD Position in Urban Seismology

Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 02, 2019
Feb 01, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral
ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich is the federal agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes in Switzerland and its neighbouring countries and for assessing Switzerland's seismic hazard. The activities of the SED are integrated in the federal program for earthquake risk reduction .

PhD Position in Urban Seismology

The ITN EU-project Urbasis offers the possibility for a PhD position at the Swiss Seismological Service. The main topic of the PhD is the evaluation of complex soil response during strong earthquakes and its variability in the urban environment. Understanding wave propagation in urban areas requires ad-hoc tools to identify and locate the strongest sources, to analyze wave fronts, to infer 2D/3D characteristics in the soil response, and to model propagation of inelastic diffuse wave-fields in complex media. Non-invasive active and passive seismic methods can provide information on the local geology and allow inferring the amplification and attenuation characteristic of the soil.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a master degree in geophysics or related field. The applicant should have strong quantitative skills, interests in scientific programming, field measurements, and data analysis. English and German are working languages in the research group. According to the ITN mobility rules, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

More information related to EU project Urbasis and the application procedure for this PhD position (Position ESR3.1) can be found here:
The consortium webpage
The EU EURAXESS portal

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