[unav_all] PhD student position in geophysics at the University of Iceland

Jaime Magliocca jmaglio at unavco.org
Wed Apr 3 13:53:49 MDT 2013

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in geophysics, within the crustal deformation group at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) at the University of Iceland

The PhD project will focus on joint interpretations of observations of  surface deformation and micro-earthquakes with the goal of improved  understanding of earthquake hazard in the South Iceland Seismic Zone and the Hengill triple junction in southwest Iceland. The project is part of ongoing research of crustal deformation and earthquakes in southwest Iceland, with the possibility to include a detailed comparison of temporal and spatial evolution of the state of stress and presence of fluids in the crust from abundant local earthquake data.

During the project  the student will gain experience in GPS field work, geodetic (GPS and InSAR) and seismic data analysis, and theoretical modelling. The student will work with an international team of scientists and students at the IES, as well as from the Icelandic Meteorlogical office, and Departments of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University and Leeds University. For further information, please contact Dr. Thora Arnadottir (thora1 at hi.is).

The study will be integrated with other ongoing projects, which include: 

crustal deformation and earthquakes in Iceland
interplay between volcanic unrest and seismic activity, possible triggering mechanisms
volcano deformation and eruptions
land uplift due to retreating glaciers
deformation and triggered earthquakes due to utilization in geothermal areas
Applications including a cover letter, a CV (stating relevant work experience, knowledge in computer programming, and fieldwork  experience), copies of university diplomas (BS and MS) with grade  information (in English), a one-page statement of research interests, and names and contact information of two potential referees, should be sent to Thora Arnadottir (thora1 at hi.is) no later than April 30, 2013.

In order to be accepted into the 3 year PhD program in the Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland the applicant must hold an MS degree in a relevant field with a grade-point average of 7 out of 10 or equivalent.  Relevant fields include geophysics, geology, physics, applied mathematics, computer science and engineering. 

Information about the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland can be found at: http://earthice.hi.is/
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