[unav_all] 2 PhD Positions in Geodesy/Geophysics

Barnhart, William william-barnhart-1 at uiowa.edu
Mon Apr 4 12:18:06 MDT 2016

Two PhD Opportunities in Geodesy/Geophysics
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iowa is recruiting two highly motivated and academically strong PhD students to conduct research attached to two NASA-funded projects:

1.     Characterizing the seismotectonic structure of the Arabia-Eurasia Plate boundary. This project is a joint seismic-geodetic project investigating active deformation in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The student will use regional InSAR time series analysis and optical remote sensing techniques to characterize interseismic deformation and fault creep, and to form a comprehensive catalog of geodetically calibrated earthquake locations. The student will also conduct region-wide earthquake relocations using calibrated earthquake locations in an effort to image the structure of the Makran subduction zone, seismogenic faults in central Iran and the Zagros Mountains, and provide operational earthquake support to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC). Project participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate with USGS researchers and to recruit an undergraduate assistant.

2.     Investigating fault slip styles in southern Pakistan. This project aims to investigate the links between current crustal deformation styles and their long-term expression recorded in the landscape. This is a joint geodetic-geomorphic project focused on active strain partitioning in the Makran accretionary prism of southern Pakistan. The student will have the opportunity to use regional InSAR time series analysis to measure interseismic deformation rates in the Makran, construct high-resolution digital elevation models from satellite optical imagery for earthquake and geomorphic analysis, and/or to invert fault slip styles from both geodetic and geomorphic displacements observations. This project also includes collaboration and travel opportunities with USGS researchers.
Applicants should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in geophysics, geology, math, computer science, physics, engineering, or a closely related field. Applicants with prior experience in computer programming (Matlab, Python), remote sensing, or seismology are particularly encouraged to apply. Please contact Bill Barnhart (william-barnhart-1 at uiowa.edu<mailto:william-barnhart-1 at uiowa.edu>) for questions about the positions and to obtain details about the application process. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
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Department webpage: http://clas.uiowa.edu/ees/
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William (Bill) Barnhart
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Iowa
william-barnhart-1 at uiowa.edu<mailto:william-barnhart-1 at uiowa.edu>


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