Graduate Student Opportunity

La Femina, Peter Christopher pcl11 at
Wed Sep 22 17:04:48 UTC 2021

PhD Position in Volcano Geodynamics at Penn State

We are seeking a Ph.D. student to participate on a project in the Tectonics and Volcanology Lab at Penn State and the Gregg Lab at the University of Illinois to investigate deforming magmatic systems in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The goal of this work is to use statistical data assimilation to link geodynamic magma chamber models with geophysical observations including GPS-GNSS, InSAR, gravity, and seismicity to assess the stress evolution and eruption potential of Galapagos volcanoes exhibiting unrest. Objectives also include geophysical fieldwork in the Galapagos and the implementation of finite element modeling approaches on scalable, high-performance computing platforms.

This project is funded by a 3-year National Science Foundation – Natural Environment Research Council Award in collaboration with the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Instituto Geofisico - Escuela Politechnic Nacional (IG-EPN), Ecuador. The Graduate Research Assistantship in the Dept. of Geosciences at Penn State includes a $27,000 annual stipend, full tuition remission, and health insurance. The Graduate Researcher will be advised by Dr. Peter LaFemina and work in close collaboration with Dr. Trish Gregg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and colleagues at University of Edinburgh and IG-EPN. Funding also includes support for students to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos to perform fieldwork and collaboration, and to national scientific meetings. The project will commence Fall 2021 with a projected graduate student start date of Spring/Summer 2022.

Please contact Dr. Peter LaFemina for more information regarding the project (pcl11 at<mailto:pcl11 at>).

Applicants to the graduate program in the Dept. of Geosciences at Penn State should have a B.S. or M.S. in Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Engineering, or a related field. For information regarding our graduate program: ( Completed applications, including transcripts, should be submitted electronically through the Penn State Graduate School ( NOTE: We do not require the GRE for acceptance to our graduate program.

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