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Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist – Illinois State Geological Survey (Extended)

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist to develop and sustain an independent geophysical research program aimed at innovative and strategic development/applications of seismic geophysical methods to contribute to multi-disciplinary research programs within and beyond PRI. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
  • Develop an independent research program aimed at innovative and strategic development/applications of seismic geophysical methods.
  • Collaborate with scientists (including geophysicists), University of Illinois faculty/staff, and external colleagues to develop interdisciplinary strategies for integrated geophysical method applications.
  • Develop proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
  • Publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and other comparable publication outlets.
  • Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for distribution to constituents and publication in Survey publication series.
  • Provide authoritative knowledge of research project/topics to the scientific community, public, industry, and/or governmental agencies, and communicate research results through writing and public speaking.
  • Supervise and lead relevant staff to foster individual and program growth that contributes to the overall impact of the Survey and PRI. Advise and/or supervise students (undergraduate or graduate) as appropriate. Responsibilities includes task assignment, scheduling, performance monitoring and evaluation, position/career mentoring, and leave/travel approval.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the State of Illinois. Contributions may include teaching courses at the University of Illinois or other collaborative universities.
  • Actively participate in professional societies, associations and/or advisory committees that enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state, national, and international levels.
  • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
  • Oversee maintenance and troubleshooting of assigned scientific equipment.
  • Perform other responsibilities as necessary to further the mission of PRI.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in geophysics, geology, engineering, or a related discipline that is appropriate with major duties and responsibilities.
  • Experience in geophysical methods.
  • Ability to establish and sustain an independent research program.
  • Ability to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources.
  • Ability to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and effectively supervise and mentor associated personnel.
  • Early career track record for publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Effective communication, personal relations, and team leader skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Sound judgment and strong decision-making skills.
  • Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise and knowledge of integrating various 1-D and 2-D geophysical methods.
  • Knowledge of geophysical program strategies to contribute to shallow, unconsolidated sediment and aquifer characterization.
  • Knowledge of geophysical program strategies to contribute to deep, sedimentary basin and structural characterization associated with carbon storage and resources.

This is a visiting, full-time, academic professional appointment subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need.  Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by February 16, 2018.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date.

To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, 3) statement of research interests, and 4) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at lwalston@illinois.edu or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Faculty Position in Geophysics at Stanford University

We invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the
Department of Geophysics at Stanford in any field of observational, experimental, computational or theoretical geophysics. Priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate’s work over any specific area of specialization. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the inclusive excellence of our academic community. We seek exceptional individuals who can develop a world-class program of research, and have a strong commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A doctorate is required at the time of appointment.
How to Apply
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests,
three recent publications, and the names and email addresses of three individuals from whom the search
committee can request letters of reference. Please apply online at:
Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2017, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit
complete applications by that date for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Questions related to your submission may be directed to GeophysicsFacultySearch@se3mail.stanford.edu.
Ms. Jennifer Kidwell
(650) 723-0891
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s
research, teaching and clinical missions


PhD position at The institute of geophysics and extraterrestrial physics, TU Braunschweig.

We are a growing research group in Applied Geophysics, with projects in different areas related to the development of electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic methods. The successful candidate will work on
the project “Laboratory investigations and theoretical considerations on the electrical properties of seafloor massive sulfides”, sponsored by the German Science foundation. He/she will develop and apply methods to measure frequency-dependent electrical properties of marine sulfide samples, and interpret the results in the context of theoretical models. The aim is to support the exploration of marine sulfides with sound relationships between electrical and mineralogical properties.
Applicants should have a Masters or Diplom degree in Physics or Geophysics, or within a closely related field. The successful candidate has a strong background in Applied Geophysics and a firm knowledge of electrical methods in particular. Experience with laboratory investigations and theoretical background of the spectral induced polarization method are advantageous.
The Technische Universität Braunschweig is seeking to increase the quota of women scientists. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants will be given preference over others of equal qualification. TU Braunschweig cannot refund costs related to the application. Please understand that documents can only sent back if a prepaid and self-addressed envelope is provided.
The selection will begin on December 1, 2017 and ends when the position has been filled. The salary level is due to the German civil service Remuneration System, pay group 13, TV-L. The position is for three years.
Prof. Dr. A. Hördt
Institut für Geophysik und extraterrestrische Physik
TU Braunschweig
Mendelssohnstr. 3
38106 Braunschweig
Phone: +49-531-391-5218
email: a.hoerdt@tu-braunschweig.de

PhD Student Position: Exploration of deep geothermal reservoirs in Mexico using magnetotellurics and gravity

The Geoenergy group of the Institute of Nuclear Waste Disposal – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (INE-KIT) announces the opening of a PhD position in the field of geophysical exploration of deep geothermal reservoirs using gravity and magnetotelluric methods. The study is part of an EU project and includes fieldwork in Mexico as well as data processing/interpretation in a highly interdisciplinary team, thus having the unique opportunity to work closely with an international team of scientists and to significantly broaden her/his area of expertise. The team will have access to two geothermal fields and state of the art measurement equipment. The main task of the successful candidate will be the identification of potential geothermal reservoir structures with significant clay caps and high fracture porosity and by static magnetotelluric and gravity measurements. He or she will apply joint inversion techniques in 2D and work on the extension of the existing inversion code to 3D. The candidate will also be expected to communicate their research in the form of journal publications and conference attendance.

Personal Qualification:

The ideal candidate should hold an MSc in geophysics. Experience in gravity, magnetotellurics and joint inversion are of advantage. Also, you will have strong experience in programming. You are fluent in English language.

Institute: Institute of Nuclear Waste Disposal (INE)

Contract term: up to 3 years

Starting date: 01.01.2018

Application until: 30.11.2017

Contact person for technical issues:

For technical information, please contact Dr. Eva Schill (eva.schill@kit.edu)


Please send your application online, via mail or email using the reference “GEMex” directly to the technical contact person. If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred.

PhD student position in applied geophysics on three-dimensional inverse modelling of controlled-source electromagnetic data

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University will start coordinating and conducting research within a Europe-wide H2020 Research-Innovation-Action (RIA) project related to new exploration technologies for mineral resources. While the focus will be on geophysical instruments and methods (covering a wide range from electromagnetic to seismic methods), there are also aspects related to data (geological and geochemical) and target generations. The department is the largest and broadest as such in Sweden and includes Geophysics, Geology, Palaeontology, Hydrology, Meteorology and Natural resources programs. It is located next to the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) allowing a great level of interaction with researchers from SGU.

The advertised PhD student position in applied geophysics on three-dimensional inverse modelling of controlled-source electromagnetic data is open in the Geophysics Programme of the Department of Earth Sciences. This research project will focus on the further development of a three-dimensional finite-difference modelling algorithm for controlled-source electromagnetic data to inversion including field measurements and application of the modelling algorithm to the data collected as part of  the H2020 project.

Duties/Project description: The PhD project aims at developing a general 3D inversion code for controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) data that can be applied to frequency- and time-domain measurements performed in the air, on the Earth’s surface and in boreholes. This code will be based on an existing CSEM finite-difference forward modelling code developed by a project partner at Aarhus University, Denmark, that is branched into frequency- and time-domain parts. The development of the inversion code will be performed jointly with Aarhus University. However, the focus of development at Uppsala University will be on 3D inversion of surface and borehole CSEM measurements, whereas Aarhus University will focus on inverse modelling of airborne CSEM data. As compared to other codes, the new 3D inversion code is envisaged to have advantages in terms of its general applicability and the possibility to perform joint inversions of airborne, ground-based and borehole frequency- and time-domain CSEM measurements. It will contribute to taking industry practice for inversion of airborne measurements and ground-based and borehole measurements from laterally constrained 1D inversion and thin-sheet modelling, respectively, to 3D inversion. Thus, it is expected to lead to more comprehensive models than currently available.

The successful candidate will be given ample opportunity to develop skills in electromagnetic field theory, numerical methods such as finite-difference and finite-element methods, numerical linear algebra and gradient-based inversion techniques (e.g. non-linear conjugate gradient methods or quasi-Newton methods), parallel programming, acquisition and processing of electromagnetic field data and interpretation of multi-dimensional resistivity models inverted from electromagnetic data.

More information can be found on here.

PhD Studentship in Debris-Flow Susceptibility in Southern Germany Using Near-Surface Geophysical Tools, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Potsdam

In October 2015, the DFG Research Training Group “Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World” was established at the University of Potsdam, in cooperation with the Freie Universität of Berlin, the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). NatRiskChange aims to develop methods that improve hazard and risk analyses and quantifications based on the transient non-stationary nature of hazards and risks in response to changing natural and anthropogenically altered components of the earth system. Key scientific aims are the development, testing and pilot application of studies on the identification, quantification and prediction of transient natural hazards and associated risks.

Funded by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the NatRiskChange Research Training Group now offers a full DAAD PhD scholarship at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences of University of Potsdam, Germany for a period of three years (or up to four years for candidates from developing or emerging countries). The related PhD project is entitled “Investigating debris-flow susceptibility in Southern Germany using near-surface geophysical tools”. Further subject-specific information can be obtained from Prof. Jens Tronicke or from Prof. Oliver Korup.

The scholarship includes:

  • a monthly rate of 1000
  • Eurotravel support and potential support for studies and research
  • combined insurance (health, accident, liability)
  • potential support for rent, or family allowance
  • full funding for a German language course in Germany of up to 6 months, preceding the scholarship

The selected candidate will be fully integrated in the activities and the teaching curriculum of the NatRiskChange Research Training Group, and enjoy the vibrant international research environment in the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Potsdam. The schedule and length of the language course will be determined after consultation with the selected candidates.

The candidates are required to have:

  • an excellent Master’s degree in geophysics, geomorphology, geology or closely related fields
  • a demonstrated background in studies of natural hazards, Earth surface processes and near-surface geophysics
  • programming and data processing skills
  • geoscientific and geophysical fieldwork experience
  • good English language skills


Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The NatRiskChange consortium strives to increase the proportion of women in research and specifically encourages females to apply for these positions. Applications should include the following components: a detailed CV, a letter of motivation, a brief research concept (ca. 2 pages) for the PhD project (focussing on a plan on how to quantify the susceptibility to debris flows in small catchments with near-surface geophysics and geomorphology), a record of studies, master and bachelor certificates including a transcript of records, an English synopsis of the Master thesis, a list of publications, oral and/or poster presentations at conferences, and two letters of recommendation. The files should be sent, by e-mail, in one single PDF document (< 10 MB) to Dr. Theresia Petrow (natrisk@uni-potsdam.de) by December 1st, 2017.

Based on the applications, the University of Potsdam will, in a first stage, nominate two to four candidates. These candidates will be required to submit a full application to the DAAD which will then, in a second stage, be evaluated by DAAD. Candidates will be informed in detail about the second stage in case they are nominated after the first stage. The actual scholarship and the related PhD study are envisaged to start in April 2018.

Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Tech

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech invites applicants for a postdoctoral position in near-surface geophysics. The successful candidate will conduct research on the “critical zone,” the upper ~100 m beneath Earth’s surface, using a combination of near-surface geophysical methods (seismic refraction, electromagnetic, and DC resistivity, among others). The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research leading to publications, participate in geophysical field work, and contribute positively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geophysics or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Demonstrated competence in near-surface geophysical instrumentation and methods (seismic, electrical, and/or electromagnetic) is required. In addition, evidence of research productivity in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications is required. Willingness to participate in geophysical field work in support of team goals is required.

Preferred qualifications include 1) demonstrated capacity to work productively in collaborative and interdisciplinary teams; 2) knowledge of critical zone geophysics; 3) demonstrated history of applying geophysical techniques to problems in hydrology, chemical weathering or surface processes at the watershed or hill-slope scale; and 4) experience in analyzing airborne geophysical (electromagnetic) data.

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, Research Statement and a list of 3 professional references to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting #SR0170340. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Environmental Geophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to develop and implement new methodologies for improved understanding and quantification of shallow subsurface processes, including fluxes across bedrock-soil-land surface-vegetation compartments, using geophysical and hydrological datasets.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to improve predictive understanding of multi-scale terrestrial system functioning, including hydrology driven biogeochemical processes. 

The position focuses on the development of advanced acquisition, processing, data assimilation and inversion techniques for advanced monitoring and quantification of complex critical zone processes. These developments will be applied in a mountainous watershed in the Upper Colorado River Basin and in the Alaskan Arctic Tundra.  Essential for this position is expertise in geophysics, hydrology and/or soil physics with a particular emphasis on geophysical and hydrological data inversion and assimilation approaches and/or quantification of surface-subsurface water-heat-gas fluxes.  The position requires an outstanding record of original and high-quality research, demonstrated experience in the above fields, and an enthusiasm for working with a team to improve understanding and prediction of field scale terrestrial system behavior. Desired is a familiarity with hydrogeophysical techniques, soil physics, remote sensing approaches, various geophysical methods (ERT, EM, GPR, Seismic) and statistical or inversion methods for data analyses.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a premier Earth sciences research organization where scientists are tackling some of the most pressing environmental and energy challenges of the 21st Century. Berkeley Lab is located in an environment recognized for offering a high quality of life, having both abundant natural beauty and exciting urban surrounds.

To apply, please visit here and follow the on-line instructions.

Two Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) geophysicist positions at Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia (GA) is an Australian government listed entity within the Industry, Innovation, and Science portfolio.

The Groundwater Branch (GWB) is responsible for providing geospatial, geoscientific, and hydrological information and knowledge to support Australian government policies and decision making. The branch undertakes a range of strategic and regional applied science activities in collaboration with state/territory and other Commonwealth government agencies, aimed at improving understanding of groundwater systems and processes across Australia.

The branch is seeking an Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) geophysicist who, in close collaboration with the Groundwater Branch Senior Leadership Team and other senior geophysical staff in the agency, will be responsible for AEM contract development and management for the Groundwater Branch. As part of a multidisciplinary team, the candidate will be responsible for the geophysical elements of AEM-based projects in the Groundwater Branch. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with a range of internal and external partners and communicate effectively in a range of forums.

Another position is senior AEM geophysicist,who will provide strategic geophysical leadership, including the development and implementation of AEM inversion codes and interpretations together with other hydrogeophysical techniques, for groundwater investigations. As a senior scientist within the branch, the candidate will develop and lead aspects of strategic and regional groundwater projects, work collaboratively with a range of internal and external partners, mentor team members,and communicate effectively in a range of forums.

Further information and an application can be found here.

Applicants will be asked to provide a brief statement (fewer than 1000 words) outlining how your skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications make you the best person for the job.

  • Position contact: Dr. Ken Lawrie, (02) 6249 9847, ken.lawrie@ga.gov.au
  • For assistance, call the recruitment team at (02) 6249 9777 or email hr@ga.gov.au.

Plant/Soil Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Climate and Ecosystem Sciences division within the Earth and Environmental Sciences area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking applications for a postdoctoral Fellow to develop novel approaches to study plant–root–soil interactions under dynamic and future climatic conditions using a combination of belowground (geophysics, hydrology, and geochemistry) and aboveground remote sensing technologies (e.g., hyperspectral imaging). The postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary group of scientists to improve understanding of the interactive feedback between plant growth, root development, and changes of soil and climatic conditions. Specifically, this postdoc will play a major role in (1) developing the scientific basis for an advanced plant root phenotyping technology using geophysical methods and (2) understanding the link between belowground root development/adaption and aboveground plant growth and productivity under a range of soil and climatic conditions.

This position requires an outstanding record of original and high-quality research and demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for understanding the dynamics of plant–soil biomes. Essential for this position is expertise in soil, plant, or environmental sciences with a particular emphasis on at least one of the following domains: near-surface geophysics, soil–plant interaction, lab and field-scale soil biogeochemistry and hydrology, and surface–subsurface interactions. Also desired is a familiarity with hydrogeophysical methods, geochemistry, soil physics and mechanics, plant genetics and physiology, remote sensing, statistical methods, and an interest and spirit in
working with a multidisciplinary team. The Climate and Ecosystem Sciences division within the Earth and Environmental Sciences area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory takes advantage of multidisciplinary research expertise to understand, predict, and advance stewardship of Earth’s climate and ecosystems. Berkeley Lab is located in an environment recognized for offering a high quality of life, having both abundant natural beauty and exciting urban surroundings. For more information about the LBNL Earth and Environmental Sciences area and the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences division, please visit http://eesa.lbl.gov/. To apply, please visit http://jobs.lbl.gov and reference Earth Science Postdoc Fellow posting #83451.

Wellbore Integrity Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Wellbore integrity is of paramount importance to subsurface resource extraction, energy storage, and waste disposal. The Energy Geosciences division within the Earth and Environmental Sciences area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking applications for a postdoctoral Fellow to develop novel geophysical approaches to characterizing and monitoring wellbore integrity for subsurface energy and environment applications.

The postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary group of scientists to develop novel electromagnetic, electrochemical, and seismic methods for monitoring subsurface stress and corrosion-induced borehole degradation. Specifically, this postdoc will play a major role in (1) conducting laboratory and field studies to develop the scientific basis for utilizing EM, seismic, and electrochemical signals for steel casing corrosion monitoring, (2) quantifying the impact of signal attenuation, ambient noise, and geological heterogeneity on signal quality and sensitivity, and (3) working with the rest of the team to demonstrate the technologies at field scales.
This position requires an outstanding record of original and high-quality research in the application of geophysical methods for subsurface energy studies. Essential for this position is expertise in electromagnetic and seismic wave propagation experiments, and demonstrated experience in conducting laboratory and field-based studies with a particular emphasis on at least one of the following domains: electromagnetism/seismic theory and applications, time or frequency domain wave-based reflectometry, and corrosion electrochemistry. Also desired is a familiarity with electrical engineering, rock mechanics, and reservoir engineering. A strong interest and spirit in working with a multidisciplinary team is required. The Energy Geosciences division within the Earth and Environmental Sciences area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory takes advantage of multidisciplinary research expertise to create basic and user-inspired knowledge, methods, and capabilities for sustainable utilization and management of the Earth’s subsurface. Berkeley Lab is located in an environment recognized for offering a high quality of life, having both abundant natural beauty and exciting urban surroundings.
For more information about the LBNL Earth and Environmental area and the Energy Geosciences division, please visit http://eesa.lbl.gov/. The position will stay open until filled. However, for full consideration, please apply before 30 September 2017 by visiting here.