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Research Fellow in Geophysics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geophysics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Institute for Geophysics and Tectonics at the University of Leeds.This role is focused on refining observations of the seismicity associated with the internal deformation of subducting slabs, using a combination of observational earthquake seismology and the statistical assessment of seismic catalogues. This will be complemented by numerical geodynamic modelling to probe the processes controlling the occurrence and distribution of these earthquakes. In particular, the aim of the project is to advance our understanding of the temporal variation and evolution of intraslab seismicity, and how this may relate to time-varying changes in the stress state (most likely driven by the occurrence of large-magnitude earthquakes within the subduction system) and/or the rheology (particularly the release to fluids during slab descent)of the subducting slab. Geographic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the subduction systems of Central and South America.

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and numerate, with have a PhD (or one close to completion) in an appropriate aspect of solid-Earth geophysics, along with prior experience in either observational seismology or geodynamic modelling.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Timothy Craig, Royal Society University Research Fellow 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5543, email:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions this post will be appointed at no higher than spine point 31 (£34,189 p.a.)
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 18 months due to external funding)
Release Date:  Monday 18 February 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 19 March 2019
Interview Date:  Wednesday 17 April 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1307
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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