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Postdoc or Senior Researcher Position in Observational Seismology

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Chair of Seismology that directs the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich (SED, is offering a postdoc or senior researcher position in Observational Seismology. We are looking for excellent scientists that will join ongoing interdisciplinary teams and research efforts, focused on enhancing the understanding of natural and induced earthquakes.

Project background

The Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geoscience and Geoenergies ( offers the unique opportunities to observe and analyse countless pico-earthquakes induced during stimulation or mine-by experiments under controlled and repeatable conditions. Using borehole-based multi-parameter arrays of sensors, we aim to observe and model fluid-rock interactions, effects of tunnelling and other triggering mechanism and interpret them in a multidisciplinary context. 

Job description

You will be involved in the design, installation as well as in the execution of injection experiments and the analysis of the seismic data collected. We are interested in candidates with expertise in earthquake location and source parameter determination, using traditional and machine-learning based approaches. 

The position is initially funded for three years, with the possibility of extension, part time employment can be considered if justified. The candidates will work in a highly collaborative environment with close links to academic and industry partners and will have the opportunity to participate in student supervision, teaching and proposal writing. Our aim is to create cross-fertilization within diverse and interdisciplinary teams that sparks insight and innovation.

The working language at the department is English. At the Department of Earth Sciences, we are committed to promoting flexible and family-friendly working models, and a healthy work-life balance is important to us. ETH Zurich supports a policy for diversity and inclusion and we especially encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

Your profile

Interested candidates should have:

  1. A PhD in Geophysics, Geology, Physics, Engineering, or equivalent,
  2. A proven record of excellence and innovation in a relevant domain of seismological research, and the interest to work in a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment. 
  3. Proficiency in written and spoken English, experience in project management, supervision etc, is considered a plus. 

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application by Nov. 30 2020, including the following documents:

  • Cover letter that describes your motivation, research interest and research experience, relevant for the position(s) for which you are applying
  • Full CV, including list of publications
  • Contact details of at least two referees

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. A first round of online interviews will take place in December. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Stefan Wiemer ( (no applications).

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