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Postdoc or Senior Researcher Position in Computational Earthquake Physics

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Chair of Seismology and Geodynamics ( at the department of Earth Science (ERDW) of ETH Zurich is offering a postdoc or senior researcher position in Computational Earthquake Physics. 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

With funding from the ERC Synergy project FEAR “Fault Activation and Earthquake Rupture” (Partners: ETH  - Giardini/Wiemer, INGV Rome  - Cocco, RTWH Aachen - Amann), we are conducting earthquake nucleation experiments at deca-meter scale at the Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geoscience and Geoenergies (

Job description

As part of a highly interdisciplinary team of Earth scientists you will be involved in designing and modelling experiments on earthquake nucleation, propagation and termination. We are looking for candidates that can advance the state-of-the-art in computational earthquake physics, exploiting unique experimental data at different scales. 

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. Domenico Giardini (  (no applications).

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