Miles Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational/Theoretical Geophysics

  • PostDoc Opportunity
  • La Jolla

Website IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego


The Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, has an opening starting in 2024 for a Miles Fellow postdoctoral appointment, awarded in honor of the late John W. Miles. This appointment supports a scientist whose expertise lies within the broad areas of computational and theoretical geophysics.

The PhD awarded to the applicant must have a date no earlier than 4 YEARS BEFORE the application deadline, and no later than 6 MONTHS AFTER it, though the 4-year limit may be extended up to one year to allow for parental leaves. The appointment cannot start until after the award of
the PhD.

This position is fully supported by funding from the Green Foundation for Earth Sciences. Before submitting an application, applicants should contact potential IGPP mentors to find out if they have a suitable project involving computational or theoretical geophysics.

Miles Fellows are encouraged to broaden their experience through interaction with other researchers at IGPP; individual research goals may be pursued if project progress can be maintained. Information on recent IGPP research is available at

The positions are for one year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Starting salary is $70,000/yr plus benefits, along with $3000/yr of discretionary research funds.

Applications are due by OCTOBER 31, 2023, and should be submitted online at Potential applicants are strongly advised to initiate contact with prospective mentor(s) well before this date.

Applications must include a statement of research interests (1-2 pages, 12 point), a dissertation abstract (1 page), and a curriculum vita with publications list (1-3 pages, 12 point), along with personal information. (This includes immigration status, to allow us to be aware of the need for a visa). The application also requires contact information for two writers of support letters, but candidates are themselves responsible for ensuring that these support letters are submitted (by emails to by NOVEMBER 7, 2023.

Review of applications typically takes 1-2 months. Applications may be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration is not assured if all materials are not received by the deadlines given above.

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