Postdoc Researcher in Seismology

Penn State University

Penn State Geosciences and the EMS Energy Institute has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to develop time-lapse full waveform inversion methodology and algorithms for estimating subsurface CO2 seismic properties in CO2 sequestration sites. This project aims to develop 2D/3D time-lapse seismic inversion codes, and applications to CO2 seismic monitoring data and various research datasets and topics, e.g., distributed acoustic sensing datasets, critical zone science, and glacial ice exploration. The position will be in the Department of Geosciences and the EMS Energy Institute at Penn State University, with the opportunity to interact with sponsors.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in geophysics or computational mathematics or a related field by the time of hire. The successful candidate should have prior experience in the theory and design of full-waveform inversion techniques and their implementation on parallel computer architectures, can write scientific code for parallel computer systems in C/MPI. Candidates should have a great record of high-quality research contributions, including published reports, conference papers, and refereed journal papers.

This is a fixed term appointment, funded for one year from the date of hire, with excellent possibility of refunding for an additional year.

Qualified applicants should upload the following application materials: a CV including a full list of publications and contact information for two references, a copy of one representative paper, a statement explaining why you selected this paper as the representative paper, and a one-page research statement (research plans during postdoc).

To ensure full consideration for the position, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible APPLY HERE. The position will remain open until filled with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2020 or as soon as possible by agreement. If you have questions please email Prof. Tieyuan Zhu at

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

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