Postdoctoral Fellow in Seismotectonics and Paleoseismology of Patagonian Andes

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The Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to work on the paleoseismology of the Austral subduction zone, in Patagonia and on projects that investigate the seismotectonics of the Patagonian Andes beginning June 2024. Specifically, this postdoc will work to establish a paleoseismic record of subaqueous mass-wasting deposits preserved in lacustrine infill of Patagonian lakes. Establishing the record will involve 1) analyzing sedimentary cores extracted from the lakes, 2) interpreting high resolution seismic reflection data, 3) modeling paleoseismic intensities from mass wasting deposits stratigraphies. The paleoseismological record established by this work will be used to assess whether the Austral subduction zone is truly aseismic or whether it has experienced large megathrust earthquakes in pre-historical and instrumental time, with impact on geohazards for the region and on the geodynamics of subduction zones worldwide. The postdoc fellow will be part of a larger working group focused on understanding the structure and dynamics (including connections between tectonics and climate) of the Patagonian Andes, and will be encouraged to design projects and propose new research ideas.

Educational Requirements: Ph.D. in Earth Science, Geology, Seismology, Geophysics, or related field required before the start date.
Required qualifications: Experience with analysis and interpretation of multichannel seismic reflection data (marine and/or land). Experience with analysis of sediment cores. Command of Matlab or Python programming languages and version control. Demonstrated ability to communicate science through presentation at national and international meetings and publication in high-tier journals. Commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts in the lab and the community.
Preferred qualifications:  Familiarity with Landmark processing platform and Kingdom Suite and/or Petrel interpretation software. Experience with well logging data.

Application Instructions
The position comes with a salary of $55,000, health insurance and conference travel included. Postdoc support is available for at least one year. Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio ( ) with the following documents: (1) a CV, (2) a cover letter describing your background, your motivation for applying to this position, your long-term career goals and any highlights of your CV, (3) a research statement (2-page max) summarizing research interests and experience, and (4) a list of names and contact information of three professional references. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application packet must be received by September 15, 2023, but applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. M. Beatrice Magnani ( All applications will be acknowledged. Southern Methodist University (SMU) is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from minority and women scholars.

SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Our colleagues are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. The City of Dallas is one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. To learn more about Dedman College and SMU, please visit, and

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