Postdoctoral Researcher in Seismology

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral research fellow in Seismology in the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL. We are seeking an individual who is motivated in untangling the structure and the dynamic processes in the lowermost mantle.

The key to resolve the dynamics and pattern of mantle flow and deformation mechanism is seismic anisotropy. Discussions on lowermost mantle anisotropy are mostly restricted to S-wave anisotropy, and there is little constraint on P-wave anisotropy near the CMB. The aim of the project is to use the novel observations of core-diffracted waves, PcSdiff, to constrain P wave seismic velocity and azimuthal anisotropy in the lowermost mantle. The post is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and will be available from 1st April 2023 funded for one year in the first instance. It is possible to extend the post, depending on performance.

About the role

The postholder will advance the research program by building up the first global seismic dataset of the novel seismic phase, PcSdiff. They will carry out seismic wave propagation simulation and numerically explore the sensitivity and utility of the novel core-diffracted phase on P wave isotropic and anisotropic properties in the lowermost mantle. Not necessarily limited/constrained to the project, the postholder is also welcome to innovate and to propose alternative projects that can advance seismic observations and mapping of seismic anisotropy in the lowermost mantle.

About you

The successful candidate will have a PhD, or thesis submitted subject to examination, in a relevant branch of the Earth Sciences of Computer Sciences. Experience in the analysis of a large seismic dataset and signal processing is essential as is experience in numerical seismic wave propagation and experience in multi CPU and/or GPU parallel computing. A job description and person specification for the post can be accessed at the link at bottom of this page.  If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Dr Alex Song (email: For enquiries about the application procedure please contact Leisa Clemente (email:

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What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: • 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) • Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme • Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE) • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan • Immigration loan • Relocation scheme for certain posts • On-Site nursery • On-site gym • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service • Discounted medical insurance Visit to find out more.

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As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality

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