PhD and MSc positions in Earthquake Science – Utah State University Geosciences

Utah State University

PhD and MSc positions are available for Summer/Fall 2024 in the Department of Geosciences at Utah State University to work on problems broadly in earthquake science. The Geosciences department at USU has a growing earthquake science group and research infrastructure. Potential projects, along with the associated faculty, are listed below:

(a) Experimental studies of earthquake rupture behavior in heterogenous faults (Dr. Srisharan Shreedharan,

(b) Characterizing the mechanics of shallow deformation at subduction zones by integrating laboratory friction experiments and numerical modeling (Shreedharan)

(c) Exploring shallow/near-surface multi-earthquake cycle deformation along the 2023 Turkey earthquake sequence and southern San Andreas fault system (Dr. Alexis Ault,

(d) Characterizing earthquake-induced deformation along the Wasatch fault using laboratory friction experiments, microstructural analyses, and numerical modeling (Ault/Shreedharan)

If interested, please contact the faculty above with your CV and a short statement of research interests and academic preparation. Review of applications start the first week of January 2024, and GRE scores are no longer required for admission to the graduate program. More information about the application process can be found here:

USU and the Department of Geosciences are committed to inclusivity, diversity, and antiracism. Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the broad field of geosciences are especially encouraged to apply.

More about USU:

USU main campus is located in Logan, Utah, a city situated in a picturesque valley which offers numerous year-round outdoor activities including local ski resorts, climbing, biking, and hiking trails. Logan is just a short drive to Salt Lake City, as well as many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation Areas. The Logan metropolitan area has been named the second-best performing small city in the United States by the 2021 Milken Institute Analysis. Additional information about Utah State University ( and the Department of Geosciences ( can be found online.

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