Research Fellow in Seismology

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

Category: Research

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a. Please note that due to funding limitations an appointment is unlikely to be made above £35,550

Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years due to external funding)

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in seismology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

Based in the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT), you will contribute to a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project which aims to better understand the uncertainty in earthquake locations and magnitudes in local and regional settings. Joining a group of researchers using seismic methods to understand Earth processes you will work closely with Dr Andy Nowacki in Leeds in collaboration with Professor Andrew Curtis in Edinburgh and Dr Brian Baptie at the British Geological Survey. As part of the Edinburgh Interferometry Project (EIP), a consortium of researchers and industry partners researching ways to improve the imaging and monitoring of the Earth’s subsurface, you will have the opportunity to visit both EIP and the BGS in Edinburgh in addition to engaging with project partners including the Oil and Gas Authority, INGV, Italy, and the EIP industrial sponsors.

Specifically you will extend existing Monte Carlo methods to jointly locate earthquakes, estimate their magnitudes, and map the subsurface seismic velocity structure whilst for the first time determining the fully covariant uncertainties between these important quantities. You will then apply the method to datasets including the aftershock sequence from the 2016 M6.0 Amatrice, Italy event and mine collapse earthquakes from New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, imaging the seismicity and subsurface velocity here and elsewhere. You will then use your new models to test how traditional magnitude calculations may be susceptible to unknown uncertainties. An improved understanding of magnitude and location uncertainty will help us build testable models of Earth structure and monitor industrial activity more robustly.

With a PhD (or close to completion) in geophysics, physics or earth sciences, or a closely allied discipline, you will also have extensive experience with scientific programming and software development. Experience in locating local seismicity and with local seismic tomography is desirable.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Andy Nowacki, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9630, email:

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