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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Seismology

Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Earth Science

Location: Egham
Salary: £36,438 to £37,460 per annum - including London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 3rd December 2021
Job Ref: 1021-392

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Friday 03 December 2021

Applications are invited for the post of Post – Doctoral Research Associate in Seismology in the Earth Sciences Department.

We seek to appoint a post-doctoral researcher to work on regional seismic tomography at Royal Holloway University of London for a fixed term of 18 months. The successful candidate will join the NERC-funded MC2 project led by Cardiff University that aims to understand the nature and evolution of upwellings in the Earth’s mantle. The specific aim for this position is the development of regional seismic tomography models of upwellings in the Earth’s mantle that will be used to constrain the global mantle circulation models, using new inverse techniques that quantify the model uncertainties.

This position is based in the DEEPSCAPE research group, led by Dr Paula Koelemeijer, at Royal Holloway University of London. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with Dr Christophe Zaroli (University of Strasbourg), as well as collaborators at UCL, Cardiff University and other members of the MC2 team.

The successful candidate must either have, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Geophysics, Seismology, Physics). We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in seismology, including experience with seismological data and inverse methods. They should have a demonstrable aptitude in computer programming and developing numerical codes, and knowledge of mantle structure and dynamics is desirable. Good communication skills and the ability to work independently and with staff and research students within the group are essential.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Paula Koelemeijer on or +44(0)1784 276832.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: 

Royal Holloway and the Department of Earth Sciences are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. Royal Holloway holds an institutional Athena-SWAN bronze award and the Department is a bronze award holder. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by Royal Holloway are at:

Please quote the reference: 1021-392 

Closing Date:   Midnight, 3rd December 2021  

Interview Date: TBC 

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