Research Associate in Seismology

United Kingdom
Aug 08, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to study seismicity and seismic hazards in East Africa, which will be based in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. This is one of a 5 postdoctoral positions for the Global Challenges PREPARE project on Enhancing Preparedness for East African Countries through Seismic Resilience Engineering based at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff. Developing countries in East Africa are at high seismic risk because traditional masonry structures are unreinforced and seismically vulnerable and large earthquakes of M7.0 or greater can occur along the East African Rift. The project represents a multidisciplinary approach to study seismic hazards in East Africa.

The Research Associate will join the vibrant Geophysics Group in the School of Earth Sciences. Initially, this position will focus on assessing seismic hazards based on existing instrument catalogues.  However, it is hoped that temporary networks will be installed to improve coverage and lower detection levels for seismicity. This may involve fieldwork to deploy instruments in southern Malawi. In conjunction with other postdocs mapping faulting and ground motion using geodetic measurements, this information will be used to redefine the tectonic earthquake source models for the region. There is flexibility in the scope of the hazard assessment, with the ultimate goal of seisimic hazard assessment across the entire East Africa Rift System.

In addition to these duties, the Research Associate will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high-quality peer-reviewed journals, present papers at national and international meetings and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

For more information, please contact Professor Michael Kendall (


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