Háskóli Íslands

A full time Ph.D. position in geophysics is open for applications. The project is in the field of crustal deformation with focus on magmatic and geothermal processes. The main supervisor is Freysteinn Sigmundsson. The student will be a member of a research group in crustal deformation, with facilities at the Institute of Earth Sciences. The position is funded by external projects that relate to the research field.

Field of work

The research field of the project is „Crustal deformation in relation to magmatic and geothermal processes:  Measurements and models“. 

The PhD project is a continuation of research carried at Institute of Earth Sciences in order to better understanding the origin and nature of active processes in geothermal and volcanic areas, both in relation to magma movements but also in relation to changes in geothermal areas, both due to natural processes as well due to geothermal exploitation. Two main geodetic techniques will be used to map ground deformation:  Interferometric analysis of synthetic aperture radar images (InSAR) and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) geodesy. The student will carry out such measurements and thereby increase understanding of ground deformation, e.g. in the Northern Volcanic Zone of Iceland. Implementation of models to fit observations is an important part of the project, with the aim of introducing variable material properties of crust, and magmatic and geothermal systems into models. Special focus will be on understanding the relation between magma movements and geothermal activity, and changes in geothermal areas due to geothermal exploitation.

The student will be member of a research group in crustal deformation at Institute of Earth Sciences that has strong international collaboration.

Qualification requirements

-    M.Sc. degree in geophysics or a related field. 
-    Experience in measuring crustal deformation is an asset.
-    Experience in interpreting and modelling crustal deformation is an asset.
-    The ability to work both independently and in a team.
-    Proficiency in written and spoken English. https://english.hi.is/node/52357

Application process

The project starts no later than in October 2019 and is for three years.

Please include the following in the application: i) 1-2 page motivation letter, which should state interest in the project, expectations for your Ph.D. studies and what makes you qualified for the position, ii) CV and publication list (if any), iii) transcripts from B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies, and a list of courses during graduate studies, iv) Names of two referees  and information on how to contact them.

All applications will be answered, and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months.

Salary will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.

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The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs ca. 360 people in academic positions. The School offers an international working environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently about quarter of all employees and graduate students are international. There are around 2900 students at the School, divided into six faculties, including approximately 350 MS students and 150 doctoral students. Research institutes at the School are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences (http://earthice.hi.is) and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland. The Nordic Volcanological Center is a part of the Institute of Earth Sciences.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.
More information about the University of Iceland can be found at the University of Iceland website, Relocation Service.

Further information

Further inquiries about the positions are welcome, please contact Freysteinn Sigmundsson by e-mail: fs@hi.is.

Application deadline

Application deadline is June 24th 2019

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