Research Associate - Geophysics group

University of Bristol

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United Kingdom

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Full time


£32,548 - 36,613 per annum

24 Aug 2018
23 Sep 2018

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Reference number: BRI-ACAD103512

The University of Bristol’s Geophysics group is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) to conduct research in the field of induced seismicity associated with shale gas exploration in the UK and elsewhere. This position is supported by two linked projects funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with the overall goal of environmental monitoring and multi-hazard risk modelling of shale gas exploration. Funding for this role is currently available for two years. The main aim of the Bristol-based position within this interdisciplinary team is to conduct research in the monitoring, characterisation or modelling of human-induced seismicity, and/or its associated hazards and risks.

We seek an outstanding candidate with interests in any related subfield, including observational earthquake seismology, statistical seismology, (geo-) mechanical modelling, or seismic hazard and risk assessment. The candidate will have access to public and unique industry data sets from the UK and elsewhere, and the scientific data to be collected by the new UK Geoenergy Observation System (UKGEOS,, a world-class £31 million subsurface-energy research centre. The post-holder will be working with Dr. Max Werner and Professor Mike Kendall in the School of Earth Sciences.

The School of Earth Sciences hosts one of the largest Geophysics groups in the UK, which works on topics ranging from the Earth’s core to ice sheets. The Group is also a growing research hub for microseismics and induced seismicity associated with subsurface energy activities, leading or participating in multiple UK and international projects. The Group has strong strategic links with the British Geological Survey, and works closely with Bristol’s Earthquake Engineering Group and the Cabot Institute, the University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institute. The School of Earth Sciences was rated 2nd in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), and is globally ranked in the top 20 (QS rankings 2014-18).

Applicants require a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in seismology, geophysics, civil engineering, statistics, mathematics or physics. Prior research experience in induced seismicity is desirable, but not required. A proven track record of high-quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals is required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to present the research at international conferences and mentor postgraduate researchers.

The ideal start date for this position is 1 October 2018, or soon thereafter.

Informal enquires are welcome and can be directed to Dr. Max Werner ( or Prof. Mike Kendall (

The School of Earth Science is committed to equal opportunities, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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