Research Associate, Induced Seismicity

Bristol (City Centre), United Kingdom
£33,797-£35,211 per annum
Nov 01, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 22, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Division/School School of Earth Sciences
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,797-£35,211 per annum
Closing date for applications 22-Nov-2019

The School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol (UK) is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral research associate for a term of up to 2 years. This position will contribute to research in the geophysics group in the field of induced seismicity associated with shale gas exploration in the UK, Canada and elsewhere. The position is linked to two complementary projects with the overall goals of monitoring and multi-hazard risk modelling of shale gas exploration. The main aim of the Bristol-based position within this interdisciplinary team is to conduct research in the monitoring, characterisation or modelling of hydraulic-fracturing induced seismicity, and/or its associated hazards and risks. Funding for the role is currently available for up to two years.

We seek an outstanding candidate with interests in any related subfield, including observational source 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.

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 January 2020, or soon thereafter.

Please contact Dr Max Werner (, +44 117 331 5014) if you have any questions regarding the role. 

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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