Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Seismology

Development of strategies for autonomous robotic seismic near surface imaging on planetary objects

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geophysics Section) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany, is seeking applications from enthusiastic young researchers for a 3-year postdoctoral position funded by the German Research Foundation. The project entitled “Near-Surface Seismic Exploration of Planetary Bodies with Adaptive Networks joins research groups from LMU, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the Technical University Munich and aims at developing concepts for mobile and autonomous seismic sensor arrays for planetary exploration and test them on Earth. The advertised postdoctoral position concerns the seismological part of the project. The aim is to use high-end wavefield simulation strategies to develop realistic scenarios for near surface exploration in strongly scattering media (Moon). This involves the use of interferometric methods for seismic imaging as well as the application of optimal design strategies for seismic experiments. The use of wavefield gradient observations (strain, rotations) shall also be explored. Towards the end of the project, the concepts shall be tested in a volcanic environment. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Earth or related sciences. Ideally the candidate has experience with one of the current wavefield simulation codes (e.g., specfem, seissol, salvus, sw4, or else) and preferably some experience with interferometric methods. The Department has a powerful Linux-cluster (partly equipped with gpus) and access to local supercomputer facilities ( More information can be found at Complete applications must include a statement of research interests (one page), CV, publication list, and names and addresses of at least two referees. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2023. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to: Prof. Dr. Heiner Igel, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Theresienstrasse 41, 80333 Munich, Germany, e-mail: