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PostDoc Position: Advanced Simulation of Coupled Earthquake & Tsunami Events

25. Sep 2014

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geophysics Section, Seismology Group) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, is seeking applications from enthusiastic young researchers for a postdoctoral fellowship in computational seismology.  
The successful candidate will utilize and enhance SeisSol (seissol.geophysik.uni-muenchen.de), a software package for wave propagation and rupture dynamics simulation using an arbitrary high-order derivative discontinuous Galerkin (ADER-DG) discretization. SeisSol recently reached performance beyond the “magical” one petaflop/s mark and is a Gordon Bell prize finalist application this year.
The project objectives are to conduct realistic tsunamigenic earthquake scenario simulations to investigate the impact of earthquake source dynamics on tsunami generation and propagation. To this end the incorporation of realistic 3D subduction zone geometries, methodological optimization and extension of SeisSol as well as validation case studies will be conducted. A strong interest in numerical methods, seismic wave and tsunami propagation and motivation to work in a high-performance computing context are required. Previous experience in aforementioned fields is highly advantageous.
The position is part of the international, interdisciplinary project ASCETE-II (www.ascete.de) aiming to utilize an integrative simulation environment based on extremely efficient algorithmic concepts from computer science to understand under which conditions devastating tsunamis are generated. Interaction and collaboration with the project partners at the Technical University Munich, ETH Zurich and the University of Hamburg are a crucial part of the project.
The Geophysics section offers excellent working conditions and hosts several strongly numerical based projects. The Department has a powerful Linux-cluster and access to local supercomputer facilities (www.lrz-muenchen.de). The position is fully funded for 3 years, with the possibility of extension. We expect the candidate to start early 2015.


  • PhD in Earth sciences, physics, mathematics, computer science or related fields
  • Expertise in seismology or wave propagation phenomena, numerical modeling, high- performance computing, programming (e.g. Python, Fortran, MPI), 3D CAD and mesh generation (e.g. GoCAD, Cubit, …) is beneficial
  • Interest in earthquake source and tsunami processes
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Motivation to work independently in an international and interdisciplinary team
    Review of applications will start immediately and close on October 31, 2014, with the possibility of extension until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a CV, a statement of research interests (one page) and two reference letters or the contact details of two referees to:

    Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel

    E-mail: gabriel@geophysik.lmu.de

    LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer. The University intends to enhance the diversity of its faculty members, and therefore strongly encourages applications from female candidates. Furthermore, disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.
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