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Ring laser measurements for geodesy and geophysics: stable operation, observations of broadband seismic signals and Earth’s rotation

16. Oct 2019

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geophysics Section, Seismology Group) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany, is seeking applications from enthusiastic young researchers for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. project in the field of ring laser observations applied to seismology and geodesy.

The Geophysical Observatory in Fürstenfeldbruck (20km outside of Munich) hosts the unique 4-component ring laser ROMY that is capable of measuring the complete vector of Earth’s rotation as well as the rotational ground motion induced for example by earthquakes or the oceans with unprecedented accuracy (for more information see www.romy-erc.eu, or Hand: Lord of the rings, Science, 21 April 2017). The project has strong interdisciplinary aspects as it involves aspects of ring laser technology and operational procedures, laser optics and electronics, time series (spectral) analysis, theory and analysis of seismic wave propagation, and Earth’s rotation. The project has substantial experimental nature in the sense that part of the tasks involve working with the ROMY ring laser hardware and the data acquisition system on a regular basis with the goal to stabilize observational quality. The acquisition and analysis tools are based on Python scripts (making use of ObsPy - www.obspy.org).

The successful applicant will be happy to work mainly at the Geophysical Observatory  Fürstenfeldbruck in a pittoresque setting. We invite applications from students with (preferably) experience in experimental physics (possibly optics/electronics), a strong interest in laser physics, a solid background in fundamental physics and mathematics, and a willingness to work on ring laser data analysis and seismological/geodetic applications. The student will benefit from ongoing projects in the field of rotational and computational seismology, earthquake engineering, and ring laser physics. The project will be co-supervised by the satellite geodesy group of the Technical University Munich and the Fundamentalstation Wettzell, that hosts the G-ring laser. The Department has a powerful Linux-cluster and access to local supercomputer facilities (www.lrz.de).

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. Please send a complete application with CV, a statement of research interests in response to the scope of the project (one page), names of two references, preferably in PDF format to: Prof. Dr. Heiner Igel (e-mail: heiner.igel@lmu.de).
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by Heiner Igel last modified 14. Nov 2019 14:27
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