The Chair of Hydrogeomechanik at the Faculty of Geosciences is looking for a 

Postdoctoral Researcher (m,f,x) to study deformation in the Lower Rhine Embayment using DAS, seismic, and GNSS datafor, until 30.09.2026 (End of project) , 39,83 hours per week, TVL E13

The Earthquake Processes working group is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to work on research related to studying seismic and aseismic deformation in the Lower Rhine Embayment (LRE) as part of a collaborative project with the Fraunhofer IEG and RWE. The ideal candidate will conduct research related to imaging seismic velocity structure using seismic and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) time series data, GNSS data, and to estimating the source properties of small earthquakes, including the distribution of seismicity through enhanced catalog building. The successful candidate should have proficient computational skills and experience in analyzing seismic ground motion data. Experience using DAS data is a plus. During the appointment, the candidate will have the opportunity to present their results at scientific conferences and to publish their results in peer-reviewed academic journals. In addition, they will have the opportunity to develop a professional network with industrial partners and grow professionally from interactions within the larger working group.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  •  Investigate and quantify the level of (a)seismic deformation in the LRE by integrating ground motion data, strain rate data from DAS measurements, and GNSS time series data
  • Image shallow geological structure based on group velocity measurements and monitoring of velocity changes with noise-based seismology
  • Enhance the existing seismicity catalog and estimate earthquake source parameters
  • Quantify the propensity of remote dynamic triggering for the LRE region
  • Conduct individually led research in the fields indicated above, and disseminate scientific results through peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and seminars

Required Qualifications:

  • The scientific and technical qualifications to perform the above duties would require a PhD in seismology or a related field, programming knowledge in Python or Julia, and experience in seismic data and time-series analysis. The successful candidate will also have proficient written and verbal communication skills in scientific English, and will be expected to collaborate with international scientific partners on scientific objectives and field logistics.

Desired Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate should be willing to work in a collaborative, collegial environment that includes cooperation with researchers within the institute, other researchers within Germany, as well as international partners, and be willing to develop and implement novel research approaches.

Our offerings:

  • challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • a collegial, collaborative working environment
  • support in balancing family and career (e.g. university childcare arrangements during school vacations, mobile nursery equipment)
  • team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international, and appreciative team
  • a varied sports program with over 80 sports and the university's own gym

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Agnes Otto, Phone: +49234 32 28521

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 2602 until 11.12.2023, send by e-mail to the following address:

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