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Researcher Job – Statistical Seismology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Jan 2022

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zurich invites applications for a reserach position as scientists in Statistical Seismology, from PhD in Geophysics, Geology, Physics, Engineering, Statistics – Switzerland – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: Research position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
Sonneggstrasse 5
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Sweden

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Qualification Details

You are highly motivated with the folowing requirements:

  1. Experience in the analysis and forecasting of seismicity (natural and/or induced) using statistical, hybrid and physics-based approaches, and/or machine learning methods.
  2. Experience in uncertainty quantification, ensemble modelling and real-time performance evaluation.
  3. PhD in Geophysics, Geology, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, or equivalent,
  4. Proven track record of excellence and innovation in a relevant domain of seismological research, and the interest to work in a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment.
  5. Proficiency in written and spoken English, experience in project management, supervision etc, is considered as a plus.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will join a multi-disciplinary team to develop and test innovative seismicity forecasting models and data-driven, real time risk assessment and risk mitigation approaches. The position is initially funded for three years, with the possibility of extension, part-time employment can be considered if justified. You will work in a highly collaborative team with close links to academic and industry partners and will have the opportunity to participate in student supervision, teaching and proposal writing. The position can be filled at a junior (post-doc) or a senior researcher (oberassistant) level.

The working language is English. At the Department of Earth Sciences, we are committed to promoting flexible and family-friendly working models, and a healthy work-life balance is important to us. ETH Zurich supports a policy for diversity and inclusion, and we especially encourage qualified female candidates to apply. The work will be conducted at SED under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Pio Rinaldi and Prof. Stefan Wiemer.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

We look forward to receiving your online application by Jan. 31st 2022, including the following documents:

  • Cover letter that describes your motivation, research interest and research experience, relevant for the position(s) for which you are applying
  • Full CV, including list of publications
  • Diplomas
  • Contact details of at least two referees

A first round of online interviews will take place in February 2022. The position is available for starting as soon as possible, but the starting date is flexible. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

About the project/ background

The Chair of Seismology that directs the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich (SED, is offering a postdoc position in Statistical Seismology. We look for excellent scientists that will join ongoing interdisciplinary teams and research efforts, passionate about improving the understanding of induced earthquakes. In the context of the EC funded projects DEEP ( and RISE ( we want to develop advanced Operational Earthquake Forecasting models for both natural and induced seismicity.

Project background

The project DEEP (Innovation for De-Risking Enhanced Geothermal Energy Projects) brings together a distinguished and interdisciplinary team of scientists and practitioners from around the world committed to provide answers to the challenges related to induced seismicity and convincingly present more reliable procedures to assess and reduce the seismic risk. DEEP carries out an ambitious work program that builds on national efforts, bringing ongoing and planned, but currently fragmented initiatives together into a coherent international effort towards the ultimate goal of de-risking future geothermal projects worldwide.

The project RISE (Real-time earthquake risk reduction for a resilient Europe) aims at developing tools and measures to reduce future human and economic losses. RISE adopts an integrative, comprehensive view of risk reduction targeting the different stages of risk management. RISE assesses risk dynamically, taking into account varying time scales, locations, and contexts. Improved technological capabilities are applied to combine and link all relevant information to improve scientific understanding and inform societies.

About the Employer: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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Contact details

Further information about the Swiss Seismological Service can be found on our website

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Antonio Pio Rinaldi ( or Prof. Stefan Wiemer ( (no applications).

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