Structure and physical properties of the subduction plate boundary

PhD position in: Structure and physical properties of the subduction plate boundary

Main host institution:Barcelona-CSI,CSIC

Secondement Institutions:CSIC/REPSOL/ENS/NOA/CAU

The Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging (CSI) from CSIC seeks to appoint a PhD candidate in seismic imaging at subduction zones.

The successful applicant will join the Barcelona CSI ( and work in a multidisciplinary environment in close collaboration wih Prof. C.R. Ranero and Dr.V.Sallares.

During his PhD, the candidate will collaborate with academic and industry partners within the framework of the ZIP ITN.


The PhD will take place within the umbrella of a large international, interdisciplinary effort to study the Hellenic subduction system (Greece). The PhD will combine new multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection and wide-angle seismic (WAS) marine data collected across areas where large historical earthquakes have occurred and the region is actively deforming. The main purpose of the work will be to provide information on the geometry and the physical seismological nature of the inter-plate boundary of the seismogenic zone, which jointly influence the degree of plate coupling across these regions, the occurrence of mega-thrust earthquakes and the deformation pattern of the overriding plate. The PhD candidate will be trained on analysis and processing of MCS data and on the tomographic modelling of WAS data in combination with gravity modeling. The candidate will be integrated in a ~30 people group collaborating with PhD and postdocs working with similar methodologies and on related science topics. The Barcelona-CSI hosts commercial and in-house software, and a High Performance Computing facility needed to carry out this project. Candidates must hold an MSc in Earth Sciences, Physics or a related discipline.

Experience in programming languages such as Fortran or C++ and Linux OS is advantageous.

The Barcelona CSI is situated at the Marine Science institute ( in the marina area of Barcelona, minutes away from the center of town.

For further information, please contact Prof. Cesar R. Ranero ( or Dr. Valentí Sallares (

Starting date is expected between January and May 2014.

Deadline for application is 13th November 2013.