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Subject: PhD positions in geophysics in Iceland
From: "Erich Kern" efkern@.............
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 17:34:49 -0700

PhD positions in geophysics in Iceland
From: Þóra Árnadóttir 

The Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, is a new research
institute within the University of Iceland that combines the Universitie´s
strengths in the Earth sciences.  Twenty seven professors and senior
researchers at the institute and about twenty other staff work within most
fields of Earth science in a dynamic and collaborative research
environment.  Currently, there are about 10 PhD students at the institute
of five different nationalities and their numbers are rising.  The
Institute of Earth Sciences has three vacant positions for PhD students in
geophysics that are tied to funded projects.  They are:

Structure of the Iceland crust from ambient seismic noise tomography:  The
purpose of the project is to perform tomographic analyses of the Iceland
crust based on seismic wave speed.  The analysis method is novel and is
based on surface waves that are isolated in correlograms of microseismic
noise generated by wave motions on the ocean around Iceland.  The student
needs strength in computer programming and data analysis.  He will gain
experience with data ackquisition, time-series analyses, surface-wave
analyses, inverse theory and the theoretical description of microseismic
noise (Contact Dr. Ólafur Guðmundsson for further details).

Sea-level changes around Iceland:  The objectives of the project are to
assemble all available tide gauge and satellite data, apply appropriate
corrections, and interpret in terms of global sealevel change, crustal
movements, ocean currents and conditions. (Contact Prof. Páll Einarsson
for further details)

High-rate continuous GPS observations in Iceland:
The goal of this project is to introduce a new type of crustal deformation
monitoring in Iceland by continuous GPS measurements with a sampling rate
of 1 second in selected areas. The high sampling rate enables us to study
both dynamic as well as transient and slower rate deformation processes
related to earthquakes, volcanic activity and plate spreading in Iceland.
The project is a collaborative effort between Icelandic scientists and
co-workers in Europe, US and Japan, and includes three other PhD positions
at different universities. The student needs to have a strong background
in  computer programming and data analysis. He will gain experience in GPS
field work,  data analysis, and deformation modelling. Further information
on the project can be found at: or by contacting Dr. Thóra

Applications must include a CV, a copy of university diplomas with grade
information and two references.  Applicants must specify which projects
interest them most and send the application to: Geophysics PHD01,
Institute of Earth Sciences, Askja, Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland.
The application deadline is on the 1st of June, 2006.  Those that are
interested are encouraged to contact Ólafur Guðmundsson (olafurg@.......
Páll Einarsson (palli@.............. or Thóra Árnadóttir (thora1@......
for more information about the projects and other information.



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