Research Scientist (f_m_x) - Passive Seismology


The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for research into the geosphere. With around 1,650 employees, we develop a sound understanding of systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to counter global change, understand natural hazards and sustainably secure energy and raw material requirements.

For section 2.2 Geophysical Imaging (department “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Research Scientist (f_m_x) - Passive Seismology

Reference Number 9555

We are looking for a candidate to join the international research project MOSMIN on the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismological data based on the registration of ambient seismic noise. The aim of the project is to create geotechnical and environmental monitoring services for mining-related deposits and dumps using a combination of Earth observation data, UAVs, and novel geophysical data and methods. The candidate will acquire seismic data at partner mining sites and use the ambient seismic noise to enable high-resolution structural characterization and monitoring of structures related to mining activities. The role includes the development of acquisition concepts for large temporary seismic networks (e.g. for ambient noise tomography) and working with project partners to integrate derived products (e.g. tomographic models) with different datasets and approaches. This work contributes to the development of integrative monitoring tools to optimize resource use and mitigate environmental risks in mining operations.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop novel, efficient acquisition and evaluation concepts for ambient seismic noise (tomography)
  • Use and improve processing routines and develop new methods to use ambient noise to characterize and monitor the internal structure of mine dumps
  • Participate in the conception, planning and implementation of passive seismic measurements, and seismic field experiments in mining sites
  • Collaborate with project partners to integrate ambient noise data and tools into the project toolset
  • Support the PI in preparing materials for project reports and deliveries
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at meetings and international conferences

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree and PhD in geophysics (preferred), physics, geology or related disciplines
  • Knowledge and experience with passive seismic methods (especially ambient noise and tomography)
  • Good numeracy and programming skills (Python, Matlab, C, C++)
  • Ability, willingness, and interest to travel to project meetings and to participate in and conduct field trials abroad
  • Experience with seismological field work
  • Experience with industry-related projects and with the creation of services and products therein
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Good English language skills
  • Drivers License B

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein Science Park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Workplace within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 31st July 2024. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr. Christian Haberland either via email at or phone +49 (0)331-6264-1810. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.



Franca Buge

Human Resources

0331 288-28787

GFZ - Helmholtz / Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum

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Deadline: 2024-07-31
Location: Germany, Potsdam, Brandenburg
Categories: geology, geophysical sciences , Physics, Scientist, Seismology,


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