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The Institute of Geophysics (FB11) at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill a position for a

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E13, 100%)

for the DFG funded Project "LASSIE - Lower mAntle Structures with unusual SeismIc phasEs ". We are offering a fixed-term, full-time position for 2 years and 8 months from 1 January 2023 until 31 August 2025.

Your tasks:
The successful candidate will be required to investigate the lower Earth's mantle with seismic array methods and numerical modelling while including mineral physics constraints into the models in order to understand their effect on seismic waves. The candidate will work closely with other group members in this project to detect and characterise seismic reflectors below the mantle transition zone, their connection to mantle mineralogy and mantle dynamics.

Our expectations:
The successful candidate will have a PhD in geophysics, specialising in seismology, completed before the position commences. Furthermore, the successful candidate will have a MSc in physics or geophysics with a strong background in physics and theoretical geophysics, preferably with expertise in seismic modelling. Strong knowledge of numerical programming and modelling of seismic wave propagation, of the theory of elastic wave propagation, and of the analysis of seismic data is required. Furthermore, strong knowledge of mineral physics and geodynamics of the Earth's mantle is essential. Fluency (written and oral) in the English language is essential. German language skills are not a prerequisite for the position but are desirable. We expect the candidate to be motivated with the ability to work independently, possess good teamwork skills and good presentation skills.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or ideology, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating familyfriendly working conditions and offer part-time options for most positions.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

Please submit your application either by e-mail (as a single PDF file) or post together with the usual documents by 15 August 2022 to the following address:

Prof. Dr. Christine Thomas
c/o Lia Heinhold
Institut für Geophysik
Corrensstr. 24
48149 Münster

Applications should include a short statement of the candidate’s research experience and interests, a CV including a list of publications, and relevant academic transcripts.