Website University of Toronto
Earth Sciences Department
The earthquake physics group at the University of Toronto is accepting application of MSc and PhD students to start in the Fall of 2019. Our primary research is on earthquake source processes and fault rupture dynamics, with ongoing work focusing on induced seismicity, i.e. earthquakes with an anthropogenic origin such as hydrocarbon and geothermal energy production. We dissect the underlying physics of induced earthquakes through seismic data analysis, numerical modeling and laboratory experiments. Potential student projects include but are not limited to: characterizing the role of injection and frictional parameters in earthquake triggering; modeling the geological structures of the reservoir and triggered ground motions; quantifying the effect of different possible triggering mechanisms on induced seismicity; characterizing the interplay of seismic and aseismic slip in long-term earthquake cycles.
We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic students with earth science, physics, or engineering background, who are interested in earthquake physics and are willing to learn different research approaches in seismology and rock mechanics. Applicants with strong quantitative background and experience in computational programming will be given preference. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Semechah Lui (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a current CV, academic transcript and a short description on research experience and interests.
The University of Toronto ranks #1 in Canada and #20 globally in the most recent U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the world’s best universities. For more information on the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Toronto, please visit https://www.es.utoronto.ca. Admission requirements and other information about applying can be found here: https://www.es.utoronto.ca/programs/graduate/.
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