Postdoc position in Earthquake Mechanics at McGill

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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher Earthquake Mechanics
Location: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Salary: 2-year fixed-term position, $50,000 per year plus benefits. Maximum relocation allowance of $2,500.
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Keywords: induced seismicity, friction, poroelasticity, earthquake nucleation, laboratory rock mechanics, numerical modeling.

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences takes an active role in building talented, inclusive and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should share this commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and of engagement that creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from all genders, Indigenous persons, people with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other groups which are currently underrepresented within the Earth Science community.

Position description: The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists to improve understanding of the causes and controls on induced earthquakes to assist industry regulators to build proactive hazard mitigation strategies. Responsibilities will include experimental characterization of frictional and poroelastic properties of reservoir rocks from northern British Columbia and fault stability analysis through numerical modeling based on the experimental results. Experiments will be conducted in collaboration with the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Required education, experience and skills: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in geomechanics, fault mechanics, earthquake seismology, or a related subject. Candidates should have strong mathematical/numerical skills. Experience with laboratory measurements of rock physical properties or frictional behaviour is preferred.

How to apply: Applications must include:

  • a cover letter outlining the candidate’s academic qualifications and professional experiences, motivation, and how they will bring value to project goals;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • copies of the diplomas/university certificates; and
  • two letters of recommendation that support the candidate’s application.

For full consideration, please submit your application electronically in PDF format by email to Review of applications will begin on July 31st, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the fellowship is October 1st, 2020 (negotiable).

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