The British Geophysical Association

I’m a Geoscientist, get me out of here!

I’m a geoscientist! is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with geoscientists. It’s a free game-show-style competition between geoscientists, where the students are the judges.

Students challenge the geoscientists over fast-paced online test-based live chats. They ask the geoscientists all the questions they want, and vote for their favourite geoscientist to win €500 to communicate their work with the public.

I’m a Geoscientist is funded by the European Geosciences Union (EGU). All geoscientist members of the EGU can take part, as well as all teachers who have participated in EGU’s Geoscience Information For Teachers (GIFT) workshops.

The next I’m a Geoscientist zone will run from 9-20 March 2015.

If you are a geoscientist and you want to enthuse the next generation, why not apply. Fill in the online form for a chance to answer some amazing questions, as well as be in the running for €500!

PhD opportunities @UoDurham

The Earth Sciences department of Durham University, UK invites applications for >30 PhD projects across all Earth Science disciplines. Please see here for a list of detailed project descriptions. Funding for several studentships are available through a competitive process from:

Durham Doctoral Studentship Awards (full awards open to outstanding candidates from the UK, EU and overseas, application deadline: Thursday, 15th January, 2015),
– NERC Oil/Gas CDT (full awards open to UK and EU residents, application deadline: Saturday 31st January 2015),
– NERC IAPETUS DTP (full awards open to UK residents, application deadline: Monday, 2nd February 2015).

Applications need to be submitted via our online application form. For more information, see

RAS Meeting: ‘Tectonics from Above’ @Burlington House

There will be an RAS Discussion Meeting on ‘Tectonics from Above: Recent Advances in the Use of High-resolution Topography and Imagery’ at Burlington House on Friday 13th March 2015. The topics to be covered at the meeting are outlined below.

Invited speakers include:

Jean-Philippe Avouac (University of Cambridge)
Thomas Fritz (German Aerospace Centre)
Yann Klinger (Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris)
Sebastien Leprince (Caltech)
Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines)

The afternoon session will focus on tectonic applications of high-resolution topography and imagery. We invite anyone wishing to give a talk in this session to email a title and a short abstract outlining the contents of the talk and by the 9th February 2015. There will also be a poster session duing the lunch break; anyone wishing to present a poster should email details in the same way.

Apologies for any cross-posting

Tectonics from Above: Recent Advances in the Use of High-resolution Topography and Imagery.

Topography is one of the most important geophysical observations that can be made at the Earth’s surface, but often one that is taken for granted. Recent advances in topographic measurements have significantly improved the spatial resolutions now available to earth scientists; from the 90 m resolution SRTM global DEM widely used now, through the 12 m resolution WorldDEM about to be completed (using data recorded by the TanDEM-X radar mission), to the 1 m DEMs that may be obtained through LiDAR and space/aerial stereo-photogrammetric measurements. Future use of drone technology offers the potential of even higher resolution DEMs from both LiDAR and multi-stereo optical images.

Combining the new high-resolution topography with high-resolution imagery allows the Earth’s surface to be explored in a virtual environment. For example, subtle geomorphic features preserved in the landscape can enable us to determine the slip that occurred in recent and past earthquakes. In addition, three-dimensional analysis of high-resolution topographic and optical imagery can significantly enhance the impact and efficiency of geological field measurements; geological dating of geomorphic features is essential in quantifying how faults evolve through time. Furthermore, comparison of pre- and post-earthquake datasets now allows the retrieval of the full 3D deformation field produced by earthquakes (including post-seismic deformation occurring after the earthquake).

The aims of the meeting are two-fold. First, to expose to a wider audience the new data sets (e.g. Tandem-X, LiDAR, Pleiades imagery), and the new methods for generating and analysing these data sets (e.g. photogrammetric DEM extraction, point cloud manipulation), that are currently available for measuring continental topography and surface displacements. Second, to provide a forum for the discussion of new tectonic applications of high-resolution topography and imagery.

Organisers: Richard Walker (Oxford), Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines), James Hollingsworth (Arup) and Barry Parsons (Oxford)

Postgrad/PhD opportunity – Peat Bog Geophysicist @ UoSwansea

Dear all,

With apologies for the short notice (please note the application deadline of 12th January 2015), we have two fully funded integrated peat bog environmental reconstruction / geophysics projects available at Swansea University, UK:

under the umbrella of a project called ‘An interdisciplinary assessment of human and climatic impacts on Holocene peat bogs in SW Wales’.

The website has a lot of details on the projects and the application process. Please contact Dr. Bernd Kulessa ( and/or Prof. Siwan Davies ( for any further information.

If possible, please forward this message to any suitable candidates you may be aware of.

Best wishes,


JOB – Earthquake Seismologist @BGS

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is one of the world’s leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes.  BGS has a long track record of studies of seismic hazard around the world and is recognised internationally as an authority on seismic hazard methodology and associated software development, and has pioneered developments in stochastic modelling (Monte Carlo simulation) for probabilistic seismic hazard, and the use of source model validation techniques.

We are seeking an innovative and dynamic scientist with good mathematical skills to join our Earthquake Seismology Team and pursue a programme of research in seismic hazard. Areas of interest include the development of methods for probabilistic seismic hazard, modelling strong ground motions, statistical seismology, modelling stress transfer between faults and induced seismicity. You will also play a key role in commercial seismic hazard work for engineering projects, the insurance sector and government, and support the Team’s wider research interests in earthquake seismology. The varied nature of the work will include opportunities to present that work at international conferences and exhibitions and deal with the media.

You should have a PhD in physical/mathematical sciences or engineering with a record of research in seismic hazard or a related area. You should also have good general understanding of earthquake seismology. You should possess good programming skills, with competence in at least one programming language. In addition, you must possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written, ideally with a proven record of publishing your research and the ability to present it to an expert audience. The post involves team working, therefore you should be able to work effectively with others and have good time management skills.

Depending on qualifications and experience, starting salary for the role will be £26,715 per annum to £37,875 per annum (pay award pending).  For a salary above £31,330 per annum you would need to have research experience in seismic hazard/ground motion modelling, practical experience of seismic hazard assessment and able to develop and lead new work in your particular field of expertise.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks.  A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

This is advertised as a full time post but we will consider applications from those who require more flexible arrangements.

If you are interested in this role and want to be responsible for solving complex scientific and business problems under own initiative, being exposed to wide range of technologies and have the opportunity to contribute to scientific output of organisation together with the possibility of representing the organisation at international scientific conferences then please visit RCUK Shared Services Centre job board at and submit your up-to-date C.V. and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement.   Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, Please quote reference number IRC175033.
Closing date for receipt of application forms is 25 January 2015.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.  The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organization and has achieved Bronze status for Athena Swan – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women’s employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.   There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

This message (and any attachments) is for the recipient only. NERC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the contents of this email and any reply you make may be disclosed by NERC unless it is exempt from release under the Act. Any material supplied to NERC may be stored in an electronic records management system.

Upcoming meeting!

BGA NAG2015:

The Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary



Register here.


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