We perch so thin and fragile here upon the land
And the earth that moves beneath us, we don't understand
(Justin Sullivan)

We are a relatively new, growing and very international group. We work on various interesting aspects of seismology such as seismic wave propagation and Earth imaging using numerical techniques at scales from the crust to the core. We actively collaborate with other groups and projects worldwide, and engage with outreach. Our software codes (e.g. AxiSEM) run on large supercomputers, are freely available and used in the geophysical community.

AxiSEM wavefield

************** NEWS (OCTOBER 2016) *************

We currently do not have any PhD positions in seismology to offer. You may however consider the NERC-funded Doctoral Training Programme in Environmental Research for fully funded 4-year PhD studentships. Note that this scheme unfortunately has restrictions on nationality (and is only opened to UK and EU-based students). Application deadline: January 2017, for a start in October 2017.

To get an idea of possible projects, click here or consult our research areas. We welcome interest from graduates in geophysics, quantitative Earth sciences, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering. You will have to apply via the general Oxford graduate admissions process, and provide a CV, names of at least two referees and a statement of research interests. Please contact Tarje Nissen-Meyer and Karin Sigloch as soon as possible.

We are also interested in and offer diverse projects for postdocs, but funding for those is currently not available (although this may change until 2016). Please get in touch with us to discuss alternate funding opportunities. Please also note that we generally do not offer summer internships.

Seismology may seem as a niche discipline in the grand scheme of steering your life's professional trajectory. However, the skills acquired and the fields to which our science can be applied could hardly be more diverse and rewarding. Our graduates not only have strong standings in academia, but skills such as critical and independent thinking, physical problem-solving, numerical methods and parallel computing, dealing with Huge Data and signal processing, the interplay of data and modeling, optimization and imaging techniques, a truly global and opened collegiate research community with a strong leaning towards open and free access to its products, multi-disciplinary interpretation and communication of scientific model results to non-experts (which is frequently the case in the Earth sciences) are beneficial for many and unexpected corners of modern society.

So, please sit back and relax, enjoy the surf, and do not hesitate to get in touch if so desired.