Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Subduction Zone Science, Earth and Space Science

Seattle, Washington State
Sep 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019
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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences ( at the University of Washington seeks to hire up to three postdoctoral researchers as part of a new initiative in subduction zone science. These positions are fully funded for up to two years (the initial appointment being 12 months with the opportunity for extension), and candidates interested in all aspects of subduction zone geophysics and geology are encouraged to apply. Research topics of special immediate interest include (1) geodynamic modeling of the subduction process (including mantle convection and plate boundary processes), (2) rock physics and geophysical imaging of plate boundary fault zones, (3) structure and stress conditions in the shallow megathrust, and (4) seismology and seismic structure of Cascadia from the volcanic arc to offshore. Specific research topics remain flexible and depend on the interests and expertise of the postdoctoral researcher as well as those of the faculty supervisors.

The postdoctoral hires will join a large and vibrant group at UW of faculty, research staff, and graduate students and  across several departments who are engaged in integrated research on subduction zone geosystems from offshore plate boundary zones to volcanic arcs. New postdocs will also have access to the UW-hosted Pacific Northwest Seismic Network ( and the wealth of data and expertise it holds.

For further details and how to apply, see For questions about these positions, please contact Professors Mark Richards ( and/or Harold Tobin ( by email. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.