Ph.D. student in Earthquake Engineering at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland

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    University of Iceland Human Resource division
    Environmental scienceEarth science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    13/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
    Iceland › Reykjavík
    40 hours per week

A full time Ph.D. position at the University of Iceland is open for applications. We are seeking an ambitious and hard-working graduate student to carry out original research on topics within the fields of seismic hazard assessment, earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.  The work will be carried out at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland. The doctoral candidate will work closely alongside a post-doctoral associate within a research project that has received funding from the Icelandic Centre for Research during 2019-2022.


Project description

The doctoral candidate will work on original research in the scope of the 3-year research project that focuses on different aspects of seismic hazard assessment in Iceland. In particular, the reliability of earthquake hazard assessment, improved models, uncertainties and sensitivities. Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA) for Iceland will be investigated in terms of its sensitivity to its key inputs that generally contain large uncertainties. These uncertainties can be identified in all the inputs of PSHA, including characteristics of the seismic sources, seismicity parameters and selection of ground motion models, and can significantly affect the hazard results.

The doctoral candidate will work closely alongside a post-doctoral candidate on the project, and will become a part of an international multidisciplinary research team of experts at the University of Iceland, Iceland; Reykjavík University, Iceland; Icelandic Meteorological Office, Iceland; German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany; University of Memphis, USA; Virginia Tech, USA; University of Patras, Greece; Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway; and King Abdullah University of science and technology, Saudi Arabia.

The principal investigator of this project is Dr. Benedikt Halldórsson, Research Professor at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland, and Director of research at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland. Dr. Benedikt Halldórsson will be the principal academic advisor of the doctoral student, and colleagues from the above team will form the doctoral committee. The candidate will thus become a part of a dynamic and active research team, particularly postdocs and newly graduated doctoral students, that are actively participating in other research projects, both domestic and European H2020 projects.


Qualification Requirements

  • Masters degree in civil engineering or geophysics, in particular focusing on earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, soil dynamics, structural dynamics or seismology.
  • Proficiency in computer programming.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good cooperative and social skills
  • Independence and ability to work in a team.
  • Experience in research on seismic hazard analysis and/or ground motion modelling is an asset.


Application deadline is May 13th 2019.

Work on the project should start in late August 2019, or according to further agreement.

Please apply through the University of Iceland website, vacancies.

For further information, please contact Dr. Benedikt Halldórsson (skykkur@hi.is).

Please include the following in the application:

  • Letter of intent, which states your interest in the project, expectations for your Ph.D. studies, career goals, and what makes you qualified for the position (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae and publication list (if any)
  • Confirmed course transcripts from B.S. and M.S. studies, and other relevant courses, with grades
  • Confirmed copies of academic degrees (B.S. and M.S. diplomas, or equivalent, or a letter from supervisor stating the date of planned M.S. defense).
  • Two recommendation letters and contact information (position, institute, address, email and phone number, along with stated relationship between applicant and referee).
  • Applicants may also provide their theses (M.S., and B.S., if applicable) and publications as a PDF files


When a decision has been made, the successful candidate will formally apply for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and fulfill the requirements for registration.

All applications will be answered and applicants will be notified of the employment decision when a decision has been made. Applications will be valid for six months from the end of the application deadline.

Salary will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.

Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.

The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences employs ca. 360 people in academic positions. The School offers an international working environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently about quarter of all employees and graduate students are international. There are around 2900 students at the School, divided into six faculties, including approximately 350 MS students and 150 doctoral students. Research institutes at the School are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

More information about the University of Iceland can be found at the University of Iceland website, Relocation Service.

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