Laboratory Studies of Earthquake Physics and Rock Deformation
La Sapienza Università di Roma
We seek a postdoctoral researcher with interests in laboratory based research on earthquake physics, rock deformation or related areas. The successful applicant will have experience with laboratory rock deformation testing, ultrasonic experimentation, and one or more of the following: servo-hydraulic testing machines, high pressure research, acoustics data acquisition and processing, analog electronics, machine learning, nonlinear acoustics, friction, and fracture. Our goal is to hire a colleague who will join and co-lead research activities focused on illuminating the processes that dictate fracture, frictional properties of fractured and faulted rock masses and/or machine learning techniques to identify precursors to, and predict, laboratory earthquakes. We are developing a new lab with unique equipment that includes biaxial and true triaxial testing (high pressure and high temperature) as well as conventional triaxial loading of cylindrical samples. Our interests span friction constitutive laws, laboratory earthquake prediction and machine learning methods to identify failure and image fluid flow in rough, evolving fractures. We encourage applications from researchers with backgrounds in rock deformation, acoustics, and geophysics. Experience in experimental design and execution is required.
Two years of funding are available.
A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required by the date of hire. Applications will be accepted until 15 Jan. 2021 and the potential beginning of the position is set to be April 2021.
A brief description of the ERC funded project can be found here: (TECTONIC: The physics of Earthquake faulting: learning from laboratory earthquake prediCTiON to Improve forecasts of the spectrum of tectoniC failure mode): https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/835012
Marco M. Scuderi, Ph.D.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
Università di Roma La Sapienza
P.le Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
Personal Page: http://www.dst.uniroma1.it/Scuderi