Dunn Geophysical Lab

Postdoctoral Research Position Announcement

The Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Hawaii, Manoa invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in the Geophysics and Tectonics division. The successful applicant will be involved in projects focused on the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain and Eastern Lau Spreading Center and will contribute towards the development of new methods, applications and research initiatives, and assist in supervision of graduate or undergraduate students involved in this field of research.

The projects will involve the analysis and interpretation of wide-angle reflection/refraction data. The Hawaii-Emperor program also involves data acquisition aboard the R/V Marcus G. Langseth during a research cruise in the summer of 2019.  The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of geophysicists researching a wide range of interrelated problems in Earth structure and dynamics.

Candidates must have recently acquired a Ph.D. in Seismology and possess strong analytical and computational skills with a background in geophysics, physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, or related fields. Experience in the analysis of active-source seismic data is highly preferred.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year at $62,000 per year ($55,000/yr plus $7000/yr for travel and other expenses), with extension to 2 years expected, pending good progress.

To apply, please prepare a single PDF document containing the following:

• A statement of interest, addressing your research interests and your suitability for this position.
• A current curriculum vitae (CV).
• The names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor).

There is some flexibility in the start date, but the candidate must commence their position sometime between January 2019 and June 2019.

The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send questions and application material to Robert Dunn (dunnr@hawaii.edu)


My group is involved in several areas of marine geophysical research that revolve around studies of mid-ocean ridge, hot spot, and subduction systems.

Study sites include the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Reykjanes Ridge, the Arctic Mohns Ridge, the East Pacific Rise, the Tonga-Lau subduction and back-arc spreading systems, Iceland, and Hawaii.

We are dedicated to developing geophysical techniques to explore these systems, including active-source and passive-source seismic imaging (tomography).

In addition, we are using ocean bottom seismograph recordings to study whale populations and ocean acoustic properties.

Undergraduate Courses
    GG101: Dynamic Earth
    GG304: Physics of the Earth and Planets 
    GG450: Geophysical Methods
    GG399: Directed Reading
    GG499: Undergraduate Thesis 

Graduate Courses
    GG610: Graduate Seminar
    GG611: Introduction to Geology
    GG630: Numerical Modeling
    GG631: Solid, Fluid, & Wave Mechanics
    GG635: Seismology
    GG685: Inverse Theory
    GG699: Directed Research
    GG700: Thesis Research
    GG800: Dissertation Research