Research Associate in Volcano Geophysics

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The role

The position will contribute to research within the Volcanology and Geophysics Groups at the University of Bristol and is linked to the NSFGEO-NERC Collaborative Research: “Linking geophysics and volcanic gas measurements to constrain the transcrustal magmatic system at the Altiplano-Puna deformation anomaly.”

The Research Associate will be working with partner institutions in the UK, USA  and Bolivia to deliver a broad-scale, multi-disciplinary research project related to understanding of magmatic and volcanic processes and their link to large-scale ground deformation.

The RA’s task within this project will be to contribute to geophysical data collection, data processing, modelling and interpretation.  The RA will primarily work with geodetic data (GNSS and gravity) in conjunction with other geophysical, geological and geochemical observations to provide a holistic interpretation of the magmatic and hydrothermal processes occurring at the volcano and enable an analysis of sources of long-term volcanic deformation. There is the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary field trip to the Bolivian Andes in the autumn of 2022 to collect GPS and microgravity data.

The RA will join the Geophysics and Volcanology research groups and may be involved in the support and supervision of more junior members of the research group (for example, graduate or undergraduate students on related projects), and will have the opportunity to contribute to wider teaching in the School.

What will you be doing?

  • Contribute effectively to the NSFGEO-NERC Collaborative Research project under the guidance of the academic Principal Investigator by collecting, processing and interpreting geodetic data from Uturuncu volcano.
  • Integrate results from other investigations in the projects to develop an interpretation of the magmatic and hydrothermal processes at the target volcano.
  • Apply and develop geodetic models using numerical methods.
  • Make use of standard research techniques and methods to develop and support the research project, as well as conduct literature and database searches.
  • Use their initiative and creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes.
  • Write up results from their own research activity and contribute to the research project’s dissemination and publication via research papers, conference posters and presentations.
  • Ensure appropriate digital archiving of all data and supporting information.
  • Ensure that personal knowledge and skills developed in the field of geodetic processing and modelling are kept up to date.
  • Participate in activities to achieve engagement with research and/or impact beyond academia.

You should apply if

  • completed a PhD in Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Geology or related fields,
  • demonstrated ability in scientific writing and presentation,
  • a strong track record of scientific productivity, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team across multiple institutions,
  • experience in scientific programming (e.g., using Fortran, C, Matlab, Python),
  • experience in geodetic data modelling using numerical techniques,
  • experience interpreting geophysical data for volcanic and magmatic processes,
  • experience carrying out geophysical fieldwork in low- and middle-income countries and in challenging conditions of remote and high-altitude environments.

Additional information

For informal queries, contact details: Jo Gottsmann (

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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