Two PhD Positions in Volcano Geodynamics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

We are seeking two excellent Ph.D. students to participate on a project in the Gregg Lab at the University of Illinois to investigate several volcano targets in Alaska. The goal of this work is to use statistical data assimilation to link geodynamic magma chamber models with geophysical observations including GPS, InSAR, and seismicity to assess the stress evolution and eruption potential of Alaskan volcanoes exhibiting unrest. Objectives also include the implementation of finite element modeling approaches on scalable, high-performance computing platforms at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications housed on the University of Illinois campus. This project is part of a broader effort to develop an operational methodology for eruption forecasting using geophysical observations.

 This project is funded by a 5-year National Science Foundation CAREER Award through NSF Geophysics, EarthScope, and PREEVENTS, and is in collaboration with colleagues at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), Michigan State University, and Southern Methodist University. Graduate Research Assistantship funding in the Dept. of Geology at the University of Illinois includes a $25,000 annual stipend, full tuition remission, health insurance, and 4 weeks of time off per year. Funding also includes support for students to travel to Anchorage, Alaska to collaborate with colleagues at AVO. The project will commence September 2018 with a projected graduate student start date of Summer 2019.

More information about the above and other projects can be found at: or by contacting Dr. Patricia Gregg (

Applicants to the graduate program in the Dept. of Geology at the University of Illinois should have a B.S. or M.S. in Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Engineering, or a related field. Completed applications, including transcripts and GRE scores, should be submitted electronically by midnight EST on January 15, 2019 for admission Summer or Fall 2019, at:

Geology and Geophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (
The Department of Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has recently expanded with new hires in the fields of ecology, paleoclimatology, hydrology, thermal chronology, and geodynamics. Given the outstanding computational resources at UIUC, including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications which houses the Blue Waters Supercomputer - the largest academic supercomputer in the U.S., the UIUC Geophysics and Geodynamics Group is committed to becoming a leading center for geodynamics and computational data analysis. Graduate students at UIUC benefit from excellent financial support including departmental endowments for research and travel. In addition to the externally funded project listed above, several departmental fellowships and assistantships are available for students wishing to pursue Ph.D. or M.S. degrees on other topics beginning Fall 2019. Recent graduates from the UIUC Geology Graduate Program have gone on to careers in the petroleum, computer science, and environmental consulting industries as well as postdocs and tenure-track positions at universities including Caltech, U of Oregon, and U of Miami. More information about graduate studies in geology and geophysics at UIUC can be found here.

15 January 2019
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