Research opportunities, geosciences - Prague, Czech Republic

The Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, seeks postdoctoral to mid-career researchers across a broad spectrum of geoscience fields, including palaeoclimatology.


International applicants as well as Czech citizens are invited to apply. The primary criteria in selecting the successful candidates will be scientific merit and the way in which they would contribute to the future development of the Institute and its teams.

Applicants with current commitments, who are interested in joining us later, are encouraged to also communicate with the Institute.

Initial employment will be offered for a fixed term (two years), with expected continuation of employment after successful evaluation.


The Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague is seeking outstanding researchers to fill up to four full-time research positions at postdoctoral to mid-career level.

The fields of research are broadly defined across the full range of geophysical and geological sciences, as we invite individuals who will not only integrate into existing teams, but will also develop new research areas of high scientific merit.

The successful candidates will have good communication skills in English (command of Czech is welcome but not necessary) and will present and publish research results at the international level.

We seek candidates who are motivated to develop an innovative research program, and who have the vision and skills to build and lead a research team. In addition to academic experience, relevant industry experience and ability to attract industry partners is an advantage in some fields of research.

Key research fields considered

- Seismotectonics: Analysis and modelling of seismic response to active tectonic processes; analysis of global seismic databases; volcano-seismology; correlation with ground deformation signals (e.g. InSAR).

- Numerical modelling in seismology: Forward and inverse modelling of seismic wave propagation in 3D laterally inhomogeneous media; numerical modeling of complete seismic wavefields in 3D structures and analysis of local response; earthquake hazard assessment; modelling of seismic source; inverse methods applicable in earthquake seismology and induced seismicity processing; stress pattern retrieval.

- Seismic tomographic imaging & 3D modelling of continental lithosphere: Velocity structure of the upper mantle; 3D self-consistent anisotropic models of continental lithosphere.

- Numerical modelling of geodynamic processes: Processes of lithosphere deformation on geological timescales at plate boundaries and intraplate domains; lithospheric folding models in context of thermal and mechanical inhomogeneities; modelling of magma ascent, diapirism, volcano-tectonic processes.

- Fault dynamics & modelling: Analysis of fault and fault zone formation in various stress regimes and materials using numerical and analogue models.

- Palaeoclimatology: Analysis of geophysical, geological and geochemical proxies for reconstructing palaeoclimate; application of GCMs to climates in the Earth's past.

- Earth & planetary surface processes/morphodynamics: Tectonic/quantitative geomorphology; Quaternary geology; modelling of sedimentary processes on Earth and other planets; provenance studies; source-to-sink analysis; landscape evolution; numerical methods in surface processes, including applications of cosmogenic nuclides.

- Sedimentary basin analysis & numerical modelling: Tectonic and thermal evolution of basins; sedimentary budgets and routing in basins; 2D-3D basin modelling; fluid flow and diagenesis in basins; 2D-3D seismic reflection data analysis.

- Analysis & modelling of regional to global gravity & geodetic data: Acquisition, processing and interpretation of gravity and geodetic data in investigation/monitoring of volcanic and tectonic activity; regional geodynamic studies; tiltmeter data analysis; analysis of Earth tides and hidden geo-signals related to crustal dynamics.

- Geoelectricity & magnetotellurics: Direct and inverse problems in electromagnetic induction; anisotropy of electrical conductivity in the Earth’s crust; magnetotelluric studies of active systems (e.g. large scale tectonics, magmatic, geothermal, and mineral deposits).

- Geomagnetic field – models and space weather: Regional and global models of the geomagnetic field; interaction with space weather; physical processes; geoeffectiveness and space weather forecasting.


The positions remain open until filled; evaluation of applications will begin on 1 August 2020.

An applicant is expected to send a motivation letter, CV, a list of publications, and provide names of three professionals from relevant academic or industry fields from whom reference letters can be requested, to the following contact address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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