Vacancy No. 1123/2019

Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

Project C2 “Seismic imaging by full waveform inversion”

Job description

The Collaborative Research Center “Wave phenomena – analysis and numerics” (CRC 1173) has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2015. Its goal is to analytically understand, numerically simulate, and eventually manipulate wave propagation under realistic scenarios by intertwining analysis and numerics.

The Project C2 “Seismic imaging by full waveform inversion” ( aims at implementing and developing full-waveform inversion techniques that allow reconstructing multi-parameter viscoelastic models with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. These techniques will be a joint effort of researchers from geophysics and mathematics and shall build the base for theory-guided design of novel multi-parameter full-wave form inversion techniques in viscoelastic anisotropic media.

We seek an ambitious doctoral researcher with strong interest both in theoretical and practical aspects of full-waveform inversion. Your work will focus on the algorithmic evaluation of inverse solution methods in the context of multi-parameter reconstruction for viscoelastic anisotropic media as well as the application of the new methods to shallow-seismic field data. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and summer schools. Engagement in teaching is encouraged.

We provide an inspiring, attractive, interdisciplinary, and internationally recognized scientific environment with access to excellent facilities of the KIT, a wide scope of advanced training options within our integrated research training group, and flexible working time models. Our CRC aims at the implementation of equal opportunities, it promotes diversity and supports persons with childcare or eldercare responsibilities as well as persons with disabilities. Funds for travel and guests are available through the CRC.

Personal qualification

The following qualifications are required seeking your consideration for this position:

  • Excellent Master or an equivalent degree in Geophysics
  • Strong theoretical background in seismic imaging and inverse problem
  • We expect excellent writing and oral communication skills in English along with the ability to work independently within an international team.
  • Programming skills and experience with the modeling and inversion of seismic waveform are a plus.

Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Analysis (IANA), Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

limited to three years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact contact Prof. Thomas Bohlen, phone +49-721-608-44416 or Ms Laurette Lauffer, phone +49-721-608-42061.


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We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.