Qualifications and Experience 

The successful candidate should possess a PhD in a relevant aspect of Seismology or Geophysics.


Candidates must also have experience in:

  • The application of seismic and other techniques for monitoring active volcanoes
  • A leadership role and supervision of postgraduate students in related disciplines


Candidates with the following will have an advantage:

  • Postgraduate degree (e.g. MPhil) or equivalent in Seismology/Geophysics
  • Observatory-type experience working with tectonic and/or volcanic seismicity in a regional setting
  • Practical experience with Python, Earthworm, Seisan and Seiscomp
  • Experience in the operation of modern telemetered digital seismograph networks for the detection and assessment of regional earthquakes


A BSc in Earth Science or Geophysics will be considered an asset.


Special Responsibilities

  • Working with a team of technicians, earth scientists and engineers to provide real-time earthquake and volcanic surveillance in the Eastern Caribbean
  • Developing a research program, in collaboration with other staff members
  • Maintaining the regional, instrumental, earthquake catalogue ensuring its completeness going forward and backward in time
  • Interpreting seismic data and reporting to the SRC Director regularly
  • Playing a lead role in the operations, maintenance and further development of seismological data acquisition and processing tools
  • Working with other regional risk reduction stakeholders to strengthen capacity building for the production and application of earthquake and volcanic hazard/risk assessment tools in a more consistent manner


Personal Attributes

The Centre places high priority on individuals of integrity who can work well in a team and student friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates must also:

  • Be competent in interpreting and manipulating earthquake data, in all its forms
  • Be competent in computer programming and software used in seismology
  • Be able to communicate science to non-scientists, with diplomacy and sensitivity, across the entire social spectrum and to government officials
  • Have knowledge of computer programming and software development which would be highly beneficial
  • Have demonstrable presentation and communication skills, particularly conveying complex ideas to a range of audiences
  • Be in possession of valid driver’s permit, or willing to acquire one rapidly


Deadline Date: Sunday, April 12, 2020. Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

University of the West Indies - St. Augustine
Employment Type
Salary and benefits
Salary range: min. USD 35,529 - max. USD 62,552 p.a.
US$35500 to US$62600 Per Annum
Your Career Level
Senior Career
Years Experience
Your Education Level
Doctor of Philosophy Degree|in Seismology
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