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Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Fully-funded PhD opportunity in earthquake geodesy and machine-learning now available

Applications are now open for a fully-funded PhD studentship on the following topic:


Using machine-learning and satellite radar to detect “silent” earthquakes in the Zagros Mountains, Iran

Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Walters


This project is part of a newly established Global Challenges Research Fund Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). The CDT will support a cohort of around 20 students working on a specific challenge in one or more of the areas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Funding is available to an overseas candidate based in a DAC nation, with preference given to candidates from Iran. Students must begin their research on February 1st 2019.

Application deadline: 17:00 (GMT) Friday 7th September 2018.

For more details click here

(13 Aug 2018)

Claire Horwell Wins Faculty of Science Inaugural Impact and Engagement Award

The remarkable impact of Claire’s work on advising the public on the health implications of volcanic emissions (“vog”) has been recognised by her receipt of the Faculty of Science’s Impact and Engagement Award. Claire directs the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN), an umbrella organisation for all research and dissemination of information on volcanic health hazards and impacts ( This includes the Vog Dashboard through which information is disseminated ( Over two weeks during the recent eruptions of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii, more than 50,000 people accessed the site, which highlighted as the primary source of information for communities in Hawaii. Congratulations!

(30 Jul 2018)

Structural Geology Research Group Wins University Inaugural Impact and Engagement Award

Bob Holdsworth, Jonny Imber, Ken McCaffrey and Richard Jones (Geospatial Research Ltd) have won the University’s Inaugural Impact and Engagement Award for their work on Fractured Basement Reservoirs. Their fundamental research over many years has led to the development of the UK’s first ever basement-hosted oil fields and has opened up entirely new reservoirs for potential exploitation in offshore areas to the northwest of the UK. A particular success is the Lancaster Field, which will begin production in 2019 and is the largest new field in the UKCS this century. The research has been done in collaboration with Geospatial Research Ltd (, a company spun out of the department. Congratulations!

(30 Jul 2018)

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Durham DH1 3LE

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E-mail: earth.sciences
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