Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) Project C2 “Seismic imaging by full waveform inversion” - Project C2 “Seismic imaging by full waveform inversion”

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany

Work group:

Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM)



Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts



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” (www.waves.kit.edu/C2) 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.


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


Excellent Master or an equivalent degree in GeophysicsStrong theoretical background in seismic imaging and inverse problemWe 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

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


Contract duration

limited to three years


Application up to

31.10.2019


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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