The Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech republic, is seeking outstanding researchers, from post-doctoral to mid-career level, to fill up to 8 positions in a range of disciplines.

The fields of research are deliberately broadly defined, as we invite individuals who will not only integrate into our existing teams, but will also develop new research areas of high scientific and societal 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 expect the candidates to be able to collaborate both within and between teams. 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 interest.

Fields of  interest

Seismotectonics: Analysis and modelling of seismic response to active tectonic processes; analysis of global seismic databases; volcano-seismology; correlation with ground deformation signals (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 3-D structures and analysis of local response, application to earthquake hazard assessment; modelling of seismic source, inverse methods applicable in earthquake seismology and induced seismicity processing, stress pattern retrieval.

Seismic tomographic imaging and 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 and 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 palaeoclimate evolution; numerical modelling including application of General Circulation Models to palaeoclimate.

Earth and planetary surface processes/morphodynamics: modelling of physical sedimentary processes, source to sink; tectonic geomorphology; planetary surface dynamics.

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

Analysis and modelling of regional to global gravity and geodetic data: Acquisition, processing, and interpretation of gravity and geodetic data in investigation and 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 and magnetotellurics: Direct and inverse problems in electromagnetic induction; anisotropy of electrical conductivity in the Earth’s crust; regional magnetotelluric profiling.

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

About us

The Institute of Geophysics is a public research institution focusing on fundamental research, but also strong in the acquisition of observational data and involved in applied research activities in collaboration with various industry partners. In addition to specific collaboration of individual teams, the Institute is involved at the international level in the large research infrastucture EPOS (European Plate Observing System), coordinating the national consortium CzechGeo/EPOS. More details can be found at our web pages.

We operate a number of permanent seismological stations as part of the Czech Regional Seismological Network (CRSN) covering the territory of the Czech Republic, a local seismic network in Western Bohemia (WEBNET), and currently an array of stations deployed in Iceland as part of a collaborative research project (Reykjanet). Other observatories include experimental geothermic stations installed in boreholes, and our geomagnetic observatory. Along with a number of active international collaborations, we take part in the ALP Array initiative, or the ICDP ‘Eger‘ laboratory to study earthquakes, fluids and deep biosphere. Gravity and Earth tides observations are carried out at several locations. Advanced petrophysical studies are made possible by an in-house developed experimental setup for  ultrasound measurement of P-wave velocity in many directions at high confining pressure. A range of instruments for rock-magnetic measurements is used for study of rock microstructure, deformation, or environmental magnetism. For computationally intensive tasks, the Institute uses it own supercomputing facility ‘NEMO‘. Study of crustal- and lithosphere-scale geodynamic processes is supported by an analogue modelling laboratory, which will receive a larger dedicated space in 2020.

In our institute, researchers have the opportunity to fully focus on their scientific work. The Czech Academy of Sciences supports an environment of freedom in pursuit of scientific progress, and offers programs to financially support and reward outstanding inviduals at various stages of careers. For example, the J.E. Purkyně Fellowship or the Otto Wichterle Award include substantial compensation above basic salaries. Programs to financially support international collaboration and travel are also available, both from the Academy and the Ministry of Education. Involvement of our researchers in teaching and supervision of geoscience students (from Charles University, Prague, and other universities) is encouraged, as well as involvement in public outreach activities of our institute.

The Institute is located in a relatively quiet residential area, comfortably connected to the centre of Prague by public transport (15 minutes by underground). Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, ranks among the 20 largest cities of the European Union,  is an attractive travel destination, but the costs of living remain lower than in many other major cities of western Europe.

Practical information

This call is open to international applicants as well as to Czech citizens. The primary criteria in selecting the successful candidates will be their professional merit and the way in which they would contribute to the future development of our Institute and its teams.

Initial employment will be offered for a fixed term (2 years), with expected continuation of employment after successful assessment of results of the initial period.

The first two appointments took place in December 2018 and further 1-2 are expected in early 2019. We are happy to announce that we were joined by dr. Graham Hill who received the prestigious Lumina Quaeruntur Award of the Czech Academy of Sciences and by dr. Michael Warsitzka whose postdoctoral research in modelling of salt tectonics will be supported by a 2-year postdoctoral support scheme of our Academy.

The call remains open through 2019. We encourage applicants with current commitments, who are interested in joining us later, to communicate with us. The positions remain open until filled.

An applicant is expected to send a motivation letter, CV, a list of publications, and provide names of 3 professionals from relevant academic or industry fields from whom reference letters can be requested. Please use e-mail: