Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position/ Upper plate deformation – Mexican subduction, available March 2017

The following open position might be of interest to the paleoseismology community:

“We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant for a 12 month fixed term appointment working on the exciting new UNAM-CONACYT-funded project on “Spatial and Temporal Variations of Upper Plate Deformation across the Guerrero portion of the Mexican Subduction Zone” at the Institute of Geography and the Environmental Geophysics University Laboratory (LUGA), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Campus Mexico City. The candidate will pursue fundamental and applied research into the assessment of both temporal and spatial vertical crustal deformation associated with both slow (interseismic) and rapid (coseismic) crustal deformation across the inner forearc region of the central Mexican subduction zone on the Guerrero sector, where the Cocos plate underthrusts the North American plate. The candidate will be responsible for the development and execution of laboratory and field research, conduct studies to develop a model of long-term deformation, writing reports and papers.

A strong background on earthquake geology, tectonic, fluvial and coastal geomorphology, field surveying, geochronology analytical techniques, GIS and modeling skills is preferable, as is considerable laboratory and field experience. Requirements include a recent Ph.D. in active tectonics and geomorphology, earth-planetary sciences or related fields, and a short research proposal. Some knowledge of Spanish is desirable but not mandatory.

Posdoctoral researcher will work in a team lead by Dr. Maria Teresa Ramírez-H.

The position is available from March 2017 for a one-year term.

This is an open context, commensurate with qualifications and experience, based on National Autonomous University of Mexico requirements.


  1. A recent PhD, no more than 3 years since graduation
  2. At least two published papers in SCI journals
  3. A complete curriculum vitae
  4. A research proposal
  5. Names and addresses (including e-mail) of three references

Documents should be sent by:

August 1, 2016 – POSTDOCTORAL starting on March 2017

Posdoctoral salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, is based on National Autonomous University of Mexico standards.

  • 12 months postdoctoral salary (with possibility of renewal for another year, based on performance).
  • Health insurance

 Note: Travel costs are not included.


To discuss this role informally, please contact Research Advisor: Dr Teresa Ramirez,

A complete curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including e-mail) of three references should be sent to:

Dr. M. Teresa Ramírez-H., Instituto de Geografía y Laboratorio Universitario de Geofísica Ambiental, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus C.U. Mexico City, México; (e-mail preferred).”


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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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