COMET vacancies

COMET Research Internship Programme Summer 2024

COMET is funding two undergraduate students to undertake an exciting 8-week research internship during summer 2024 (June-September) with a COMET scientist.

Find details of the projects and how to apply below.

Available Projects:

Project 1: Kinematics of the Hindu Kush from InSAR Velocity Measurements

Supervisors: Dr Milan Lazecky, Dr John Elliott (University of Leeds)

Host institute: University of Leeds

This project aims to advance our understanding of crustal deformation and continental tectonics for the region of the Hindu Kush mountain range. You will quantify the rates of faulting and distribution of crustal strain using the latest satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) data. This is important for understanding the deformation of continents, growth of mountains and distribution of seismic hazard, in particular for the city of Kabul. The intern will process COMET-generated InSAR data using state-of-the-art time series codes and compare results with GPS data, looking for velocity gradients associated with tectonic deformation and compare with locations of recent and historical seismicity.

Project 2: Does Crustal Heterogeneity Influence Volcano Deformation?

Supervisors: Dr Stanley Yip, Dr Craig Magee (University of Leeds)

Host institute: University of Leeds

Most volcano deformation models assume magma reservoirs are surrounded by a homogeneous, isotropic, and linearly elastic half-space. However, the reality is that rocks are heterogeneous, meaning their response to deformation is complex. In this project, you will first systematically analyse how crustal heterogeneity affects ground deformation models. You will achieve this by incorporating multiple layers of homogeneous materials with varying mechanical strength into an existing model set-up and analyse how stiffness contrasts affects deformation. You will then apply the model to assess the ground deformation associated with the 2011 Cordón Caulle eruption in Chile and lastly, apply existing code to incorporate magma compressibility.

How to apply:

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scheme you must: (1) be a current 2nd-4th year undergraduate student with no prior research internship experience, and (2) hold the right to work in the UK. Earth Sciences is the least diverse STEM subject, and therefore we strongly encourage applicants from minority backgrounds and those who are the first generation in their families to have attended University.

Salary: Projects will be paid at University of Leeds Grade 3 (~£427.19 pw).

Application Form: (~20 minutes to complete)

Application Deadline: Friday 10th May 2024, 5:00 pm

  • University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is now offering two geosciences research fellowships.

Please follow the link below to view the job information.

UE07 £37,099 to £44,263 per annum (A revised salary range for this grade of £39,347 to £46,974 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)

School of Geosciences

Contract Type – Fixed Term – 36 Months

Full Time – 35 Hours Per Week

Closing date – 9 May 2024

  • Imperial College London

Job Title: EnVision PDRA (two positions)
Salary: £45,593 – £53,630 per annum
Location: South Kensington Campus – Hybrid
Closing date: 30th April 2024

These two exciting roles will be in direct support of the ESA/NASA EnVision mission to Venus. We are looking for scientists or engineers with strong coding skills, experience in processing radar data or in some kind of signal processing, or some other field of image processing, with interest or experience in Earth Observation and with an interest in planetary exploration.

Job details can be found here: Description | Jobs | Imperial College London

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