Research opportunities

Opportunities for PhD studies are generally advertised in December for a start in the next academic year, with the application deadlines typically in January. Applications are primarily invited through the Oxford Doctoral Training Programme.

Researchers looking for postdoctoral opportunities should get in touch to discuss project ideas and funding opportunities. I have ample experience with fellowship and funding applications and can provide advice. It is wise to start discussions early (a year or more in advance) due to funder deadlines.

Undergraduate or other students, looking for a MSc project or a short-term research experience in seismology, please get in touch with me and we can discuss possible projects.

Current research projects

  • Density structure of the lower mantle and implications for mantle dynamics
  • Multi-scale topography of the Earth's core-mantle boundary
  • Backus-Gilbert tomography of isotropic and anisotropic mantle structure
  • Influence of approximations in normal mode modelling
  • Robust imaging of mantle upwellings
  • Comparions of geodynamic and tomographic models of the mantle
  • Seismological proxies for phase transitions in the deep mantle
  • Variations in anthropogenic seismic noise sources
  • Background seismicity & seismic noise in London

Current DEEPSCAPE members

DEEPSCAPE group members, November 2022
  • Franck Latallerie: Imaging mantle upwellings under oceanic islands (NERC PDRA since 2023)
  • Adrian Mag: Multi-scale CMB topography (Oxford PhD since 2022, primary supervisor)
  • Miguel Pinto-Ward: Seismicity and seismic noise in London (Oxford PhD since 2022, primary supervisor)
  • Justin Leung: Temperature and composition of the lower mantle (Oxford PhD since 2022, co-supervisor)
  • Viktoria Trautner: Iron spin transition in ferropericlase (Oxford PhD since 2021, co-supervisor)

Former students

  • Federica Restelli (now at Guralp): Global Backus-Gilbert seismic tomography (RHUL PhD 2019 - 2023, primary supervisor)
  • Harriet Godwin (now at CMS Law): Multi-scale studies of lower mantle structure (Oxford PhD 2015 - 2020, co-supervisor)
  • Alice Turner (PhD University of Oxford, now at University of Texas): Spin transition effect in global tomography (UCL summer project 2019, primary supervisor)
  • Ana Pagu (PhD University of Oxford): Tomographic proxies for post-perovskite (Oxford Master's 2017 - 2018, primary supervisor)
  • Judit Gonzalez Santana (PhD Penn State University, now at NV5 Geospatial): Body wave studies of CMB topography (Oxford Master's 2016 - 2017, primary supervisor)
  • William Rees (now at Goldman Sachs): Seismic signals of elephant behaviour and communication (Oxford Master's 2016 - 2017, co-supervisor)

Research funding

    RS logo Mid Mantle Mysteries
    Royal Society URF renewal (2025 - 2028)

    RS logo Enhanced Research Expenses for URF
    Royal Society (2023 - 2025)

    RS logo What makes a city move?
    Royal Society Research Grant (2022 - 2023)

    RS logo Enhanced Research Expenses for URF
    Royal Society (2021 - 2023)

    Leverhulme logo Seismic noise sources and background seismicity in London
    Philip Leverhulme Prize, Leverhulme Trust (2022 - 2025)

    NERC logo Mantle Circulation Constrained (MC2): A multidisciplinary 4D Earth framework for understanding mantle upwellings
    NERC Large Grant, led by PI Huw Davies (2020 - 2024)

    RS logo Robust characterisation of large-scale flow in the deep mantle
    Royal Society Enhancement Award (2018 - 2021)

    RS logo Mapping seismological landscapes in the deep Earth
    Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2018 - 2025)

    Univ logo Multi-scale imaging of the core-mantle boundary topography
    Junior Research Fellowship, University College Oxford (2015 - 2018)

    ETH logo Imaging the Earth across the scales
    ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014 - 2016)

    Pembroke logo Nahum Scholarship in Physics & Graduate Studentship
    Pembroke College Cambridge (2010 - 2014)

    Utrecht logo System Earth Modelling Scholarship
    Utrecht University (2008 - 2010)

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