A view to the east over Húsavík, showing the town's proximity to the Húsavík-Flatey Fault trace on land, shown by red lines.

Doctoral student opportunities at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre

We seek three doctoral students to work on a project in the field of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland.

Specifically, the doctoral students will work within the project “Real-time earthquake fault monitoring and seismic risk assessment using dense geodetic and seismic arrays in urban areas”. The project is funded through a Grant of Excellence from the Icelandic Centre for Research.

The project deals with the comprehensive estimation of the elements that comprise localized earthquake risk in dense urban areas. The Icelandic Strong-motion Arrays (ICEARRAY) in dense urban areas have produced unique recordings of ground motions during earthquakes in South Iceland since 2008, and in North Iceland since 2012. Additional data are being collected on a collocated high-rate GPS network. The datasets will be utilized and analyzed to reveal, and construct models of, variable earthquake effects in urban areas and how they relate to earthquake source properties, seismic wave propagation, local site conditions, and different earthquake response of structures. It is the hope that the results lead to new seismic risk maps for the urban areas.

The project entails three distinct, but related, doctoral projects on

  • development of physically based earthquake source models and ground motion simulation from scenario earthquakes on the Húsavík-Flatey Fault in North Iceland, with emphasis on near-fault effects,
  • array data analysis and modeling of the spatial variability of earthquake ground motion due to seismic wave propagation and localized site amplification effects in Húsavík, and the
  • development and implementation of a real-time fault monitoring system utilizing GPS and acceleration data for the purpose of real-time seismic risk assessment during earthquakes.

The principal investigators of this project are Dr. Benedikt Halldórsson, associate research-professor at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland and adjunct professor at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland, and Dr. Sigurjón Jónsson, associate professor at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

For further information, contact Dr. Benedikt Halldórsson (skykkur@hi.is), and also check out the adverticement on the University’s website.

Application deadline is 4 April 2014.

View to the west over Húsavík, Skjálfandi bay and the Víkurfjöll mountain range. Sandur beach stretches along the southern end (photo: Peter Waltl)

View to the west over Húsavík, Skjálfandi bay and the Víkurfjöll mountain range. Sandur beach stretches along the southern end (photo: Peter Waltl)