Project description

Forecasting volcanic eruptions using precursory deformation, seismicity, and gas emissions during episodes of volcanic unrest is one of volcanology’s most significant challenges. Formulations of the host rocks’ response to the migration and evolution of fluids (e.g., magma, hydrothermal fluids, and gas) are critical but not easy. The proposed research will develop numerical models that integrate both experimental and geophysical data to advance our understanding of the subsurface processes during volcanic unrest. Note: the project is not limited to modeling volcanic unrest. If you are interested in the mechanism of crustal deformation, earthquakes, landslides, hydrothermal systems, or other geodynamics problems, please contact Dr. Yan Zhan for more information.


3 years RA support will be provided through the grant. Students are also encouraged to apply for the Hong Kong Ph.D. The Fellowship Scheme.


A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is required. English Language Proficiency is required. Students with math and physics backgrounds, coding, or numerical modeling experience are preferred. Learn More

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Postdoctoral Fellow

A two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship will be provided to work on Solid Earth/Planet processes (volcano, earthquakes, landslides, etc.) mainly using numerical or analytical models based on physics.

Candidates with a mathematics, physics, or computer science background are preferred. Candidates with experience in collecting/processing geodetic, seismic, or other geophysical data will get A++.

A monthly salary is starting at $37,000+ HKD with $1,900+ HKD benefits.

Email: yzhan@carnegiescience.edu for more details.

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Important dates

  • 2022-12-01: Last day to apply for the PhD programme through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
  • 2023-01-28: Last day to apply for the MPhil programme and PhD programme application directly with CUHK
  • 2023-08-15: Starting date

You are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Yan Zhan at yanzhan@cuhk.edu.hk before you apply. If you don’t know how to start an email, you can fill out this form.

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