Dr. Yan Zhan, an incoming assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is looking for new Ph.D. students to explore our planet together.


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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CUHK summer workshop

We invite applications to the Online Student Summer Workshop in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to be held 2-4 August, 2022 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This workshop is open to all potential applicants to our Ph.D. programme. We welcome undergraduate students in their 3rd / final year of study or master students to apply. Every participant will have the PhD admission interview opportunity. The first batch of PhD offers will be made shortly after the workshop.
Please visit the workshop website (http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/sci/essc/sw2022.html) for more information
Application Process: Submit an application online:  https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13648373
Application Deadline: 1 June 2022 (Wednesday)
Enquiry: eas@cuhk.edu.hk; Tel: +852 3943 9624 / 3943 3794
Leaflet:  http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/sci/essc/docs/SW_Poster_2022.pdf

Important dates

  • 2021-12-01: Last day to apply for the PhD programme through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
  • 2022-01-28: Last day to apply for the MPhil programme and PhD programme application directly with CUHK
  • 2022-08-15: Starting date

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

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