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Montserrat Volcano Observatory Job Advert - Ground Deformation Specialist

The Seismic Research Centre of The University of the West Indies invites applications for the position of Research Fellow (Ground Deformation Specialist) at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. The post is offered for one year, in the first instance, with excellent prospects for extension.

Applicants must have a PhD in Earth Sciences or a related field at the time of appointment. The candidate should possess strong experience in geodesy. Evidence of strong mathematical/numerical skills is also essential. Experience in the use of volcano monitoring techniques and residential experience at a volcano observatory is highly desirable. In addition, experience in the use of InSAR would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be an essential member of the team monitoring the ongoing eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano in Montserrat, with specific responsibility for undertaking monitoring and research in ground deformation at the MVO.

Application forms are available at:

Applicants should supply
(a) a curriculum vitae
(b) a statement of past achievement and future research interests and goals and
(c) postage addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references to:

The Campus Registrar, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago. Email: and copied to Richard Robertson, Seismic Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago. Email:

To receive full consideration, all materials must be received by 31st December, 2012. Intended starting date is 1 March 2013.

Applicants should note that the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) is currently jointly managed by the UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP). This means that the Caribbean’s only currently erupting volcano is under the watch of regional scientists and provides significant opportunities for advancing geoscience research in the region.