Seismic activity in the western part of the Arabian peninsula


Project Description

Earthquakes that can be felt in the western part of the Arabian peninsula occur along the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aqaba and the several volcanic fields. Deep knowledge of the seismic activity is fundamental to understand geodynamic processes such as continental rift and seafloor spreading but also to assess the seismic hazard that threatens Saudi Arabia’s megaprojects such as NEOM and the Red Sea Development. In this project, you will contribute to advancing our understanding of the processes causing the current seismic activity in the study area. To do so, you will pre-process the first passive broadband seismic data acquired from the seafloor of the Red Sea by testing a method recently developed in our group. This method is based on seismic interferometry and allows you to correct the time component of the seismic recording. The application of this method requires further datasets that needs to be acquired onshore. For such purpose, you will be involved in expeditions to install and maintain seismic stations and collect the recorded data in lagoons, volcanic fields and desertic areas in western Saudi Arabia. We are looking for an enthusiastic person that can join our team for a 3-6 months in-person internship as a pre-doctoral experience. You are welcome to apply to join our group if: + you hold a BSc or MSc in geology, geophysics, or related fields. + you have a basic knowledge of computer programming, preferably in python. + you have previous fieldwork experience (e.g., as part of academic courses or for research purposes) and feel comfortable in a hot climate. + you can communicate fluently in English. + you are a good team player, dependable and flexible.
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
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Field of Study - Seismology

About the

Paul Martin Mai

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering and Associate Dean (Students), Physical Science and Engineering Division

Paul Martin Mai
Research Interests
  • Multi-scale earthquake phenomena: from data-driven experimental studies to HPC-enabled forward simulations
  • Physics-based ground-motion simulations for seismic & tsunami hazard applications
  • Seismic waves in inhomogeneous media: scattering simulations and imaging Earth structure 
  • Engineering seismology, seismic hazard assessment, and coupled natural hazards (tsunamis, landslides)
  • Geothermal energy for Saudi Arabia: low-enthalpy geothermal energy system in Red Sea rift basins

Desired Project Deliverables

The final product of this project is the estimation of the clock error and its uncertainty from two OBS.


Degree in Geology/Geophysics
Degree in Geology/Geophysics
Basic knowledge of computer programming (Python preferred)
Basic knowledge of computer programming (Python preferred)
Previous fieldwork experience
Previous fieldwork experience