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Med-Or supports scientific research in collaboration with the INGV

On April 8, 2024, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) announced a public selection for the award of two research grants financed by Med-Or Foundation. The initiative is part of the collaboration between the two entities to promote research in the geosciences in the Mediterranean and North African region.

On April 8, 2024, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) announced a public selection for the award of two postdoctoral research grants funded by Med-Or. The selection process will end on April 24, 2024.

The call aims to support the development of networks for the monitoring and control of natural phenomena in the field of geosciences in the Mediterranean and North African region. Med-Or Foundation and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology intend to continue the cooperation already started in 2022 to promote higher education and the implementation of innovative research projects through scholarships and doctoral programs, research, and studies, as well as the organization of seminars and conferences on topics of common interest.

Research activities common to both grants will focus on:

Profile A: Study of ground deformation using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques to estimate seismic and/or aseismic deformation along fault planes and subsequent 3D modeling. Study of post-seismic deformation along distinct types of faults, while studying the seismotectonic properties of the regions of interest, which are subject to earthquakes in the Mediterranean region.

Profile B: Study of geological structures associated with active tectonics and gravitational movements; analysis of the morpho-structural structure of the study area; use of remote sensing techniques through a synoptic approach to the problem (aerial photographs and satellite images); preparation of ground displacement maps using InSAR techniques; modeling of the geometries of gravitational phenomena; ground surveys to identify, inventory, and characterize the areas at risk, their extent and dimensions.

To be admitted to the competition, candidates must meet the following requirements for both profiles Ph.D. in geological sciences, geophysical sciences, engineering or other fields related to the subject of the call for applications; Bachelor's degree or equivalent obtained abroad in geological sciences, geophysical sciences, and engineering; Good knowledge and proven experience in the fields of geological, gemological, and technical geological surveys; interpretation of remote sensing data; analysis and interpretation of DInSAR data for the study of deformations related to the seismic cycle and gravitational deformations; knowledge of geospatial software (QGis, ArcGis); knowledge of the English language.

The purpose of the scholarships is to promote the study of earth phenomena, hazards, and natural resources - topics that are increasingly important also from an economic and political point of view, on which the INGV is an excellent interlocutor at the international level.

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