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(1) Science Research Assistant


Project Title: Tsunami Hazard Mapping in the Philippines


Project Background:

      Historically, the Philippines has experienced large tsunami events in the past. The 17 August 1976 Ms 8.1 Moro Gulf Earthquake generated a tsunami that resulted in the death of more than 4, 790 lives in the municipalities of Region 9 and 12. The 15 November 1994 Ms7.1 Mindoro earthquake generated a tsunami that resulted in 98 fatalities.

      Due to this threat of tsunami, PHIVOLCS has been generating 1: 50,000 scale Tsunami HazardMaps, under the DOST-GIA & READY Projects, for the entire Philippines since 2007. However, one problem that arises from utilizing 1: 50,000 scale topographic maps as base maps for tsunami hazard was the difficulty in identifying contour intervals for tsunami inundation due to its low resolutions. Hence, this project aims to improve the results of tsunami hazard mapping from the previous years, using the digital elevation model derived from Interferometric SAR (IfSAR) images, with a 5m x 5m resolution. Moreover, this project utilizes present satellite imagery to delineate and update the shorelines of different provinces.

      To expedite the GIS-based work needed, additional personnel regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender preference, physical disability, education, religion, political affiliation, economic and social status, race and ethnicity is needed to process & digitized tsunami hazard information provided that the technical requirements needed for generating the project outputs are met. The application is open to all individuals who are interested in tsunami research.


Employment status:

Contract of Services under PHIVOLCS locally-funded project

Geology and Geophysics Research and Development Division (GGRDD)

Monthly Salary: P 20,109.00


Job Description:

I. Use of various GIS Software and image processing software to

     1) create and manipulate vector files, attribute tables and vector symbols;

     2) automate routine processes such as projecting and transforming raster files and stitching and mosaicking of topographic maps and DEMs, and

     3) develop and manage workflows using model builders to automate processing of hazard models (e.g. automation of creation of contour in Tsunami Hazard        delineation),and

     4) generate tsunami hazard inundation using GIS techniques from tsunami inundation models

II. Assistance in technical report writing,

III. Creation of datasets for tsunami modeling,

IV. Attendance to technical reviews


Educational Background:

An undergraduate degree in any field of the physical sciences.

(BS Geology/Geological Engineering fresh graduates are encouraged to apply)


1. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of mapping software (e.g.,GMT, ArcGIS, QGIS, GlobalMapper)

2. Attention to Details;

3. Technical Writing;

4. Science Research Skills

5. Knowledge in and scripting languages (e.g., Fortran, Python, Matlab) is an advantage


Interested and qualified applicants should signify their interest in writing. Attach the following documents to the application letter and send it to the address below not later than February 12, 2020.

 Cover letter, including a summary of your research experience/interests and how they align with the objectives of the project;

 Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

 Photocopy of Transcript of Records. 


QUALIFIED APPLICANTS are advised to hand in or send application through courier:

Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary, DOST and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

PHIVOLCS Bldg., C.P. Garcia Ave., U.P. Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

OR email their application to:

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