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Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering specializing in Coastal Engineering at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of the Brunel University London (UK). Dr Heidarzadeh's main research areas are:

Coastal Engineering, Tsunamis, Storm surges, Earthquakes, Landslides

Dr. Heidarzadeh received his PhD in 2009 in Coastal Engineering on the analysis of earthquake and tsunami hazards on coastal communities. His major research interest is interactions of coastal structures and communities with extreme coastal geo-environmental hazards such as tsunamis, storm surges, earthquakes and landslides. He is also a visiting Assistant Professor at the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (Japan). Dr Heidarzadeh is the reciepient of several international awards and fellowships and was elected as a member of the International Tsunami Comittee (ITC) affiliated to IUGG in 2015. Dr Heidarzadeh is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in Japan, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UNESCO (UN) in France, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) in UK and a fellow of the European Comission. 

Dr Heidarzadeh has extensive engineering experiences and was involved in the design and construction of a number of world-class mega infrastructures while working as a senior consulting engineer with Mahab International Consulting Engineering Company and the Port and Airport Research Institute (Japan). These projects include extension of Coastal Seawalls, Mega-Embankment Dams and Reservoirs, Underground Tunnels and Metro Infrastructures. Involvement in such mega-infrastructures has given Dr Heidarzadeh the capability of understanding the complexitis of infrastructures development projects and the associated complicated engineering problems. Some of these complex problems faced during these engineering projects have been outlined in his intrnational peer-reviewed journal articles; click here for details

Available post-doctoral (research associate) position (start: 1 May 2018):

A 6-months post-doctoral (research associate) position is available on coastal engineering starting from 1 May 2018 under supervision of Dr Heidarzadeh. The project is about the interaction of storm surges (waves) with coastal communities and the damage to coastal transportation infrastructures. The project is suitable for PhD graduates (or MS graduates) of Civil Engineering specializing in Marine/Coastal Engineering. For MSc graduates, a minimum research experience of 2 years post-MSc is desired. Candidates are expected to be familiar with ocean wave mechanics, storm surges and numerical modeling. Familiarity with storm surge models (e.g. SWAN, TELEMAC, ADCIRC) is desired but is not necessary.

The job responsibilities are:

- Producing relevant scientific reports

- Numerical modeling

- Meeting with relevant stakeholders

Interested applicants should send their CVs (including publication list, three references and a short summary of their PhD and/or MSc research) to Dr Heidarzadeh till 20 April, 2018. Successful applicant is expected to start 1 May 2018.

Available PhD Position:

Dr Heidarzadeh is involved in several international projects and accepts applications for PhD position. Potential students should send their CVs to Dr Heidarzadeh along with a one-page summary of their past research works including their MSc project.   


PhD: Civil Engineering (Coastal Engineering), 2009

MSc: Civil Engineering (Hydraulic Structural Engineering), 2004

BSc: Civil Engineering, 2002


2017-…      Department of Civil & Environmental Eng., Brunel University London, London, UK

2016-2017  Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), Yokosuka, Japan

2013-2016  Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

2012-2013  University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

2011-2012  Dept. of Civil Engineering, Tarbiat Modares Univ., Tehran, Iran

2011           Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

2011           Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR, Vigo, Spain

2005-2011  Mahab International Consulting Engineering Company, Iran

2008           National Oceanography Center, Univ. of Southampton, UK

2008           Dept. of Geology & Oceanography, Univ. of Bordeaux, France

Full Publication List

Newest selected publications

Heidarzadeh, M., Satake, K., Takagawa, T., Rabinovich, A. and Kusumoto, S. (2018) 'A comparative study of far-field tsunami amplitudes and ocean-wide propagation properties: Insight from major trans-Pacific tsunamis of 2010-2015'. Geophysical Journal International. ISSN: 1365-246X Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M. and Gusman, AR. (2018) 'Application of dense offshore tsunami observations from Ocean Bottom Pressure Gauges (OBPGs) for tsunami research and early warnings', in Durrani, TS. (ed.) Geological Disaster Monitoring Based on Sensor Networks. Springer Natural Hazards. pp. 1 - 16.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Heidarzadeh, M., Ishibe, T. and Harada, T. (2018) 'Constraining the source of the Mw 8.1 Chiapas, Mexico earthquake of 8 September 2017 using teleseismic and tsunami observations'. Pure and Applied Geophysics. ISSN: 0033-4553 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Necmioglu, O., Ishibe, T. and Yalciner, AC. (2017) 'Bodrum-Kos (Turkey-Greece) Mw 6.6 earthquake and tsunami of 20 July 2017: a test for the Mediterranean tsunami warning system'. Geoscience Letters, 4 (31). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 2196-4092 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Harada, T., Satake, K., Ishibe, T. and Takagawa, T. (2017) 'Tsunamis from strike-slip earthquakes in the Wharton Basin, northeast Indian Ocean: March 2016 Mw 7.8 event and its relationship with the April 2012 Mw 8.6 event'. Geophysical Journal International, 211 (3). pp. 1601 - 1612. ISSN: 1365-246X Open Access Link

Journal article
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