Dr. Jason Williams

Dr. Jason Williams


I am currently a Teaching Assistant in Applied Geosciences, supporting MSc programmes in Structural Geology with Geophysics, Engineering Geology and Exploration Geophysics (October 2019 to present). Previously I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain, investigating the pre-collisional structure of Alpine-Himalayan mountain belts (2018 - 2019), and a Graduate Researcher at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA, investigating the tectonic and kinematic evolution of the Alborán Domain during late orogenic extension (2014 - 2017). As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at USC I taught on four undergraduate courses in Earth Sciences with General Education, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Geology students (2011 - 2014, seven semesters total).


  • Teaching on three MSc programmes in Applied Geosciences
  • Administrative support including organising field trips, student events, and MSc projects
  • Lecturing on Geothermal Energy (SOEE5662M) and Sustainability (SOEE5531M)

Research interests

Recently I have worked on geothermal projects collaborating with geologists and geophysicists, learning specialist software to model 3D geoscience datasets and run numerical simulations.

During my PhD and postdoctoral work, I studied patterns of crustal deformation and metamorphism in the Betic-Rif, Alps, and Oman mountain belts at a wide range of scales using field and analytical techniques (regional geological mapping, microstructural analysis, metamorphic petrology, thermobarometery, Rb-Sr geochronology, and Raman thermometry).

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  • PhD, Geological Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA (June 2017)
  • MSci, Geology and Geophysics with a Year Abroad, Imperial College London, UK (June 2010)

Student education

I teach on several modules and field-related courses:
      - 3D Structure: Techniques and Visualisation, SOEE5764M
      - Structural Geology in Resources and Geoenergy, SOEE5662M
      - Advanced Structural Modelling and Data Analytics, SOEE5176M
      - Geodynamics and Basin Evolution, SOEE5753M
      - Structural Models and Subsurface Interpretation, SOEE5724M
      - Geomechanics, SOEE5734M
      - Geological Investigation and Characterisation, SOEE5017
      - Hazards, Resilience and Sustainable Engineering, SOEE5531M
      - Gravity and Magnetic Methods, SOEE5147M

Field trips: Spanish Pyrenees, Cyprus, SW England, NE Yorkshire Coast, Ingleton, Baildon, Northumberland and core-logging site visit

I also design and supervise MSc projects with industry collaborators on Structural Geology Independent Project, SOEE5111M.