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PostDoc Position in Early-Warning Seismology

Date: 01/03/2012

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Real-time Seismology

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Seismological Laboratory. Applicants with an interest in earthquake early warning (EEW) and other aspects of real-time seismology are encouraged to apply. The research goal in earthquake early warning is to analyze the first few seconds of waveforms to provide timely and robust information about a potentially damaging earthquake that is in progress. Other real-time seismology research goals include rapid finite moment tensors, and new real-time methods for earthquake locations as well as ground motion prediction.

The position will involve research in real-time seismology, including: 1) evaluating results from real-time implementations of existing EEW algorithms such as the Virtual Seismologist method; 2) developing statistical approaches to extend the algorithms to include finite rupture source characterizations; 3) applying existing strong motion records and synthetic waveforms to improve EEW analysis methods and predictions of maximum expected ground motion; and 4) various aspects of finite source seismology adapted for real-time processing.

A recent Ph.D. in seismology, earthquake engineering, or a related discipline is required.Experience in time-series analysis of broadband seismic data or strong motion data is also required. Some programming skills in languages, such as C, C++, Java, Matlab, or scripting languages, are highly desired.

The position is available as of February 1, 2012. Funding is available for one year with a possible renewal for two more years, depending on performance and availability of funding. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Egill Hauksson, hauksson@gps.caltech.edu, or Prof. Tom Heaton, heaton@caltech.edu

Applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests and experience, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to Marcia Hudson at: marcia@gps.caltech.edu.

See also: http://www.gps.caltech.edu/employment/Real_time_seis

Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.