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Mendenhall Positions at USGS Menlo Park

Date: 03/26/2018

On Behalf of Annemarie Baltay, USGS:

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S27. Quantification and validation of earthquake ground motions in early warning applications
2-3 positions available in Menlo Park, CA

For general application information: https://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/index.html Position closes May 14, 2018.

The USGS along with a coalition of State and university partners is developing and testing the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning (EEW) system for the west coast of the United States. We seek several Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholars to investigate and/or develop new ground-motion estimation and evaluation methods for EEW through one of three avenues, which may also be combined together in a symbiotic research proposal: 1. Assessment of expected ground motion: assess or develop GMPEs for use in EEW that most efficiently utilize the limited information available in real-time. 2. Verification of early warning algorithms: develop appropriate benchmarks and performance metrics, test the system against those metrics, validate existing suites of synthetic waveforms to use for verification, or develop additional suites of earthquake scenarios and new techniques for generating synthetic waveforms. 3. Ground-motion based alert methods (that is, methods that predict ground-motion directly from observations without estimating earthquake source parameters): determine feasibility of this type of alert for the ShakeAlert system and potential improvements in alerting. The postdoctoral researcher should have strong technical skills in earthquake seismology or engineering seismology associated with the proposed work and a desire to contribute to the ShakeAlert project; prior research experience with EEW is not necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the advisors early in the application process to discuss project ideas and how they fit into the larger framework of ShakeAlert.

Research Advisor(s): Annemarie Baltay, (650) 329-4759, abaltay@usgs.gov; Sarah Minson, (650) 329-4879, sminson@usgs.gov; Brad Aagaard, (650) 329-4789, baagaard@usgs.gov; Andy Barbour, (650) 329-4803, abarbour@usgs.gov; Jessica Murray, (650) 329-4864, jrmurray@usgs.gov; Thomas Hanks, (650) 329-5634, thanks@usgs.gov.


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