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Jobs with the USGS, IRIS, Univ Bristol, and UO!

Date: 09/04/2018

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Below are the following job announcements:

1. Research Position in Crustal Deformation Research at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park or Pasadena
2. Director, Data Services for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology IRIS
3. Postdoctoral Research Associate in Induced Seismicity at the University of Bristol (UK)
4. Funded studentships in Earth Sciences at University of Oregon


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1. Research Position in Crustal Deformation Research at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park or Pasadena:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) seeks to fill a research position within the broad areas of conducting basic research into crustal deformation processes. This is a permanent position classified as a Research Geophysicist in Pasadena, CA or Menlo Park, CA at the GS-13 or GS-14 level with promotion potential to the GS-15 level.
Successful applicants will be expected to make significant contributions to a vigorous program of crustal deformation research, especially as pertaining to development of new approaches for estimating long-term slip rates on Western US faults using geodetic data and devising methods for practically implementing this information in the National Seismic Hazard Model.  Research results should have direct impacts on:  better quantifying long-term fault slip rates in southern California and other regions pertinent to the Earthquake Hazards Program mission, resolving outstanding geologic/geodetic slip rate discrepancies, developing deformation models that can inform time-dependent earthquake hazard assessments, and quantifying errors in model parameters.  Additional areas for collaboration with fellow ESC research scientists may include resolving the spatial and temporal partitioning of coseismic and aseismic fault slip within and over multiple earthquake cycles, connecting geodetic observations with fault constitutive or bulk rheological properties, further development of geodetic approaches for improved earthquake early warning and rapid response, and understanding transient deformation and its relationship to tremor in the San Andreas fault system and/or the Cascadia subduction zone.
Successful applicants will utilize applied mathematics, statistics, geodesy, geophysics, and/or seismology to conduct original research that characterizes crustal deformation with quantitative error analysis for earthquake hazard assessment applications.  Research studies will utilize GNSS, InSAR, and other geodetic data and will address the mechanics of crustal deformation, for example by developing models grounded in elastic or quasi-static dislocation theory; resolving the spatial and temporal partitioning of coseismic and aseismic deformation; and characterizing how physical properties of faults and/or the crust affect interseismic and postseismic deformation rates.  Research products will feed directly into short-term and long-term earthquake forecasting for probabilistic seismic hazard assessment; additional applications may include EEW and rapid earthquake response.
Applications (resume and responses to application questions) for this vacancy must be received online via USAJOBS before Friday September 21, 2018. Resumes MUST adhere to the format prescribed on USAJOBS, including full narrative descriptions of “Duties, Accomplishments and
Related Skills” for past work experience.  Resumes should include detailed information for current and past positions: job title; name of company/agency; dates of employment (including month and year of start and end); number of hours worked per week; salary; a narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities; and supervisor’s name and contact information (along with a statement indicating “can call/do not call/contact me before calling” if desired).  Typical resume length is a minimum of two pages with half a page per position.
Transcripts, SF-50s, licenses, and other documents as appropriate MUST be attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. A full description of the job opening, qualifications and instructions on how to apply can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/508893500
The Job Announcement Number is SAC-2018-0328. The salary range is $98,747 to $161,817 per year in Pasadena, CA or Menlo Park, CA.  U.S. citizenship is required.
Contact Yvonne Jacobs with questions about the application process
(phone: 916 278-9386, email: yjacobs@usgs.gov .)

2. Director, Data Services for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology IRIS:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), a consortium of 125 U.S. universities dedicated to the operation of facilities for the acquisition, management and distribution of seismological data, is hiring a Director of Data Services (DS) to manage its Data Services directorate. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) in Seattle, WA which has a staff of 23 people and an annual budget of ~$5M. The DMC currently archives roughly ½ petabyte of seismic waveform and other geophysical data and annually distributes nearly one petabyte of data to users in over 170 countries. The Director’s other responsibilities include: management of four contracts/ subawards to UC San Diego, U. of Washington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Kazakh National Data Center, strategic planning and budgeting for DS, collaboration with other directorates and programs within IRIS, obtaining support for DS activities beyond IRIS’ core award from NSF, serving as the primary interface between DS and the IRIS community, and working with network operators and data centers around the world.

This position is located in Seattle, WA. A more in-depth position description may be found at www.iris.edu/hq/employment. Please submit your resume and a short statement (2 pages max) describing your qualifications for this position and your vision for IRIS Data Services to HR@iris.edu. Evaluation of applications will begin September 1, 2018.

The IRIS Consortium believes a diverse staff makes us a stronger organization. We are committed to hiring people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation or gender identities, marital status, veteran status, religions and disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

3. Postdoctoral Research Associate in Induced Seismicity at the University of Bristol (UK):

Institution: University of Bristol (UK)
Open Until: 2018-09-23
To apply: https://bit.ly/2MxT7r2

The University of Bristol’s Geophysics group is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) to conduct research in the field of induced seismicity associated with unconventional hydrocarbon exploration in the UK and elsewhere. This position is supported by two linked projects funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with the overall goal of environmental monitoring and multi-hazard risk modelling of shale gas exploration. Funding for this role is currently available for two years. The main aim of the Bristol-based position within this interdisciplinary team is to conduct research in the monitoring, characterisation or modelling of human-induced seismicity, and/or its associated hazards and risks.

We seek an outstanding candidate with interests in any related subfield, including observational earthquake seismology, statistical seismology, (geo-) mechanical modelling, or seismic hazard and risk assessment. The candidate will have access to public and unique industry data sets from the UK and elsewhere, and the scientific data to be collected by the new UK Geoenergy Observation System (UKGEOS, http://www.bgs.ac.uk/ukgeoenergyobs), a world-class £31 million subsurface-energy research centre. The post-holder will be working with Dr. Max Werner and Professor Mike Kendall in the School of Earth Sciences.

The School of Earth Sciences hosts one of the largest Geophysics groups in the UK, which works on topics ranging from the Earth’s core to ice sheets. The Group is also a growing research hub for microseismics and induced seismicity associated with subsurface energy activities, leading or participating in multiple UK and international projects. The Group has strong strategic links with the British Geological Survey, and works closely with Bristol’s Earthquake Engineering Group and the Cabot Institute, the University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institute. The School of Earth Sciences was rated 2nd in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), and is globally ranked in the top 20 (QS rankings 2014-18).

Applicants require a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in seismology, geophysics, civil engineering, statistics, mathematics or physics. Prior research experience in induced seismicity is desirable, but not required. A proven track record of high-quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals is required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to present the research at international conferences and mentor postgraduate researchers.

The ideal start date for this position is 1 October 2018, or soon thereafter (enquires welcome).

Informal enquires are welcome and can be directed to Dr. Max Werner (max.werner@bristol.ac.uk) or Prof. Mike Kendall (gljmk@bristol.ac.uk).

The School of Earth Science is committed to equal opportunities, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

4. Funded studentships in Earth Sciences at University of Oregon:

Fully funded PhD and MS studentships are available in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. We seek highly motivated students with general interest in quantitative Earth Science. Potential research areas include but aren't limited to:

• Ground motion estimation
• Early warning and multihazards
• Marine geophysics
• Earthquake and tsunami hazards
• Small and large earthquake science
• Fault mechanics
• Seismic imaging and plate boundary processes
• Tectonic geodesy

Potential applicants should visit https://geophysics.uoregon.edu/ for more details. The application deadline for graduate studies is December 21, 2018.

Details on how to apply can be found at https://earthsciences.uoregon.edu/graduate-program/how-to-apply/


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