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USGS Earthquake Science Center Director Position Open

Date: 07/22/2021

On Behalf of Keith Knudsen, U.S. Geological Survey:

Job applications are now being accepted for Director, USGS Earthquake Science Center, Moffett Field, CA. The position is posted on USAJOBS.gov and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Applications will be accepted through August 16, 2021. This is the position formerly occupied by Steve Hickman, who recently retired.

Supervisory Interdisciplinary Geophysicist or Geologist
Open & closing dates 07/19/2021 to 08/16/2021
Pay scale & grade GS 15
Salary $156,235 to $172,500 per year
Work schedule Full-time
Duty station Moffett Field, CA
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes relocation expenses are authorized
Telework eligible Yes as determined by agency policy

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Please read all of the application instructions thoroughly. ALL applicants MUST submit transcripts and other required documentation with their applicationprior to the vacancy closing in order to be considered.


The Director of the Earthquake Science Center (ESC) manages the research, monitoring, personnel, and financial aspects of the Center to fulfill the mission of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program and meet the needs of other USGS Programs and external partners. The ESC Director is supervised by the Director of the USGS Southwest Region, and the ESC Center Director has close working relationships with the Directors of the other nine Centers within the Region. The Center Director also works closely with the Directors of the Northwest-Pacific Islands and Alaska Regions to inform and coordinate understanding of earthquake hazards along the U.S. Pacific coast.

The Center Director oversees a vibrant group of staff to collect a wide range of data on earthquakes, faults, and crustal deformation; conduct research to increase our understanding of earthquake source processes, occurrence, and effects; and synthesize this knowledge into probabilistic seismic hazard assessments, aftershock forecasts, and ground-shaking scenarios for anticipated major earthquakes. ESC also leads the National Strong Motion Project and the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system; houses renowned rock mechanics laboratories and deep borehole geophysics facilities; conducts extensive geophysical, geologic, and paleoseismic investigations along active faults; and conducts scientific investigations following significant earthquakes, both in the U.S. and internationally. With partners, ESC operates the California Integrated Seismic Network and Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, as well as seismic networks at sites of induced seismicity, and operates geodetic networks through the western U.S.


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