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Two hiring announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 06/15/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following hiring announcements:

  • Opportunity to Lead the Southern California Seismic Monitoring Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, CA 
  • Two Open Researcher Positions at CICESE

On behalf of Keith Knudsen, USGS

Opportunity to Lead the Southern California Seismic Monitoring Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, CA 

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) is hiring a Supervisory Geophysicist to lead our Southern California Seismic Monitoring Project. This important and influential permanent position is offered at the GS-14 level (salary range $128,230 to $166,697).  The mission of the ESC is to reduce seismic hazard by conducting basic and applied research on earthquakes.   

This position serves as Project Leader of the Southern California Earthquake Monitoring Project, which operates the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN), Station Information System (SIS) and Earthquake Notification System (ENS). It also provides oversight for components of ShakeAlert support and the ANSS Quake Management System (AQMS). The SCSN is operated jointly by USGS and Caltech and operates an array of more than 350 seismic stations throughout southern California, the region with the highest earthquake risk in the United States and a population of more than 20 million. The SCSN is part of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN), which is one of seven regions of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS). This position provides an opportunity for a leader interested in public service, and having a strong scientific and seismic network background, to guide the USGS’s earthquake monitoring efforts and lead advancements in the field. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensures the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN) meets its operational goals to monitor earthquake activity, collect data, and generate accurate products related to earthquakes in southern California. 
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other network managers, operators of related projects (e.g. ShakeAlert), and emergency response organizations for successful and consistent earthquake monitoring in California and the West. 
  • Collaborates with Caltech, the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) and other monitoring and products projects within the USGS. 
  • Participates on committees and offers recommendations to Earthquake Science Center and Earthquake Hazards Program leadership to ensure successful operation, growth and improvement of USGS seismic networks. 
  • Leads the development, improvement, and maintenance of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) Quake Management System (AQMS) Jiggle, Earthquake Notification System (ENS), and other software systems for earthquake monitoring and the generation of earthquake products. 
  • Provides administrative direction over project goals, activities, and functions, including managing budgets, personnel supervision, purchasing property, and permitting. Oversees a group of 15-20 scientists, engineers, technicians, IT professionals, computer scientists, and supervises 4-8 direct reports.   

As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies: teamwork, customer service, program/project management, interpersonal communication, scientific knowledge, compute/analyze data, information management, financial management. 

Application Process

Apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/job/657376200   

The advertisement for this permanent, full-time position will be posted on USAJOBS on Sunday June 6, 2022.  The advertisement is scheduled to close on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 9pm PST.    

Contact Paj Shua Cha with questions about the application process (phone: 650-439-2455, email: pcha@usgs.gov), or Keith Knudsen with questions about the anticipated role (cell phone: 510-506-2834, email: kknudsen@usgs.gov). 

Please be sure to follow all steps outlined on the USAJobs web site in submitting your application.  For example, include a resume with detailed information about current and past positions, including precise dates of employment.  Please also be sure to include copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, unofficial is fine), SF-50s, professional licenses, and other requested documents. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.


On behalf of Hector Gonzalez-Huizar, CICESE

Two Open Researcher Positions at CICESE

The Seismology Department of the Earth Sciences Division of the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Baja California (CICESE) is seeking to fill two tenure-track researcher positions. The Seismology Department is currently formed by 14 researchers and operates a large seismic and geodetic network in Northwestern Mexico.

Candidates will enhance and compliment any of the Department of Seismology’s areas of research including:

  • Strong-motion seismology
  • Seismicity and geodesy in volcanoes
  • Seismotectonics
  • Seismic hazard and risk
  • Seismology applied to engineering
  • Rock physics
  • Seismologic and geodesic networks and monitoring

Experience in the managing of large data bases and/or AI techniques applicable to seismology are desirable.

Candidates must have the ability and willingness to advice students at the master and doctoral levels, as well as to teach graduate courses in the areas mentioned above.

For complete information on these two positions please visit:



Application deadline: July 27th, 2022


Dr. Hector Gonzalez-Huizar
Head of the Seismology Department, CICESE
E-mail: hgonzalez@cicese.mx


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