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Job postings from the SCEC Community

Date: 09/27/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements regarding employment opportunities:

Three Seismic Hazard Positions for Geologists: Apply by Oct. 3
Geophysics position in seismic hazard at Bureau of Reclamation
Postdoctoral Fellowship at STRPL, Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC San Diego


On behalf of Joanna Redwine, Bureau of Reclamation

Three Seismic Hazard Positions for Geologists: Apply by Oct. 3

We have 3 positions open for mid career (GS12) and early career (GS11) geologists to work on seismic hazards with the Seismology and Geomorphology Group with the Bureau of Reclamation. Apply by October 3rd!

Open to the public:

For federal employees, veterans, peace corps, etc:


On behalf of Jeanne Godaire, Bureau of Reclamation

Geophysics position in seismic hazard at Bureau of Reclamation

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking qualified applicants for a Geophysics position (GS-1313-13) in seismic hazard with the Seismology and Geomorphology group in Denver, CO.

In this position, you will perform probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, ground motion time histories, and geophysical investigations for input to engineering analysis of Reclamation infrastructure.

Applications are accepted until October 11, 2022.

Further information on job duties, requirements and application procedure are found here: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/678523200


On behalf of Vashan Wright, UCSD

Postdoctoral Fellowship at STRPL, Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC San Diego

Position Overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Anticipated start: After July 1, 2023, and before Dec 1, 2023 (Negotiable)
Application window: Sept 20, 2022, to Nov 30, 2022 (11:59 pm PST)

Position Description

The Scripps Tectonorockphysics Lab (STRPL), led by Dr. Vashan Wright at Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of California San Diego, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position. We seek candidates from all areas of geophysics. We are particularly interested in candidates who wish to conduct research on (1) granular/soft-matter/statistical physics applied to Earth or Planetary science problems, (2) the role of fault zone grains, fractures, and plasticity during the earthquake cycle, (3) the use of three-dimensional printing to understand Earth or Planetary science processes, (4) global or regional tectonics, and (5) earthquake, controlled-source, or structural seismology. We are also interested in research that contributes to a better understanding of the impacts of geological processes on humans, especially those living in predominantly Black, Brown, Indigenous, and impoverished communities and nations. Candidates whose research falls into one or more of the broad areas mentioned above are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates wishing to conduct broadly applicable fundamental research. All candidates who meet the qualifications, regardless of their field in geophysics, will be considered.

STRPL and Scripps are dedicated to advancing belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI) for all who are or wish to be members of our community, and we recognize the necessity of supporting postdoctoral researchers with efforts to integrate work, family, and other work-life considerations. Our dedication to advancing BAJEDI includes a commitment to addressing the family needs of postdoctoral researchers, including single parents. We welcome candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., caring for children, the disabled, or the elderly), or are interested in careers both in and outside academia. We welcome candidates interested in being involved in improving BAJEDI in Geoscience (for example, URGE).

Qualifications and Expectations

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Earth/Planetary Science, Physics, Material Science, Engineering, or a related field by the time of appointment. We expect appointees to conduct research, write proposals, and mentor graduate students. The appointment is for up to 2 years. Continuation beyond year 1 is contingent upon the successful evaluation in year 1.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary is $70,000. The appointed candidate’s salary will increase at the time of reappointment or the anniversary of the start date. The position includes full benefits. The successful candidate will receive a laptop allowance, aid with moving expenses (based on policy), and up to $15,000 in discretionary research funds; spending of discretionary research funds is subject to PI approval.

Application Requirements

Applications are due by November 30, 2022, and should be submitted online here.

Applications must include:

  • A dissertation abstract (1 page) that describes Ph.D. research objectives and main findings; a brief description of past challenges/roadblocks to conducting/publishing research may be included if desired.
  • A statement of research interests (1-2 pages, 12 point) that outlines plans for the postdoctoral period.
  • A curriculum vita, including any personal information and a list of publications, (1-3 pages, 12 point).
  • Appointees will primarily work under supervision of Dr. Wright and in collaboration with at least one other IGPP researcher. The research interest statement should briefly outline how the applicant envisions collaborating Dr. Wright and one other IGPP researcher. We ask for this IGPP researcher’s name on the application form. Information on recent IGPP research is available at https://igpp.ucsd.edu/about.

So that we can be alerted to the need for a visa, we will also ask for your immigration status. In addition, you will need to provide contact information for two writers of support letters, but you are yourself responsible for ensuring that these writers provide support letters, submitted directly by emailing to greenfound@ucsd.edu. Support letters are due by December 7, 2022.


Address inquiries to Dr. Wright at vwright@ucsd.edu. Contact any STRPL lab member to learn about our culture. Questions about the application process can be directed to greenfound@ucsd.edu.


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