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Multiple Announcements: Professor/Director Nevada Seismological Laboratory; PhD position in probabilistic thermo-hydro-mechanical modeling; Lead the Earthquake Monitoring Project at the USGS; Seismological Instrument Technician

Date: 04/05/2023

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • Professor / Director Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno 
  • ​PhD position in probabilistic thermo-hydro-mechanical modeling of induced seismicity on rough faults
  • Opportunity to Lead the Earthquake Monitoring Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA
  • Field Service Electronics Technician/Seismological Instrument Technician I

On behalf of Daniel Trugman, UNR

Professor / Director Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno

Job Description: The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a full-time (9-month, tenure track) Professor / Director Nevada Seismological Laboratory.  The Director of NSL will lead a world-class seismology research organization and contribute to reducing earthquake risk through fundamental science research, regional earthquake monitoring, and public service. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Science, the Director will have the vision and initiative to enhance an already thriving environment of education and innovative research in seismology and geophysics, in areas including earthquake monitoring and hazards, artificial intelligence and big data, earthquake physics and rupture processes, engineering and computational seismology, earthquake geodesy, and seismotectonics.

The NSL operates a prominent regional seismic network as part of the USGS Advanced National Seismic System and is the statewide agency designated to provide earthquake information to the public and to first-responders.  The NSL director oversees a regional network of over 200 broadband and strong motion stations that span Nevada and areas of eastern California and operates its own high-throughput data communications system.  NSL operations include research and strategic partnerships with Department of Energy laboratories and the Nevada National Security Site, as well as energy and mining companies throughout the state. 

The Laboratory disseminates seismic information to the public and regularly publishes research results. It serves as a data repository and a resource for the public on matters related to earthquake activity and earthquake risks in Nevada and adjoining states. The laboratory also handles grant- and contract-supported research on seismic problems of national and international importance, and interacts closely with the University of Nevada Reno (http://www.unr.edu) Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (https://www.unr.edu/geology) to prepare well-educated professionals for careers in seismology.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in seismology, geophysics, or a related field, with significant experience in research, education, and leadership roles. Must be U.S. citizen to meet requirements set by DOE grantors. Valid Driver’s License.

For more information, and to apply, please visit: https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UNR-external/job/University-of-Nevada-Reno---Main-Campus/Professor---Director--Nevada-Seismological-Laboratory_R0136065-1

Application review will begin May 1, 2023. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


On behalf of Jean-Paul Ampuero, Geoazur

PhD position in probabilistic thermo-hydro-mechanical modeling of induced seismicity on rough faults

Background and research project: Earthquakes can be caused by human activities related to renewable energies and to the energy transition that are critical to address climate change. This PhD project focuses on seismicity induced by cold fluid injection during geothermal production and carbon capture and gas storage. The project objectives are:

  1. To develop a simulation framework that integrates careful modeling of both induced stresses and earthquake ruptures, including the role of temperature changes.
  2. To characterize the role of spatial heterogeneities in fluid-injection-induced seismicity. We willfocus on the most constrained spatial heterogeneities, those caused by fault roughness.
  3. To quantitatively integrate model uncertainties into a probabilistic hazard assessment workflow, producing an ensemble of model realizations constrained by observations (e.g. seismicity catalogs and satellite remote sensing) through data assimilation methods.

More background: https://bit.ly/40QYXFE

Position description and host teams: This PhD will be supervised by Jean-Paul Ampuero (Geoazur) and Thibault Candela (TNO). The position is primarily based at Geoazur (Nice, France), in its Earthquakes Team, and involves multiple visits to TNO (Utrecht, The Netherlands). A PhD degree in Earth Science will be granted by Université Côte d’Azur upon fulfilling the requirements of its Doctoral School for Fundamental and Applied Sciences.

Geoazur is a large academic research laboratory (about 200 people) focused on Earth science. It is located in Sophia-Antipolis, a leading European technology park (2,500 companies and 4,500 researchers) in between the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alps mountains. Geoazur is part of Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) and Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA) and is also affiliated to CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development).

TNO is the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research and acts as the Geological Survey of the Netherlands with the legal mission to make information on the Dutch subsurface available to Dutch society to enable the sustainable use and management of the subsurface and its mineral resources. TNO uses subsurface data to understand the Thermo-Hydro-Mechanic-Chemical dynamic interaction with a wide variety of applications: hydrocarbon production, storage of gas, CO2 and energy, and disposal of radioactive waste. A total of about 200 employees work in the geoscience domain at TNO.

Application procedure: To apply to this PhD position, send by April 30 2023 your motivation letter, CV, contact information of 2 references, and undergraduate and masters transcripts and grades by email to J.P. Ampuero and T. Candela (ampuero<at>geoazur.unice.fr, thibault.candela<at>tno.nl).


On behalf of Keith Knudsen, USGS

Opportunity to Lead the Earthquake Monitoring Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA 

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) is hiring a Supervisory Geophysicist to lead our Earthquake Monitoring Project. This important and influential permanent position is offered at the GS-14 level (salary range $144,017 to $183,500 / Per Year).  The mission of the ESC is to reduce seismic risk by conducting basic and applied research on earthquakes and their effects.   

This position is located in Menlo Park/Moffett Field, California, within the Earthquake Science Center (ESC). This person will serve as the Project Leader for the Earthquake Monitoring Project (EMP), and will be responsible for many of the earthquake monitoring activities within the ESC. The EMP oversees the operation of the Northern California Seismic Network, the National Strong Motion Network, a cache of rapidly deployable aftershock recording systems and the associated data acquisition and processing systems.  The EMP collaborates with the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory on earthquake monitoring in Northern and Central California, contributes to the observations of California volcanoes, and is part of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System. These networks and associated processing systems are designed to: ensure reliable, on-scale recording of earthquakes; to compute seismological and engineering parameters for earthquakes within seconds of their occurrence automatically and accurately; to deliver timely information to the public and emergency response agencies; and to archive data, data products, and metadata for the benefit of the seismological research and engineering communities.  

This position provides an opportunity for a leader interested in public service, and having a strong scientific and geophysical network background, to guide the USGS’s earthquake monitoring efforts and lead advancements in the field. 

As a Supervisory Geophysicist and Earthquake Monitoring Project Leader within the Earthquake Science Center, your duties will include: 

  • Serves as the Project Leader for the Earthquake Monitoring Project; 
  • Ensures the EMP meets its operational goals and coordinates the rapid and reliable delivery of seismic data and earthquake products to state emergency-services agencies, and cooperating networks of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) and the Advanced National Seismic System; 
  • Provides administrative direction over project goals, activities, and functions, including managing budgets, personnel supervision, purchasing property, and permitting. Oversees a group of about 30 scientists, engineers, technicians, IT professionals, and computer scientists, and supervises 4-8 direct reports; 
  • Collaborates with UC Berkeley, the National Earthquake Information Center and other projects within the USGS. Also collaborates with other network managers, operators of related projects (e.g. Earthquake Early Warning and ShakeAlert Systems), and emergency response organizations for successful and consistent earthquake monitoring in Northern California and for the National Strong Motion Project’s national monitoring of structures; 
  • Provides scientific guidance to advance data processing capabilities, including earthquake detection, location and data quality control, and improve earthquake information products; 
  • Is responsible for compliance with relevant regulatory requirements and agency policies; 
  • Participates on committees and offers recommendations to ESC and Earthquake Hazards Program leadership to ensure successful operation, growth and improvement of USGS seismic networks. 
  • May serve as an agency spokesperson to the media following significant earthquakes in northern and central California. 

Application Process: Apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/ 
The advertisement for this permanent, full-time position will be posted on USAJOBS on April 3, 2023 and close on April 28 (typically they close at 9pm PST, but please don’t wait to apply as there is a cap on the number of allowed applicants).    

Job Announcement Numbers: 
USGS-SAC-23-11787202-DE-LN for the general public 
USGS-SAC-23-11905085-ST-LN for current or former Federal employees 

Contact LaShawna Norman, lcnorman@usgs.gov with questions about the application process or Keith Knudsen with questions about the anticipated role (cell phone: 510-506-2834, email: kknudsen@usgs.gov). 


On behalf of Deanna Kaihara, California Geological Survey

Job Posting: Field Service Electronics Technician/Seismological Instrument Technician I

Under the general supervision and work direction of the Senior Precision Electronic Specialist, the Seismological Instrument Technician I is responsible for performing as a member of a team installing and maintaining complex accelerographic and data communication systems in buildings or other structures and at remote sites throughout the state, in support of the Earthquake Engineering Program in the Department of Conservation’s California Geological Survey.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Application instructions can be found on CalCareers: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=358060

Final Filing Date: 4/17/2023

Job Code #: JC-358060
Position #(s): 538-103-6991-XXX
Working Title:  Field Service Electronics Technician
$4,091.00 - $5,121.00
# of Positions:  Multiple
Work Location:  Sacramento County
Job Type:  Permanent, Full Time



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