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Two Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 03/15/2024

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • USGS Geologist position in Golden, CO
  • USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals


On behalf of Christopher B. DuRoss, USGS  

USGS Geologist position in Golden, CO

The US Geological Survey, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Earthquake Hazards Program has announced an opening for a Geologist, GS-1350-7/9 position. This job is open to the public and/or Federal Employees and posted on USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment site at


The official announcement opened 3/11/2024 and will close 3/22/2024.

As a Geologist within the Geologic Hazards Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Assists scientists in all field activities in the collection of geologic data related to earthquake hazards and active faults to include: preparing and planning for field investigations; using Geographical Information System (GIS) software to prepare site maps; collecting field data; mapping and interpreting stratigraphic units (e.g., in trenches and cores); making field observations of geomorphology; and collecting and preparing samples for geochronology.
  • Recognizes, describes, classifies, and interprets geologic units, the measurement of stratigraphic and structural data, and the interpretation of fault and landscape geomorphology.
  • Supports scientists in all aspects of office phase of scientific projects to include: gathering and summarizing technical data, statistics, and maps from multiple sources, such as geological and geophysical technical reports; using GIS software and programming languages (e.g., Python or Matlab) to compile and interpret geologic, geomorphic, and spatial data; performing mathematical calculations to reduce scientific data; and performing literature reviews.
  • Compiles, processes, and analyzes geological and remote-sensing data such as satellite imagery and develops mosaics of digital data and images using standard software.
  • Uses standard statistical, Geographical Information System (GIS), and programming (e.g., Python or Matlab) software to compile, reduce, and interpret field and laboratory data to include: preparing tables, graphs, cross sections, and data plots for data interpretation; creating computer illustrations using standard graphics software; preparing reports that summarize data; and participating in scientific communication and outreach.
  • Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver.



On behalf of Jill M. Franks​, USGS

USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently soliciting project proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 grants on earthquake hazards science and is authorized to award up to $7 million. Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding Opportunity Number G25AS00240. Note that all proposals submitted to the FY25 open application period are now limited to 15 pages, maximum. Please review the application instructions found in the GRANTS.GOV solicitation for more information.

The grants offered through the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) are a long-standing effort that contributes to the advancement of earthquake research. The Earthquake Hazards Program encourages submission of new ideas that will provide more timely and accurate earthquake information, better characterization of earthquake sources, and a reduction in uncertainty for earthquake-hazard and risk assessments.  USGS also seeks proposals that will help to mitigate earthquake losses and better inform the public about earthquakes and earthquake safety, such as earthquake early warning or other scientific efforts that will lead to reduced risk. The complete list of FY2025 EHP science research priorities is included in the grants solicitation found on GRANTS.GOV as well as the EHP External Grants website.

Every year, the USGS invites innovative earthquake research proposals from colleges and universities, state and local offices, non-profit organizations, private institutions, unaffiliated scientists, engineers, and foreign organizations. Past funded grants projects include:

  • Short-Term Earthquake Forecasting in California
  • Understanding responses to ShakeAlert-powered earthquake early warning
  • Investigating the use of DAS in earthquake early warning
  • Improving 3D seismic velocity models in the San Francisco Bay region
  • Simulating the evolution of stress on the Wasatch Fault system
  • Analyzing GNSS Strain Rate and uncertainty in the New Madrid Seismic Zone

A complete list of previously funded projects and reports can be found on the USGS EHP external research support website.

Contact: Jill Franks, Associate Coordinator for External Research, Earthquake Hazards Program, jfranks@usgs.gov; 


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