Thread: Postdoctoral Researcher

Started: 2022-03-23 23:29:53
Last activity: 2022-03-23 23:29:53
Marine Denolle
2022-03-23 23:29:53
Institution: University of Washington
Open Until: 2022-05-01

The Geophysics Group at the University of Washington (UW) will hire a Postdoctoral Scholar (postdoc) supported by the UW Geohazards Initiative (GHI). The postdoc will have wide latitude to carry out data discovery and analysis on offshore distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) datasets from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and beyond. The postdoc will have additional opportunities to participate in local, regional, and international DAS deployments. The research will entail some combination of data mining for transient events (e.g., earthquakes, marine mammal vocalization, magmatic unrest, atmospheric disturbances, glacier and landslide movement), data denoising, structural imaging beneath the cables, early warning system development and observation of oceanic processes. This is a non-exhaustive list of potential research directions and new lines of inquiry will be evaluated as they arise. The postdoc will work in an Open Science environment that leans heavily on workflow reproducibility in a version-controlled setting.

The UW GHI is an effort to better characterize and understand geological hazards in the Pacific Northwest and beyond that is centered at the UW College of the Environment. The postdoc will be encouraged to collaborate beyond the research group with colleagues in these units as well as with the USGS, the UW eScience Institute, the Department of Applied Mathematics, the Applied Physics Lab, and others. The postdoc will have access to an in-house petascale computing facility, cloud computing allocations, and dedicated access to a newly funded Photonic Sensing Facility at the UW.

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The successful candidate will receive a salary commensurate with research experience but not less than $60,000 in the first year. In consultation with their primary supervisors, they will receive support for computing, travel to conferences, publications, and fieldwork. The position is initially one year but will be reappointed to longer (at least one additional year) based upon satisfactory progress toward goals that are agreed upon with the advisors.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website at Initial appointments will be made for 12 months, renewable after that time.


A Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, in seismology, computational sciences, or related fields is required. Candidates must be comfortable practicing and/or learning high-performance computing for observational seismology on local and cloud UNIX environments. Experience with machine learning tools, continuum mechanics, and/or big data workflows is desirable.

Application Instructions

This position remains open until filled. Applicants will be asked to provide a current CV with links to any open code repositories (e.g., GitHub or Zenodo; repo links optional but preferred), a short research statement, and two representative publications. Review of the applications will start immediately. Applications received by May 1 will receive the fullest consideration.

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Questions? Email Brad Lipovsky (bpl7<at>
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