Thread: Postdoc Position in Distributed Acoustic Sensing at the University of Washington

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*Postdoc Position in Distributed Acoustic Sensing at the University of

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.

Seattle is a culturally diverse city with thriving arts, music, sports, and
food scenes, an international airport, and opportunities for ocean and
mountain adventures at your doorstep.

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 PhD, 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 are 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

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