Thread: Mendenhall Positions at USGS Menlo Park on ground motion in earthquake early warning

Started: 2018-03-16 18:28:46
Last activity: 2018-03-16 18:28:46
*2-3 USGS Mendenhall Postdoc positions are available in Menlo Park. Please
forward on to your networks, departments, students, etc. Applicants are
strongly encouraged to get in touch with us to discuss possible projects
and proposals early in the process. *
*S27. Quantification and validation of earthquake ground motions in early
warning applications*
*2-3 positions available in Menlo Park, CA*

* general
application information: Position closes May 14, 2018.*
The USGS along with a coalition of State and university partners is
developing and testing the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning (EEW) system
for the west coast of the United States. We seek several Mendenhall
Postdoctoral Scholars to investigate and/or develop new ground-motion
estimation and evaluation methods for EEW through one of three avenues,
which may also be combined together in a symbiotic research proposal: 1.
Assessment of expected ground motion: assess or develop GMPEs for use in
EEW that most efficiently utilize the limited information available in
real-time. 2. Verification of early warning algorithms: develop appropriate
benchmarks and performance metrics, test the system against those metrics,
validate existing suites of synthetic waveforms to use for verification, or
develop additional suites of earthquake scenarios and new techniques for
generating synthetic waveforms. 3. Ground-motion based alert methods (that
is, methods that predict ground-motion directly from observations without
estimating earthquake source parameters): determine feasibility of this
type of alert for the ShakeAlert system and potential improvements in
alerting. The postdoctoral researcher should have strong technical skills
in earthquake seismology or engineering seismology associated with the
proposed work and a desire to contribute to the ShakeAlert project; prior
research experience with EEW is not necessary. Applicants are strongly
encouraged to contact the advisors early in the application process to
discuss project ideas and how they fit into the larger framework of

*Research Advisor(s)*: Annemarie Baltay, (650) 329-4759, abaltay<at>;
Sarah Minson, (650) 329-4879, sminson<at>; Brad Aagaard, (650)
329-4789, baagaard<at>; Andy Barbour, (650) 329-4803, abarbour<at>;
Jessica Murray, (650) 329-4864, jrmurray<at>; Thomas Hanks, (650)
329-5634, thanks<at>

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