Thread: Research Position in Crustal Deformation Research at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park or Pasadena

Started: 2018-08-23 18:40:42
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Research Position in Crustal Deformation Research at the U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) seeks to fill a research position within the broad areas of conducting basic research into crustal deformation processes. This is a permanent position classified as a Research Geophysicist in Pasadena, CA or Menlo Park, CA at the GS-13 or GS-14 level with promotion potential to the GS-15 level.

Successful applicants will be expected to make significant contributions to a vigorous program of crustal deformation research, especially as pertaining to development of new approaches for estimating long-term slip rates on Western US faults using geodetic data and devising methods for practically implementing this information in the National Seismic Hazard Model. Research results should have direct impacts on: better quantifying long-term fault slip rates in southern California and other regions pertinent to the Earthquake Hazards Program mission, resolving outstanding geologic/geodetic slip rate discrepancies, developing deformation models that can inform time-dependent earthquake hazard assessments, and quantifying errors in model parameters. Additional areas for collaboration with fellow ESC research scientists may include resolving the spatial and temporal partitioning of coseismic and aseismic fault slip within and over multiple earthquake cycles, connecting geodetic observations with fault constitutive or bulk rheological properties, further development of geodetic approaches for improved earthquake early warning and rapid response, and understanding transient deformation and its relationship to tremor in the San Andreas fault system and/or the Cascadia subduction zone.

Successful applicants will utilize applied mathematics, statistics, geodesy, geophysics, and/or seismology to conduct original research that characterizes crustal deformation with quantitative error analysis for earthquake hazard assessment applications. Research studies will utilize GNSS, InSAR, and other geodetic data and will address the mechanics of crustal deformation, for example by developing models grounded in elastic or quasi-static dislocation theory; resolving the spatial and temporal partitioning of coseismic and aseismic deformation; and characterizing how physical properties of faults and/or the crust affect interseismic and postseismic deformation rates. Research products will feed directly into short-term and long-term earthquake forecasting for probabilistic seismic hazard assessment; additional applications may include EEW and rapid earthquake response.

Applications (resume and responses to application questions) for this vacancy must be received online via USAJOBS before Friday September 21, 2018. Resumes MUST adhere to the format prescribed on USAJOBS, including full narrative descriptions of “Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills” for past work experience. Resumes should include detailed information for current and past positions: job title; name of company/agency; dates of employment (including month and year of start and end); number of hours worked per week; salary; a narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities; and supervisor’s name and contact information (along with a statement indicating “can call/do not call/contact me before calling” if desired). Typical resume length is a minimum of two pages with half a page per position.

Transcripts, SF-50s, licenses, and other documents as appropriate MUST be attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. A full description of the job opening, qualifications and instructions on how to apply can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/508893500
The Job Announcement Number is SAC-2018-0328. The salary range is $98,747 to $161,817 per year in Pasadena, CA or Menlo Park, CA. U.S. citizenship is required.

Contact Yvonne Jacobs with questions about the application process
(phone: 916 278-9386, email: yjacobs<at>usgs.gov .)

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