Thread: USGS Earthquake Science Center, Earthquake Monitoring Project, Project Leader/Supervising Geophysicist

Started: 2023-04-03 22:02:19
Last activity: 2023-04-03 22:02:19
Opportunity to Lead the Earthquake Monitoring Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) is hiring a Supervisory Geophysicist to lead our Earthquake Monitoring Project. This important and influential permanent position is offered at the GS-14 level (salary range $144,017 to $183,500 / Per Year). The mission of the ESC is to reduce seismic risk by conducting basic and applied research on earthquakes and their effects.
This position is located in Menlo Park/Moffett Field, California, within the Earthquake Science Center (ESC). This person will serve as the Project Leader for the Earthquake Monitoring Project (EMP), and will be responsible for many of the earthquake monitoring activities within the ESC. The EMP oversees the operation of the Northern California Seismic Network, the National Strong Motion Network, a cache of rapidly deployable aftershock recording systems and the associated data acquisition and processing systems. The EMP collaborates with the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory on earthquake monitoring in Northern and Central California, contributes to the observations of California volcanoes, and is part of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System. These networks and associated processing systems are designed to: ensure reliable, on-scale recording of earthquakes; to compute seismological and engineering parameters for earthquakes within seconds of their occurrence automatically and accurately; to deliver timely information to the public and emergency response agencies; and to archive data, data products, and metadata for the benefit of the seismological research and engineering communities.

This position provides an opportunity for a leader interested in public service, and having a strong scientific and geophysical network background, to guide the USGS’s earthquake monitoring efforts and lead advancements in the field.
As a Supervisory Geophysicist and Earthquake Monitoring Project Leader within the Earthquake Science Center, your duties will include:

* Serves as the Project Leader for the Earthquake Monitoring Project;
* Ensures the EMP meets its operational goals and coordinates the rapid and reliable delivery of seismic data and earthquake products to state emergency-services agencies, and cooperating networks of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) and the Advanced National Seismic System;
* Provides administrative direction over project goals, activities, and functions, including managing budgets, personnel supervision, purchasing property, and permitting. Oversees a group of about 30 scientists, engineers, technicians, IT professionals, and computer scientists, and supervises 4-8 direct reports;
* Collaborates with UC Berkeley, the National Earthquake Information Center and other projects within the USGS. Also collaborates with other network managers, operators of related projects (e.g. Earthquake Early Warning and ShakeAlert Systems), and emergency response organizations for successful and consistent earthquake monitoring in Northern California and for the National Strong Motion Project’s national monitoring of structures;
* Provides scientific guidance to advance data processing capabilities, including earthquake detection, location and data quality control, and improve earthquake information products;
* Is responsible for compliance with relevant regulatory requirements and agency policies;
* Participates on committees and offers recommendations to ESC and Earthquake Hazards Program leadership to ensure successful operation, growth and improvement of USGS seismic networks.
* May serve as an agency spokesperson to the media following significant earthquakes in northern and central California.
Application Process:
Apply online at
The advertisement for this permanent, full-time position will be posted on USAJOBS on April 3, 2023 and close on April 28 (typically they close at 9pm PST, but please don’t wait to apply as there is a cap on the number of allowed applicants).

Job Announcement Numbers:
USGS-SAC-23-11787202-DE-LN for the general public
USGS-SAC-23-11905085-ST-LN for current or former Federal employees

Contact LaShawna Norman, lcnorman<at> with questions about the application process or Keith Knudsen with questions about the anticipated role (cell phone: 510-506-2834, email: kknudsen<at>
As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies: teamwork, customer service, program/project management, interpersonal communication, scientific knowledge, compute/analyze data, information management, financial management.
Please be sure to follow all steps outlined on the USAJobs web site in submitting your application. For example, include a resume with detailed information about current and past positions, including precise dates of employment. Please also be sure to include copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, unofficial is fine), SF-50s if applicable, professional licenses, and other requested documents. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Additional information on what to include can be found here

The U.S. Geological Survey is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keith L. Knudsen

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Deputy Director, Earthquake Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey

ph: 650-439-2554 (O); 510-506-2834 (C) email: kknudsen<at><kknudsen<at>>

Physical address: 350 N. Akron Rd, Moffett Field, CA 94035

Mailing address: P.O. Box 158, Moffett Field, CA 94035

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