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Postdoctoral Scholar Research - Seismology
University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
Date Posted September 18, 2020
Postdoctoral-Earth Science
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline 10/16/2020
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$48,000 a year
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Department: Geosciences - 0-1230-000

College/Division: College of Arts and Sciences

Salary Plan: Temporary

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $48,000 per year


The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Scholar position to join the seismology group. This is a full-time 12-month position with a starting date expected no later than January 4 th , 2021 . Initial funding is for one year with possibility for renewal for up to a total of three years. Health benefits will be offered through the USF Postdoctoral Scholar health insurance program.



The selected candidate will join the seismology group to work on the project “Improving Small Event Characterization and Determination of Moment Tensor Uncertainties.” The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a large dataset of broadband seismic waveforms from the Middle East. Research will focus on full seismic moment tensor determination of small-to-moderate sized events with the goal to improve methods that include realistic estimates of moment tensor uncertainties and parameter trade-offs. Tasks assigned include (i) implementation and modification of moment tensor inversion and 1D and 3D synthetic seismogram calculation codes on High-Performance Computing facilities, (ii) extensive testing and application to synthetic and real datasets, and (iii) validation of 3D reference Earth models in the target area. The selected candidate will write and publish manuscripts from this research and prepare and submit follow-on proposals related to this project. The candidate is also encouraged to develop her/his own research agenda.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree from an accredited institution and appropriate experience and training within geology, geophysics, or seismology. Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Postdoctoral Fellow.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in geophysics/seismology, be a highly motivated, independent researcher, and have experience in seismic moment tensor analysis and/or seismic waveform modeling. The project is computationally intensive, and part of the analyses will be conducted using the High-Performance Computing facilities at USF and other partner institutions such as the lead collaborator, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

USF Tampa

Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 25788

Posting Date: 09/16/2020

Posting End Date: 10/16/2020

How To Apply

Click on the Apply Now button. When applying to an opening you will have the opportunity to upload a 1) a cover letter outlining current research accomplishments ang goals for the Postdoctoral position, 2) a curriculum vita (CV), and 3) three (3) letters of recommendation as a single attachment. For questions and more information about the position, please contact Jochen Braunmiller ( jbraunmiller@usf.edu ) and/or Glenn Thompson ( thompsong@usf.edu )

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching the listed application requirements. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND CV, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. USF is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace. The School of Geosciences is interested in building a culturally diverse community and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. For disability accommodations, contact Jessica Wilson at normanj@usf.edu a minimum of five working days in advance.

The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.

Work Location

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About USF

The University of South Florida System is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report's national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state's 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees at USF, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here .

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