[unav_all] USGS postdoctoral research on Kilauea Volcano

Jaime Magliocca magliocca at unavco.org
Wed Aug 12 08:53:02 MDT 2009

Dear Colleagues, 

Our apologies for duplicate postings of this announcement. 

The USGS is seeking applicants to conduct postdoctoral research on Kilauea
Volcano as part of two separate, but complementary, projects: investigating
Kilauea's magma plumbing with ambient noise tomography, and modeling magma
migration and storage at Kilauea (the latter opportunity was also advertised
in 2008, but we were unable to fill the position at that time).  Kilauea is
currently experiencing an unprecedented eruptive episode involving vents at
both its summit and east rift zone; thus, the time for such investigations
is ripe. 

The Mendenhall program is an exceptional opportunity to conduct research
with the USGS and includes full salary and project funding for two years
(with a possible extension for two additional years).  If you are interested
in more information about these projects, please don't hesitate to contact
any one of the project supervisors, and be sure to visit the Mendenhall
Program website ( <http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/>

The application deadline for these opportunities is November 9, 2009.  The
successful applicants will be expected to have completed their PhD and start
work in late 2010 or early 2011. 

Dynamics of Magma Migration, Magma Storage, and Stress Triggering at Kilauea
Volcano, Hawai'i: Kilauea is one of the best known volcanoes in the world
thanks to its frequent eruptive activity, long history of continuous
monitoring, and excellent accessibility.  As a result, geophysical data
collection is outpacing model development.  The goal of this project is the
construction and implementation of conceptually and physically realistic
models of Kilauea's shallow magmatic system that build on existing knowledge
of the volcano and that quantitatively predict the spatial and temporal
patterns of recently observed volcanic activity, seismicity, and
deformation.  We seek a researcher who will develop innovative models that
take advantage of the vast archive of geophysical and geological data at
Kilauea, and who will employ new cutting-edge data sets, for example, PS
InSAR, high-rate GPS, or gravity. 

Research Advisors: Michael Poland (mpoland at usgs.gov); Asta Miklius
(asta at usgs.gov); Paul Okubo (pokubo at usgs.gov); Jessica Murray-Moraleda
(jrmurray at usgs.gov); Tim Masterlark (University of Alabama;
masterlark at geo.ua.edu) 

Project Website:  <http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/2011/opps/opp38.html>

Duty Station: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HI) 

Investigating the Active Plumbing System for Kilauea with Ambient Seismic
Noise: Ambient noise seismology is a new and rapidly emerging field
attracting many new seismologists. This project presents an opportunity to
apply a new skill and significantly advance the science and practice of
volcano monitoring. Beyond the use of ambient seismic noise to investigate
Kilauea, details of the research plan are left to the postdoctoral fellow to
formulate with the advisers. Although the project will be informed by
previous ambient noise studies at Piton de la Fournaise, the research at
Kilauea is expected to evolve in different ways uniquely and appropriately
suited to the setting and activity there. Owing to long-term monitoring at
Kilauea, much is already known about the shallow magma reservoirs and
seismic sources beneath the caldera that can guide interpretations of
results from ambient noise. 

Research Advisors: Paul Okubo (pokubo at usgs.gov); Matthew Haney (Boise State
University; matt at cgiss.boisestate.edu); Bernard Chouet (chouet at usgs.gov);
Shaul Hurwitz (shaulh at usgs.gov) 

Project Website:  <http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/2011/opps/opp37.html>

Duty Station: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HI) or Menlo Park (CA) 

Many thanks, 
Mike Poland and Paul Okubo (for the research advisor teams)

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