[unav_all] Applications Sought for 3 USGS Earthquake Positions in Pasadena

Thomas M Brocher brocher at usgs.gov
Wed Dec 30 12:42:11 MST 2009

Would you please Post this Job Announcement to UNAVCO Membership as soon 
as possible?  Thank you!! 

Message from Tom Brocher, USGS 

I?m extremely pleased to announce that the USGS Earthquake Science Center 
is now seeking applications for three positions in our Pasadena office, a 
senior seismologist (GS-14/15), a network seismologist (GS-12), and an 
operational geodesist (GS-12).  Because we are seeking the best candidates 
for each of these openings, would you please share this announcement with 
your colleagues who may be or know potential applicants for these 
positions?  Please note that applications will be accepted until January 
29, 2010 midnight EST only at http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/  Links to each 
job posting in USAJobs are listed after each position description.  More 
detailed application instructions are provided at the end of this email. 
An ad in Eos for these positions will be appearing in the upcoming January 
5th issue. 

Research Geophysicist (Senior Seismologist)  (GS-1313-14/15) 
Permanent Position.  Starting salary:  GS-14: $105, 566; GS-15: $124,177 
DUTIES: Originate, plan, lead, and conduct basic and applied research into 
earthquake source processes, ground motions in damaging earthquakes, and 
modeling and simulation of ground motions, and data analysis, emphasizing 
assessment of earthquake hazards in southern California. Principal studies 
include, 1) simulating ground motions in potentially damaging scenario 
earthquakes, 2) computing earthquake parameters such as a finite-fault 
source model for natural earthquakes, and 3) working with the seismic and 
geodetic network operational groups to develop, and ingest data into, an 
automated system for rapid assessment and analysis of earthquake ground 

QUALIFICATIONS:  GS-14: At least 1 year of specialized experience at or 
equivalent to the GS-13 level that is in or related to the duties 
described above. PhD highly desirable. 

For all US citizens (WR-2010-0107): 

For Merit Promotion (WR-2010-0112) 

Geophysicist (Network Seismologist)  (GS-1313-12) 
Term position (4 yrs).  Starting Salary:  $75,125.  GS-13 promotion 
DUTIES: This position includes operational responsibilities within the 
Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN) and development and operation 
of complex software systems for earthquake monitoring, and production of 
earthquake products. The successful candidate will apply modern 
computational techniques to analyze broad-band and strong motion seismic 
data, conduct seismological analyses to evaluate the performance and 
quality of CISN products, develop new earthquake data products, and with 
CISN partners, help develop an operational prototype Earthquake Early 
Warning (EEW) system in California. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  At least 1 yr of specialized experience equivalent to 


Geophysicist/Geodesist (Operational Geodesist)  (GS1313/1372-12) 
Term position (4 yrs).  Starting salary:  $75,125.  GS-13 promotion 
DUTIES: Leads the USGS GPS monitoring project in southern California. 
Monitors operations and directs two personnel in maintenance, repair and 
upgrade of the network. Interprets processing results to ensure that high 
quality data and station metadata are archived.  Directs maintenance and 
development of GPS software packages. Develops real-time processing and 
telemetry systems for USGS earthquake response products and Earthquake 
Early Warning system. Carries out investigations using GPS data and 
establishes new and modified methods, techniques, and procedures to 
resolve novel technical problems. 

QUALIFICATIONS: At least 1 yr of specialized experience equivalent to 


How to Apply 

YOU MUST APPLY ON-LINE AT: http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/ 
* For Senior Seismologist search on keyword:  WR-2009-0107 
* For Network Seismologist search on keyword:  WR-2009-0441   
* For Operational Geodesist search on keyword:  WR-2010-0019 

You must apply by January 29, 2010 midnight EST to be considered.  Only 
online applications will be accepted. 

These positions are with the USGS, Earthquake Science Center office 
located in Pasadena, CA 
U.S. Citizenship is Required 

Contact: Betsy Cohen, 916-278-9385, bcohen at usgs.gov, Human Resources 

Thank you for your help!! 


Tom Brocher
Team Chief Scientist
Earthquake Hazards Team
W: (650) 329-4737, Cell: (650) 644-5927, Fax: (650) 329-5617
brocher at usgs.gov

U.S. Geological Survey, MS 977
345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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