[unav_all] USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity - Integrating Geodesy into Rapid Analysis of Earthquake Finiteness

Gavin Hayes ghayes at usgs.gov
Wed Jan 4 09:15:28 MST 2012

Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity 34. The Integration of Satellite and Airborne-based Datasets into Observations of Earthquake Finiteness

The rapid analysis of earthquake source properties, including rupture finiteness, is an important component of response activities at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) and a topic of significant interest and research focus in earthquake seismology. While not currently systematically used for rapid analyses, the use of geodetic observations as either a substitute for or complement to seismic data has become increasingly prevalent over the past decade. The focus of this Opportunity is on research that will ultimately provide a more complete characterization of earthquake rupture processes in the hours following a major global event.

We invite proposals from candidates with experience in geodesy and (or) global seismology and with interest and (or) experience in the modeling of earthquake source processes. The candidates may explore the opportunistic use of a complete suite of any available datasets (for example,, GPS, InSAR, optical, surface faulting), a priori fault geometries, state-of-the-art inversion techniques, and response requirements that can ultimately position the USGS/NEIC for joint inversion capabilities soon after an earthquake’s occurrence. Proposals that explore current methods used in the processing of real-time geodetic data for earthquake source characterization and the potential to integrate such methodology—and improvements to these techniques—into USGS/NEIC response activities, are also invited.

We also seek candidates interested in exploring the use of innovative optical data processing techniques via the unique satellite- and airborne-based assets available to the USGS for the resolution of earthquake source properties imaged via ground deformation.

The Duty Station is Golden, CO.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree.  Research Advisors include Gavin Hayes and David Wald (USGS, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Golden, CO); Michael Hutt (USGS Rocky Mountain Geographic Center, Lakewood, CO); Rob Graves (USGS, Pasadena, CA); and Ken Hudnut (USGS, Pasadena, CA). 

For complete details, see http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc. APPLICATIONS DUE February 21, 2012.

Gavin P Hayes
USGS National Earthquake Information Center 
(Contracted by Synergetics, Inc.)
ghayes at usgs.gov
Slab1.0 - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/data/slab/
2012 USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

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