[unav_all] Vacancy announcement: USGS research position in real time GNSS operations and research

Murray, Jessica jrmurray at usgs.gov
Wed Dec 14 08:24:48 MST 2016

Research Position in Real Time GNSS Operations and Research at the U.S.
Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) seeks to fill a
research position within the broad areas of real time GNSS data acquisition
and processing, facilitating GNSS integration into earthquake early warning
efforts, and conducting basic research into crustal deformation processes.
This is a permanent position classified as a Research Geophysicist in
Pasadena, CA at the GS-13 or GS-14 level with promotion potential to the
GS-15 level.

Successful applicants will be expected to make significant contributions to
a vigorous program of real time GNSS operations and crustal deformation
research, especially as pertaining to southern California.   Research
results should have direct impacts on: evaluating existing and new
strategies for real-time GNSS positioning in order to provide accurate and
robust input for earthquake early warning (EEW) algorithms; better
quantifying long-term fault slip rates; resolving inter-seismic,
co-seismic, and post-earthquake deformation processes; understanding the
spatial and temporal partitioning of coseismic and aseismic fault slip over
multiple earthquake cycles; quantifying errors in model parameters; and
connecting observations with fault constitutive or bulk rheological

Successful applicants will utilize applied mathematics, geodesy,
geophysics, and/or seismology to conduct original research in real time
GNSS applications and modeling physical processes that characterize crustal
deformation over multiple time scales.  Research studies might include
evaluating how well GNSS can contribute to EEW algorithms; using GNSS and
other geodetic data to investigate the mechanics of crustal deformation and
resolve the spatial and temporal partitioning of coseismic and aseismic
fault slip, as applied to interseismic crustal motions and earthquake
deformation;  developing algorithms directed towards rapid earthquake
source characterization; and quantitative noise analysis using geodetic
data.  Methods employed may involve field testing of GNSS hardware or
software; preparing GNSS data streams for input into the West Coast EEW
(ShakeAlert) infrastructure; characterizing how physical properties of
faults and/or the crust affect interseismic and postseismic velocities;
developing models grounded in elastic or quasi-static dislocation
theory. Research
products will feed directly into short-term and long-term earthquake
forecasting, including EEW, as well as rapid earthquake response
capabilities and probabilistic seismic hazards assessments.

Applications (resume and responses to application questions) for this vacancy
must be received online via USAJOBS before Friday January 6, 2017. Resumes
MUST adhere to the format prescribed on USAJOBS, including full narrative
descriptions of “Duties, Accomplishments and

Related Skills” for past work experience.  Resumes should include detailed
information for current and past positions: job title; name of
company/agency; dates of employment (including month and year of start and
end); number of hours worked per week; salary; a narrative (not bullet
list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities; and
supervisor’s name and contact information (along with a statement
indicating “can call/do not call/contact me before calling” if desired).
Typical resume length is a minimum of two pages with half a page per

Transcripts, SF-50s, licenses, and other documents as appropriate MUST be
attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. A full description of the
job opening, qualifications and instructions on how to apply can be found
at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/458783500/

The Job Announcement Number is SAC-2017-0071. The salary range is $94,264
to $144,811 per year in Pasadena, CA.  U.S. citizenship is required.

Contact Yvonne Jacobs with questions about the application process

(phone: 916 278-9386, email: *yjacobs at usgs.gov <yjacobs at usgs.gov> *.)



Jessica Murray

Research Geophysicist
US Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Rd., MS 977
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Fax: 650-329-5163
jrmurray at usgs.gov
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