New Permanent Geophysicist Position at the USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory

Thelen, Weston A wthelen at usgs.gov
Wed Sep 1 16:41:39 UTC 2021


Institution: U.S. Geological Survey
Open Until: 2021-09-17

A Research Geophysicist position (with specialty in seismology) is now open at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO), located in Vancouver, Washington.  CVO is one of 5 volcano observatories operated by the USGS' Volcano Science Center, which are collectively responsible for understanding and mitigating volcanic hazards at the nation's 161 potentially active volcanoes.  In addition to having responsibility for volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, CVO is host to the USGS' Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, which works with scientists and officials in other countries to aide them in their efforts to mitigate volcanic hazards.

As a Research Geophysicist at CVO, some of the specific duties will include:
•       Leading and conducting research in volcano seismology and infrasound to assess the hazards related to potentially active volcanoes through an integrated program of field and laboratory investigations.
•       Planning, conducting, and interpreting research based on seismological and/or infrasound investigations of active volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, with a primary focus on volcanoes in the Cascade Range as well as elsewhere in the western U.S. and analogous volcanic regions abroad, in collaboration with other USGS and academic researchers.
•       Analyzing and interpreting seismic and infrasonic data to improve understanding of the underlying volcanic processes giving rise to seismic/infrasonic signals.
•       Design, test and implement algorithms to automatically detect, identify, and locate seismic and infrasonic signals associated with unrest, eruption, and/or surface mass movements (e.g., lahars, avalanches, rock falls), with a particular focus on Mount Rainier.
•       Assist in the design, installation and maintenance of volcano monitoring networks.
•       Communicate results of research investigations to the broader scientific community as well as government official and local stakeholders.
•       Physical Demands: Must be able to hike long distances in isolated regions, often over uneven or steep terrain under extreme weather conditions, and carry a backpack of up to 50 lbs in weight.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have valid state driver's licenses & safe driving record.

For more information about job qualifications and applying for the positions, head to the USAJobs.gov job advertisement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/612535500 . Applications will be accepted through September 17, 2021.

If you have questions about this position, please feel free to reach out to Seth Moran (smoran at usgs.gov<mailto:smoran at usgs.gov>, 360 993-8934) and Wes Thelen (wthelen at usgs.gov<mailto:wthelen at usgs.gov>, 360 993-8977).

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