Postdoctoral in Geophysics at Scripps Opportunity

Vashan Wright vwright at
Fri Sep 23 14:43:22 UTC 2022

 *Postdoctoral Fellowship at STRPL,*
*  Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC San Diego*

*Position Overview*

*Position title:* Postdoctoral Researcher
*Anticipated start: *After July 1, 2023, and before Dec 1, 2023 (Negotiable)
*Application window: *Sept 20, 2022, to Nov 30, 2022 (11:59 pm PST)

*Position Description*

The Scripps Tectonorockphysics Lab (STRPL) <>,
led by Dr. Vashan Wright at Scripps Institution of Oceanography University
of California San Diego, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral
fellowship position. We seek candidates from all areas of geophysics. We
are particularly interested in candidates who wish to conduct research on
(1) granular/soft-matter/statistical physics applied to Earth or Planetary
science problems, (2) the role of fault zone grains, fractures, and
plasticity during the earthquake cycle, (3) the use of three-dimensional
printing to understand Earth or Planetary science processes, (4) global or
regional tectonics, and (5) earthquake, controlled-source, or structural
seismology. We are also interested in research that contributes to a better
understanding of the impacts of geological processes on humans, especially
those living in predominantly Black, Brown, Indigenous, and impoverished
communities and nations. Candidates whose research falls into one or more
of the broad areas mentioned above are especially encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to candidates wishing to conduct broadly
applicable fundamental research. All candidates who meet the
qualifications, regardless of their field in geophysics, will be considered.

STRPL and Scripps are dedicated to advancing belonging, accessibility,
justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI) for all who are or wish
to be members of our community, and we recognize the necessity of
supporting postdoctoral researchers with efforts to integrate work, family,
and other work-life considerations. Our dedication to advancing BAJEDI
includes a commitment to addressing the family needs of postdoctoral
researchers, including single parents. We welcome candidates who have had
non-traditional career paths, have taken time off for family reasons (e.g.,
caring for children, the disabled, or the elderly), or are interested in
careers both in and outside academia. We welcome candidates interested in
being involved in improving BAJEDI in Geoscience (for example, URGE).

*Qualifications and Expectations*

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Earth/Planetary Science, Physics,
Material Science, Engineering, or a related field by the time of
appointment. We expect appointees to conduct research, write proposals, and
mentor graduate students. The appointment is for up to 2 years.
Continuation beyond year 1 is contingent upon the successful evaluation in
year 1.

*Compensation and Benefits*

The salary is $70,000. The appointed candidate’s salary will increase at
the time of reappointment or the anniversary of the start date. The
position includes full benefits. The successful candidate will receive a
laptop allowance, aid with moving expenses (based on policy), and up to
$15,000 in discretionary research funds; spending of discretionary research
funds is subject to PI approval.

*Application Requirements*

Applications are due by *November 30, 2022*, and should be submitted online
*here* <>.

Applications must include:

   1. A dissertation abstract (1 page) that describes Ph.D. research
   objectives and main findings; a brief description of past
   challenges/roadblocks to conducting/publishing research may be included if
   2. A statement of research interests (1-2 pages, 12 point) that outlines
   plans for the postdoctoral period.
   3. A curriculum vita, including any personal information and a list of
   publications, (1-3 pages, 12 point).

Appointees will primarily work under supervision of Dr. Wright and in
collaboration with at least one other IGPP researcher. The research
interest statement should briefly outline how the applicant envisions
collaborating Dr. Wright and one other IGPP researcher. We ask for this
IGPP researcher’s name on the application form. Information on recent IGPP
research is available at

So that we can be alerted to the need for a visa, we will also ask for your
immigration status. In addition, you will need to provide contact
information for two writers of support letters, but you are yourself
responsible for ensuring that these writers provide support letters,
submitted directly by emailing to greenfound at Support letters are
due by *December 7, 2022*.

*Contact *

Address inquiries to Dr. Wright at vwright at Contact any STRPL lab
member to learn about our culture. Questions about the application process
can be directed to greenfound at

*Campus Information*

The University of California San Diego is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, with a strong commitment to
diversity <>, and welcomes all qualified
applicants. All qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial
consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national
origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran
status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. For the
complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action
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Vashan Wright (he/him/his)

Assistant ProfessorChief / King / Bossman / Island Prof
Scripps Tectonorockphysics Lab (STRPL/Stripple)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

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