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Research Position in Ground-Motion Characterization at the U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) in Menlo Park, California, is hiring a Research Geophysicist to study the excitation and propagation of seismic waves with a focus on earthquake ground motion to provide more quantitative estimates and basic understanding of earthquake source parameters. An area of particular interest is how best to represent seismological theory in the heavily empirical ground-motion prediction equations (GMPE) so commonly used in engineering analyses and applications. This will be a permanent position at the GS-13 level, with promotion potential to GS-15.

This position focuses on developing better knowledge and understanding of the excitation and propagation of seismic waves for use in earthquake-resistant design and construction: buildings that are designed and constructed to accommodate probable ground motions are the nation’s primary defense against loss of life and property due to earthquakes. The person hired will apply a strong background in applied mathematics, seismology, and geophysics to solve analytical and numerical problems while maintaining relevance of this research to other related seismological and geophysical interests. This research will make significant contributions to a vigorous program of earthquake source investigations and hazard assessments.

Applications (resume and responses to application questions) for this vacancy must be received online via USAJOBS before midnight Eastern Time on Friday, October 31, 2014. Resumes MUST adhere to the format prescribed on USAJOBS, including full narrative descriptions of “Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills” for past work experience. Transcripts, etc. 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: The Job Announcement Number is PAC-2014-0773 (PAC-2014-0775 for current Federal Employees). The salary range is $97,836 to $127,187 per year. U.S. citizenship is required.

Contact Earl Emerson with questions about the application process (phone: 253-552-1663, email: