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Research Assistant Professor Earthquake Source

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 7, 2024

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Research Assistant Professor Earthquake Source

College/School/Unit: Jackson School of Geosciences
Posted: Oct 18, 2023
Apply By: Open until filled


As part of a multi-disciplinary, integrated research team, the candidate will participate directly in efforts to relocate seismicity and to provide subsurface velocity models and geo-models.

The responsibilities this position include:

- Performing original and independent research on earthquake source characteristics of Texas, the surrounding area of Texas, and elsewhere. Being involved in analyzing data collected from the TexNet seismological monitoring program and other stations or assets that provide quality data. Comparing different methods and tools for moment tensor inversion and first motion to calculate fault plane solutions.
- Engaging in outside funding activities and promote programs with stakeholders.
- Presenting research results to funding agencies, reporting results of research in journal articles and books, and presenting results at professional meetings.
- Providing service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serving on committees as needed.
- Doing fieldwork as necesary.

$85,000 depending on qualifications.


Required Qualifications
PhD in seismology/geophysics or closely related discipline (applied mathematics, physics, geoscience or engineering). Record of scientific publication in international journals, research performance, and professional achievement commensurate with experience. Proven record of successful leadership in a research environment in industry, or in academia. Ability and desire to work in diverse, multi-disciplinary, integrated research teams. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in groups and independently, sometimes in demanding conditions. Ability to manage complex systems. Professional demeanor and excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Hands-on experience in analyzing and manipulating seismological data. Proficiency, with specific background and hands-on experience with moment tensor inversion and fault plane solutions using first motion. Experience in full waveform inversion using innovative tools (e.g. ISOLA) and methods (ML), earthquake location algorithms, computer programming and geophysical equipment. Knowledge of Python programming language, including experience in developing scripts and tools for data processing and analysis.

Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and deliverables. Willingness and ability to adapt to changing research programs and project needs. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Application Instructions

With your application please submit:
- Letter of interest
- 3 professional references and their contact information.
- CV/Resume

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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