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Planetary Seismology Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Date Posted May 29, 2020

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of planetary seismology. The new hire will engage in a project to establish likely bounds on the nature and amount of seismic activity on Venus, assemble a catalog of potential Venus-analog events using records from a variety of traditional and non-traditional seismic sources recorded in Alaska and elsewhere, and use the catalog to evaluate the viability of potential instrument designs and analysis algorithms for an eventual seismograph on Venus. This is a one-year project, but the expectation is that a strong performer could transition into a multi-year position within the GI conducting a TBD mix of terrestrial and planetary seismology. We are planning to hire as soon as possible in order to meet grant requirements. Due to the short time available to fill this position, this position requires that applicants currently be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. We ask that all applicants include when they would be available to start in their cover letter.


100This project is in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center, which has an ongoing engineering effort to develop a seismometer capable of surviving for an extended period in the Venus environment. During this 1-year postdoctoral appointment the person hired will: 1) Estimate the nature and level of seismicity on Venus guided by current understanding of the similarities and differences in Venus and Earth’s lithospheric structure and tectonic styles; 2) Using seismic records from across Alaska, create an organized catalog that contains type examples of seismic events from various natural and man-made (e.g., mining explosions) sources that could serve as potential analogs for Venusian seismic sources; 3) Evaluate the ability to determine various aspects of Venus seismicity under potential seismometer restrictions; and 4) Test and evaluate possible mitigation strategies for current seismometer design limitations.Essential


Experience processing, analyzing, and interpreting seismic records from earthquakes, volcanoes, explosions, and other natural and manmade sources.

General programming ability, especially with Python.

Familiarity with seisomology-related research on planets other than Earth.

Ability to conduct independent research in a small-team environment.

Ability to publish in relevant peer-reviewed journals.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Required Education and Experience:

PhD (already received, having completed all requirements and awaiting graduation) in Geophysics or in a relevant discipline.

2 years of research related to the relevant scientific field (Seisomology)

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter with your first available start date, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. Please submit your application by 6/21/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 6/22/2020. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

Advertised: 28 May 2020 Alaskan Daylight Time
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