Job Opening

Seismologist-Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Posted: 04/25/2022

Open Until: 05/31/2022

Job Description
Seismologist-Postdoctoral Research Staff Member (REF2472P)
The Seismology Group at LLNL has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Staff Member to do original and independent research to support Geophysical Monitoring Programs (GMP). You will work on projects that focus on seismic event detection, event characterization, coda calibration and attenuation models. You will also work with the broader GMP team and its extensive seismic research and software databases. This position is in the Seismology Group within the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division (AEED) in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.

In this role you will

* Conduct original and independent research, in collaboration with other LLNL researchers into improving our understanding of earthquakes and explosions, with the goal of improving capabilities to discriminate between seismic source types.
* Assist in Low Yield Nuclear Monitoring (LYNM) Dynamic networks project focusing on event detection with an emphasis on cross-correlation techniques and leveraging these for event detection and characterization.
* Assist in Seismic Cooperation Program (SCP) focusing on international collaboration for joint data analysis with an emphasis on coda calibration method for moment magnitudes, lithospheric attenuation models and seismic hazard assessment.
* Explore new technologies and data analysis techniques that may improve the ability to detect, locate, identify, and characterize explosions in a background of natural earthquakes and other seismic sources.
* Present research at meetings, as well as write, illustrate, and publish results in peer reviewed journals.
* Work as part of a scientific team and interact with GMP and other researchers to design and implement research projects, while coordinating program requirements and deliverables for sponsors, including program reviews and technical reports.
* Interact with sponsors, customers, partners, and data providers including universities, U.S. government agencies, national laboratories, foreign data providers, consortia, and international organizations (e.g. CTBTO).
* Travel to assist with experiment execution, data collection, to interact with collaborators, sponsors and research customers and to present results at scientific meetings.
* Perform other duties as assigned.


* Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
* PhD in seismology, geophysics, or related field.
* Creativity, ability, and knowledge in quantitative seismology.
* Experience in collecting, processing, and analyzing local/regional seismic data, including event detection, location, and/or discrimination.
* Proficiency in organizing and analyzing large databases of waveforms, events, amplitudes, and arrivals for performing quantitative analyses.
* Familiarity with seismological and geophysical methods for characterizing the subsurface.
* Experience with programming skills (e.g. Java, C/C++, and/or Python), and experience with heterogeneous computing environments (Mac or PC, UNIX or LINUX platforms).
* Ability to interact effectively with a team of interdisciplinary scientists having different backgrounds.
* Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present, explain and publish technical information.
* Ability to travel internationally as needed.

Qualifications we desire

* Research experience in technologies for monitoring explosions or earthquakes or other seismic sources.
* Experience in deploying geophysics sensors and systems in the field, and processing the data collected, or analyzing geophysical field data.
* Experience in utilizing fiber optic (DAS) and/or other borehole sensor data.
* Experience in international collaboration.

Position Information
This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.
Closing Date:

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