Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology at the University of South Florida

University of South Florida

The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Scholar position to join the seismology group. This is a full-time 12-month position with a starting date expected no later than January 4th, 2021. Initial funding is for one year with possibility for annual renewal. The selected candidate will join the seismology group to work on the project “Improving Small Event Characterization and Determination of Moment Tensor Uncertainties.” The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a large dataset of broadband seismic waveforms, as well as synthetic waveforms generated from 3D seismic wavefield simulations. The project will involve applications and also methodological developments for estimating moment tensors. The candidate is also encouraged to develop her/his own research agenda. Health benefits will be offered through the USF Postdoctoral Scholar health insurance program (

Minimum Qualifications
Appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar requires a doctoral-level degree preferably in geophysics, seismology, physics, or computational sciences involving data analysis and programming. Candidates with a non-US degree will be required to provide proof of degree equivalency. The successful candidate must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Postdoctoral Scholar.
Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in geophysics/seismology, be a highly motivated, independent researcher, and have experience in seismic moment tensor analysis and/or seismic waveform modeling. The project is computationally intensive, and part of the analyses will be conducted using the High-Performance Computing facilities at USF and other project partner institutions such as the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Additional Information for Applicants
To apply, please visit and submit the application material as a single pdf. The Job ID is 25788. The material consists of 1) a cover letter outlining current research accomplishments and goals for the Postdoctoral position, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) three (3) letters of recommendation. For questions and more information about the position, please contact Jochen Braunmiller ( and/or Glenn Thompson (
The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three separately accredited institutions: USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2018, the Florida Board of Governors designated USF as a Preeminent State Research University, placing USF in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Conclusion of this search subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. USF is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace. The School of Geosciences is interested in building a culturally diverse community and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. For disability accommodations, contact Jessica Wilson at a minimum of five working days in advance.
Application Deadline
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by October 16th, 2020.

The position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

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