National Strong Motion Data Center Manager

Website United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) seeks motivated candidates for a position in the National Strong Motion Project (NSMP), part of the Earthquake Monitoring Project.  The NSMP installs and operates instrumentation in structures such as buildings, dams, and bridges and in free-field sites.  These data provide the basis for studies of large-scale seismogenic failure, for studies of crustal and localized wave propagation, for mitigation of earthquake hazards through improved earthquake resistant design, and for improved emergency response through rapid notification of shaking on and near manmade structures.

This position leads the operation of the National Strong Motion Data Center and is responsible for ensuring that NSMP data are high quality, correctly described, rapidly processed, and made available to the engineering and seismological communities.  The successful candidate will work closely with California Geological Survey and USGS personnel on the direction of the Center for Engineering Strong Motion Data, on developing new methods and techniques for data validation and processing, and on the implementation of tools such as ShakeMap.  The incumbent also works with international, federal, state, regional and local organizations with whom the NSMP cooperates on instrumentation to provide information on records of interest.

This position is being offered in Menlo Park (soon to be Moffett Field), CA.  Openings for this full-time, permanent position are being advertised as either a Geophysicist, Engineer, or Computer Scientist at the GS-13 level, with an annual salary range from $107,630 (step 1) – $139,916 (step 10).  US citizenship is required.  Only online applications will be accepted.  The federal government is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications are due 9/16/2019.  Apply online at

DEU [open to all US citizens]: SAC-2019-0368

Merit Promotion [open to current & former federal employees with status]:  SAC-2019-0370

Please be sure to submit all the requested materials, including complete transcripts by September 16th – and please do not wait until the last minute to apply.  Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when applying. The resumes MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr, (e.g., March 2012 – June 2013), number of hours worked per week, salary, supervisor’s name and # (can include statement, “can call/do not call/contact me before calling,”) and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Earl Emerson at 916-278-9399 or  It is highly recommended that you e-mail the contact person in the vacancy announcement to confirm that your documents uploaded correctly.  Sometimes the documents submitted are blurry and hard to read or the file is corrupt and can’t be accessed.  No late documents are accepted.

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