Research Geophysicist

USGS CASCADE VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

Due to an error in the distribution of a previous advertisement, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) is re-advertising a Research Geophysicist position with specialty in seismology and infrasound.  CVO, located in Vancouver, WA, is one of 5 volcano observatories operated by the USGS’ Volcano Science Center, which are collectively responsible for understanding and mitigating volcanic hazards at the nation’s 161 potentially active volcanoes.  In addition to having responsibility for volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, CVO is host to the USGS’ Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, which works with scientists and officials in other countries to aide them in their efforts to mitigate volcanic hazards.

As a Research Geophysicist at CVO, some of the specific duties will include:
•       Leading and conducting research in volcano seismology and infrasound to assess the hazards related to potentially active volcanoes through an integrated program of field and laboratory investigations.
•       Planning, conducting, and interpreting research based on seismological and/or infrasound investigations of active volcanoes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, with a primary focus on volcanoes in the Cascade Range as well as elsewhere in the western U.S. and analogous volcanic regions abroad, in collaboration with other USGS and academic researchers.
•       Analyzing and interpreting seismic and infrasonic data to improve understanding of the underlying volcanic processes giving rise to seismic/infrasonic signals.
•       Design, test and implement algorithms to automatically detect, identify, and locate seismic and infrasonic signals associated with unrest, eruption, and/or surface mass movements (e.g., lahars, avalanches, rock falls), with a particular focus on Mount Rainier.
•       Assist in the design, installation and maintenance of volcano monitoring networks.
•       Communicate results of research investigations to the broader scientific community as well as government official and local stakeholders.
•       Physical Demands: Must be able to hike long distances in isolated regions, often over uneven or steep terrain under extreme weather conditions, and carry a backpack of up to 50 lbs in weight.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have valid state driver’s licenses & safe driving record.

For more information about job qualifications and applying for the positions, head to the USAJobs.gov job advertisement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617007600 . Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2021.

Note that although in the “Required documents” section there are several “KASOCS” (knowledge, skills, and abilities) listed, these do not need to be submitted as part of the application package.  If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given 10 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position.

If you have questions about this position, please feel free to reach out to Seth Moran (smoran@usgs.gov, 360 993-8934) and Wes Thelen (wthelen@usgs.gov, 360 993-8977).

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To apply for this job please visit www.usajobs.gov.