Job Posting: Postdoc, Faculty and Data Researcher Positions

1) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Seafloor Seismology – Woods Hole  Oceanographic Institution
2) USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Studying Induced Seismicity
3) Assistant or Associate Professor of Geology – The Department of Geology at Colorado College
4) Volcanology Data Researcher – The Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC


1) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Seafloor Seismology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The newly formed Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announces a competition for a Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship. OBSIC’s mission is to support discovery of the earth’s internal structure and its dynamic processes using seafloor seismic measurements. (See The OBSIC Postdoctoral Fellowship, recognizing the importance of marine seismology and ocean-bottom seismic instrumentation to continued discovery in Earth Sciences, aims to help maintain the strength of the field by supporting instrumentation-focused research and development.

You are invited to apply for this Fellowship for any project related to: 1) research and engineering in the area of seafloor seismic instrumentation, including the development and/or application of new sensors; 2) advancing our knowledge of earth structure with an emphasis on using ocean- bottom seismograph data, including the development and/or application of new analytical methodologies; 3) understanding earthquake-related processes using seafloor seismology and/or geodesy; 4) advancing our knowledge of the interplay between seafloor seismic measurements and oceanographic processes; and 5) other projects within this broad scope. The successful candidate may choose to carry out research with faculty in any of WHOI’s science and engineering departments, with staff at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, or a combination thereof.

Completed applications will be accepted up to October 15, 2019 for consideration for Postdoctoral Scholar Awards for 2020-2021. Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2020 and before December 1, 2021.

Further information may be obtained at:

Application forms may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI web pages at, or by contacting: The WHOI Postdoctoral Coordinator Telephone: (508) 289-2950 ٠ E-mail:


2) USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Studying Induced Seismicity

We would like to announce a post-doctoral opportunity to use observational seismology to study injection-induced earthquakes in the central United States. We seek highly motivated individuals to analyze one of the many high-quality seismic data sets that have been collected over the past decade to gain insight into the physical processes controlling induced seismicity and earthquakes in general. Potential study topics include, but are not limited to: 1) spatiotemporal and statistical analysis of earthquake catalogs, 2) computation and analysis of earthquake source properties, 3) detection and analysis of time-dependent earth properties, and 4) numerical modeling of the seismic response to injection. While the candidate is free to use existing data sets or collect new data, we encourage proposals to focus on high-quality data sets that the USGS has already collected including: a seismic deployment in southern Kansas from 2014-2019, a nodal seismic deployment in northern Oklahoma, and an upcoming seismic deployment in the Permian Basin.

Applicants are encouraged to contact research advisors to discuss proposal ideas before developing a complete proposal.

Full Project description:

Please contact Justin Rubinstein with any questions: (

Advisors: Justin Rubinstein, Elizabeth Cochran

Application Deadline: September 25


3) Assistant or Associate Professor of Geology – The Department of Geology at Colorado College

The Department of Geology at Colorado College announces a tenure-track faculty position in igneous petrology/ high temperature processes, to begin in August 2020. Applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete a Ph.D. in Petrology or a closely related field, and must be able to demonstrate depth and breadth across the disciplines of earth sciences. Possible areas of active study of Earth’s crust could include fluid/rock interactions, economic geology, volcanology, and/or geohazards, among others, together with their connections to human society. The successful applicant should demonstrate innovative teaching methods, including the use of instrumentation, software, and/or analytical approaches. Experiences with and a future plan for the mentoring of undergraduates are essential. Experience with Rocky Mountain/western United States geology and acquaintance with the geologic evolution of the Colorado region, are valued, as are research and teaching interests that strengthen existing, or introduce new, departmental connections with other science programs at Colorado College (e.g., Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics). Appointment can be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, consistent with the current experience and rank of the candidate.

Colorado College is a leading national liberal arts college with a distinctive academic calendar called the Block Plan, in which students take, and professors teach, one course at a time. Maximum class size is 25 or fewer students. Our residential campus is located in Colorado Springs, in a varied geologic, geographic and cultural landscape at the base of Pikes Peak. The successful applicant should demonstrate enthusiasm and intention for teaching highly motivated undergraduate students in this environment, making maximal use opportunities for laboratory-, field-, or inquiry-based teaching afforded by the Block Plan.

Colorado College is dedicated to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, and working, and strives to increase the diversity of the college community. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are particularly encouraged to apply. The College’s position on these practices can be found at:

The college supports active scholarship via a generous sabbatical program, travel to conferences, and internal grant opportunities.

Please apply at:  For more information, direct questions to

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.


4) Volcanology Data Researcher – The Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program, National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program is hiring a permanent Volcanology Data Researcher. This will be a permanent, full-time, Federal position at GS-9 or -11 grade, with promotion potential to GS-12. The position will be filled at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Major duties will include researching and writing reports for the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network and assisting in management of the Volcanoes of the World database under the supervision of the Senior Data Researcher and program director. This is not a traditional “academic” or laboratory research position, but does require the ability to interpret technical volcanological research papers.

We expect the position announcement to open on USAJobs on 2 September 2019; it will be open for 2 weeks. When the announcement appears, we will send out another message containing a link to the position announcement. All application materials must be submitted through USAJobs. If you have questions about the position, please contact Benjamin Andrews ( or Ed Venzke (

The position is open to US Citizens. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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