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Director of the UCSC Seismic Imaging Consortium

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
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Aug 6, 2021

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Director of the UCSC Seismic Imaging Consortium

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz
(UCSC) invites applications for a Director of the UCSC Seismic Imaging Consortium. The UCSC Seismic Imaging Consortium, Wavelet Transform on Propagation and Imaging (WTOPI), is an industry-academic partnership that develops new techniques of seismic imaging for complex environments. More information about WTOPI can be found at

Under the direction of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department Chair, the director will provide long-term intellectual leadership to the consortium, which involves developing a multi-year research plan, preparing proposals, identifying industry sponsors, recruiting students and other researchers, and overseeing the research. The current consortium has international membership including strong partners in China. It is anticipated that the new director will move the research agenda of the consortium in new directions during future phases of activity. Opportunities for new directions of research activity that might be considered include imaging of subsurface fracture systems, exploitation of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technology, geothermal imaging, high resolution imaging for carbon sequestration, groundwater imaging, applications in urban geophysics, and engagement with the USGS Coastal seismic imaging program in Santa Cruz, and other areas.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in geophysics (or related field); research experience in seismology or other fields of applied geophysics; and leadership experience with fundraising and leading consortium activities with industry.

Applicants with expertise in writing successful grant proposals, excellent interpersonal skills for cultivating industry collaborations, exceptional verbal and written communication skills, strong presentation skills, innovative vision for an industrial consortium, and/or experience working within a complex organization are strongly encouraged to apply. Chinese language skills and cultural familiarity are desirable, but not essential in a candidate.

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