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Assistant Professor, Seismology

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
Closing date
Oct 27, 2021

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Near Surface Geophysics, Seismology, Solid Earth Geophysics
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The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications to fill an Assistant Professor position in earthquake seismology. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, continuing appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. NSL faculty have academic appointments with research, teaching, mentoring, and service obligations. We seek to hire an observational seismologist who specializes in research topics including, but not limited to: earthquake source processes, active crustal deformation, multi-hazard early detection algorithm development, ground motion prediction, seismic hazard assessment, and artificial intelligence/machine learning applications. Ideal candidates will pursue cutting-edge research using NSL’s earthquake catalog, waveform archive, and complementary datasets to understand earthquake processes and characterize earthquake hazards in Nevada. Additionally, NSL faculty participate in leadership to operate and expand NSL’s real-time multi-hazard monitoring networks. Current initiatives include designing and building an earthquake early warning sensor network within Nevada; expanding NSL’s communications and sensor network in rural Nevada; and integrating new multi-hazard monitoring sensors into NSL operations. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of appointment and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in seismology and the development of an externally funded research program. Teaching responsibilities include one class per year that benefits undergraduate and/or graduate students in the UNR Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering geophysics programs. We encourage candidates to explain achievable plans for funded research that contribute to NSL’s seismological and multi-hazard monitoring mission in their letters of interest.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in geophysics with a specialization in seismology, or in another closely related field, awarded prior to the time of appointment, July 1, 2022.

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The University of Nevada, Reno is one of the top 120 universities in America for funded research, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; it is a doctoral-granting research university ("high research activity"), and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as "National University, Doctoral (Tier I)".
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