Research Associate (Post Doc)

Location
Adair Village, Benton County / Corvallis, Benton County
Posted
Apr 04, 2014

Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty

Department: Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci 261000 OAS

Position Summary: The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for 1-2 part-/full-time (0.50 - 1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) (RAPD) position(s). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The National Geoelectromagnetic Facility (NGF) at OSU is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported center for instrumentation and electromagnetic (EM) investigations on scales ranging from the near surface to the deep mantle. The NGF operates ~90 long-period and (ultra) wideband land and marine EM instruments. Independent research under the Principal Investigator's (PI's) guidance is carried out by the position(s). Dependent upon the individual(s), the two positions may be combined into a single full-time position or filled separately.

NSF project: Imaging the conductivity structure of the continental crust and mantle while simultaneously imaging the primary inducing ionospheric electrical current systems; providing new controls on ionospheric/Earth coupling. Magnetotelluric (MT) and ionospheric radar/optical data are acquired in a scientific frontier area where the broad Alaska continental margin transitions to stable North American craton. Two years' funding is available for data acquisition, analysis and interpretation supporting field crew and technical assistance.

Department of Energy project: Monitoring Enhanced Geothermal Systems at Newberry volcano in central Oregon involving two-dimensional (2D), three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) audio-frequency magnetotelluric (AMT) data, surface deformation from ground and satellite-based interferometric radar, microgravity, controlled-source EM and geochemistry from a 2,000-3,000m deep, hot, dry rock geothermal stimulation project. The RAPD analyzes existing baseline data and data from the first geothermal stimulation event, manages experiment re-deployment for a summer 2014 geothermal injection, and interprets data. Field crew and technical assistance supported.

The NGF acquires MT data including: EarthScope MT Arrays operating across the continental US on a 70 kilometer grid; MOCHA onshore-offshore MT experiment imaging the segmentation of the Cascadia continental margin and constraining fluid distribution above the Juan de Fuca/Gorda Plate; iMUSH AMT experiment imaging the details of the magmatic system beneath Mount St. Helens, Adams, and Rainier volcanoes; and their relationship to the Southern Washington Cascades Conductor crustal anomaly. Other field campaigns are planned. The NGF is involved with offshore EM field measurements supporting the wave energy power industry and marine EM surveys using NGF-designed instruments taking place in 2014 and 2015. The RAPD(s) have the option of becoming involved in one or more of these projects. Continued funding for the position(s) may extend beyond initial appointment.

The NGF is located within OSU's College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system with cutting edge laboratories and computing facilities, a budget of more than $50 million, 140 faculty, 220 graduate and 700 undergraduate students.

Position Duties: 10% Signal analysis:
Oversees analysis of data returned from field experiments working closely with NGF data quality assurance personnel having primary responsibility for generation of MT response functions.

45% Model development and application:
Assimilates data from all sensor arrays (MT, AMT, others as appropriate to the experiment) and uses as constraints for forward and inverse modeling.

20% Supervision of personnel including fieldwork:
Supervises undergraduate and graduate students, and temporary field crew working in laboratory and fieldwork settings, acquiring data for the post doc's project. Hires and trains; plans, assigns and reviews work; establishes performance goals and assesses performance through completion of written evaluations; disciplines, or effectively recommends discipline, up to and including dismissal.

Handles geoelectromagnetic instrumentation, batteries, electrodes in the NGF laboratories. Some fieldwork occurs in rugged conditions either in the interior of Alaska (Project 1), in central Oregon (Project 2), or both. Work entails limited lifting/pulling/pushing weights over 40 lbs (18 kg), driving four wheel drive vehicles, and digging shallow holes for emplacing electrodes in the ground.

25% Publications and Communications:
Prepares and publishes papers in scientific journals; communicates scientific results: has primary responsibility for transforming research results into manuscripts to be submitted for publication, and is encouraged to participate and present results as lead investigator at national and international meetings and departmental seminars.

Position Duties (continued):

Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Work (75%) is primarily in an office setting using computer workstations. Typical office workday schedule is anticipated.

25% of work involves handling geoelectromagnetic instrumentation, batteries, electrodes in the NGF laboratories, with some fieldwork (about 5-10% of total time) anticipated in rugged conditions either in the interior of Alaska (Project 1), in central Oregon (Project 2), or both. Such work entails limited lifting/pulling/pushing weights over 40 lbs (18 kg), driving four wheel drive vehicles, and digging shallow holes for emplacing electrodes in the ground. When preparing electrodes for use, protective gloves are used. Personal protective gear is used when carrying out fieldwork. An adaptable schedule is required during fieldwork.

Minimum/Required Qualifications: Doctorate (PhD) in geophysics, physics, mathematics, geosciences, electronic engineering or a closely related field.

Understanding of geophysical forward and inverse modeling.

Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Demonstrated skills in computer modeling including generation of source code in high level computer languages, algorithm development.

Familiarity with electromagnetic, seismic or potential fields methods.

The ability to lift/carry/push/pull objects weighing over 40 pounds is required.

The flexibility to work an adaptable schedule during fieldwork.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: PhD in geophysics.

Knowledge of magnetotellurics.

Interest in, and experience with, fieldwork.

Interest in electromagnetic instrumentation.

High performance computing experience.

Familiarity with Fortran90/95, C, MATLAB.

Familiarity with LabView.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only):

Posting Date: 03-21-2014

For Full Consideration Date:

Closing Date: 05-03-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: 55,000 - 60,000

Special Instructions to Applicants: When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers. (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Schultz: Email: adam@coas.oregonstate.edu
Or visit website: http://ngf.oregonstate.edu/

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Posting Number: 0012083

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