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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #S36. Analysis of Injection-Induced Seismicity for Improved Hazard Mitigation

    The earthquake rate in the central United States has increased more than tenfold since 2008. The rate change is not a natural phenomenon but can, instead, be explained as a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes induced by fluid-injection activities. Multiple magnitude 5+ earthquakes have occurred during this surge in seismicity including the M5.8 Pawnee earthquake and the M5.0 Cushing earthquake that occurred near the largest oil storage facility in the country.

    Numerous studies of injection induced earthquakes have been carried out over the past 10 years, but there are still an extraordinary number of unanswered questions. Of particular interest is understanding what the operational and geological controls are in determining whether earthquakes will or will not be induced by injection activities.

    We seek a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholar to investigate induced seismicity through detailed analyses of seismic data in regions of active injection with the broad goal of understanding and mitigating the hazard due to injection-induced seismicity. 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.

    The candidate could explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

    1. Spatiotemporal evolution and statistical analysis
    2. Source properties
    3. Temporal evolution of earth properties
    4. Numerical modeling of the seismic response to injection

    Proposed Duty Station: Moffett Field, CA

    Areas of Ph.D.: Geophysics, seismology, or related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).  

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Geophysicist. (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the USGS Human Resources specialist.)

    Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms.  Field work may also be required which can include exposure to moderate risks and discomforts, such as those due to adverse weather conditions, such as high winds and low or high temperature.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 2 nights per month may be required.

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