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Professor in Seimology

Director, University of Utah Seismograph Stations and Professor/Associate Professor of Seismology

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenured faculty position as Director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) and Professor /Associate Professor of Seismology. We seek applicants with an interest in combining seismological research, teaching, educational outreach, and public service through (1) scientific leadership of a modern regional seismic network and (2) a partial role in teaching (e.g. one formal course each year) with supervision of graduate students. The position is a 12-month per year appointment at a competitive salary level (0.75 FTE annual obligation to the UUSS; 0.25 FTE annual obligation to the Department of Geology and Geophysics for teaching and service). Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in seismology, geophysics or a closely related discipline.

Preferred qualifications for the candidate include: (1) experience with seismic networks, (2) expertise in earthquake hazard studies, (3) management of large budget research projects, (4) administrative experience with supervision of permanent staff, (5)demonstrated external funding record, and/or outstanding research record.

The individual must be fundamentally committed to overseeing the mission of the UUSS. The UUSS network is a part of the Advanced National Seismic System with responsibilities for real-time seismic monitoring in Utah’s seismically hazardous Wasatch Front urban corridor and neighboring parts of the Intermountain Seismic Belt, including Yellowstone National Park. The number of stations operated by the UUSS will soon exceed 200 including more than 30 broadband and 100 strong-motion stations. Significant stable support for network operations is provided by the state of Utah and by the U.S. Geological Survey through its earthquake and volcano hazards programs. The UUSS’s professional and technical staff includes ten full-time and nine part-time individuals. The Department of Geology and Geophysics currently has six Ph.D. seismologists, including two regular and four research faculty. State-of-the-art facilities are housed in a stunning new Department of Geology and Geophysics building which opened in early 2009. For more information on the UUSS and the department, see and

Applicants should e-mail an application letter describing research, teaching, and career interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three referees, all in PDF format to: . Review of applications will begin August 1, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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