Postdoctoral Position in Geodynamical Modeling

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences


Postdoctoral position in geodynamical modeling, to work on newly-funded NSF project entitled “Collaborative Research: Controls on along-strike variations in locked and creeping megathrust behavior at the Hikurangi convergent margin”. The project is an interdisciplinary, multinational program focused on the Hikurangi margin in New Zealand, aimed at evaluating processes that govern both slip behavior and long-term deformation at subduction zones via an integrated approach combining large-scale seismic imaging, paleoseismology, and geomorphology, focused through the lens?of state-of-the-art numerical modeling. The position is funded for 2.5 years, with an anticipated start date of August 2017. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with PIs Demian Saffer (Penn State) and Susan Ellis (GNS Science, Wellington) to lead a numerical modeling effort that couples deformation, fluid flow, and mass transfer, using existing vetted modeling codes. The postdoc will also work with others on the project to integrate the modeling study with seismic imaging and geomorphology results, as well as with upcoming IODP drilling efforts planned for early 2018. The postdoc will be part of a vibrant and diverse laboratory group within the Penn State Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and GeoHazards (G3 center;, with opportunities to link the modeling efforts with ongoing studies of friction, petrophysics, and rock mechanics. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Geoscience, Geophysics, or a closely related field; experience in quantitative modeling applied to Earth sciences is preferred. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a brief (1-2 page) statement of interest, and the names of three references. Materials will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088