Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Geosciences/EMS Energy Institute


The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to develop Q full waveform inversion (Q-FWI) methodology and algorithms for estimating subsurface seismic velocity and attenuation properties. This project aims to develop 2D/3D Q-FWI codes and applications to various research datasets, e.g., hydrocarbon exploration, critical zone science, and glacial ice exploration. The position will be in the Department of Geosciences and the EMS Energy Institute at Penn State University, with the opportunity to interact with sponsors. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Geophysics or Computational Mathematics or a related field by the time of hire. The successful candidate should have prior experience in the theory and design of full-waveform inversion techniques and their implementation on parallel computer architectures, can write scientific code for parallel computer systems in C/MPI. Candidates should have a great record of high-quality research contributions, including published reports, conference papers and refereed journal papers. Qualified applicants should upload the following application materials: a CV including a full list of publications and contact information for two references, a copy of one representative paper, a statement explaining why you selected this paper as the representative paper and a one-page research statement (research plans during postdoc). This is a fixed term appointment, funded for one year from the date of hire, with excellent possibility of refunding for an additional year. To ensure full consideration for the position, all application materials should be received by Dec 31, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled. The position starts as soon as possible and by agreement. The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

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