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Postdoctoral Researcher - Volcanology (Physics-based modeler)

University of Alaska
Southeast Fairbanks, AK
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Aug 12, 2022

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Science, Earth Sciences, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Volcanology, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Physics
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Postdoctoral Researcher - Volcanology (Physics-based modeler)

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  • Job Number: 519052
  • Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
  • Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
  • Work type: Post Doc
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location: Fairbanks
  • Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:The Volcanology Group of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) - Geophysical Institute (GI) is offering a fully-funded 2-year postdoctoral position in the field of volcano modeling. The Postdoctoral Researcher will join our multidisciplinary team of graduate students, UAF faculty, national and international collaborators, and volcano-observatory scientists to work on developing innovative physics-based models for Alaska volcanoes, within the framework of the NSF-PREEVENTS Eruption Forecasting Project ( This project capitalizes on the wealth of data from the Alaska Volcano Observatory, and the Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to engage in research on four interrelated disciplines: (1) geodesy, (2) seismology & infrasound, (3) volcanic gas geochemistry & remote sensing, and (4) petrology, geochemistry & physical volcanology. The successful candidate will utilize multidisciplinary time series eruption data from eight recently active volcanoes (Cleveland, Okmok, Bogoslof, Shishaldin, Pavlof, Veniaminof, Augustine, and Redoubt), and state-of-the-art techniques to develop volcano eruption models while working with a diverse group of collaborators.


100 To develop a new physics-based model to understand pre-eruptive and syn-eruptive processes at one of the target volcanoes. To utilize the physics-based model in a Bayesian inverse scheme. To successfully submit and published scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. Essential

This postdoctoral research position is offered for a physics-based modeler, who is expected to develop a new physics-based model to understand pre-eruptive and syn-eruptive processes at one of the target volcanoes. The researcher may also utilize the physics-based model in a Bayesian inverse scheme to derive probability density functions for model parameters that are consistent with prior constraints and observed data. This position will be based at UAF and the researcher will have the opportunity to travel annually to work in-person with Dr. Anderson at the California Volcano Observatory.

The expected start date for the Postdoctoral Researcher is Fall 2022.

The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to receive her/his PhD by August 1st, 2022, have a robust record of peer-reviewed publications, be scientifically independent, be highly motivated, and have excellent communication and teamwork skills. We encourage a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment, and seek candidates that will help expand these initiatives.


-Demonstrated expertise in quantitative methods.

-Ability to work effectively in diverse settings and with a team.

-Ability to work independently.

-Strong organizational skills and reliability.

-An ability to contribute to scholarly publications.

-Good communication skills.

-Proficiency in Matlab, Python, or similar software.

Required Education and Experience:

-PhD degree (already received, having completed all requirements and waiting graduation) in Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics or related field. Two years of research related to the scientific field (in physics-based modeling of complex volcanic or geologic systems).

-Proficiency in Matlab, Python, or similar software.

-Experience in physical modeling of complex systems (lumped-parameter and numerical models), inversion, and/or data assimilation.

-Experience with finite element method (FEM) software (e.g., COMSOL and/or OpenFOAM) is desirable but not required.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position submit the following materials:
  • Cover Letter. Please, state clearly why you are interested in this position.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research Statement (up to 2 pages). This statement should include a description of your relevant experience and qualifications, how you would approach the project objectives of developing a physical volcano model and your career goals.
  • Diversity Statement (1 page). This statement should include how you would contribute to increasing diversity within the project, at the UAF-GI and in the field of geosciences.

Please submit your application no later than 04/03/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 04/04/2022. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498.

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

Proof of vaccination does not need to be provided to apply. If offered the position, the successful applicant will be contacted for proof of vaccination.

*Employees based on UAFs Troth Yeddha (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

Advertised: 09 Mar 2022 Alaskan Standard Time

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