Job: Postdoctoral Fellow – Seismic imaging using novel broadband array data from central Colombia

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington,D.C.

Position Summary:

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate the continental lithosphere, subducting slab, and/or intervening mantle structures beneath central Colombia using a recently-installed array of broadband seismometers.

The position is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to study the tectonic evolution of Colombia and the effects of flat-slab subduction on the geophysical and geochemical evolution of the overriding continent. The larger project includes research in seismology, geochemistry/geochronology, sedimentary geology/paleo-topography, and geodynamic modeling – all directed toward understanding the complex interplay between subducting plates, mantle flow, and orogenic growth in this area.

The seismic array currently being installed will ultimately comprise 75 broadband seismometers traversing both the flat slab and the normally-dipping slab portions of Colombia. In addition to two east-west orogen-crossing transects, we also have three north-south, orogen-parallel transects. These stations complement a number of interspersed stations that are part of this project along with data available from the Servicio Geologico Colombiano (SGC) which runs a national network of seismometers. The candidate will work with Dr. Lara Wagner to develop improved models of continental lithospheric structure, slab geometry, and/or mantle flow patterns.

Preferred Skills and Education:

  • The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, seismology, or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Familiarity with different broadband seismic analytical approaches (tomography, scattered wave imaging, shear wave splitting, etc) is highly desired.
  • The successful candidate should have a thorough understanding of Colombian tectonic history and an interest in applying seismic imaging results to our understanding of that history.
  • Willingness to participate in fieldwork in Colombia, along with proficiency in Spanish, is highly desirable.

The application deadline is December 1, 2022.  The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress. The position will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (including publications)
  • Statement of research interests
  • Contact information for three references.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of
gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community at the Carnegie Institution for Science. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.