Post Doctoral Fellow - Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC)

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  • Job Number:523998
  • Classification:UNAC Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Grade:UNAC Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Work type:On Campus, Post Doc
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC), part of the Geophysical Institute (GI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to lead a machine learning (ML) focused project. The successful applicant will help develop and implement novel ML algorithms to detect, locate, and estimate the yield from explosive sources using infrasound data. Recent progress has been made by utilizing existing infrasound datasets and supplementing them with synthetic data from physics-based models. We envision this project will continue this synthesis and utilize ML algorithms and experiences from seismology and other fields. We encourage applicants who will facilitate and encourage diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Funding is available for two years, including regular travel to scientific meetings. The successful applicant will be encouraged to collaborate on related research projects at WATC and with internal and external partners. *U.S. citizenship is required for this position. Please list your current citizenship status in your cover letter or resume.*


100Conduct independent seismo-acoustic research. Develop novel machine-learning applications for processing infrasound and seismic data Lead the development of peer-reviewed publications. Participate and/or lead the development of proposals for novel research. Write and maintain professional code to analyze infrasound and seismic data Participate in related research activities of the Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) Coordinate with WATC Faculty, Staff, and Students. Participate in outreach and/or media activities. Successfully submit and have published, scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.Essential

Geophysical Institute:

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

Additional Department Information:

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center was created to recognize the accomplishments and growing stature of nuclear treaty monitoring support programs at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. WATC operates and maintains more than twenty infrasound and seismic arrays worldwide, providing data that is used for monitoring nuclear proliferation, volcanic eruptions, and earthquake activity. 

WATC is committed to providing a collaborative and supportive work environment. We strive to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe that diversity benefits and enriches our work and community. 

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

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • General knowledge of seismic and/or infrasound science is required.
  • Specific knowledge on the collection, analysis, and dissemination of seismic and/or acoustic data.
  • Experience in the use of computers and other appropriate equipment to conduct the research proposed.
  • Ability to write and maintain professional code to analyze seismic and/or acoustic data.
  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute to scholarly publications
Typical Experience:
Two years of research experience which may be obtained during the completion of the degree program.
Required Education or Training:
Ph.D. degree (already received, or has completed all requirements and awaiting graduation) with emphasis on a relevant scientific field. Must possess a terminal degree prior to the start of the position.
Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, Post Doctoral Fellow, term-funded, exempt, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. New hires starting salary will be based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) of three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be accepted for review on April 24, 2023, to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on April 23, 2023.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

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

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

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

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

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

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357 or at 

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