Post Doctoral Fellow
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas


Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

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Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences:

As part of the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, the seismology program at SMU has interests in seismic wave propagation with extension of seismological observations to high frequencies and in deep boreholes including mining related phenomenology. Inverse theory is used to process the seismic data. Seismological models are developed to explain earthquakes and industrial blasts. New designs of advanced seismic instruments and observatories are considered. Developmental work at SMU also consists of seismic and acoustic array design and deployment including the TXAR (Texas), NVAR (Nevada) seismo-acoustic arrays. This deployment is related to the seismic verification of nuclear arms-control treaties.

About the Position:

The post-doctoral position will focus on research efforts associated with understanding intraplate earthquakes in Texas induced by anthropogenic activities. Analyses will require integrating earthquake data, fault data, production and disposal information, and regional seismic velocity data to study complex triggering of earthquakes in west Texas with possible expansion of research into other parts of Texas. The position is funded through subcontract with the Texas Seismological Network Monitoring and Research Program (TexNet) at the University of Texas at Austin and the duration is one year with possible extension to a second year.

Essential Functions:

  • Application of advance earthquake locations techniques to study west Texas seismicity prior to deployment of TexNet.
  • Application of state-of-the-art methods for detection, association, and/or location and use template-based and AI approaches to build out the earthquake catalogs in our study area to lowest magnitude so that minor changes in focal mechanism and earthquake stastics can be resolved.
  • Develop innovative approaches for use of full waveform, including converted phases, for resolution of velocity and attenuation in space and time.
  • Participation in collaborative research, meetings, conference calls.
  • Publish research results.
  • Position requires occasional travel for professional meetings and field work


Education and Experience:

PhD in Earth Sciences, Geophysics, Seismology, or Physics is required

Experience in analyzing seismic data using modern computational seismology approaches is also required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate ability to process large, regional seismic datasets, write software to analyze seismic data, write technical reports that document the results of the research. Familiarity with seismic instrumentation.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Candidate must have Unix/Linux experience. Experience with Python, MatLab, Antelope or SeisComp is preferred.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
Deadline to Apply:

The position is open until filled.

COVID Vaccination

SMU must comply with President Biden's Executive Order (EO) 14042 requiring those that receive federal contracts and their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they apply for and are granted an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

For more information regarding this requirement, please visit our website.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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