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Research Fellow (Seismologist)

University of the West Indies - The UWI Seismic Research Centre

Location: Saint Augustine - Trinidad and Tobago
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th November 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024
Job Ref: 162/25/16 I W2

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must possess a PhD from a recognized university, which should be in a relevant aspect of Seismology, Geophysics or a closely related field.

Candidates should also possess:

  • Observatory-type experience in the operation of modern digital seismological networks for the detection and assessment of regional earthquakes
  • Competence in programming and software development, with expertise in at least two of the following areas:
  • UNIX systems
  • Python
  • Earthworm
  • Seisan
  • Seiscomp 

Candidates with the following would have an advantage:

  • Postgraduate degree (e.g. MPhil/MSc) or equivalent in Seismology/Geophysics or a closely related field
  • Experience in the application of seismic and other techniques for monitoring active volcanoes
  • Experience in supervision of postgraduate students in related disciplines
  • Track record of technical reporting on seismicity/volcanic activity 

The following would be considered assets:

  • BSc in Earth Science, Geophysics or a closely related field
  • A good record of research and publications in reputable, peer-reviewed journals
  • Competence in interpreting and manipulating earthquake data, in all its forms

Special Responsibilities 

  • Overseeing the operational and technical aspects of the seismological monitoring network
  • Working with a team of seismic analysts, earth scientists and engineers to provide real-time earthquake and volcanic surveillance in the Eastern Caribbean
  • Developing a research program, in collaboration with other staff members
  • Maintaining the regional, instrumental, earthquake catalogue ensuring its completeness going forward and backward in time
  • Interpreting seismic data and reporting to the Seismic Research Centre Director regularly
  • Playing a lead role in the operations, maintenance and further development of seismological data acquisition and processing tools using both traditional and novel techniques
  • Working with other regional risk reduction stakeholders to strengthen capacity building for the production and application of earthquake and volcanic hazard/risk assessment tools in a more consistent manner 

Personal Attributes 

The Campus places high priority on individuals of integrity who can work well in a team and student friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates should also: 

  • Be able to communicate science to non-scientists, with diplomacy and sensitivity, across the entire social spectrum and to government officials
  • Be able to relate well with colleagues and support staff
  • Be able to complement the Department’s research agenda
  • Be willing to forge working relationships and meaningful engagement with stakeholders
  • Be in possession of valid driver’s permit, or willing to acquire one rapidly (work requirement)
  • Have demonstrable presentation and communication skills, particularly conveying complex ideas to a range of audiences 

Detailed application and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the Campus Registrar, c/o HR Division (Appointments Section), Main Administration Building, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. via e-mail: HRApplications@sta.uwi.edu. Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated. Application forms may be obtained at http://www.sta.uwi.edu in the Faculty & Staff, Staff Vacancies section. Further particulars including remuneration package may also be obtained at the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send their signed references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY to the Campus Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the University. Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. 

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