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Re: Multiple Announcements: Open USGS Positions, AGU Sessions

Date: 07/31/2015

Dear SCEC Community, 

Please see the following announcements below: 

1. AGU Fall Meeting 2015 Pop-Up Sessions
2. AGU Fall Meeting 2015 Session ID# 8070, Characterization and Modeling of Seismic Energy Losses
3. AGU Fall Meeting 2015 Session ID#7973 Geometry, Connectivity, and Dynamics of Fault Intersections and Stepovers
4. USGS EEW IT Specialists, Positions Open (Menlo Park)


SCEC Information

1. AGU Fall Meeting 2015 Pop-Up Sessions

Dear colleague,

If you’re going to the AGU Fall Meeting 2015, consider submitting an abstract to one of the Pop-Up Sessions. The Pop-Up sessions provide a platform for students and early career scientists to share their ideas, innovations and visions during 5min TED-style presentations. Previous editions have drawn a broad audience from all scientific disciplines and career stages. This year, there are three Pop-Up sessions:

1.   Water Sciences: Innovations, challenges and future directions
Present your future vision of water sciences. Presentations should strive to go beyond one’s research to address broader issues. No inspiration? Try answering following questions:

•       How do you think we can solve global water security issues?
•       How can we improve science communication with the public and policymakers?
•       What can you do with $10 and what would you do with $10,000,000?
•       Will we ever predict river discharge and chemistry well enough?

2.   Social Dimensions of Geosciences
This session provides the forum for AGU members to share success stories, discuss challenges, and call for future directions related to the social dimensions of the geosciences in 5 minute pitches. Topics may include, but are not limited to, gender and racial equality, interdisciplinary research, use-inspired science, community participation, science communication, and environmental policy.

3.   Keeping Geology Alive: Interactive demonstrations
This session offers students an opportunity to give a 5 minute presentation focused on outreach and classroom activities and demonstrations related to the geosciences.The goal of this session is to share ideas for engaging students and the public in geosciences research.  A blog will be maintained at http://keepinggeologyalive.blogspot.com .

Note, there’s no submission fee! The deadline to submit is August 5 and submissions can be made at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/students/student-pop-talks/. For inspiration and notable examples check the Pop-Up repository on YouTube. The Pop-Ups are organized in cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society! If you have questions or want to submit, contact us.

We look forward seeing your Pop-Up in San Francisco!

Tim van Emmerik (t.h.m.vanemmerik@tudelft.nl)
Sheila Saia (sms493@cornell.edu)
John Leeman (kd5wxb@gmail.com)
Hannah Rabinowitz (hannahr@ldeo.columbia.edu)

Pop-Ups info: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/students/student-pop-talks/
YouTube repository: tinyurl.com/youngHS-popups
Young Hydrologic Society: youngHS.com

2. AGU Fall Meeting 2015 Session ID# 8070, Characterization and Modeling of Seismic Energy Losses

Dear Colleague,

We would like to draw your attention to the following 2015 AGU Fall Meeting session and encourage your abstract submissions by August 5.

Session ID#: 8070
Session Title: Characterization and Modeling of Seismic Energy Losses
Primary Section/Focus Group: Seismology

Session Description: Seismic energy losses refer to the effect of intertwined attenuation factors such as distance, scattering, internal friction, and visco-plastic deformation. Traditionally, these energy losses have been represented or quantified by means of mechanisms and parameters such as the radiation pattern, the quality factor, kappa, and the use of hysteretic material models. Accounting for energy losses in ground motion prediction equations and simulations, however, is a very challenging task. Large uncertainties in their characterization and modeling can affect ground motion characteristics such as amplitude, duration and frequency content, which are very important in seismic hazard assessment and engineering design. We invite contributions on topics that include, but are not limited to: advances in the estimation of attenuation parameters such as Q and kappa; as well as modeling and simulation methods to better account for energy losses related, for example, to small-scale heterogeneities, and local and regional inelastic effects.

Ricardo Taborda, University of Memphis
Domniki Asimaki, California Institute of Technology
Olga-Joan Ktenidou, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

3. AGU Fall Meeting 2015 Session ID#7973 Geometry, Connectivity, and Dynamics of Fault Intersections and Stepovers

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to encourage you to participate and submit an abstract to our Fall 2015 AGU Session(7973):   Geometry, Connectivity, and Dynamics of Fault Intersections and Stepovers in the Tectonophysics section.
Session Description:
The recent occurrence of large (Mw >7) multifault earthquakes highlights the need to evaluate the potential for through-going ruptures at fault intersections and stepovers. Fault geometry and fault connectivity are important components of seismic hazard analysis because fault connectivity impacts the distribution of seismic sources, and because the three-dimensional geometry of faults affects the dynamics of fault rupture, slip, and ground motion. Details of 3D fault geometry at important intersections and stepovers is often lacking or poorly understood, limiting efforts to constrain the hazard in these areas. Our session intends to focus on geologic and geophysical studies of the 3D structure, mechanics, and dynamic modeling of fault intersections and stepovers with particular emphasis on seismic hazard implications. Special emphasis will be put on contributions that provide an integrated geologic and geophysical perspective along with a dynamic modeling component.
Note that the abstract deadline is August 5th (23:59 EDT / 03:59 +1 GMT) and the meeting will be held from December 14th to 18th.  For additional information, please contact any of the conveners or go to the AGU web site: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/.
Please forward to others who you think may be interested!

Primary Convener:  
Janet Watt, USGS, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Jeanne Hardebeck, USGS, Menlo Park, CA, United States, David Douglas Oglesby, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, United States and Michele L Cooke, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United States

4. USGS EEW IT Specialists, Positions Open (Menlo Park)

The USGS Earthquake Science Center Menlo Park, Pasadena, and Seattle Offices are hiring IT Specialists (Application Software) to support the ShakeAlert and the mission of the Earthquake Early Warning Project.

Duration of Appointment: Full-Time, Permanent

Apply on-line at
DEU [open to all US citizens]:
Seattle: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410300400 (PAC-2015-0628)
Menlo Park: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410300600 (PAC-2015-0627)
            Pasadena: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410300900 (PAC-2015-0625)
Merit Promotion [open to current & former federal employees with status]:
Seattle: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410301600 (PAC-2015-0630)
Menlo Park: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410301700 (PAC-2015-0631)
Pasadena: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410301500 (PAC-2015-0632)
USGS is seeking IT professionals with experience and skill operating and maintaining software, hardware, and operating systems in a Linux environment.  Applicants who have experience with Linux operating systems, modern code management tools, and modern operating systems maintenance protocols will receive consideration for this opportunity.  The successful candidates will support the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system (shakealert.org), a mission-critical, distributed system that rapidly detects earthquakes and generates and issues alerts to institutional users and the public.  

Openings for these positions exist at the Menlo Park, Pasadena, and Seattle offices of the Earthquake Science Center. US citizenship is required.  Only online applications will be accepted.  The federal government is an equal opportunity employer. Please, apply only if you have experience that is relevant to this opportunity. 

You must apply by July 31, 2015 midnight EST to be considered.

Major Duties:

As an IT Specialist with the Earthquake Science Center, some of your specific duties will include the following:

-Operate, troubleshoot, and maintain computer systems for the production and distribution of rapid automatic earthquake products in an on-call, 24/7 operational environment.

-Install, update, and operate application software such as ShakeAlert and AQMS software and supporting libraries and utilities.

-Install, update, and patch operating systems, libraries, and auxiliary applications in a Linux environment.

-Work within a comprehensive code management, testing and certification environment for the ShakeAlert system and related components.

-Manage code versions, builds, run-time configurations, and metadata in an SVN repository and using modern code management tools. 

-Implement and maintain security measures according to U.S. Government practices and guidelines.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

*U.S. Citizenship is required.* 

For GS-11: One year of appropriate specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service that demonstrates accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques; i.e., on the basis of general design criteria provided, experience in developing modifications to parts of a system that required significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development. 

For GS-12: One year of appropriate specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that demonstrates accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. 
For more detail see: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/2210.html 

*YOU MUST APPLY ON-LINE AT:   http://www.usajobs.gov * 
*Do NOT send resumes to the email listed.* 
*Closing date is July 31, 2015* 

Please carefully follow the instructions when applying. You will be asked to submit a detailed resume that includes current and past positions including job title, name of company/agency, dates, hours worked per week, salary, supervisor’s name and contact info as well as a narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.  (There is a template at usajobs.gov to follow.) Transcripts will also be required to support your educational qualifications (unofficial is OK).  SF-50s and additional documentation may be required.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please do not wait until the last day of the opening, lest computer issues or website problems prevent you from meeting the application deadline.

*You must apply by July 31, 2015 midnight EDT to be considered.  * 

Only online applications will be accepted. 
These positions are with the USGS, Earthquake Science Center offices located in Menlo Park, CA; Pasadena, CA; and Seattle, WA.