< Back to Announcement List

Multiple Announcements: Postdoc Positions at Stanford, NASA ESI White Paper Solicitation

Date: 10/30/2015

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see the following announcements:

1) Postdoctoral positions, Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity
2) NASA ESI Workshop, Invitation for White Papers


SCEC Information

1. Postdoctoral positions, Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity

The Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity (SCITS) has Postdoctoral positions available in the field of earthquake seismology. Candidates should have an interest and relevant skills to develop an improved understanding of the causes and consequences of induced and triggered seismicity. SCITS is an interdisciplinary industrial affiliates program at Stanford involving ten professors from four departments. More information about SCITS can be found at: https://SCITS.stanford.edu.

Appointments will be for one year, renewable for a second year by mutual agreement. Applications received by January 1, 2016 will receive fullest consideration. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a list of publications and names of three potential referees, by email to: Professor William Ellsworth (wellsworth@stanford.edu).

2. NASA ESI Workshop, Invitation for White Papers
Dear Colleague,

Preparatory to a November workshop at which we will revisit the strategic plan for the NASA Earth Surface and Interior (ESI) Focus Area, we are soliciting short white papers from the broad community that will help inform discussion at the workshop and provide content for the report. From a previous call, we have received a number of submissions, and due to the interest we have decided to allow submission up to the workshop start, and to broaden the call. The white papers will be provided to all attendees of the workshop for discussion purposes, but will not be published or otherwise be generally made available. Some of the figures may be used in the report to be prepared after the workshop, with the permission of the authors. You do not ned to attend the workshop to submit a white paper.

The current strategic plan was set down in the 2002 document Living on a Restless Planet, the report of the Solid Earth Science Working Group (SESWG), available at  


The goal of this workshop is to update the long-term science strategy outlined in SESWG by bringing the SESWG report up to date where necessary, identifying particular opportunities linked to upcoming NASA missions, and revising the primary science goals as appropriate. The ESI science goals are expressed in terms of questions, of which the primary ones are:

I. What is the nature of deformation at plate boundaries and what are the implications for earthquake hazards?

II. How do tectonics and climate interact to shape the Earth’s surface and create natural hazards?

III. What are the interactions among ice masses, oceans, and the Solid Earth and their implications for sea-level change?

IV. How do magmatic systems evolve and under what conditions do volcanoes erupt?

V. What are the dynamics of the mantle and crust and how does the Earth’s surface respond?

VI. What are the dynamics of the Earth’s magnetic field and its interactions with the Earth system? (In a previous e-mail, this goal was inadvertently omitted.)

Each white paper should address the following issues:

1. What important science has emerged that advances the ESI science goals?

2. In what ways does the emerging science require a revision of these primary goals?

3. What are the current driving scientific questions?

4. In what ways do current and upcoming NASA missions or other emerging technologies provide an opportunity for addressing these goals?

The white-page papers should be limited to one page, including figures. Please attach them to an e-mail and send them to nasa.esi@ldeo.columbia.edu by November 1, 2015. Multiple white papers from one first author are acceptable.

This call is separate from the recent call for white papers for the NRC Decadal Survey.


Jim Davis

Lamont Research Professor