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Multiple Announcements: Researcher Position Open (ETH Zurich), Call for Papers (PAGEOPH)

Date: 02/01/2016

Dear SCEC Community, 

Please see below regarding the following:

1. Researcher, Earthquake Early Warning (ETH Zurich)
2. Call for Papers, for a PAGEOPH Topical Volume on Earthquakes and Multi-hazards Around the Pacific Rim


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Researcher, Earthquake Early Warning (ETH Zurich)

The Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at the ETH Zurich is the federal agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes in Switzerland and for assessing Switzerland’s seismic hazard. The SED employs a team of 70 scientists and staff. The Seismic Network group at the SED work on rapid earthquake characterisation including earthquake early warning (EEW). EEW algorithms developed within the team include the point source approaches Virtual Seismologist and Gutenberg Algorithm, and the finite source approach FinDer. Some of these methods have been independently integrated into the open-source and widely used SeisComP3 (SC3), our earthquake monitoring system. The Network group is also collaborating with INETER in Nicaragua on evaluating the local feasibility of EEW with a view to setting up a prototype system in Central America. In order to develop these projects, the Seismic Network group at SED seeks a highly motivated researcher in Earthquake Early Warning.
The researcher will develop a production-level EEW probabilistic Bayesian framework that combines independent algorithms, and collaborate with seismic networks to ensure optimal operation of EEW. The primary responsibilities for the researcher are to: 
• Develop and test a Bayesian framework for EEW that provides best estimates of ground shaking by integrating prior constraints and all available information from multiple existing EEW algorithms 
• Manage migration of the framework to a production open-source framework in SC3 
• Collaborate with INETER in Nicaragua to evaluate readiness of local seismic networks for EEW, and suitability of EEW approaches to local seismicity / seismic networks. 
• Ensure optimal performance of EEW systems in Switzerland and Central America. 

The position is initially for 24 months, with the possibility of extension. Extended travel to Central America is expected. The working language of the group is English, though knowledge of Spanish would be regarded positively. The position will be filled at either postdoctoral or senior researcher level, depending on experience.

The candidate should have a PhD in geophysics, engineering or a related field with documented experience on relevant subjects, which should include Bayesian statistics or scientific software development, and have a strong interest to apply these to earthquake early warning and seismic networks. A solid background in programming, preferably in Python and / or C++, is required. Postdoctoral experience, preferably within a seismic network environment, and / or familiarity with SeisComP3 are not necessary but would be of advantage.
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Wiemer by email, wiemer@sed.ethz.ch (no applications) or Dr. John Clinton by email, john.clinton@sed.ethz.ch (no applications) and visit our website www.seismo.ethz.ch. The position is available starting early 2016. The selection process starts immediately (January 2016) and will continue until the position is filled.

We are looking forward to your application including a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three referees. Only complete applications will be considered. Apply at https://apply.refline.ch/845721/4361/pub/1/index.html


Call for Papers for a PAGEOPH Topical Volume on Earthquakes and Multi-hazards around the Pacific Rim

We invite submissions for a special issue of Pure and Applied Geophysics (PAGEOPH), entitled “Earthquakes and Multi-hazards around the Pacific Rim”.

For this special issue, we solicit submissions of numerical, observational and laboratory studies relevant to simulations and forecasting of earthquake processes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami inundation, and other categories of natural hazards. Special topics of particular interest include the proposed Global Navigation Satellite System Tsunami Early Warning technology. More fine- grained topics include physical mechanisms of earthquakes and friction; earthquake source parameter scaling; macro-scale simulation of earthquake ruptures and seismic cycles; recent large earthquakes around the world; wave propagation simulations; studies of novel computational environments and efficient algorithms; as well as data assimilation and model applications.

While the primary purpose of this special issue is to invite contributions from participants of the 9th ACES International Workshop ((http://www.csi.ac.cn/ACES2015/Home/index.html)), held August 10-16, 2015 in Chengdu, China, we also encourage other submissions that are relevant to the broad topics defined above. We especially invite review papers related to the main subject of the special issue on simulations and forecasting of earthquakes and other natural hazards.

All submissions will be subject to the PAGEOPH peer review process. Please submit your paper by going to: https://www.editorialmanager.com/paag/default.aspx
New authors will have to register first, then login as an author and select " Report-Top.Vol. Earthquakes and Multihazards around the Pacific Rim” as the article type.

Instructions for authors and a submission tutorial can be found at: http://www.springer.com/birkhauser/geo+science/journal/24.

The submission deadline is extended from January 31, 2016 to March 1, 2016. Papers will be published individually online shortly after being accepted. The combined manuscripts will be published both as a topical issue of the journal PAGEOPH and Book Reprint later.

For more information please contact one of the following special editors:

Guest Editors:
*Dr. YongXian Zhang, China Earthquake Networks Center, China (yxzseis@sina.com); Dr. Thomas Goebel, Seismological Laboratory, UC Santa Cruz, USA (tgoebel@ucsc.edu); Dr. Charles Williams, GNS Science, New Zealand (c.williams@gns.cri.nz);
Dr. Zhigang Peng, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (zpeng@gatech.edu);
Dr. Mark Yoder, Department of Physics, UC Davis, USA (mryoder@ucdavis.edu);
Dr. John Rundle, Department of Physics, UC Davis, USA (jbrundle@ucdavis.edu)

*Corresponding Editor