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Multiple Announcements: USGS EQ Hazards Research Proposals, Postdocs in New Zealand, and UNAVCO Requests Your Input

Date: 03/12/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Postdoc position in full-waveform tomography / 3D crustal modelling / ground motion simulation at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2. Postdoctoral Scholar in Earthquake Science Otago Earthquake Science Group, Department of Geology, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand
3. USGS Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals
4. Refreshing strategic priorities for science support - Your input requested by 3/16/2020


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1. Postdoc position in full-waveform tomography / 3D crustal modelling / ground motion simulation at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand:

We have an opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to undertake research in the fields of full-waveform tomography, development of 3D crustal models, and broadband ground motion simulation. You will have the opportunity to drive research in one of more of these broad areas based on your past skills, experience, and interest. You will work within a wider group toward the mission of accelerating the adoption of simulation-based ground motion prediction in seismic hazard analysis.

The successful applicant will work within a team at the University of Canterbury of 20 people that comprise academic faculty, postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and scientific programmers. This team is integrated within QuakeCoRE: The New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience (http://www.quakecore.nz/), and has strong existing collaborations with international research teams.

The closing date for the position is 3 May 2020 (NZ Time). Visit the job posting here (https://tinyurl.com/UcPostdoc-Mar2020), or contact Brendon Bradley brendon.bradley@canterbury.ac.nz for further enquiries.

2. Postdoctoral Scholar in Earthquake Science Otago Earthquake Science Group, Department of Geology, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand:
Otago Earthquake Science Group, Department of Geology, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand
We have an opening for a suitably qualified and motivated individual to undertake postdoctoral- research to address the seismic hazard of low-seismicity southern New Zealand. The 2.5 year position will be supported by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Research Grant-funded project “Understanding and managing risk in low seismic hazard zones” (PIs Professor Mark Stirling and Dr Caroline Orchiston), and will commence in the second half of 2020 (start time negotiable).
The successful candidate will initially conduct a literature review to compile information on known and potentially active earthquake sources in and around the Southland region of New Zealand. The work will form the basis for prioritisation of sites for paleoseismic investigations. The work will then progress to paleoseismic investigations at the sites, along with the progressive development of earthquake source models for input to seismic hazard models. The candidate will be strongly motivated to conduct research within the disciplines of paleoseismology, statistical seismology and seismic hazard analysis, and to publish research results in national and international peer-reviewed journals.
A curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact details of at least two referees should be sent to Professor Mark Stirling, Chair of Earthquake Science, mark.stirling@otago.ac.nz

3. USGS Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals:

USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals
Applications due May 20, 2020

Jill Franks, Associate Coordinator for External Research, Earthquake Hazards Program, jfranks@usgs.gov;

Drew LaPointe, Communications Specialist for Natural Hazards, drewlapointe@usgs.gov

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently soliciting project proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 grants on earthquake hazards science and is authorized to award up to $7 million. Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.gov under funding Opportunity Number G20AS00042. Applications are due May 20, 2020.
The grants offered through the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) are a long-standing effort that significantly contributes to the advancement of earthquake research. The Earthquake Hazards Program encourages submission of new ideas that would provide more accurate and timely earthquake information, better characterize earthquake sources, and reduce uncertainty in earthquake-hazard and risk assessments. USGS also seeks proposals that will help to mitigate earthquake losses and better inform the public about earthquakes and earthquake safety, such as earthquake early warning or other scientific efforts that will lead to reduced risk. The complete list of FY2021 EHP science research priorities is included in the grants solicitation found on GRANTS.gov.
Every year, the USGS invites innovative earthquake research proposals from colleges and universities, state and local offices, non-profit organizations, private institutions, unaffiliated scientists, engineers, and foreign organizations. Past funded grants projects include:
• Using a machine learning approach to investigate ground motion alerts for earthquake early warning;
• Evaluating outer-rise earthquake hazards from the Puerto Rico trench;
• Improving deformation and fault compatibility using earthquake simulators and next generation hazard models;
• Determining temporal characteristics of aftershock sequences in the Intermountain West;
• Determining earthquake hazard implications and deformation rate recorded by marine terraces above the Cascadia Subduction Zone; and
• Investigating the distribution of fault creep on San Francisco Bay area faults.

A complete list of previously funded projects and reports can be found on the USGS EHP external research support website.

4. Refreshing strategic priorities for science support - Your input requested by 3/16/2020:
Dear Colleagues: 
As a member of the geoscience and Earth education community, we encourage you to provide input on strategic priorities for a major facility that supports geoscience using geodesy. While UNAVCO’s primary funding comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, our reach is global.
UNAVCO is in a period of change, approaching the end of our 2016-2020 strategic plan, awaiting changes to the NSF grant requirements, and discussing future integration with our sister facility, IRIS. Each of these changes is an opportunity to revisit the focus of our facility and the community that it serves.
UNAVCO leadership has begun a refresh of its existing strategy. We are now reaching out to the broader geoscience community to determine areas for growth and improvement. We greatly value your input and invite you to complete a brief survey that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Your response by March 16th is appreciated.
Thank you,
Dr. Lucy Flesch, Chair, UNAVCO Board of Directors
Dr. Rebecca Bendick, UNAVCO President


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