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Multiple Announcements: Job and Research Fellowship Opportunities, SMIP Seminar, and Virtual Tomography Session

Date: 09/16/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Seismic Hazard Ground Motion Seismologist – permanent job opportunity with GNS Science, New Zealand
2. Register for the SMIP 20 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data
3. SSA Virtual Tomography Sessions - Registration Open
4. Job opportunity for Engineering Seismologist with California Geological Survey
5. Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Harvard University


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1. Seismic Hazard Ground Motion Seismologist – permanent job opportunity with GNS Science, New Zealand:

Seismic Hazard Ground Motion Seismologist
Permanent job opportunity with GNS Science

Applications close: 30 September 2020
GNS Science, Te Pū Ao, is a Crown Research Institute. Our core purpose is to understand earth systems and physics-based technologies and to transform this knowledge into economic and social benefits for New Zealand. We are globally recognised for research on understanding earthquake hazards and reducing earthquake risks.

We are seeking a talented and motivated research scientist for a permanent, fulltime position in our Avalon, Lower Hutt office. The scientist will work with our National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM) and seismology teams to develop our empirical ground motion modelling capability, from fundamental model development through to application for the benefit of New Zealand. The position will contribute to an upcoming revision of New Zealand’s NSHM and support its long-term development.

Specific topics could include development of: empirical ground motion models, models of aleatory and epistemic uncertainty, non-ergodic approaches, site amplification models and/or ground motion characterisation models for hazard assessment.

This is an opportunity to be part of a great multi-disciplinary team at GNS Science.

New Zealand’s borders are currently closed to all but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. International candidates are encouraged to apply and may begin work remotely as a contractor from overseas until New Zealand’s borders reopen.

Want to know more?
For further information about this position and to submit an application online, please visit: https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/Nq979/Seismic-Haza...

2. Register for the SMIP 20 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data:

SMIP20 Seminar on October 22, 2020

Registration is Now Open!

Given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, CSMIP will hold the SMIP20 Seminar virtually on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

The seminar program and online registration form are available at the SMIP20 Seminar website.

SMIP20 Seminar on
Utilization of Strong-Motion Data
The California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) in the California Geological Survey (CGS) of the Department of Conservation established a Data Interpretation Project in 1989. Each year CSMIP funds several data interpretation projects for the analysis and utilization of strong-motion data. The objectives of the Data Interpretation Project are to further the understanding of strong ground shaking and the response of structures, to increase the utilization of strong-motion data in post-earthquake response, and to improve seismic design code provisions and design practices.
As part of the Data Interpretation Project, CSMIP holds annual seminars to transfer recent research findings on strong-motion data to practicing seismic design professionals, earth scientists and earthquake response personnel. The purpose of the annual seminar is to provide information that will be useful in seismic design practice, post-earthquake response, and the improvement of seismic design codes and practices.
The seminar’s program will include presentations on ergodic site response modeling, ground motions recorded during the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake sequence, nonlinear dynamic soil properties, site amplification, ASCE-41 acceptance criteria for linear and nonlinear procedures, code torsional provisions for semi-rigid diaphragms, and bridge health monitoring.
Contact email: cgssmip@conservation.ca.gov

3. SSA Virtual Tomography Sessions - Registration Open:

Now more than 40 years old, the field of seismic tomography has provided an unprecedented look at the 3D internal structures of the Earth. But as tomography enters its middle age, it’s time to take stock and explore new ideas and questions.

Led by Co-Chairs Andreas Fichtner of ETH Zürich and Clifford Thurber of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Seismological Society of America is convening five virtual tomography sessions. Each two-hour session will feature five presentations, followed by group discussion led by prominent discussants.

Cutting-edge Methods for Seismic Imaging I
6 October 2020 at 10 AM Pacific
Featured Discussants: Jeroen Ritsema (University of Michigan) and Carl Tape (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

• "Markov Chain Monte Carlo Regional Tomography Models of Western North America: Findings from Alaska & Southern California." Elizabeth Berg, University of Utah
• "Adjoint Tomography of New Zealand's North Island Using an Automated, Open-source Workflow." Bryant Chow, Victoria University of Wellington
• "Seismic Traveltime Tomography Based on Stochastic Voronoi Cells Parameterization: Applications from Local to Global Scales." Hongjian Fang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• "Accelerating Global-Scale Full-Waveform Inversion." Sölvi Thrastarson, ETH Zürich
• "Uncertainty Quantification in Full Waveform Tomography with Ensemble Data Assimilation - Methods and Anisotropy." Julien Thurin, Université Grenoble Alpes
Read the full abstracts and learn more about the Tomography virtual sessions on our website.

4. Job opportunity for Engineering Seismologist with California Geological Survey:

Job opportunity for Engineering Seismologist with California Geological Survey

Applications are due 09/23/2020

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to work for California Geological Survey and serve the public,
the Strong-Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP) has an opening for Engineering Seismologist in its Data products unit.

If you already have:

- the education and work experience in the application of Seismology, Geophysics or related field in solving earthquake related problems
- the experience in conducting research for scientific projects and in writing technical reports
- the experience in developing computer tools and application to solve scientific problems

Then this position maybe for you. Apply today and join our team.

The Engineering Seismologist position falls under the Engineering Geologist Classification. To be considered for the position, interested applicants need to take the Engineering Geologist exam and establish employment eligibility. This full-time permanent job is located at 801 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814. The job is 40 hours/week M-F, with some overtime if needed. There is a probationary period which must be successfully passed before “job permanency” is established.

Apply online at:

5. Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Harvard University:

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University invites applicants for the Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

The Department seeks candidates in the broad field of Earth and Planetary Sciences including but not limited to: geology, geochemistry, oceanography, Earth history, geobiology, hydrology, mineralogy, mineral physics, paleomagnetism, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, climate science, seismology, structural geology, geodynamics, petrology, geophysics, and planetary sciences. We welcome methodological approaches that span field observations, lab-based science, theory, and computation.

These honorific postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a one-year period, with an anticipated extension for a second year. Daly fellows carry out independent research and may choose to interact with one or more research groups in the department. Applicants are welcome to contact members of the department before applying.

The annual salary is $70,000 with additional funds of $5,000 per year available for research and travel support.

Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. or should be 2021-degree candidates. Completion of the Ph.D. is required by the time of the appointment. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is keenly interested in diversifying its department and encourages applications from diverse candidates, including from women and minorities. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related considerations, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a two-page research proposal, as well as the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees. Applicants are responsible for contacting the referees. Referees would need to have their letters uploaded to the link provided by the application site. Applications and letters are due January 1, 2021 and should be submitted (along with reference letters) through

Questions for the Daly Search Committee can be sent to Emily Bowman, Academic Coordinator, ebowman@fas.harvard.edu.

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