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Multiple Announcements: EERI SoCal Webinar, Postdoctoral Positions at ETH Zurich, and PhD Opportunity at UMich

Date: 11/19/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Perspectives on Building an Earthquake Resilient Southern California Webinar
2. Postdoctoral position in computational earthquake physics at ETH Zurich
3. Postdoctoral position in observational seismology at ETH Zurich
4. Postdoctoral position in statistical seismology at ETH Zurich
5. Postdoctoral position in planetary seismology at ETH Zurich
6. PhD opportunity in the Earthquake Mechanics group at University of Michigan


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1. Perspectives on Building an Earthquake Resilient Southern California Webinar:

Don't miss Southern California Chapter's exciting webinar on December 2!

This free webinar focuses on Southern California resilience-based design.

Perspectives on Building an Earthquake Resilient Southern California

Wednesday, December 2 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET



The webinar will focus on the emerging concept of functional recovery as a key element of resilience-based design in Southern California communities. Designing new and improving existing buildings and infrastructure for limited downtime (or a quick functional recovery) is a necessary tool for achieving community-wide earthquake resilience. The webinar will begin with an abbreviated presentation by David Bonowitz of his 2020 EERI Distinguished Lecture, “Functional Recovery: What it Means to Design for Community Resilience”. David will then be joined by local experts Craig Davis, Susan Dowty, Henry Burton, and Christine Goulet, who will present and discuss aspects of functional recovery and resilience in Southern California, including references to the City of LA’s “Resilient Los Angeles” report.


Christine Goulet, Southern California Earthquake Center, USC


David Bonowitz, Structural Engineer & 2020 EERI Distinguished Lecturer
Craig Davis, CA Davis Engineering (retired Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power) & 2021 EERI Distinguished Lecturer
Susan Dowty, International Code Council
Henry Burton, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA

2. Postdoctoral position in computational earthquake physics at ETH Zurich:

With funding from the ERC Synergy project FEAR “Fault Activation and Earthquake Rupture” (Partners ETH (Giardini/Wiemer), INGV Rome (Cocco), RTWH Aachen (Amann)), we are conducting earthquake nucleation experiments at deca-meter scale at theBedretto Underground Laboratory for Geoscience and Geoenergies (www.bedrettolab.ethz.ch). As part of a highly interdisciplinary team of Earthscientists you will be involved in designing and modelling experiments on earthquake nucleation, propagation and termination. We are looking for candidates that can advance the state-of-the-art in computational earthquake physics, exploiting unique experimental data at different scales (Contact: Prof. D.Giardini).

APPLY HERE: https://tinyurl.com/yx9kbz9l

3. Postdoctoral position in observational seismology at ETH Zurich:

The FEAR project and Bedretto Lab in general offer also unique opportunities to observe and analyze countless pico-earthquakesinduced during stimulation or mine- by experiments under controlled and repeatable conditions. Using borehole-based multi-parameter arrays of sensors,we aim to observe and model fluid-rock interactions, effects of tunneling and other triggering mechanism and interpret them in a multidisciplinary context. You will be involved in the design, installation as well as in the execution of injectionexperiments and the analysis of the seismic data collected. We are interested in candidates with expertise in earthquake location and source parameterdetermination, using traditional and machine-learning based approaches (Contact:Prof. S. Wiemer).

APPLY HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y3u949yw

4. Postdoctoral position in statistical seismology at ETH Zurich:

We are leading a large international and multidisciplinaryEC GEOTHERMICA project on de-risking enhanced geothermal energy projects (DEEP). You will join a team of observational seismologists, reservoir engineersand software developers in the quest to develop and test innovative seismic monitoring systems and data-driven, real time risk assessment and risk mitigation approaches. We are looking for candidates with experience in the analysis and forecasting of induced seismicity using statistical, hybrid and physics-based approaches. Uncertainty quantification, ensemble modelling and real-time performance evaluation are required skills. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with industry partners and in partnership with the US Department of Energy geothermal test site FORGE in Utah (Contact: Prof. S. Wiemer).

APPLY HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y5mmlmry

5. Postdoctoral position in planetary seismology at ETH Zurich:

As part of the ongoing NASA-ESA Mission Insight (www.insight.ethz.ch) a single seismometer is installed on Mars, delivering uniquedata on the seismicity and structure of Mars. InSight is a large collaborative effort with many partners from Europe and the US, and strong internationalcollaboration is expected in all scientific investigations. You will bring expertise inseismic waveform simulation and interpretation, detection and characterization of marsquakes and determination of the elastic and anelastic structure of crust,mantle and core. You will a become a member of a multi-disciplinary team operating the MarsQuake Service and working on the analysis of seismic data (Contact: Prof. D. Giardin).

APPLY HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y3jvnmca

6. PhD opportunity in the Earthquake Mechanics group at University of Michigan:

Dear All,

My group at University of Michigan is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to develop fully dynamic earthquake cycle models and investigate the evolution of fault damage zones during interseismic deformation and coseismic rupture. The project is supported by the NSF CAREER grant “Investigating the Relationship between Fault Damage Zones and Earthquakes through Seismic Observations and Earthquake Cycle Simulations”. The student will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge techniques in both seismic data analysis and numerical modeling to better assess seismic hazards. The student will work in a collaborative environment and get exposure to a variety of expertise such as Earth’s structure, lithosphere dynamics, tectonics and structural geology in the department. Full financial support including fellowships and research assistantships will be provided for the students.

Students with B.S. or M.S. degree in geophysics, geology, engineering, physics or a closely related field are all welcome to apply. Programming experience and familiarity with numerical methods are recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact me (yiheh@umich.edu) to discuss the research project and life at UMich. Applicants can find more information about our group at http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/yihehuang/. More general information about the graduate student application is available at https://lsa.umich.edu/earth/graduate-students/application-info.html. The application deadline for Fall admission is January 7, 2021.

Best regards,

Yihe Huang


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