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Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows Program and Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program Announcement

Date: 11/24/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Apply to the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows Program
2. Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program Announcement


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1. Apply to the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows Program:

The Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows Program:
As part of advancing Stanford University’s IDEAL vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University (Stanford Earth) has established the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows program. This fellowship will support two outstanding scholars in the fields of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences, as well as other emerging fields in this area, whose research and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion and scientific excellence within the School. Stanford Earth Postdoctoral fellows will receive fellowship support and faculty mentoring and will participate in professional development programs as part of the Stanford Earth community. The Stanford Earth fellowship carries an annual stipend of $83,000 for up to two years and includes a research stipend of $10,000/year.

How to Apply:
Candidates are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty mentors whose research aligns with their interests (see faculty directory at: https://earth.stanford.edu/faculty-research/directory). We especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM as well as those who are in emerging areas of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences that intersect with issues of human impact and equity. Applicants whose work intersects with issues of race and ethnicity are also encouraged to apply to the IDEAL Provostial Early Fellows program. Applicants should send a cover letter, current CV, contact information for 2 references, and a Research Statement to earthpostdoc@stanford.edu.
Application Materials Required:
The cover letter (2-page maximum) should address the applicant’s experiences with diversity in research, teaching, and/or service, and the candidate’s potential to support the School’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and access. The research statement (2-page maximum) should describe accomplishments, current work, future research direction, and impacts of work with a potential faculty mentor.

We will begin to consider applications on December 11, 2020. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by that date for full consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the fellowship positions are filled. All are welcome to apply, and candidates will be evaluated based on their potential to support the School’s commitment to diversity and research excellence, as well as a faculty mentor’s ability to support the candidates’ research goals and to advance an inclusive working environment in the School.

Stanford Earth deeply appreciates the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and defines diversity broadly to include (among other things) diversity of genders, races and ethnicities, cultures, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, veteran status, and work and life experiences. Stanford Earth welcomes all who would bring diversity of perspective to the School's research and teaching missions. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and consistent with its obligations under the law prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.

2. Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program Announcement:

We are searching for a Mendenhall post-doctoral scholar to join the USGS aftershock forecasting team.

Aftershock forecasts can help a wide range of users including the public, emergency managers, and lifeline engineers prepare for, respond to, cope with, and recover from earthquake disasters. Currently the USGS delivers timely public forecasts of the expected number of aftershocks following domestic earthquakes, including recent damaging earthquakes in Alaska, California, Puerto Rico, and Utah. These forecasts have been used by FEMA, the U.S. Navy, states, and local agencies to inform planning and staging decisions, such as the resumption of operations at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station and the crafting of Federal disaster declarations.

There are many ways to improve our forecasts. Advancing our understanding of earthquake processes, statistical methods, and crisis and risk communications can improve outcomes for users. Further, we need to expand our abilities to test our methods and communication products during earthquake sequences.

For more information on the range of suggested research topics and how to apply see:

Applications, including a research proposal, are due by January 4, 2021.

For more information, please contact any of the advisors for this opportunity:
Andrew Michael, ajmichael@usgs.gov; Jeanne Hardebeck, jhardebeck@usgs.gov; Anne Wein, awein@usgs.gov; Ned Field, field@usgs.gov; Andrea Llenos, allenos@usgs.gov; Morgan Page, mpage@usgs.gov; Nicholas van der Elst, nvanderelst@usgs.gov; and Sara McBride, skmcbride@usgs.gov.

For more information on the Mendenhall program including several other opportunities in seismology see: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/mendenhall/research-opportunities


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