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Multiple Announcements: AGeS Program Deadline and Job Postings

Date: 12/15/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Next AGeS Program Deadline Feb 1, 2021
2. Leadership position at the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab
3. Job Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
4. Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo Recruitment Information for Project Researcher (Fixed-Term Project Staff)
5. Tenure-track faculty position - Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at Caltech


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1. Next AGeS Program Deadline Feb 1, 2021:

The next AGeS (Awards for Geochronology Student Research) Program deadline is Feb 1, 2021. AGeS plans to make 18-20 awards averaging ~$8500 each. AGeS seeks to fund broadly in terms of research, geochronologic technique, and participants. Proposals will be evaluated not only based on overall significance, design, and logistical plan, but also on the degree to which the project will expand access to geochronology and build new networks.

AGeS2 offers support for graduate students in the U.S. to develop the scientific rationale for projects involving geochronology, and then provides them with hands-on experience acquiring data in labs, all while being mentored by geochronologists. AGeS awardees visit a U.S. geochronology lab for a week or more, participate in sample preparation and analysis, and learn fundamental aspects of the methods, techniques, and theory used in modern analytical facilities. Awards can be used to fund analytical costs, sample preparation, travel to the host geochronology lab, lodging, and other expenses.

Applicants must be graduate students at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or its territories. Any lab in the U.S. or its territories can participate. The study areas of AGeS projects can be located anywhere worldwide.

There are 57 AGeS labs and 96 geochronologists available for potential collaborations, with detailed information about each lab listed on the AGeS website. We recommend that applicants contact a preferred lab about potential projects as early as possible because each lab may support a maximum of 4 projects each application cycle.

For additional program details please see the AGeS2 website at:

2. Leadership position at the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab:

The University of California Berkeley Seismology Lab invites applications for its Operations Manager position with an expected start date in spring 2021. This is an opportunity to guide and support the future development of regional seismic networks and the research they drive.

The BSL's Operations Manager oversees and manages all real time operations at the BSL, including installation and operation of and real time collection of data from remote geophysical stations; real time data processing, products and the data center; interactions with operation of the earthquake early warning system (ShakeAlert); and providing earthquake information to stakeholders and the public. In addition to managing the staff associated with these tasks, the person will be responsible for preparing budgets, proposals and reports, and overseeing the administration of grants that support the BSL's operations.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley, and the Berkeley Seismology Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students and staff who share our commitment to these values.

The preferred qualifications for this position are 5 years experience in handling logistics of earthquake monitoring and notification, supervision of technical staff, proposal and budget preparation, as well as writing and publishing technical and scientific reports. Experience with seismic instrumentation. Experience with management of seismic and/or geodetic data. Experience in project management. Experience and interest in communicating scientific information to colleagues, stakeholders and the public.

Applications are already under consideration, but the deadline has been extended to January 4, 2021.

All applications should be submitted online through https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02690. For questions please contact Erin Blazick, AP HR Analyst, Berkeley Seismology Lab; academicpersonnel4eps@berkeley.edu.

3. Job Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences:

The Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Consistent with Stanford University’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAL) vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, we especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars with historically underrepresented backgrounds in traditional STEM fields, as well as in emerging areas of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences, including research areas that intersect with societal issues. All four Stanford Earth departments are partnering in this search and a successful candidate will be appointed in one of the following:
Earth System Science - We study the world’s air, water, land, and life as an integrated system.  As scientists, we unite basic and purpose-driven research to chronicle how the Earth functions, the many ways it is changing, and what the consequences of changes will be for people and other species.  We believe that science can improve the world by enabling us to understand, predict, and solve the pressing issues of global environmental change.
Energy Resources Engineering - We train future leaders in the science and engineering of Earth's energy resources. We combine theory, experiments, and computation to understand and influence the global energy resources landscape. We are committed to leading the way to provide the people, methods, and tools for sustainable management of the Earth's energy resources.
Geological Sciences - We study the properties of minerals, rocks, soils, sediments and water, using multiple lenses -- stratigraphy, paleobiology, geochemistry, and planetary sciences. Their work informs our understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods. It helps us meet natural resource challenges through environmental and geological engineering, mapping and land use planning, surface and groundwater management, and the exploration and sustainable extraction of energy and minerals.  It also helps us answer fundamental questions about the origin, history, and habitability of planets.
Geophysics -  We study Earth and planetary processes through laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation. At Stanford, our teaching and research focus on understanding systems critical to the future of civilization. We apply expertise to fundamental research sustaining life on Earth, combining underlying science with studies of Earth’s environment and resource needs.
Candidates must have a PhD in a field relevant to one of the participating departments, have an excellent record of scholarly work, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including a dedication to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body. Application packages should be submitted online through https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17760 and include the following documents: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a research statement (3 pages); 3) a diversity statement that demonstrates the applicant’s commitment and potential to contribute to Stanford’s goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through personal experience or perspective, scholarship, teaching, or service (1 page); 4) a statement of teaching interests (1 page); and 5) a cover letter that includes the names of three referees who can be contacted for letters. Review of applications will begin in January 2021 and continue until the position is filled. All are welcome to apply.
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 is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

4. Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo Recruitment Information for Project Researcher (Fixed-Term Project Staff):

Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo is seeking project researchers who promote the project entitled “Intelligent Seismic Data Processing Based on Integration of Next-Generation Seismic Observations and the Forefront of Bayesian Statistics” (Principal Investigator: Naoshi Hirata, Prof. Emeritus, The University of Tokyo) in the research area “Development and Application of Intelligent Measurement-Analysis Methods Through Coalition Between Measurement Technologies and Informatics” of Strategic Basic Research Program CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency.

1. Title and Hiring Numbers: Project Researcher, 2 persons.

2. Term of Employment: 1) If you start working before March 31, 2021, the term of employment ends on March 31, 2021. 2) If you start working after April 1, 2021, the term of employment ends on March 31, 2022.

3. Renewal of Contract: Your employment agreement may be renewed. In the event of renewal, your employment agreement will be renewed every 1 year. Renewal of your employment agreement will be determined by the following factors: All relevant factors, such as budget status, progress of the work assigned to you, the amount of the work at the end of the term, your performance, work record, and attitude, and/or your medical conditions. The number of renewals can be twice if you start working before March 31, 2021, and once if you start working after April 1, 2021. The period of employment is limited March 31, 2023.

4. Probation Period: 6 months from the date of employment

5. Place of Work: Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo (1-1-1, Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)

6. Affiliation: Division or research center you belong to will be decided after the notification of hiring.

7. Research Area: Intelligent Seismic Data Processing

8. Contents of Work Duties: This project is dedicating to develop algorithms for “intelligent seismic data processing” that can comprehensively analyze seismic data obtained by various types of sensors, through collaborations between seismologists, Bayesian statisticians, and applied mathematicians. Successful applicants are obliged to develop methods to analyze seismic waveforms (seismic time-series data) and apply them to real data obtained by seismic dense arrays such as Metropolitan Seismic Observation network (MeSO-net), collaborating with the Bayesian statisticians in Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, and the applied mathematicians in Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University.

9. Working Hours: Discretionary work system for professional work applies and working hours will be deemed as 7 hours and 45 minutes per day.

10. Days off: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, and the year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3).

11. Leave: Annual Paid Leave, Special Leave, etc.

12. Wages, etc.: Annual Salary System applies and monthly paid salary will be around JPY 400,000 to JPY 500,000 including performance / achievement allowance. (The salary will be decided taking your qualifications, capacity, experience etc. into account.) Commuting Allowance (basically up to JPY 55,000 per month).

13. Insurance: You will be automatically enrolled in the insurance from the Mutual Aid Association of MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and Employment Insurance.

14. Qualification Requirements: 1) Ph.D. or doctoral degree, including those who are expected to earn these degrees or possess equivalent abilities. 2) Publications in seismology, statistics, or applied mathematics. 3) Motivation to develop methods to analyze seismic waveforms (seismic time-series data).

15. Documents to be Submitted: 1) The University of Tokyo Standard Resume (Please download the resume from the website below. E-mail address is required.) https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/about/jobs.html 2) Publication list Describe “peer-reviewed” or “non-peer-reviewed” for each paper, and include research budgets and prizes you were awarded. 3) Copies of three main papers 4) Outline of your researches so far (approx. 2 pages) 5) Research plan after the hiring (approx. 2 pages) 6) Names and contacting information of two researchers who can comment about you

16. Deadline of Application: January 8 (Friday), 2021, 5 p.m. (Japan Standard Time, UTC+9) This open call will close even before the deadline when successful applicants are decided.

17. Procedure for Selection: Document screening and interview. Details of the interview will be informed to applicants who have passed the document screening.

18. Submission of Documents: Via post: Personnel Affairs Section Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo 1-1-1, Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan Write “Application Documents for CREST Researcher (Intelligent Seismic Data Processing)” in red on the envelope. The documents will not be returned after the screening.

19. Contact: 1) About the project: Naoshi Hirata (Principal Investigator) E-mail: hirata%eri.u-tokyo.ac.jp (replace % with @) 2) About the business content such as application: Hiromichi Nagao (Secretariat General) E-mail: intelligent-secretariat-general%eri.u-tokyo.ac.jp (replace % with @)

20. Name of Recruiter: The University of Tokyo

21. Miscellaneous: The acquired personal information will not be used for any purpose other than personal selection. Women’s applications are highly welcome based on the “Declaration of Gender Equality Acceleration” at the University of Tokyo (March 3, 2009).

See the following websites for the details of the project:

Strategic Basic Research Program CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency http://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/crest/en/

Research area “Development and Application of Intelligent Measurement-Analysis Methods Through Coalition Between Measurement Technologies and Informatics” https://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/crest/en/research_area/ongoing/bunyah28-3....

“Intelligent Seismic Data Processing Based on Integration of Next-Generation Seismic Observations and the Forefront of Bayesian Statistics”

5. Tenure-track faculty position - Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at Caltech:

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position. We seek individuals who will lead an innovative research program, are committed to teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and of postdoctoral fellows, and display interest in enhancing the diversity of the institute. We invite applicants in any area of Earth and/or planetary sciences, broadly defined. All subdisciplines are of interest—including, but not limited to: geology, geochemistry, geobiology, geophysics, planetary science, and environmental science and engineering.

The term of the initial appointment at the assistant professor level is four years and is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D. degree. Reappointment beyond the initial term is contingent upon successful review conducted prior to the commencement of the fourth year. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates may also be considered at the tenured professor level. Initial review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic application that includes: a brief cover letter, a curriculum vita (including publications), a short research statement (no more than 3 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), and three letters of recommendation. We also ask that applicants submit a diversity and inclusion statement (1 page) that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach. We will evaluate each applicants’ research accomplishments and potential, as well as the teaching, mentoring, collaboration, and leadership skills necessary to run a successful academic research group (e.g. initiative, persistence, enthusiasm, communication).

For any questions that arise about the application process, please contact us at: faculty-search@gps.caltech.edu.

Instructions for Applicants
1. Create an account at https://applications.caltech.edu/users/sign_up
2. Fill out the application form at https://applications.caltech.edu/jobs/gps
3. After you complete the application form, send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
4. Upload the following documents (individually or combined in one pdf):
• curriculum vita;
• research statement;
• teaching statement;
• diversity and inclusion statement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-6111 for assistance or contact faculty-search@gps.caltech.edu.


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