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Multiple Announcements: Invitation to MCS-RCN Townhall and Job Opportunity at Risk Management Solutions Inc

Date: 05/05/2021

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Invitation to MCS-RCN Townhall - Thursday, May 13
2. Catastrophe Risk Modeler Position at Risk Management Solutions Inc


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1. Invitation to MCS-RCN Townhall - Thursday, May 13:

Dear friends and colleagues,

You are invited to the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction (MCS) RCN Townhall, to be held virtually Thursday, May 13, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm (CDT).

The goal of the Townhall is to engage the subduction zone and wider geodynamics community (both modelers and observationalists) to review the current state of affairs of the MCS-RCN and MCS planning and get feedback on emergent plans for a potential MCS implementation. Specifically, we want to evaluate which of the envisioned MCS’s core capabilities are of the highest priority to the community and start the discussion of a proposed organizational structure for a future Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction Zone Science.

Register for the MCS Townhall here.

The Townhall will consist of a 30-minute presentation (with draft slides already available on our MCS Townhall website), breakout discussions of the four questions listed at the end of the slides, and a summary discussion.

Anyone can provide feedback on the MCS-RCN, MCS implementation, and general comments before, during, and for a few weeks after the Townhall through our feedback form.

We hope to see you there,

The MCS-RCN Team

2. Catastrophe Risk Modeler Position at Risk Management Solutions Inc:

MS Earthquake Model Development HQ, based in CA, USA, is looking for candidates to help building industry leading stochastic catastrophe models for the quantification and management of catastrophe risk. The position requires responsibilities in development and validation of ground motion, site response and seismic hazard modeling for global RMS Earthquake Catastrophe Risk models. The applicant is expected to bring in the latest science and technical capabilities with innovations. This position brings you a great opportunity to grow your professional career at RMS based on your performance and potential.
Catastrophe modeling (also known as CAT modeling) is the process of using computer-assisted calculations to estimate the losses that could be sustained due to a catastrophic event such as earthquake. CAT modeling is especially applicable to analyzing risks in insurance and reinsurance industry.
Hiring contact: Emel Seyhan, RMS Senior Manager
Requirements and Responsibilities:
• Minimum of Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical or Structural). Up to two years of post-doctoral research experience, prior academic or industrial working experience in the relevant fields is great to have, but not required.
• Research into the physical nature of earthquake phenomena and improvement of accurate ground motion and site characterization to improve seismic hazard and risk assessment. Development, validation, and regionalization of ground motion-, site response- and PSHA-based models for a given region around the world with either abundant or lack of data. Internal studies need to be justified via latest science and innovative technology in the field.
• Experience and deep theoretical understanding in at least three of listed topics: ergodic or non-ergodic earthquake ground motion predictions, GMPE selection, ranking and logic tree construction, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA), near-fault effects, building and site response due to earthquake ground motions including geologic structures, site characterization, dynamic response of soil, site amplification models and sedimentary basin models. It is expected that the applicant is eager to learn new methodologies in these fields.
• Deep relational understanding of multi-disciplinary studies regarding seismic fault structures, geotechnical site characterization (VS30, T0 etc.), building vulnerability and fragility functions, catastrophe modeling and risk assessment.
• Experience in at least one of the listed: deterministic, stochastic, or physics-based simulation methods.
• Experience in 1D or 2D/3D site response simulations, e.g., DEEPSOIL etc.
• Experience in CAT modeling, seismic risk and loss assessment, portfolio management is not required, but great to have.
• Strong background in data science methods, data mining, data manipulation etc.
• Strong statistical and informatics knowledge, preferably in probabilistic and geospatial statistics, nonlinear 
regressions, or similar.
• Excellent programming skills to develop and support modeling work, e.g., MATLAB, VBA, R, SQL, Python, Java, C++, C# etc.
• Excellent geographic information system application based geospatial mapping skills, e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS.
• Excellent skills in oral and written communication to perform technical support for internal and external scientific engagements with clients and other agencies.
• Desired skills such as thought leadership, ability to coordinate across different teams, self-motivation, accountability, and transparency.
• Originality, innovation, and independent working skills to perform required research with excellent quality. The research results have significant impact on damage probabilities and loss estimations around the world. The position encourages the candidates to carry out scientific research, publish peer-reviewed journal publications, technical reports, and conference papers.
• Travel: Moderate travel around the world may be required, when safe to do so. Regular attendance to scientific and technical conferences (virtual or in-person).
Visit RMS.com/Careers/Jobs to apply for this position.

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