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Multiple Announcements: Jobs at the USGS and TAMU; 3rd Cargese Earthquakes School; AGU Session Announcements

Date: 07/08/2021

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Physical Science Technician at USGS.
2. Two tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Texas A&M University
3. 3rd Cargese earthquakes school (Corsica, France), Sep 27 - Oct 1
4. S017: Rail and Road Seismology – AGU Session Promotion
5. AGU 2021 Session S014 - Mechanical complexity and structural heterogeneity in diffuse fault zones: observation, modeling and experiments


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1. Physical Science Technician at USGS

Lab technician sought for operation and maintenance of equipment in the Rock Physics/Rock Mechanics and Gas Hydrates labs at the US Geological Survey. This is a full time, permanent position (GS9/GS11) to maintain and develop high pressure rock deformation and cryogenic equipment in laboratories at the USGS Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, California (soon to move to Moffett Field, CA). See https://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/eqproc/rockphysics/why.php for a description of the Rock Physics lab, and the link therein for a description of the equipment we use.

Candidates must be US citizens. The application deadline is July 12 (sooner if application quota is filled).

Interested applicants should go to http://www.usajobs.gov to apply and receive consideration. Search for: ‘Physical Science Technician’ and location: ‘Menlo Park, CA’. There are two vacancy announcements for this position. The vacancy announcement number USGS-RES-21-11094409-DE-DG is open to all U.S. Citizens. The vacancy announcement number USGS-RES-21-11116922-ST-DG is open to current and former Federal employees.

Please note that resumes of those who apply MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr (e.g., March 2012 – June 2013), number of hours worked per week, salary, supervisor’s name and phone number (can include statements such as “can call/do not call/contact me before calling”) and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities. We suggest a resume of at least two pages with half a page devoted to each position. (There is a template at usajobs.gov to follow.) Please note that supporting materials such as transcripts (unofficial is fine), Government SF-50s, Prof. Engin. License, etc., MUST be attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. And please do not wait until the last day in case of computer issues.

Please contact Michelle Liu (HR Specialist) <mliu@usgs.gov> or David Lockner <dlockner@usgs.gov> to answer questions regarding this opportunity.

2. Two tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Texas A&M University

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to share that the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for two 9-month tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions. This is an open-discipline search. A group of faculty in the Department arevery interested in adding colleagues in seismology and/or geodesy to complement our research strengths in earthquake science, rock deformation, numerical modeling, and geophysics. Below is the formal ad for this search.

The Department of Geology and Geophysics in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University is conducting a search to fill two tenure-track positions with 9-month academic appointments at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. We seek creative faculty members who will lead vibrant, cutting edge research programs that can leverage the strengths of Texas A&M and the Department of Geology & Geophysics, while expanding our reach into national and international-scale initiatives. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This is an open-discipline search and we seek applicants with backgrounds that strengthen or complement research within the Department of Geology and Geophysics. For more information please refer to: https://geogeo.tamu.edu/. This position has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an independent and externally funded research program, contribute to transformative teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental and college activities.

The Department of Geology and Geophysics is part of the College of Geosciences, which also includes the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, Oceanography, the interdisciplinary Environmental Programs and Water Management and Hydrologic Sciences degree programs, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and other interdisciplinary centers including the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems and the Center for Tectonophysics. Texas A&M University is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, located at the center of the Bryan/College Station metro area with its dynamic and international community of over 270,000 people.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability employer committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values. The TAMU College of Geosciences Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan can be found at https://geosciences.tamu.edu/diversity-climate/action-plan/index.html. Applications from members of minoritized groups are strongly encouraged to apply and will be actively sought.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore implements policies that contribute to work-life balance, including the Dual-Career Program (https://dof.tamu.edu/Faculty-Resources/DUAL-CAREER-PARTNER-PLACEMENT).


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geology, geophysics or a related field at the time of appointment. Postdoctoral experience is desirable but is not required. Initial review of applications will begin on September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research vision, statement of teaching interests, a separate statement that demonstrates evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as names and contact information for at least three references to http://apply.interfolio.com/89462.

Informal inquiries or requests for more information may be sent via email directly to the Search Committee Chair:

Dr. Mark E. Everett
Chair, Faculty Search Committee
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843‐3115
Email: everett@geo.tamu.edu

Thank you and take care,

3. 3rd Cargese earthquakes school (Corsica, France), Sep 27 - Oct 1

The training school on ‘Earthquakes: nucleation, triggering, rupture, and relationships with aseismic processes’ will be held in Cargèse, Corsica, France, from September 27th to October 1st 2021. This school will be a follow-up of similar ones held in 2014 and 2017 (see earthquakes2.sciencesconf.org and eos.org/meeting-reports/how-earthquakes-start-and-stop). It will gather about 50 early career researchers (including PhD students and post-docs) and about 15 mid-career and senior researchers from all around the world. The program comprises four sessions including lectures, tutorials and discussions:
• The complete slip spectrum
• Earthquake nucleation, propagation and triggering
• The earthquake cycle
• Hazard implications

Pre-registration is open until July 19th. Priority will be given to Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral researchers, early career researchers, and new participants. Participants will have the opportunity to give oral (10 to 15 minutes long) or poster presentations.

For more complete information, check earthquakes3.sciencesconf.org.

Pablo Ampuero on behalf of the Scientific Committee.

4. S017: Rail and Road Seismology – AGU Session Promotion

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the AGU 2021 session S017: Rail and Road Seismology https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm21/prelim.cgi/Session/118478

Session Description:

High resolution imaging of seismic properties in the crust and monitoring temporal changes of subsurface properties provide fundamental information for a wide variety of basic and applied studies. Trains, trucks and other vehicles on railways and roads act as deterministic repeatable sources of energy that exist broadly at no cost and can be used to image and monitor different sections of the crust. Example targets for imaging and monitoring with Rail and Road Seismology include the geotechnical layer, fault zones and mining/exploration facilities. Recent studies in California, China and other places demonstrated the high utility of Rail and Road Seismology. In this session we encourage contributions on techniques developments and applications of signals generated by rail and road sources. Students and early career scientists are especially invited to participate.

Invited Presentations: Laura Pinzon-Rincon, (ISTerre, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble, France), Verónica Rodriguez Tribaldos (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

Conveners: Yehuda Ben-Zion (University of Southern California), Jieyuan Ning (Peking University), Florent Brenguier, (Univ. Grenoble Alpes, ISTerre), Haoran Meng (University of California San Diego), Jiaqi Li (Michigan State University)

Abstract submission deadline: 4 August at 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT

5. AGU 2021 Session S014 - Mechanical complexity and structural heterogeneity in diffuse fault zones: observation, modeling and experiments

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to our AGU session: "S014. Mechanical complexity and structural heterogeneity in diffuse fault zones: observation, modeling and experiments." (https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm21/prelim.cgi/Session/123991)

Multiple scales, multi-physics interactions and nonlinearities govern earthquake source processes, rendering the understanding of how faults slip a grand challenge of seismology. While our common view of earthquakes distinguishes artificially between on-fault frictional failure and the off-fault response of rock, earthquake fault zones are more complex, both geometrically and rheologically, than an idealized infinitely thin fault plane embedded in linear elastic material. Volumetric failure may lead to complexity in the nucleation process, earthquake rupture, slip distribution, energy balance and aseismic deformation. A realistic understanding of co-seismic, post-seismic and interseismic slip in diffuse fault zones may account for multi-physics coupling, nonlinear visco-elasto-plastic rock rheologies, fluid and thermodynamic effects, and multi-scale heterogeneities.

This session encourages contributions shedding light on, but not limited to, volumetric faulting processes and fault zone hierarchical structures across different scales in both space and time. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions that explore observations, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and theoretical studies.

We hope you will consider submitting an abstract. The deadline is August 4, 2021. Let us know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Duo Li (LMU)
Alice-Agnes Gabriel (LMU)
Yihe Huang (U. of Michigan)
Yifang Cheng (USC)


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