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Multiple Job Announcements: Assistant Professor at CSULB, Postdoc at Penn State, & Postdoc at GEM

Date: 08/26/2021

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Please see below for the following job announcements:

1. Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Geological Science (CSULB)
2. Postdoctoral Fellow in Geothermal Energy/Machine Learning at Penn State
3. Opening for a Postdoctoral/Full Position in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Modelling


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1. Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Geological Science:

The Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Geophysics or in any other Geoscience discipline that substantially employs geophysical methods in research to start Fall 2022. A qualified candidate should be dedicated to teaching at the undergraduate and Masters level and committed to developing an externally funded research program that will involve students. As part of a campus that serves a very diverse community, the Department of Geological Sciences seeks candidates who, through previous experience supporting diverse students or their own lived experience, will be committed to the successful teaching and mentoring of all students.

Please follow this link for a detailed position description, list of required and preferred qualifications, and explanation of the application procedure. Review of applications will begin October 18, 2021.


2. Postdoctoral Fellow in Geothermal Energy/Machine Learning at Penn State:
We seek a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with multi-disciplinary interests and experience in microearthquakes, laboratory ultrasonic imaging, machine learning and/or rock mechanics. Our research interests are broad and include machine learning (ML) for seismic event identification and location, laboratory work using active and passive acoustic data to image fractures and investigate lab earthquakes, and the application of ML to microearthquake data from geothermal fields to understand controls on geothermal energy production. The successful candidate will work with data from some/all of these broad areas and explore the use of machine learning to constrain processes and improve predictions of seismicity and geothermal energy production. The research team includes Chris Marone (marone@psu.edu), Tieyuan Zhu (tyzhu@psu.edu), Parisa Shokouhi (parisa@psu.edu), Jing Yang (yangjing@psu.edu), and Derek Elsworth (elsworth@psu.edu).
We encourage applications from exceptional researchers with experience in ML, seismology, geomechanics, acoustics and/or geophysics.
A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required by the date of hire. Review of applications will begin on Sep. 15 and will continue until the position is filled. The Pennsylvania State University takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally diverse workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness and mutual respect. Applicants should share this commitment to fostering diversity and equity with the goal of creating an inclusive and productive workplace environment.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year based upon performance. Salary is based on Penn State guidelines and commensurate with experience.
Apply by: 1) sending a letter of interest, a CV including a complete publication list, and contact information for three references to Chris Marone (marone@psu.edu) and 2) completing application information at: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en- US/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Post-Doctoral-Scholar-in-Geothermal-Energy- Machine-Learning-at-EMS-Energy-Institute_REQ_0000018564

3. Opening for a Postdoctoral/Full Position in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Modelling:
The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) is a global collaborative effort that brings together state-of- the-art science and national, regional and international organisations. GEM promotes the creation of open tools, models and datasets for the calculation of seismic hazard and risk.
The GEM Hazard Team assembles and maintains global and regional earthquake databases, and develops and provides the capability to compute and analyse seismic hazard. Currently, the GEM Hazard Team actively develops the OpenQuake Engine (the GEM calculation engine) and a number of tools and applications for PSHA input model creation and testing such as the OpenQuake Hazard Modeller’s Toolkit or the OpenQuake Model Building Toolkit. The team also collaborates with groups of scientists in different parts of the world involved in activities promoted by GEM.
To expand our modelling capabilities, we seek a modeller/researcher with a strong quantitative background and a distinct interest in seismic hazard analysis. The position, open for an initial duration of two years with the possibility of becoming a permanent position, can be filled either at post-doctoral or full staff level depending on the candidate experience.
Responsibilities and duties
The successful candidate will join the Hazard Team at the GEM Secretariat headquarters, in Pavia, Italy1. The Hazard Team operates within the broader GEM science & technology group (S&T), a team of some 20 scientists and engineers comprised of the Hazard, Risk and IT teams. Collectively, the S&T group develops methods, models and tools for seismic hazard and risk assessment and conducts risk assessments in collaboration with its partners worldwide.
Primary duties for this position will be:
- The development of open-source tools and software for probabilistic seismic hazard and risk assessment, in collaboration with the IT team
- To support the creation of national, regional and global PSHA hazard models, in close collaboration with scientists working in different parts of the world
- Active research into new theoretical concepts and computational techniques for the development and application of probabilistic seismic hazard.
- Training scientists and students in both the use of the software as well as the scientific aspects of seismic hazard analysis 
1 During the COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility of working remotely will be considered. 
GEM Foundation
c/o Eucentre, Via Ferrata 1, 27100, Pavia, Italy | phone +39.0382.5169865, fax +39.0382.529131 | info@globalquakemodel.org | www.globalquakemodel.org
English is the working language at GEM. Knowledge of a second language is a desirable, but not required. Frequent travel and participation to meetings in many different parts of the world are also expected.
What GEM offers
- Work in a multicultural environment with diverse expertise comprising seismic hazard analysis and seismic risk, earthquake geology, vulnerability analysis, coding for scientific and engineering applications;
- Participation in a variety of seismic hazard-related projects including but not limited to national and regional seismic hazard analyses, site-specific studies, and risk-tailored hazard studies;
- Prospect to develop international experience through collaborations with GEM’s public and private participating organisations and projects;
- A great career opportunity including the possibility to obtain a permanent position in the GEM seismic hazard team;
- Flexible working hours and personal laptop. 
The ideal candidate has:
- Strong knowledge of computational programming for scientific applications. Our software (OpenQuake) is developed in Python, but candidates with experience in other programming languages will also be considered
- Experience in the calculation of PSHA and familiarity with the creation of PSHA models.
- Experience in use of GEM tools for creating seismic hazard models and for computing seismic 
hazard. Proven experience in developing similar tools will also be considered an advantage
- Proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Strong multi-tasking and organisational skills
- Ability to work collaboratively, openness to discussion and willingness to collaborate with the 
other members of the team
- A PhD in one of the following disciplines (or related) is desirable: engineering seismology, 
seismic hazard assessment, earthquake engineering, or computational seismology 
We look forward to hearing from you. Please apply at this link https://bit.ly/3Dcchcs with a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the position, CV, your list of references (minimum 2), and timeline of availability. The selection procedure will start immediately and continue until we fill the position. For any additional information please send an email to hazard@globalquakemodel.org with the following label in the title [GEM Hazard Application]. 
GEM Foundation
c/o Eucentre, Via Ferrata 1, 27100, Pavia, Italy | phone +39.0382.5169865, fax +39.0382.529131 | info@globalquakemodel.org | www.globalquakemodel.org


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