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Multiple Announcements: Jobs, SZ4D Report, BRES 2021, and more!

Date: 09/29/2021

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University | Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2. Input on Faulting and Earthquake Cycles Report for SZ4D
3. 2022 Basin and Range Earthquake Summit (BRES)
4. Berkeley Seismology Lab: Research and Development Engineer (7120U) #24000
5. Virginia Tech, Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Earth and Planetary Data Analytics
6. Assistant Professor position in lithosphere dynamics (USC)
7. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Seismology, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno
8. Tenure-track position in Seismology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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1. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University | Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University invites applicants for the Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

The Department seeks candidates in the broad field of Earth and Planetary Sciences including but not limited to: geology, geochemistry, oceanography, Earth history, geobiology, hydrology, mineralogy, mineral physics, paleomagnetism, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, climate science, seismology, structural geology, geodynamics, petrology, geophysics, and planetary sciences. We welcome methodological approaches that span field observations, lab-based science, theory, and computation. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is keenly interested in diversifying its department and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups.

These honorific postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a one-year period, with an anticipated extension for a second year. Daly fellows carry out independent research and may choose to interact with one or more research groups in the department. Applicants are welcome to contact members of the department before applying.

The annual salary is $70,000 with additional funds of $5,000 per year available with the option for additional funding in selected circumstances, based on research needs. Information about benefits can be found on the Harvard Human Resources website.

Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. or should be 2022-degree candidates. Completion of the Ph.D. is required by the time of the appointment.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a two-page research proposal, as well as the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees. Applicants are responsible for contacting the referees. Referees would need to have their letters uploaded to the link provided by the application site. Applications and letters are due December 23, 2021 and should be submitted (along with reference letters) through https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10656
Questions for the Daly Search Committee can be sent to Emily Bowman, Academic Coordinator, ebowman@fas.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related considerations, or any other characteristic protected by law.

2. Input on Faulting and Earthquake Cycles Report for SZ4D


Hello all,

We are writing to solicit your input to a draft report summarizing the Faulting and Earthquake Cycles (FEC) component of a future SZ4D (www.sz4d.org). This is part of the broader effort by the SZ4D Research Coordination Network to develop a new long-term research plan focused on the processes underlying subduction zone hazards. Over the last year, we have received thoughtful feedback on our evolving plan from the community through townhalls, webinars and other mechanisms; we want to thank everyone who has taken the time to engage with us and generously share thoughts and ideas. Numerous aspects of the envisioned FEC part of an SZ4D have evolved significantly over the last year in response to this feedback.

The draft report attached here only summarizes the FEC component of SZ4D. Separate reports on the Magmatic Drivers of Eruptions (MDE), Landscapes and Seascapes (L&S), Building Equity and Capacity in Geosciences (BECG), and the Modelling Collaboratory (MCS) components of SZ4D are also being circulated for feedback (https://www.sz4d.org/projects-3). Draft reports addressing the overall structure of SZ4D and cross-cutting science and infrastructure are in preparation.

We would like your feedback on how to strengthen and refine the plan for the Faulting and Earthquake Cycles component of SZ4D to ensure it represents the community vision and to make as strong, compelling and coherent a case for a new program focused on subduction zones as possible. Draft reports produced as a part of the SZ4D RCN will be shared with funding agencies and international partners in the very near future and will serve as the basis for future proposals to fund various elements of a future SZ4D, so we really need your feedback!

There are multiple ways that you can provide your feedback on this report.
• Provide input using this survey
• Participate in one or more small-group discussions taking place starting NEXT WEEK. A list of topics and dates/times for these discussions is here where you can sign up.
• Email the entire FEC committee or any of us individually with your comments (see names and email addresses below)
We look forward to hearing from you! Your feedback would be most helpful in the near future because initial conversations with funding agencies are beginning. This is a DRAFT report that will continue to be refined over the coming year in response to feedback from the community and funding agencies.

Best wishes,

The FEC Working Group (fec@sz4d.org)

Emily Brodsky, UC Santa Cruz, brodsky@ucsc.edu
Melodie French, Rice, mefrench@rice.edu
Donna Shillington, Northern Arizona U, donna.shillington@nau.edu

Geoff Abers, Cornell, abers@cornell.edu
Noel Bartlow, UC Berkley, nbartlow@berkeley.edu
Susan Beck, U Arizona, slbeck@email.arizona.edu
Magali Billen, UC Davis, mibillen@ucdavis.edu
Roland Burgmann, UC Berkley, burgmann@seismo.berkeley.edu
Eric Dunham, Stanford, edunham@stanford.edu
William Frank, MIT, wfrank@mit.edu
Alice Gabriel, LMU Munich/UCSD, gabriel@geophysik.uni-muenchen.de
Thorne Lay, UC Santa Cruz, tlay@ucsc.edu
Jeff McGuire, USGS, jmcguire@usgs.gov
Samer Naif, Georgia Tech, snaif@eas.gatech.edu
Andrew Newman, Georgia Tech, anewman@gatech.edu
Christine Regalla, Northern Arizona U, Christine.Regalla@nau.edu
Demian Saffer, UTIG, demian@ig.utexas.edu
Harold Tobin, U Washington, htobin@uw.edu
Daniel Viete, JHU, viete@jhu.edu
Doug Wiens, Washington U, doug@wustl.edu
Rob Witter, USGS, rwitter@usgs.gov

3. 2022 Basin and Range Earthquake Summit (BRES)

Dear colleagues-

We are pleased to invite abstract submissions to the 2022 Basin and Range Earthquake Summit (BRES) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The BRES ‘22 will be held Monday, January 31 to Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Building (1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah). This will be a hybrid in-person and remote meeting.

The purpose of BRES is to bring together stakeholders in the earthquake science, policy, and emergency management communities to present and discuss the latest seismic-hazard research in the Basin and Range Province, evaluate the implications of that research for earthquake-hazard reduction and public policy, and to make progress to further reduce risk from earthquakes in the Basin and Range Province. The Basin and Range Earthquake Summit (BRES) will build on previously held Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summits held in 1997, 2005, and 2015.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts by Friday, November 5, 2021 at 8pm MST, that discuss earthquake geology, seismology, earthquake early warning, or emergency management. Abstracts, as well as presentations, will be compiled into a meeting proceedings publication by the UGS.

• Abstract submission
• Travel information
• Tentative agenda
• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Confirmed Invited Speakers
• Egill Hauksson, Caltech
• Jessica Thompson Jobe, U.S. Geological Survey
• Adam McKean and Adam Hiscock, Utah Geological Survey
• Steven Wesnousky, University of Nevada, Reno
• Mark Petersen, U.S. Geological Survey
• Norman Abrahamson, University of California, Berkeley
• Julia Howe, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
• Seth Wittke, Wyoming State Geological Survey
• Sylvia Nicovich, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

We hope to see you in person or online in February 2022!
The BRES 2022 organizing committee

Organizing Committee
Idaho Geological Survey - Zach Lifton
University of Nevada, Reno/Nevada Bureau of Mines Geology - Rich Koehler and Jayne Bormann
University of Utah Seismograph Stations - Keith Koper, Kris Pankow, and James Pechmann
United States Geological Survey - Alex Hatem
Utah Division of Emergency Management - John Crofts and Bob Carey
Utah Geological Survey - Steve Bowman and Emily Kleber

4. Berkeley Seismology Lab: Research and Development Engineer (7120U) #24000

The First Review Date for this job is: September 28, 2021

There are 2 openings available and the listing will remain open until filled.

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Seismology Lab (BSL) operates a network of unmanned geophysical observatories throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon. These seismic or geodetic observatories send near real time data to our datacenters and are used for research purposes and a new earthquake early warning system called “ShakeAlert”.


• Locate, permit, construct and install new seismic monitoring and geodetic observatories and maintain and correct deficiencies with existing sites. This involves interacting with the public and various public and private stakeholders. Review area using various online software platforms. Interact with land owner and negotiate agreement for land use. Meet with contractors, provide building materials, identify construction location and approve minor changes to design/construction. Installing sites involves deploying sensors, data loggers, installing other equipment such as radios, routers, cellular modems, and programming these devices for operations. Travel with co-workers or alone to remote field sites. Installing new monitoring observatories with co-worker over the course of multiple days in remote conditions. Ensure to follow safety protocols set by safety team, site notes, and supervisor direction. These responsibilities include exercising independent judgement and decision making.
• Prepare for field work by testing equipment, gathering supplies, loading field vehicles, and handling complex logistical issues. Before any installation, test sensors, data loggers, routers, and other equipment and prepare them for Quality Control with department researchers. Determine mode of failure with equipment and repair or return for repairs. Determine and purchase necessary field supplies for field site visit. This involves researching and selecting appropriate equipment according to site needs/requirements. Stage, pack and load vehicles. Ensure vehicles are in good working order. During a field site visit, sourcing failed equipment, repair sensors, scheduling shipments to remote locations while meeting deadlines.
• Troubleshoot and repair analog and digital circuits, radio and telemetry systems, power systems (AC (up to 480V) and DC), analog sensors (seismometers), data loggers and other peripheral equipment. This includes aligning and orienting sensors, and configuring networked equipment. These repairs are done in the lab or in remote field settings.
• Document all field activities and work that was completed remotely. This involves updating field logs with site issues, equipment repairs or replacement, site and owner information, and station characteristics. Excellent written communication is required.
• Work within a team to identify deficiencies and solve complex problems related to BSL network. Attend and contribute to regular team meetings. Suggest solutions for site improvement and repairs. Participate in process improvement discussions. Provide engineering information advice to internal and external Principal Investigator and/or other faculty and research personnel.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

• Thorough knowledge associated with independently performing the full range of engineering professional design work.
• Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
• Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.
• Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.
• Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
• Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.
• Ability to lead and influence others.
• Knowledge of AC and DC power systems, analog and digital circuits, telemetry and radio systems
• Knowledge of Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems and associated applications
• Strong analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and demonstrate good time management skills
• Bachelor’s degree in related field (engineering, physics, computer science, etc.) and/or equivalent combination of experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary range for this position: $77,300.00 - $90,000.00

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.


Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a 2-year contract with the possibility for extension with continued funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

5. Virginia Tech, Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Earth and Planetary Data Analytics

Earth and Planetary Data Analytics Advertisement

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech (http://geos.vt.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Earth and Planetary Data Analytics. We anticipate hiring an Assistant Professor; however, candidates at a higher rank may be considered. The successful candidate will have a research and teaching portfolio centered in data science with a focus on problems in the Earth, planetary, environmental, or climate sciences. This may include the development and/or application of data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, information theory or similar cutting-edge methods for making novel advances in Earth and planetary sciences.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in earth science, planetary science, data science, applied math, computational science, or a closely related field at the time of appointment and have demonstrated experience in the application of data analytics, analysis or machine learning, or artificial intelligence to earth or planetary science problems. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate: (1) a strong commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in research, teaching, and university service; (2) the potential to establish a strong research program and attract external funding; (3) how their teaching and mentoring will benefit our student community.

Candidates should apply online in response to posting 517630. Application materials include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) statement articulating the candidate’s vision to enhance diversity in geo- and planetary sciences, (6) one research product that illustrates the quality and potential of the applicant’s work (e.g., peer-reviewed journal article that is published or in-press), and (7) names and contact information for three references. Each statement should not exceed two pages, and the teaching statement should address both undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2021 with an anticipated start of employment in August 2022. The successful applicant must undergo a criminal background check. A full list of faculty responsibilities is provided in the Virginia Tech Faculty Handbook (http://provost.vt.edu/faculty_affairs/faculty_handbook.html). For further information, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Scott King, at sdk@vt.edu

Required Qualification:

• PhD in earth science, planetary science, data science, applied math, computational science, or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

• demonstrated experience in the application of data analytics, analysis or machine learning, or artificial intelligence applied to earth or planetary science problems

• demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

• demonstrated potential to attract external funding, commensurate with rank

• clearly indicate how their teaching and mentoring will benefit our student


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Sharon Collins at sharon72@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

6. Assistant Professor position in lithosphere dynamics (USC)

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship in lithospheric geoscience, to complement existing strengths in thermochronology, surface processes, and earthquake science. We seek an outstanding emerging scholar poised to tackle the complexity of lithospheric deformation processes from new perspectives, including a combination of field observations with recently developed analytical techniques and integration across traditional sub-disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain and further develop the undergraduate and graduate curricula in solid-Earth geoscience in areas potentially including, but not limited to, field methods, structural geology, petrology, rock mechanics, and/or geochronology.

Located in central Los Angeles, USC serves a transnational student body and provides numerous opportunities to engage the local community in research, teaching, and service. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are core values at USC and in our department. Candidates from historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to advancing DEI ideals in their research, teaching, and/or service.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and the demonstrated ability to conduct compelling independent research and to attract external research funding. The review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, the contact information for 3-5 references, and research, teaching, and DEI statements, each not exceeding 3 pages. Information on USC’s commitment to DEI in the STEM fields can be found at https://diversity.usc.edu/. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic application at https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/assistant- professor-in-lithosphere-dynamics/1209/15254285968. For more information, please contact Prof Sylvain Barbot (sbarbot@usc.edu), chair of the search committee.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

7. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Seismology, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications to fill an Assistant Professor position in earthquake seismology. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, continuing appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. NSL faculty have academic appointments with research, teaching, mentoring, and service obligations.

We seek to hire an observational seismologist who specializes in research topics including, but not limited to: earthquake source processes, active crustal deformation, multi-hazard early detection algorithm development, ground motion prediction, seismic hazard assessment, and artificial intelligence/machine learning applications. Ideal candidates will pursue cutting-edge research using NSL’s earthquake catalog, waveform archive, and complementary datasets to understand earthquake processes and characterize earthquake hazards in Nevada. Additionally, NSL faculty participate in leadership to operate and expand NSL’s real-time multi-hazard monitoring networks. Current initiatives include designing and building an earthquake early warning sensor network within Nevada; expanding NSL’s communications and sensor network in rural Nevada; and integrating new multi-hazard monitoring sensors into NSL operations. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of appointment and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in seismology and the development of an externally funded research program. Teaching responsibilities include one class per year that benefits undergraduate and/or graduate students in the UNR Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering geophysics programs. We encourage candidates to explain achievable plans for funded research that contribute to NSL’s seismological and multi-hazard monitoring mission in their letters of interest.
For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit: https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UNR-external/job/University-of-...
Posting Close Date and Time
11/1/2021 11:59 pm Pacific Time

8. Tenure-track position in Seismology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Department of Geoscience (http://geoscience.wisc.edu) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://www.wisc.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in lithospheric and/or near-surface seismology at the Assistant Professor level. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to an inclusive environment, bring new perspectives on mentoring and educating students from diverse backgrounds, and propel novel approaches to research. We value collegiality and collaboration in both research and teaching.

Our department comprises a community of scholars exploring fundamental questions about the Earth, life, and the environment. Our research and teaching span many aspects of geoscience, including: geophysics, surface processes, rock mechanics, hydrogeology, tectonics, structural geology, glaciology, geodesy, geochronology, sedimentary geology, isotope geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy, paleoclimate, paleobiology, and biogeochemistry. We value research that links these sub-disciplines.

The successful applicant will contribute to the research, teaching, and service mission of the Department of Geoscience. They will develop a vibrant, internationally recognized and externally funded research program. They will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students, and participate in professional, public, and university service.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field at the time of appointment. Areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to: earthquake source processes, structural seismology, volcano seismology, induced seismicity, fault dynamics, large-N networks, and distributed acoustic sensing.

The successful applicant will have: (1) demonstrated experience in research related to seismology on Earth, (2) a record of research publication,(3) demonstrated potential for internationally recognized research in the field of specialization, and (4) a commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Prior post-doctoral experience in research and teaching is preferred, but not required.

UW-Madison is seeking a faculty candidate who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research collaboration in key areas of current and future research promise and approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to inclusiveness and excellence in research and teaching.

For more information about working and living in our community, please consult the following web sites:
• Diversity and Inclusion: https://diversity.wisc.edu
• About UW-Madison: https://www.wisc.edu/about/
• Dual Career Assistance Program: https://facstaff.provost.wisc.edu/dual-career-couple-assistance-program/
• Benefits: https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/
Applicants should submit a single PDF-format document that includes: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) the names and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references, and (4) statements discussing: (a) research, (b) teaching, and (c) contributions to diversity and inclusion, respectively. Item (4) should not exceed six pages in total. These materials must be submitted as a single document online at: http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/510546/assistant-professor

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is November 21, 2021, although the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.