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Date: 04/07/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

  • Postdoc opportunity at UC Santa Cruz in earthquakes and solid Earth ice age geophysics
  • Network Engineer Position at Berkeley Seismology Lab
  • Project Policy Analyst Position at Berkeley Seismology Laboratory
  • CIG Webinar Announcement: Thursday April 14 2-3P PT
  • CIG Crustal Deformation Modeling workshop June 20-24, 2022 - registration is open
  • Postdoctoral Scholar in HPC for Earthquake Cycle Models at the University of Orego
  • Rock Mechanics Lab Manager Position - University of Wisconsin-Madison

On behalf of Tamara Pico, UC Santa Cruz

Postdoc opportunity at UC Santa Cruz in earthquakes and solid Earth ice age geophysics

There is an opening for a postdoctoral researcher at the intersection of seismology and solid Earth ice age geophysics to join the Pico Group in the program of Earth & Planetary Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz. The selected postdoctoral researcher will pursue an interdisciplinary project investigating the role of crustal deformation due to glacial isostatic adjustment on the history of paleo earthquakes or landslides over the last glacial cycle (120,000 yrs ago to present day).

We are looking for candidates with a keen interest in solid Earth-ice sheet interactions and a background in geophysics. Research experience in numerical modeling (including, but not limited to crustal stress and faulting, crustal deformation, or geodesy) will be helpful. A Ph.D. in geosciences or a related field is required prior to starting.

Our group focuses on better understanding ice sheet solid Earth interactions with the goal of better constraining past ice sheets and their stability. See our group website for more info about our research: tamarapico.com

The UC Santa Cruz Earth & Planetary Sciences department has a top ranked seismology program. The department includes faculty with a range of expertise, including paleoclimate, modern climate change, surface processes, glaciology, and earthquake science. Research at UC Santa Cruz benefits from interaction with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. 

Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a 1-page cover letter including previous research accomplishments and current interests. Please send materials directly to tpico@ucsc.edu. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For any questions about research fit or position requirements, please reach out to Tamara Pico at tpico@ucsc.edu

Two position announcements on behalf of Sierra Boyd, UC Berkley Seismological Laboratory

Network Engineer Position at Berkeley Seismology Lab

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory operates a network of geophysical stations in northern California to collect data in real time, to support the delivery of earthquake information to state and federal stakeholders and the public, including earthquake early warning, and to provide data for research. In collaboration with the USGS Earthquake Management Project , the BSL jointly operates the northern California component of the USGS Advanced National Seismic System to provide public earthquake information, earthquake early warning, and long-term earthquake monitoring operations. In addition, the BSL collaborates for telemetry and data exchange with partner organizations ranging from federal and state agencies to public and private organizations. Robust, rapid, secure delivery of data is vital to these activities.

This position provides end-to-end support of all data networking at the Berkeley Seismology Lab. This role develops, plans, implements, manages, and troubleshoots network infrastructure for the BSL, and collaborates with outside partners on standards and interfaces for data transfer through and from partner networks.

*This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 2-year contract with the possibility for renewal based on available funding*

The First Review Date for this job is: April 7, 2022 - Open Until Filled 

For more information and to apply, please visit:


Project Policy Analyst Position at Berkeley Seismology Laboratory

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory conducts essential research on earthquakes and solid earth processes while collecting and delivering high quality geophysical data. We provide robust and real-time earthquake and hazard information on Northern California earthquakes, in collaboration with our partners. We enable the broad consumption of earthquake information by the general public while educating and training students at all levels.

The incumbent for this role uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of analytical practices, policies and procedures; researches, analyzes and develops solutions to a wide range of issues. The Project Policy Analyst 3 demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. This individual primarily deals with policies, programs and proposals which are complex in nature and diverse in scope. Develops new programs, policies or procedures for possible implementation.

This is a one-year contract position.

The First Review Date for this job is:  March 3, 2022 - Open Until Filled 

For more information and to apply, please visit

On behalf of Lorraine Hwang, UC Davis

CIG Webinar Announcement: Thursday April 14 2-3P PT

Interaction Between Earthquakes and Interseismic Deformation

Kali Allison, UC Davis

Earthquake cycle models can be used to understand the processes that govern fault and shear zone structure and to link these processes to earthquake cycle characteristics, such as earthquake size and recurrence interval. These models connect such disparate data types as: laboratory data on rock deformation mechanisms, geodetic measurements of surface deformation, and microstructural observations of exhumed faults. In this talk, Dr. Allison will review the current state of earthquake cycle modeling, placing it in the context of other approaches to modeling earthquakes. Then, using the simplest earthquake cycle model which includes both spontaneous earthquakes and viscoelastic deformation,  the interaction between coseismic and aseismic fault slip and viscoelastic deformation will be explored. Finally, Dr. Allison will discuss the effects of incorporating two mechanisms, shear heating and grain size reduction, both of which weaken the root of the fault and alter the structure of the shear zone. 


On behalf of Brad Aagaard, USGS

CIG Crustal Deformation Modeling workshop June 20-24, 2022 - registration is open

June 20-24, 2022, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

The focus of this gathering will be computational models addressing crustal deformation in the following areas:

  • Earthquake cycle modeling with an emphasis on viscoelastic and plastic deformation, evolution of fault systems, fault maturity, and fault zone structure;
  • Inverse problems, inference, and data assimilation with an emphasis on time-dependent problems;
  • Mechanical interaction of fluids, solids, and faulting; and
  • Synergistic challenges associated with crustal deformation from non-earthquake loads, such as solid and ocean tides and hydrological load, crustal dynamics beyond the Earth, cryosphere mechanics, and fracture mechanics.

The workshop will be held June 20-24, 2022, in Golden, Colorado on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. The first two days of the workshop will be tutorials related to PyLith (an open-source, community code for modeling crustal deformation with a focus on earthquake faulting) followed by three days of science talks, discussions, and informal tutorials and collaboration.

We will provide reimbursement for a portion of the travel costs incurred for registered attendees with official appointments at U.S. institutions.

Please see the event page for more information about this workshop before registering. 


On behalf of Brittany Erickson, University of Oregon

Postdoctoral Scholar in HPC for Earthquake Cycle Models at the University of Oregon

This postdoc position will involve research in high-performance computing techniques for numerical partial differential equations (PDEs) and their use in large-scale earthquake simulations in complex fault networks. The postdoc will develop the computational infrastructure for a 3D code based on finite-difference methods, integrating GPU acceleration with advanced techniques in numerical linear algebra. The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas: high-performance computing for PDEs, experience developing optimized GPU kernels. The ideal candidate will also have experience in some of the following areas: finite difference and/or finite element methods, computational earthquake seismology (fault friction and earthquake dynamics), large-scale numerical linear algebra techniques. In addition, the candidate will conduct interdisciplinary research, exploring science questions spanning topics in both applied mathematics and earthquake seismology. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from Earth sciences, applied mathematics, and computer science. They will have opportunities to mentor graduate students and integrate student contributions to code development, leading the charge in the creation of a publicly available, HPC-enabled code 3D code for earthquake applications. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Geophysics, or a related field is desirable; experience in HPC and numerical PDEs. 

More details and how to apply: https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/529192/postdoctoral-scholar

On behalf of Hiroki Sone, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rock Mechanics Lab Manager Position - University of Wisconsin-Madison
We are hiring a Lab Manager for the Rock Mechanics Laboratory at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please feel free to circulate this message amongst your colleagues and student communities. Review of applications will start from April 21st and continue until the position is filled.
The mission of the Rock Mechanics Laboratory is to provide facilities for basic rock mechanics testing, advanced scientific research, mentoring of students and researchers, as well as providing active educational experiences in undergraduate/graduate education. The laboratory manager will provide technical assistance to users in the development, modification, and maintenance of scientific instruments and equipment used for teaching and research in the Rock Mechanics Laboratory. The Laboratory Manager is also responsible for assuring safe and effective use of instruments through training and supervision of laboratory users. Background in engineering or physical science disciplines, geosciences education, experience working with high-pressure systems, and electronic skills are preferred.
Application: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/513122/rock-mechanics-lab-manager

Further information is available in the position listing above. To apply for the position, applicants should upload their cover letter, resume, and names/contacts of three professional references from the position listing page. Please contact Hiroki Sone (hsone@wisc.edu) for any questions regarding the position.

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