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Four Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 06/07/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

  • SAVE THE DATE: 11th ACES International Workshop
  • PhD position in Computational Earthquake Physics at ETH Zurich
  • Recruiting for a new Director and State Geologist
  • Seismology Postdoc in Induced Seismicity at LLNL


On behalf of Charles Williams, GNS Science

SAVE THE DATE: 11th ACES International Workshop

Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand
Workshop: 15-18 November, 2022
Kaikoura earthquake field trip: Saturday, 19 November, 2022

Workshop topics:

  • Earthquake nucleation and rupture dynamics
  • Subduction megathrust processes
  • Tsunami processes and hazard
  • Next-generation approaches to seismic hazard
  • Earthquake cycle processes and rheology

Abstract submission deadline: Midnight, 16 August (NZST), 2022
Registration deadline: Midnight, 15 September (NZST), 2022
Abstract submission and registration will be available by mid-June.

Meeting website: https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Events/11th-ACES

Local organising committee: Charles Williams (GNS Science), Laura Wallace (GNS Science/UTIG), Andrew Howell (University of Canterbury/GNS Science), Chris Rollins (GNS Science)

The ACES (ACES) (APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Science) is a multi-lateral grand challenge science research cooperation of APEC (http://aces-apec.org.cn).


On behalf of Luca Dal Zilio, ETH Zurich

1 fully funded PhD position in Computational Earthquake Physics at ETH Zurich

The Seismology and Geodynamics group at ETH Zurich invites applications for one PhD student position in Computational Earthquake Physics. The PhD project is in the emerging domain of numerical modeling and earthquake physics. The PhD candidate will exploit the use of advanced physics-based modeling tools to investigate the interplay between seismic and aseismic slip on active tectonic faults. The objectives of this research project include (1) the thermo-mechanical parameters characterizing the seismic behavior of the brittle-ductile transition zone and (2) the impact of shear heating, grain size evolution, and energy feedbacks on the propagation of slow-slip events and large earthquakes.

The students will be part of a small solution-oriented team and contribute to advancing the state of the art in research on earthquake physics: https://tinyurl.com/nnwpud4p

Requirements for each candidate are found in the following link: https://tinyurl.com/3bvy85ty

Please also use the link to apply. Students interested in the position should contact Luca Dal Zilio (luca.dalzilio@erdw.ethz.ch) with any questions about the project. The application deadline is June 15, 2022.


On behalf of Jill Pongetti, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

Recruiting for a new Director and State Geologist

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) is seeking a visionary geoscientist to lead our venerable organization as its next Director and State Geologist. Part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Division of Extension, WGNHS is an interdisciplinary organization that conducts earth-science surveys, field studies, and research to produce scientific information used by government organizations, industries, businesses, tribes, and individuals throughout Wisconsin. The WGNHS Director and State Geologist provides overall leadership, administrative direction, vision, and oversight for the scholarship, applied research, and outreach activities carried out by WGNHS staff. Among this position’s responsibilities, the Director works to represent WGNHS to fulfill the organization’s mission, communicate the importance of its work to diverse audiences, and guide WGNHS research and publications. As WGNHS staff frequently collaborate with researchers at UW–Madison and other UW campuses, the Director and State Geologist will also be joining a vibrant research community. This is a full-time position with an application deadline of June 20, 2022.

To view the full position description, please visit: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/513708/wgnhs-director-and-state-geologist


On behalf of Kayla Kroll, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Seismology Postdoc in Induced Seismicity at LLNL

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to perform research on induced seismicity related to subsurface injection. This posting is within LLNL’s Seismology Group with close integration with LNNL’s Computational Geosciences Group. You will be expected to apply your expertise to ongoing geothermal energy, geologic carbon storage, waste fluid disposal, or unconventional oil and gas projects. This position requires a background in seismology, a working knowledge of computer programming, and experience in geomechanics or reservoir engineering. The successful applicant will have access to LLNL's extensive computer facilities and field data. Will interact with professional colleagues, mid-level management and sponsors across and outside of the Laboratory.

In this role you will:

  • Conduct original research in seismology related to induced seismicity and reservoir geomechanics.
  • Organize, analyze, and interpret large geophysical sets from ongoing laboratory/field operations, and physics-based simulations
  • Employ physical, statistical or machine learning-based methods for analyzing, interpreting, and forecasting microseismic data, probabilistic techniques for induced seismicity hazard assessment.
  • Develop uncertainty quantification or other techniques for correlating observed seismicity with fluid injection rates and volumes.
  • Collect, aggregate, and analyze real-time data streams, reservoir poromechanics and earthquake simulation results, develop software or other approaches to improve detection of hazardous faults in the subsurface.
  • Publish both programmatic reports and peer-reviewed publications summarizing research findings. Present results at program meetings and research conferences.
  • Work as part of a scientific team, interacting with seismologists, geologists, reservoir engineers, statisticians, physicists, and computer scientists to design and implement high-impact research.
  • Perform other duties as required


  • PhD in Seismology, Geomechanics, Earth Science, Data Science related to Geophysics, or related field.
  • Experience with high performance computing, numerical earthquake simulation (e.g. dynamic rupture, cycle simulation), statistical and/or physics-based operational earthquake forecasting, seismic hazard analysis, statistical seismology, probabilistic risk assessment methods, or uncertainty quantification techniques
  • Ability to formulate novel solutions related to understanding of the geomechanical behavior of subsurface reservoirs and the underlying physical processes leading to induced seismicity, and/or other seismology or geomechanical problems.
  • Experience with computer systems and modern programming languages (e.g. python, C/C++, R, Java, shell scripting), Mac or PC, Unix or Linux platforms or other data management approaches
  • Demonstrated fundamental written and verbal communication skills. Experience writing and presenting reports, publications, and proposals, ability to interact effectively with a team of interdisciplinary scientists.

To see the full position desciption, please go to: https://www.llnl.gov/join-our-team/careers/find-your-job/all/ref2793x/3743990000288961



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