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SCEC Community Announcements: AM 2022 Weekend Edition

Date: 09/10/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

We’re looking forward to meeting in Palm Springs this weekend! Please see below for the following announcements:

  • Hazards Network Manager position for Nevada Seismological Lab at the Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • Save-the-Date: SZ4D Community Meeting - November 14-16, 2022 - Houston, TX
  • Green Foundation Postdoctoral Appointments in Geophysics at IGPP/Scripps, La Jolla
  • SSA Session Proposal Deadline - 1 October
  • SCEC Broadband Platform v22.4.0 Software Released
  • Director, Center for Earthquake Research and Information

On behalf of John Louie, UNR

Hazards Network Manager position for Nevada Seismological Lab at the Univ. of Nevada, Reno

Accelerate your career in beautiful Reno/Tahoe at the most innovative hazards monitoring network in the US. The Nevada Seismological Lab is searching for an ambitious Network Manager to direct, manage, and secure continued funding for operations of a spectrum of natural hazard monitoring efforts with prime focus on running the Nevada & Eastern California regional earthquake monitoring network and an ever-growing number of early detection and situational awareness fire cameras. If you are a US Citizen with an MS or PhD in geosciences or related field with some monitoring-network experience, you could advance your career helping manage the Lab's fast-paced operational, technical, and scientific teams meeting the challenges of protecting several states from natural disasters. The University of Nevada, Reno offers a stimulating work environment on a bustling, leafy campus set in one of the most livable small cities, the center of a myriad of arts, culture, education, and four seasons of world-class recreation. The Lab and the University are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For the full announcement and to apply, go to tinyurl.com/2p9654kk

Application closing date: Sept. 20, 2022


On behalf of the Community Meeting Organizing Committee, SZ4D

Save-the-Date: SZ4D Community Meeting - November 14-16, 2022 - Houston, TX

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to announce a Community Meeting to discuss the ongoing planning efforts associated with the Subduction Zones in Four Dimensions (SZ4D) initiative. This meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss recent subduction zone science, update the community on the status of SZ4D, and solicit community feedback on next steps. In particular, we are seeking input on near-future opportunities to seek funding for SZ4D infrastructural needs. The meeting will be held in Houston, Texas November 14-16, 2022. In addition, there will be an early-career event immediately preceding the meeting on November 13. 

We realize that travel to certain parts of the country raises concerns for some members of our community. Acknowledging these concerns, the location for the Community Meeting was chosen to balance a number of competing priorities, including travel accessibility for both US and Chilean scientists and the availability of an affordable venue large enough to host the community meeting this fall. We plan to engage members of the community who cannot travel to Houston by providing opportunities for virtual participation throughout the meeting.

Additional details, including registration information, will follow shortly. The anticipated registration deadline to be considered for travel support is October 1st.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

SZ4D Community Meeting Organizing Committee (Mark Behn, Jade Bowers, Behrooz Ferdowsi, Melodie French, Diana Roman, Donna Shillington, Kasey Aderhold, Anaïs Férot, Krystin Poitra)


On behalf of Duncan Agnew, UCSD/IGPP/Scripps

Green Foundation Postdoctoral Appointments in Geophysics at IGPP/Scripps, La Jolla

The Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, has openings starting in 2023 for up to two postdoctoral Green Scholars. The PhD awarded to the applicant must have a date no earlier than 4 years before the application deadline, and no later than 6 months after it.  The appointment cannot start until after the award of the PhD.

These positions are supported by funding from the Green Foundation for Earth Sciences, matched with extramural funds for specific research projects. Before submitting an application, applicants should contact potential IGPP mentors to find out if they have a suitable project.  Green scholars are encouraged to broaden their experience through interaction with other researchers at IGPP; individual research goals may be pursued if project progress can be maintained. Information on recent IGPP research is available at https://igpp.ucsd.edu/about.

The positions are for one year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Starting salary is $70,000/yr plus benefits, along with $3000/yr of discretionary research funds.

Applications are due by October 31, 2022, and should be submitted online at https://igpp.ucsd.edu/scholarships. Potential applicants are strongly advised to initiate contact with prospective mentor(s) well before this date.

Applications must include a statement of research interests (1-2 pages, 12 point), a dissertation abstract (1 page), a curriculum vita with publications list, and personal information, including immigration status (1 page, 12 point). The application also requires contact information for two writers of support letters, but candidates are themselves responsible for ensuring that these support letters are submitted (by emails to greenfound@ucsd.edu) by November 7, 2022.

Review of applications typically takes 1-2 months. Applications may be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration is not assured if all materials are not received by the deadlines given above.  Please address questions to greenfound@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego is an Equal Employment Opportunity/affirmative action employer, with a strong commitment to diversity, and welcomes all qualified applicants.  Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.


On behalf of Rikki Anderson, SSA

SSA Session Proposal Deadline - 1 October

The Seismological Society of America welcomes session proposals for their 2023 Annual Meeting, held 17–20 April in San Juan, Puerto Rico. SSA seeks session proposals from across the fields of geotechnical and earthquake engineering, earthquake science and seismology.

Led by Co-chairs Xyoli Pérez-Campos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Elizabeth Vanacore, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, the meeting will be a dynamic week of in-person collaboration, learning and networking.

The session proposal deadline is 1 October 2022 at 5 p.m. Pacific


For questions about proposing a technical session, please contact the Program Co-Chairs at program@seismosoc.org.


On behalf of Fabio Silva, USC/SCEC

SCEC Broadband Platform v22.4.0 Software Released

Dear SCEC Research Community, 

The SCEC Broadband Platform (BBP) software version 22.4.0 is now available for download at the Broadband Platform GitHub page:


The SCEC Broadband Platform is open-source scientific software that can calculate broadband (0-20+ Hz) ground motions for historic and scenario earthquakes. The SCEC BBP 22.4.0 is a collaborative software development project involving SCEC researchers, research engineers, graduate students, and the SCEC research computing group. The Broadband Platform software can be downloaded, compiled, and run on recent Linux systems with GNU compilers.

  • The SCEC BBP 22.4 is a full release of the Broadband Platform and includes a significant number of new capabilities and improvements added since the last release of the BBP in June 2019. Below is a brief list of the major improvements and modifications included in this release of the Broadband Platform since version 19.4.0:
  • Included multi-segment rupture support for GP, SDSU, Irikura 1, Irikura 2, and Song simulation methods. Currently provided multi-segment validation events are Landers, Ridgecrest 19C, and San Simeon.
  • Updated GP low-frequency module (jbsim) to perform time-shifting in the time domain instead of frequency domain. This avoids calculating numerous FFTs and results in a significant processing speedup of 10x, and benefits all simulation modules that use the GP low-frequency code.
  • Modified UCSB simulation method to include support for double corner frequency (DCF)
  • Included FAS validation module that produces FAS Goodness-of-Fitness plots, for a better seismological interpretation of the results. This is in addition to the PSA validation that is the main metric for design in engineering.
  • Added Green's Functions and validation events for the Southern Walker Lane region (Southern Sierra Nevada) of California. Validation events include the 2019 Ridgecrest sequence.
  • Expanded the GP GoF module to include a Vs30 GoF plot (similar to the distance and map GoF plots) that can be used to show GoF bias related to stations' Vs30s.
  • Updated the GP rupture generator to genslip-5.5.2 and the high-frequency code to hb_high_6.0.5.

All new Broadband Platform users should work with this new version of the Broadband Platform. Existing BBP users are encouraged to upgrade to this latest release of the SCEC Broadband Platform, unless they need to reproduce results produced by a previous version. 

For more information about the Broadband Platform, or details on the new capabilities of BBP 22.4.0, please refer to the Broadband Platform documentation available on BBP's GitHub wiki pages. Should you have any questions about the installation or operation of the BBP, please do not hesitate to contact the SCEC software development group at software@scec.org.

Best Regards,

Fabio Silva
Phil Maechling
Christine Goulet


On behalf of Christodoulos Kyriakopoulos, U. of Memphis/CERI

Director, Center for Earthquake Research and Information

The University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences is searching for Director, Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI).  The Director is the administrative head of a Tennessee Center of Excellence (COE) research center that functions as an independent academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences housing the MS and PhD Concentration in Geophysics of the Earth Sciences graduate program. CERI has academic and research ties with the Departments of Earth Sciences and Civil Engineering. CERI has an additional role as a State of Tennessee entity that is periodically reviewed by the State legislature.  The Center is a core member of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).  

The Director’s duties consist of: 

  • Organizing Center personnel (faculty, staff, and graduate students) to fulfill University and State of Tennessee mandates for Center functions, including supporting Seismic Network functions, and public Education and Outreach programs.  
  • Maintaining an academic department administrative structure that furthers development of graduate curricula and programs. 
  • Creating procedures, such as internal proposal review, to maintain a high level of successful external research programs for the faculty and staff. 
  • Supervising faculty and staff including annual performance reviews. 
  • Overseeing Center budgets. 
  • Maintaining and enhancing CERI’s role within the community, for example, SCEC and IRIS. 
  • Being an advocate for the Center at the University and with the public. 
  • Preparing annual reports for the University on Center activities. 
  • Responding to periodic State “Sunset” reviews every 6 to 8 years. 
  • Providing scientific guidance for Center programs. 
  • Responding to public queries on earthquakes and science. 
  • Maintaining a positive working environment. 

Job Specifications 

The successful applicant must have a PhD in the fields of Geophysics or closely related disciplines with a record consistent with appointment at the Professor level; application for tenure occurs immediately on arrival. Previous administrative experience is desirable. The applicant must have a history of and is expected to maintain an externally funded research program, teach graduate courses in their specialty, and mentor graduate students.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Funds are available for moving expenses and research startup.  The position will begin as early as summer 2023. 

The University of Memphis is located in Memphis, TN, a vibrant, friendly, and affordable major city in the Mid-South. Memphis is home to essential Civil Rights histories as well as multiple healthcare, logistics, and technology headquarters. The city boasts a rich and diverse culture. It is the cradle of both Blues and Rock ‘n Roll and has a strong historical legacy. Also, the city is located near the New Madrid seismic zone and home to an extensive seismic network.  Thus, CERI is uniquely positioned for engagement and industry partnerships. 

Further information about the position is available at workforum.memphis.edu. Applications for the position should be submitted online through the same portal. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023. Each application package should include a cover letter expressing interest in the position, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research philosophy, a leadership statement including diversity, name, and contact information for at least five references, and a current curriculum vitae.


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