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Six job/research opportunities from the SCEC Community

Date: 10/31/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

We have quite a backlog of announcements regarding job openings and research positions! Please see below for the following announcements — and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Multiple scientist opportunities at Verisk Extreme Event Solutions (AIR-Worldwide)
Faculty hire: Asst Prof in Neotectonics (tenure track) at EOS/ASE/NTU in Singapore
Departmental Postdoc Fellowship, Department of Geophysics, Stanford
Two PhD / Post-Doc opportunities at BGU, related to geotechnical earthquake engineering
UTIG Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program
New Position in Engineering Geology at Portland State University

On behalf of Kioumars Afshari, Verisk

Multiple scientist opportunities at Verisk Extreme Event Solutions (AIR-Worldwide)

Verisk Extreme Events Solutions (formerly known as AIR-Worldwide) is looking for candidates with expertise in earthquake hazard. At Verisk, we provide scientific models for the insurance industry in order to help them manage the risk from natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc.

We are looking for candidates with strong backgrounds in ground motion characterization, PSHA, geophysics, or geology to conduct research on different aspects of seismic hazard on different parts of the world.

Below are provided links to the two earthquake hazard opportunities:

Senior Seismology Scientist: https://tinyurl.com/bddxay4d
Seismology Scientist II:  https://tinyurl.com/5faps5j4
Please note that these are not fully remote opportunities, and we require the candidates to move to the Boston area, and work in a hybrid (from office and home) setting.

For more questions, feel free to contact kafshari@verisk.com.


On behalf of Emma Hill, Nanyang Technological University

Faculty hire: Asst Prof in Neotectonics (tenure track) at EOS/ASE/NTU in Singapore

We are advertising for an Assistant Professor in Neotectonics to join us at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a newly funded large interdisciplinary research project (involves all our geohazards faculty plus others in engineering, social science, history, communications, etc.) on the volcanoes and tectonics of the Southeast Asian Ring of fire, how they interact, their cascading hazards, and their societal impacts and risks. 

We have a young, collaborative and dynamic faculty, and excellent support and resources for research and teaching. We are in the process of a cluster hire for new faculty in volcanoes, tectonics, and environment and society, so it will be an exciting time to join us. Singapore is a fantastic place to live, with wonderful food, a safe living environment, a diverse and inclusive population, great public transport, and the opportunity to explore Southeast Asia.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please do consider applying! And if you know of anyone who might be interested please do forward this.

P.S. We’ll also be advertising soon for a Full Prof in Geohazards. If you have interest in that, please feel free to get in touch.


On behalf of Simon Klemperer, Stanford

Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geophysics, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

The Department of Geophysics at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability has established the Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship to be awarded to a candidate preferably within two years of receipt of the Ph.D. A candidate applying before completing their Ph.D. must have been awarded their degree before taking up the Fellowship. Our fellowship is open to applicants (whatever the discipline of their Ph.D.) in any area of geophysics, including new areas of research that cross classical disciplinary boundaries. Our department studies the surface and interiors of the Earth, Moon, and planets through laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation.  Our research has both fundamental and applied elements.

The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and promise, and they will contribute to the growth and diversity of the Department. We seek candidates who have their own independent research agenda but have common interests with one or more existing faculty (who will serve as a formal mentor(s)) to participate in their research group activities. We encourage prospective applicants, before applying, to communicate with prospective faculty mentors. Fellowship candidates will automatically be considered for other available postdoctoral positions at Stanford in their fields of interest.

This postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded for a one-year period that can start any time between September 1st 2023 and June 30th 2024 with an anticipated extension for a second year. The compensation package includes a salary of $65,000–75,000/year (depending on experience), benefits, and a $15,000 research allowance.

Applications received by December 15th, 2022 will receive fullest consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. A short list of candidates will be interviewed in February/March 2023.

Application Materials Required:

Please download and complete this datasheet and return by email to samosj@stanford.edu together with a single .pdf document that combines in sequence:

  • Curriculum Vitae: including list of publications, presentations and other research products, teaching experience, and service (related to research, education or outreach) inside and outside your home institution.
  • Summary of Doctoral Dissertation: Summary (abstract) (one-page maximum) of your doctoral dissertation.
  • Statement of Research: A concise statement (three-page maximum), describing research and other interests you would like to pursue at Stanford, and how a fellowship at Stanford would complement your existing experience.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity: A one-page summary of your experiences with diversity, equity, inclusion and access in research, teaching, and/or service, and your potential to advance Stanford’s ‘IDEAL’ vision of diversity as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • Names and email addresses of three individuals from whom the search committee may request letters of reference.
  • Three published papers or preprints or other research products

More information about our Department and the Thompson Fellowship can be found at earth.stanford.edu/geophysics/ and at earth.stanford.edu/geophysics/thompson-fellowship.  Questions may be directed to samosj@stanford.edu.


On behalf of Ronnie Kamai, Ben Gurion University

Two PhD / Post-Doc opportunities at BGU, related to geotechnical earthquake engineering

We currently have several exciting opportunities for fully funded PhD/Post-doctoral positions, related to geotechnical earthquake engineering and seismic hazards:

  1. An experimental study of fundamental soil mechanics, related to nonlinear response under constrained conditions: The candidate should have a strong background in geotechnical engineering and preferably geotechnical lab experience. The study involves conducting advanced experiments on a cyclic tri-axial device, analyzing results and developing a new understanding on non-linear behavior under constrained conditions.
  2. A national site-characterization study, involving both field work as well as data analysis: The candidate should have a strong background in geotechnical engineering and/or applied geophysics. The study involves geological, geophysical, and geotechnical field work throughout Israel. Data will be analyzed and synthesized using GIS, Matlab and/or Python, to obtain a thorough understanding of local site-response and correlations between the various studied site parameters.

Interested candidates should send a CV and short research statement to Dr. Ronnie Kamai at rkamai@bgu.ac.il


On behalf of Thorsten Becker, University of Texas

UTIG Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) invites applications for its Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows program for 2023-2024. UTIG, which is part of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, is known for research excellence, integrative science efforts, and international field programs in geophysics (solid earth, marine, polar), climate science, planetary science, and energy geoscience.

This is a highly competitive, endowed institutional award open to recent doctorates (degree within the past 3 years) in Earth, marine, and planetary science, or allied fields. The appointment is for two years, contingent upon performance. Recipients of this endowed fellowship will join a vibrant community of postdocs and research scientists where they are expected to pursue self-directed research in any scientific subfield that complements or expands ongoing programs. Applicants are encouraged to identify and contact one or more prospective UTIG mentors.

Successful applicants may take up residence at UTIG as early as March 1, 2023. Salary is $65,000 per year and appointees are eligible for benefits; the appointment also comes with discretionary funds of $5,000 for research and travel expenses. Applications must contain: 1) a Curriculum Vitae that includes education, employment history, publications, and record of any extramural funding; 2) a concise, two-page research proposal (including figures, excluding references) stating research interests and specific plans for their UTIG residence and addressing how they complement or expand ongoing research directions at UTIG; and 3) names and contact information for three individuals willing to write letters of reference. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to current UTIG researchers when developing their proposals, but this is not required. The deadline for full consideration is January 2, 2023. For questions, contact Thorsten Becker at twb@ig.utexs.edu.

Learn more: https://ig.utexas.edu
Apply: https://ig.utexas.edu/utig-postdoc


On behalf of Ashley Streig, Portland State

New Position in Engineering Geology at Portland State University

The Geology Department and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University is now accepting applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Engineering Geology to start in Fall 2023.

We seek diverse candidates with backgrounds in near surface geology and geotechnical investigations, including but not limited to geologic hazards such as landslides and slope stability, earthquakes, ground motions, and seismic investigations, erosion, flooding, dewatering, groundwater investigations, and the intersection of geologic hazards and climate change. Salary will be negotiated commensurate with years of related experience, applicable skills, market parity, and internal equity.

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. Applications will be accepted starting on November 1st, and will be considered until the position is filled.

Please spread the word! Apply here: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/39840



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