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Seven announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 11/11/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

As the end of the calendar year — and the beginning of the holiday season — approaches, announcements from the community have been rolling in fast! Please see below for the following seven announcements:

  • Apply now to the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Geophysics
  • Abstract Submissions Closing Soon for rescheduled 11th ACES International Workshop in New Zealand
  • It's here! SZ4D Implementation Plan
  • Seeking graduate students in the fields of in active tectonics, paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology
  • Director Search, Center for Earthquake Research and Information
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at Geological Survey of Japan, AIST
  • Postdoctoral/Phd opportunities in the Geomodeling Lab at Texas Tech


On behalf of Kim Olsen, SDSU

Apply now to the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Geophysics

San Diego State University and University of California San Diego are accepting applications for the Joint Doctoral Program in Geophysics. The SDSU/UCSD Joint Program (http://sci.sdsu.edu/geology/jdp/opportunity/) provides full access to the Geophysics curriculum of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with additional specialized courses and research opportunities offered by SDSU faculty. Assistantships for Fall 2023 are available for research in earthquake physics, wave propagation and strong motion, fault zone structure and dynamics, induced seismicity, subsurface imaging, and computational seismology. A competitive financial support package is offered to successful applicants, who must meet doctoral admissions requirements of both universities. Apply by December 15, 2022. For application procedure and further information, see sci.sdsu.edu/geology/jdp/, or send inquiries to Professor Kim Olsen (kbolsen@sdsu.edu).


On behalf of Charles Williams, Scripps/IGPP/UCSD

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS CLOSING SOON for rescheduled 11th ACES International Workshop in New Zealand

Note:  Change of date to 28 February - 3 March, 2023!

Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand
Workshop: 28 February - 3 March, 2023
Kaikoura earthquake field trip: Saturday, 4 March, 2023

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, 2 December (NZDT), 2022
Registration deadline: Midnight, 11 January (NZDT), 2023
Online registration will open in early December, with an expected registration fee of $200 NZD for students and $350 NZD for other attendees. The fee for the 1-day Kaikoura field trip following the workshop should be under $100 NZD.

Note:  If you already submitted an abstract for the original meeting dates, you will need to submit a new abstract for the new dates!

See the meeting website for the abstract template and submission instructions: https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Events/11th-ACES

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

The 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 the SZ4D Group

It's here! SZ4D Implementation Plan

Dear Colleagues,

We at the Subduction Zones in 4 Dimensions (SZ4D) initiative are extremely excited to share with you the SZ4D Implementation Plan. The SZ4D is a community-driven, multidecadal, interdisciplinary scientific initiative that strives to understand how the different components of subduction zone systems interact to produce and magnify geohazards over time. The Implementation Plan articulates a cogent and forward-looking vision for the future of subduction-zone science.

The SZ4D Implementation Plan can be found here:

Additionally, a brief press release describing the report can be found here:

Please feel free to share this information broadly within your professional networks.

Many thanks

Questions and queries should be directed to contact@sz4d.org

Hilley, G.E. (ed.), Brodsky, E.E., Roman, D., Shillington, D.J., Brudzinski, M., Behn, M., Tobin, H. and the SZ4D RCN (2022). SZ4D Implementation Plan. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at https://purl.stanford.edu/hy589fc7561. https://doi.org/10.25740/hy589fc7561


On behalf of Ashley Streig, Portland State

Seeking graduate students in the fields of in active tectonics, paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology

I am seeking prospective MSc and PhD students to work with me on a 5-year NSF funded project titled “CAREER: Slip rates and earthquake timing of distributed Quaternary crustal deformation to evaluate structural accommodation of clockwise rotation of the Pacific Northwest”. I have research projects across the latitude of Northern Oregon - in the Mt Hood fault zone, Gales Creek fault in the OR Coast Range, Portland Hills fault, and Strawberry Mountains fault in eastern Oregon. I seek students with research and/or course work experience in active tectonics, paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology, geomorphic and structural mapping. Prospective PhD students interested in earthquake hazards and Science Communication are encouraged to apply. In the 3rd or 4th year of the program the PhD student will enroll in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Science Communication Fellowship, tuition is fully covered by this grant.

For more information please email me at streig@pdx.edu.

Students can apply here: https://www.pdx.edu/admissions/apply-to-grad-school


On behalf of Christodoulos Kyriakopoulos, University of Memphis

Director Search, 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. 


On behalf of Takahiko Uchide, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST

Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at Geological Survey of Japan, AIST

We, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, open one postdoctoral researcher position.
Feel free to contact ievg-job-ml@aist.go.jp to ask questions about this job opportunity.

Note that we do not consider any applications that do not follow the instruction:

We seek a scholar who will perform research to explore underground faults using hypocenter distribution and focal mechanism solutions and later phases of seismic waves by analyzing seismic waveform data using signal processing and machine learning. The applicant will conduct the research activity under the research project "Exploration of underground faults by seismic wave big data using signal processing and machine learning" of the MEXT STAR-E Project and in cooperation with the Artificial Intelligence Research Center of AIST. See the detail of the project at the MEXT website. Additional research activities that contribute to the promotion of this research may be permitted up to 20% of the work time upon the applicant's request.

The contract will be from April 1, 2023 (or earliest possible) to March 31, 2024, renewable up to March 31, 2026.

1. The applicant must hold or be expected to hold a Ph.D. within seven years at the time of the employment. In addition, the applicant should not have work experience as AIST Postdoctoral Researcher for five years or more in total.
2. The applicant must have experience and achievements in analyzing observed seismograms of natural earthquakes for studying either earthquake source locations, source properties, or subsurface structures.

Application documents (Send them by postal mail):

  • CV,
  • Export Control Form 2 (ask detail),
  • Publication list,
  • Summary of Applicant's past research (1 sheet of A4 or US Letter),
  • Research Statement (1 sheet of A4 or US Letter),
  • Copy of Doctoral Degree Certificate,
  • Names and contact information of one or more reference persons

Deadline: December 12, 2022

See the detail at https://unit.aist.go.jp/hrd/keiyaku_koubo/2022-ievg_0010.html


On behalf of Jay Sui Tung, Texas Tech University

Postdoctoral/PhD opportunities in the Geomodeling Lab at Texas Tech

The Geomodeling Lab at the Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University invites applications for one postdoc and two Ph.D. opportunities to advance our understanding of geohazards through geodetic and remote sensing data analyses and geophysical modeling.

1. Postdoc position (fully funded for 2 years) – Geohazard modeling, probabilistic tsunami assessment, and space geodesy

The postdoc will work on interdisciplinary projects focused on numerical modeling and probabilistic studies for tsunami genesis and megathrust earthquakes.

Required Qualifications - PhD. in Geophysics, Geodesy, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Computer/data Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, or related discipline. Candidate should have strong skills in a technical programming language, such as Python, IDL, Matlab, C++, etc.

Applications - Please submit your application package, including (1) a cover letter (up to one page), (2) an updated CV, (3) a statement of research experience/plan (up to two pages), and (4) contact info for three references to Jay Tung jay.sui.tung@ttu.edu. The review of applications will start on December 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

2. PhD opportunities - Reservoir modeling and earthquake modeling

The students will work on interdisciplinary projects focused on

  • Reservoir Modeling of Oil/Gas and Geothermal Systems
  • Complex Fault Modeling for Global Earthquake Response
  • Induced Seismicity Analysis
  • Space Geodesy
  • Machine Learning

For full consideration, please contact Jay Tung jay.sui.tung@ttu.edu by December 31, 2022, and complete applications should be received by January 31, 2023.

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