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Six Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 04/26/2023

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • 2023 High Performance Seismology CyberTraining - May 9-12
  • Research Geophysicist with a focus on satellite geodesy (InSAR & GNSS)
  • Electronics Technician Positions in the USGS Earthquake Science Center (SCSN, NCSN, PNSN, and NSMP)
  • Three research positions at USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center 
  • Postdoc position on earthquake and volcano research at Sichuan University
  • PhD in induced seismicity: multi-scale modeling of the interplay between fluid flow and faults


On behalf of Marine Denolle, Alice Gabriel & Carl Tape

2023 High Performance Seismology CyberTraining - May 9-12
The 2023 High-Performance Seismology (HPS) CyberTraining, a virtual that will take place from Tuesday, May 9 to Friday, May 12, between 9 am and 5 pm Pacific Time. This workshop is funded by SCEC with additional support from Scoped, ChEESE, Geo-Inquire, DT-Geo, MTMod, and eScience.

With the rise of data volume and computing power, seismological research requires more advanced skills in data processing, numerical methods, and parallel computing. This training aims to create entry points easing access to high-performance computing and data management for cutting-edge scientific analysis for the seismological community, including training in best practices in data management, software development, and open science.

The learning goals of the workshop are

  • To deploy software on the Cloud Systems and clusters from High-Performance Computing Centers.
  • To adopt software best practices for large-scale computing (e.g., from a script to a full-stack containerized software).
  • To use and re-use tutorials on topical research that require large-scale processing (e.g., ambient noise cross-correlation, wavefield simulations, etc.)

We welcome anyone interested in learning about these tools, particularly early-career students, researchers, and their mentors. We have generous but limited access to Cloud credits on AWS and HPC allocations at TACC. Please apply using this form. We have limited spots for synchronous participation but will make all content freely and asynchronously available. If you are interested but the timing will not work for you, please fill out the form to be in the loop for recordings and future tutorials.

Application here: https://forms.gle/RfbPJCJFzCzcPx5G6
Workshop website: http://seisscoped.org/HPS


On behalf of Jessica Murray, USGS

Research Geophysicist with a focus on satellite geodesy (InSAR & GNSS)
The Earthquake Science Center is hiring a Research Geophysicist with a focus on satellite geodesy (InSAR & GNSS) to study earthquakes and other sources of ground deformation.

Apply on USA Jobs (through May 03, 2023):
(announcement id USGS-SAC-23-11524002-DE-LN)

Please read the instructions carefully to make sure your application is processed successfully. Questions on the application process can be directed to LaShawna Norman (lcnorman@usgs.gov).


On behalf of Lynn Simmons, USGS

Electronics Technician Positions in the USGS Earthquake Science Center (SCSN, NCSN, PNSN, and NSMP)
The USGS Earthquake Science Center is seeking multiple Electronics Technicians for positions located at the Southern California Seismic Network, the Northern California Seismic Network, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and the National Strong Motion Project.

For more information or to apply (closing date: 07/17/2023): https://www.usajobs.gov/job/719824600
Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when applying. ALL applicants MUST submit transcripts and other required documentation with their application prior to the vacancy closing date in order to be considered. All documents must be legible.
If applicants are qualifying based on education, all copies of unofficial transcripts need to be submitted. This is especially important if applicants have attended multiple schools. Their current school does not always list the transfer classes out.
Resumes should include a month and year, along with their relevant work experience underneath each period of employment.  Resumes should contain enough details regarding their work experience for HR to determine whether they have the specialized experience.

Applicants can always email the HR contact person in the vacancy announcement to confirm that their documents are uploaded correctly.

Applicants may also access the HELP section of the USAJobs site, which provides more detail regarding the federal hiring process:  https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/

The federal government is an equal opportunity employer.


On behalf of Ryan Gold, USGS

Three research positions at USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center 
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Hazards Science Center (GHSC) has multiple research positions to develop and extend the uses of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Model. Positions will support the development of the Earthquake Rupture Forecast (Research Geophysicist), Ground Motion Characterization (Research Geophysicist), and Engineering and Risk applications (Research Civil Engineer). These permanent positions are offered at the GS-13 level. 

Details on the positions: 

  • Ground Motion Characterization (Research Geophysicist, duty station: Golden, CO) – The purpose of this position is to conduct basic and applied research in seismology, especially as it relates to seismic hazard assessment and understanding of earthquake strong ground motions. The selected candidate will have experience with one or more of the following: developing improved methods of scaling weak motions from earthquakes and other sources for use in strong ground motion estimation; predicting ground motion associated with earthquakes using state-of-the art modeling and data analysis techniques, which include empirical, stochastic, and 3-D simulation methods; developing deterministic and probabilistic approaches to estimation of probable ground motions, including implementation of complex ground-motion methods into PSHA calculations (e.g., directivity and non-ergodic methods); ground-motion analyses; developing models of input parameters (e.g., Vs30, Z1, Z2.5, f0) needed to evaluate ground-motion models at sites of interest. 
  • Earthquake Rupture Forecast (Research Geophysicist, duty station: Golden, CO or Pasadena, CA) – The purpose of this position is to lead the design, construction, and testing of the models that integrate geologic, geodetic, and seismologic observations to forecast earthquake probability and occurrence. The selected candidate will have experience developing and/or testing system-level models, including object-oriented code development. 
  • Engineering and Risk applications (Research Civil Engineer, duty station: Golden, CO) - The purpose of this position is to conceive, plan, and conduct original and creative research, both fundamental and applied, in order to model and reduce earthquake risks to the built environment, and thereby motivate, make use of, and provide feedback on USGS seismic hazard modeling. Research activities are directed toward developing and advancing probabilistic and deterministic estimation of structural and/or geotechnical engineering responses, to improve the behavior of structures and reduce losses when subjected to earthquakes.   

Application process:  

Apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov   

Applications will be accepted from 14 April to 5 May 2023.  

Job Announcement Numbers:  

Research Geophysicist - ground motion characterization: USGS-DEN-23-11906366-DE-AJG   
Research Geophysicist - earthquake rupture forecast: USGS-DEN-23-11907452-DE-AJG  
Research Civil Engineer – engineering and risk: USGS-DEN-23-11907465-DE-AJG  

Contact: Latrice Chambler (lchambler@usgs.gov)with questions about the application process. For questions about the role of the positions, please contact Ryan Gold (rgold@usgs.gov).  


On behalf of Chaovite Liang, Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR)

Postdoc position on earthquake and volcano research at Sichuan University
The Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, plans to recruit one postdoc researcher working on modeling earthquake or volcano processes. 

The successful candidate will be hired by IDMR and primarily based in Chengdu, but is expected to carry out international collaboration between IDMR at Mainland China, Geoazur Laboratory in France, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Travel support will be provided for visiting France and Hong Kong regularly from Chengdu.

The candidate who is interested in earthquake related topics, including but not limited to dynamic rupture modeling or inversion, earthquake cycle modeling, or seismic/acoustic wave propagation, etc., is expected to collaborate with Dr. Chao Liang at IDMR and Dr. Jean-Paul Ampuero at Geoazur in France. 

The candidate who is interested in volcano related topics, including but not limited to magma oscillation and convection in plumbing systems, storage and migration of volatile in magmatic systems, bubble dynamics and volcano acoustics, dike propagation, and volcano seismicity, is expected to collaborate with Dr. Chao Liang at IDMR and Dr. Yan Zhan at the CUHK.

Successful candidates are expected to have experience and publication record in related areas, good programming skills in scientific computing or signal processing, good written and oral communication skills in English, and a proactive attitude for publishing scientific results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. 

The appointment is initially for two years and may be renewed to the third year depending on performance. The salary ranges from 200,000 to 250,000 CNY (26,000 - 33,000 euros) per year with possible additional subsidy from provincial governments. Outstanding postdocs also have the opportunity of being further promoted to faculty positions at Sichuan University.

Please send the following materials for application or inquiries by email to Chao Liang (chaovite@gmail.com), with copy to Jean-Paul Ampuero (ampuero@geoazur.unice.fr) or Yan Zhan (yanzhan@cuhk.edu.hk):

  1. a letter of motivation including possible start dates, 
  2. a CV including the list of scientific publications and conference communications and at least 2 references (their name, address, email, and professional relation)
  3. a brief description of your research activities, interests and future plans.

IDMR is an interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on hazard mitigation and research with a growing development in the field of Earth science. It is affiliated to Sichuan University, one of the top universities in China. It is located in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, the home of great pandas. Sitting in the east edge of Himalaya, Sichuan is one of the most tectonically active places on Earth and a natural laboratory for earthquake research.

Geoazur is a large academic research laboratory (about 180 people) focused on Earth science. It is located near Nice, France, in Sophia-Antipolis, a leading European technology park (2,500 companies and 4,500 researchers) between the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alps mountains. Geoazur is part of Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) and Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA) and is also affiliated to CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development).

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) a public research university, formally established in 1963 by a charter granted by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. It is Hong Kong’s second-oldest university. The university operates in both English and Chinese. Four Nobel laureates are associated with the university, and it is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with recipients of the Nobel Prize, Turing Award, Fields Medal and Veblen Prize sitting as faculty in residence. The Earth System Science Programme in the Faculty of Science emphasizes basic sciences of the Earth System. Adoption of a system approach facilitates a fundamental understanding of various components of the Earth System and their complex interactions including the causes, effects and feedback within a unified framework.


On behalf of Thibault Candela, Geological Survey of the Netherlands

PhD in induced seismicity: multi-scale modeling of the interplay between fluid flow and faults
The objective of this PhD is to answer the long-lasting and still pending question: how the injection of fluids in the subsurface is linked to the occurrence of earthquakes? It is well known that the object “fault” is the key ingredient. Faults act as major conduit during injection of fluids in the subsurface and faults ultimately host earthquakes.
In the recent years, substantial research progresses have addressed the role of pre-existing faults on the remote triggering of seismicity but little have considered the complexity that lies in the multiscale roughness of faults which controls both fluid flow and slip. Indeed, research activities have been pursued in silo. Either the focus was solely on the control of fault geometry on fluid flow, or the focus was solely on the control of fault geometry on slip. This PhD position on induced seismicity aims at breaking this suboptimal silo-type research and to jointly assess the hydro and mechanical behavior of a multi-scale deformable rough fault.
Foreseen new findings should help to reconciliate our physical models with currently unexplained observations, such as unexpected large, remote or delayed triggered seismicity when reservoirs are initially very close to failure pre-injection. Applications to the case of the deep geothermal sites (Vendenheim, Balmatt, Rittershoffen) will be considered.

The successful candidate will work at ITES (Strasbourg Institute of Earth & Environment) in the numerical modeling group of the ITI GeoT (Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute for the energy system transition – J. Schmittbuhl and V. Magnenet) and in strong collaboration with the TNO (Geological Survey of the Netherlands – T. Candela).

Portail Emploi CNRS - Job offer - PhD in induced seismicity: multi-scale modeling of the interplay between fluid flow and faults, at ITES/EOST Strasbourg (France)


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