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Multiple Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 07/14/2023

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • Career opportunities at the California Geological Survey
  • Postdoctoral scholar position at ETH Zurich in earthquake physics and high frequency ground motion
  • Several AGU Session Announcements


On behalf of Tim Dawson, California Geological Survey

Career opportunities at the California Geological Survey
The California Geological Survey is recruiting for the following positions. Candidates should review the instructions carefully to ensure that all required documents are submitted with the application.

Seismic Hazards Program Engineering Geologist
The California Geological Survey is recruiting an Engineering Geologist to work in the Seismic Hazards Program. The Engineering Geologist is responsible for preparing maps of geological materials, landslide and liquefaction inventories, historical groundwater data, and seismic hazard zones using seismological, geotechnical, and topographic data on geographic information systems, and preparing reports to accompany them. The Engineering Geologist is also responsible for preparing highly specialized review comments on geologic and geotechnical reports prepared for essential facilities throughout California, including public schools and hospitals, that address the potential for geologic and seismic hazards. 

Details about the position including eligibility information, the duty statement, and application instructions can be found here: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=379024 

For questions about this position, please contact Brian.Olson@conservation.ca.gov
Final filing date: 7/17/2023
Job Code #: JC-379024
Position #(s):
Working Title: Seismic Hazards Program Engineering Geologist
$6,175.00 - $11,626.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: San Mateo County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Carbon Sequestration Seismologist (Senior Engineering Geologist - Specialist)
The California Geological Survey is recruiting for a Carbon Sequestration Seismologist. This position is responsible for preparing detailed evaluations and review of geologic and seismic hazards. Prepares seismic monitoring plans and specialized review comments on geologic and seismic hazard reports prepared for projects throughout California, including carbon sequestration, and essential and critical facilities.

Details about the position including eligibility information, the duty statement, and application instructions can be found here: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=380510

For questions about this position, please contact Jeremy.Lancaster@conservation.ca.gov

Final filing date: 8/10/2023
Job Code #: JC-380510
Position #(s): 538-104-3751-XXX
Working Title: Carbon Sequestration Seismologist
Salary range: $10,886.00 - $13,625.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time


On behalf of Men-Andrin Meier, ETH Zurich

Postdoctoral scholar position at ETH Zurich in earthquake physics and high frequency ground motion

The Department of Earth Sciences and the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) invite applicants for a full-time postdoctoral scholarship to study and model earthquake processes and seismic hazard with very high frequency seismic wavefields. The goal of the project is to use observations from near-fault observatories such as the BedrettoLab to study high frequency seismic wavefields, and the small-scale processes that cause and affect them. Depending on their background and interest, the successful candidate will be working on earthquake source inference, HPC wavefield modelling, and seismicity and wavefield characterisations with deep learning methods. For more information and to apply, please see the job ad on the ETH Zurich recruitment site.


On behalf of Rachel Abercrombie, Boston University

AGU Union Session U010 - Solid Earth Geophysics as a Means to Address Issues of Global Change 

The special Union Session U010 entitled  'Solid Earth Geophysics as a Means to Address Issues of Global Change' will be held at this Fall AGU in San Francisco.   The key goal of this session is to examine the role of Solid Earth Geophysics must play in contributing positively to issues related to monitoring,  exploring and managing resources, and coping with unintended geological and societal consequences of climate change and the energy transition.   There will be an oral session with invited speakers on issues related to minerals, energy, environmental monitoring, and workforce needs with a panel discussion to follow.   We solicit abstracts for associated poster sessions in which more specific research can be presented and discussed.   

We also encourage submission of manuscripts to the associated Joint Special Collection 'Solid Earth Geophysics as a means to address issues of global change' led by JGR: Solid Earth in collaboration with Earth's Future., Earth and Space Science., Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Geophysical Research Letters, JGR: Biogeoscience, JGR: Earth Surface, and Water Resources Research. Manuscripts can be submitted to any of these journals, depending on their fit with the journal’s scope and requirements.

Primary Convenor
Douglas Schmitt (Purdue University)

Rachel Abercrombie (Boston University)
Michael Bostock (University of British Columbia)
Shin-Chan Han (Newcastle University)


On behalf of Alba Rodriguez Padilla, UC Davis

AGU Session T101- Influence of fault structural maturity on earthquake behavior and implications for seismic hazard

Please consider submitting an AGU abstract to our session "Influence of fault structural maturity on earthquake behavior and implications for seismic hazard".

Session ddescription: The evolution of fault zone properties with incremental offset is often encapsulated in the term fault structural maturity. Observations suggest that earthquakes on structurally mature faults exhibit more localized deformation, longer ruptures, faster rupture velocities, greater aseismic afterslip, smaller stress drops, and weaker near-field ground motions. Structural maturity thus has important implications for seismic hazard such as by influencing potential rupture lengths. However, fully understanding fault zone evolution and the effects of maturity on rupture behavior is challenging due to differences in fault kinematics, tectonic environment, fault zone rheology, and uncertainties related to maturity proxies. We welcome recent advances in the understanding of earthquake behavior and fault zone properties characterized by seismology, geodesy, geology, remote sensing, and geodynamics among others, from a range of structural and geological settings. We encourage contributions which bridge these observations with maturity of the fault system and discuss applications for seismic hazard assessments.

Invited Speakers:
Mathilde Marchandon (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)
Yann Klinger (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)

Grace Sethanant (University of Victoria)
Elyse Gaudreau (University of Victoria)
Alba Rodriguez Padilla (UC Davis)
Xuhua Shi (Zhejiang University) 


On behalf of Ettore Biondi, Caltech

AGU Session S023. Observing Wave Field Gradients in Seismology – Applications, Instrumentation, and Theory 

Please consider submitting an abstract to the AGU S023. Observing Wave Field Gradients in Seismology – Applications, Instrumentation, and Theory 

Session description: Recent advances in seismic instrumentation have made direct observation of the complete seismic wave field possible, including the spatial gradients of the wave field, rotation, and strain. Collocated direct observations of translation, strain, and rotation open new applications in various disciplines such as seismic exploration, volcanology, glaciology, ocean bottom seismology, earthquake engineering, and planetary exploration as well as geodesy and gravitational wave detection.

We invite contributions on any recent development in the fields of applications, instrumentation, and theory for observing seismic ground rotation, strain, and translation. These may include - but are not restricted to - alternative technologies for seismometers (e.g., optical technologies), fiber-optic technologies, such as fiber-optic gyroscopes or distributed acoustic sensing, high-performance rotational seismometers and tilt meters, high-frequency GNSS, and array-based methods. We strongly encourage contributions to data analysis techniques, instrument performance testing, novel deployments on existing infrastructure, and experimental field studies.

Invited Speakers:
Yan Yang (CalTech)
Johanna Lehr (BGR)

Felix Bernauer (LMU)
Shihao Yuan (Colorado School of Mines)
Yara Rossi (ETH)
Ettore Biondi (CalTech)


On behalf of Micahel Blanpied, USGS

U013 - The Türkiye Earthquake Sequence of February 2023:  Human and Engineering Impacts, Scientific Findings, and Implications for Earthquake Risk and Risk Mitigation Strategies in the United States and Elsewhere.    

We encourage you to consider submitting to a special AGU23 Union session focusing on impacts and implications of the February 6 earthquakes.


On February 6, 2023, two large earthquakes (Mw 7.8 and 7.5) struck southeastern Türkiye (Turkey). Strong shaking and ground failure caused severe and widespread destruction and loss of life in Türkiye and northern Syria. This disaster has spawned numerous investigations of the earthquake faulting, ground motion and ground failure, and impacts. Results bear on seismic hazards and earthquake risk mitigation worldwide.  

This session will focus on the important lessons learned from these investigations, and implications for seismic hazard and risk assessment, structural performance, earthquake risk mitigation strategies, and for the planning and conduct of post-earthquake investigations. The session is convened by representatives and partners of NEHRP (USGS, NIST, FEMA and NSF), the federal partnership charged with assessing and reducing risks from future earthquakes in the United States.  

We invite presentations on geologic effects such as site amplification; ground failure and geotechnical impacts; performance of engineered structures and lifelines; social science and societal impacts; conduct of post-earthquake investigations in the context of a humanitarian crisis; and implications for earthquake risk, risk mitigation strategies, construction, functional recovery, and earthquake response and recovery planning and operations in the affected countries, the U.S., and worldwide. Contributions from Turkish and Syrian investigators, teams, and students are highly encouraged.   

Note:  Contributions will be presented in a poster session that will accompany a hybrid oral session of invited keynote presentations. There will be in-person poster sessions during the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December 2023, and separate online sessions that will be scheduled in late January 2024.  

Please contact any of the conveners with any questions you may have:  

Michael Blanpied (USGS, mblanpied@usgs.gov) 
Lindsay Davis (USGS & USAID, ldavis@usgs.gov) 
Sissy Nikolaou (NIST, sissy.nikolaou@nist.gov) 
Heidi Tremayne (EERI, heidi@eeri.org) 


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