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Six Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 08/31/2023

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • Postdoctoral fellow in Seismotectonic and Paleoseismology of Patagonia Andes at Southern Methodist University
  • Mendenhall Opportunity 22-28: Investigating earthquake sequence evolution: underlying physics, statistical properties, and regional variations
  • AGeS-DiG (Diversity in Geochronology) Proposal Deadline on Oct 1, 2023
  • USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Research Opportunity: Neotectonics of the Cascade Range
  • Faculty Position in Energy Transition Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, OK
  • Seismologist Position at Karen Clark & Company


On behalf of M. Beatrice Magnani, Southern Methodist University

Postdoctoral fellow in Seismotectonic and Paleoseismology of Patagonia Andes at Southern Methodist University
The Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to work on the paleoseismology of the Austral subduction zone, in Patagonia and on projects that investigate the seismotectonics of the Patagonian Andes beginning June 2024. This postdoc will work to establish a paleoseismic record of subaqueous mass-wasting deposits preserved in lacustrine infill of Patagonian lakes, and to assess the seismic behavior of the Austral subduction zone.

The ideal candidate will have received a Ph.D. in Earth Science, Geology, Seismology, Geophysics, or related field before the start date, and have experience with analysis and interpretation of seismic reflection data, analysis of sediment cores, command of Matlab or Python programming languages, and a demonstrated ability to communicate science through publications and presentations. Familiarity with Landmark processing platform and Kingdom Suite/Petrel interpretation software, as well as experience with well logging data are preferred.

All qualified applicants will receive considerations without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, natural origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Full consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2023.

For more details and to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/130300

For questions regarding this position, please contact M. Beatrice Magnani at mmagnani@smu.edu


On behalf of Andrea L. Llenos, US Geological Survey 

Mendenhall Opportunity 22-28: Investigating earthquake sequence evolution: underlying physics, statistical properties, and regional variations
Earthquake clustering and statistics underly critical USGS products such as the National Seismic Hazard Model and Operational Aftershock Forecasts. Despite a broad tendency towards clustering, sequence evolution varies dramatically from region to region and sequence to sequence, with large observed variations in productivity, active timescales, and magnitude evolution.  And, because of the impact of earthquake sequences on populated areas, including public interest and anxiety stemming from earthquake activity and its uncertain evolution, earthquake sequences and how they are treated in seismic hazard forecasts represent an important target for further research. 

We seek a Mendenhall Fellow with strong quantitative skills to investigate earthquake sequence evolution and how it may vary regionally, supporting goals to forecast and communicate earthquake activity on a range of timescales. This could include earthquake sequence physics and/or statistics, near-real-time characterization, influences of spatial variation on seismic hazard forecasts, and implementing research into model updates. Experience in seismology and/or statistics highly beneficial.

Full project details and contact information:
22-28. Investigating earthquake sequence evolution: underlying physics, statistical properties, and regional variations | U.S. Geological Survey (usgs.gov)

Proposed Duty Station:  Golden, Colorado or Moffett Field, California
Research Advisors:  Andrea Llenos, David Shelly, Andrew Michael, Jeanne Hardebeck, Allison Shumway, Will Yeck, Kirstie Haynie, Dara Goldberg, Max Schneider, Nicholas van der Elst, Ned Field, Mark Petersen

Application deadline is November 1, 2023.  Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Research Advisors early and to work with them to develop a suitable proposal.

Please see https://www.usgs.gov/centers/mendenhall for more information on the Mendenhall program and how to apply.


On behalf of Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State University

AGeS-DiG (Diversity in Geochronology) Proposal Deadline on Oct 1, 2023; info session on Aug 29, 2023
AGeS-DiG provides up to $18,000 (no overhead) of support for scientists to engage, train, and educate minoritized student groups at any level (including undergraduate and community college) who have not historically had equal access to geochronology resources. 

AGeS-DiG plans to make 7-10 awards in 2023. Proposals can be submitted by scientists anywhere in the U.S. (e.g., accredited colleges and universities, government agencies, national labs, other non-profit academic research institutions), including by those at the senior, postdoctoral scientist, and graduate levels. In addition to the lead-PI, a co-PI may be included on the proposal. AGeS labs are eligible to apply directly for this funding and may otherwise be engaged in DiG proposals, but it is not a requirement that a lab be involved in DiG projects.

For additional program details please see the AGeS3 website

An information session about AGeS-DiG will be held on Tues August 29, 2023 at 11-12 am Mountain Time to explain the program and answer questions as proposals are contemplated and prepared. Previous AGeS-DiG awardees will discuss their experiences.  The session will be by ZOOM and will be recorded, posted on the website, and available for review afterwards: 

Meeting ID: 963 8499 2180
Passcode: 524531

AGeS Program Directors
Becky Flowers (CU)
Ramon Arrowsmith (ASU)


On behalf of Scott Bennett, USGS

USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Research Opportunity: Neotectonics of the Cascade Range
We seek a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow to examine the neotectonic evolution of the Cascade Range (CA, OR, WA), a dynamic, high-elevation landscape controlled by recent glaciation, magmatism, and faulting. We invite proposals to conduct interdisciplinary research to characterize the interactions and spatiotemporal patterns of climate, magmatism, tectonics, and natural hazards within the Cascade Range.

Research Opportunity (#22-16): “Characterizing the neotectonic evolution of the Cascade Range”

Duty Station: Portland, OR

Detailed description of this Research Opportunity, job qualifications, and pay and benefits can be found here: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/mendenhall-research-fellowship-program/22-16-characterizing-neotectonic-evolution-cascade

Positions will be advertised on www.usajobs.gov on September 5, 2023 and applications (proposals) will be accepted through November 1, 2023. The USGS Mendenhall office hopes to begin extending offers mid-January through March of 2024.

Please pass this notice along to any potentially interested and qualified applicants.


On behalf of Jumle Jiang, University of Oklahoma

Faculty Position in Energy Transition Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, OK
The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy's School of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geosciences - Energy Transition Geophysics with an anticipated starting date of August 16, 2024. We encourage applications from all interested and qualified parties. 

We are looking for a geophysicist whose research uses seismology and/or seismic geophysics to focus on topics relevant to energy and the energy transition, such as energy exploration and development, geothermal energy, hydrogen energy storage, and/or geological carbon storage. Areas of interest can include, but are not limited to, the acquisition and interpretation of passive and active seismic data to characterize subsurface properties, structures, and fluid movement. The candidate will serve as the primary instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics of seismology and geophysics for the energy transition, and contribute to undergraduate general education teaching. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate in GeoEnergy research and teaching with faculty in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering in their new GeoEnergy Engineering program.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/130446. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 20, 2023. The search will remain open until filled.


On behalf of Sara Dougherty, PhD, Karen Clark & Company

Seismologist Position at Karen Clark & Company
Karen Clark & Company has an immediate opening for a Seismologist in Boston, MA. KCC is the fastest growing catastrophe risk modeling firm providing innovative risk management tools to global insurers and reinsurers. KCC seeks an earthquake hazard professional to join their growing team of catastrophe model developers. This position will work closely with other scientists and engineers to build out our global suite of advanced earthquake models. 


  • Collect and analyze regional historical seismicity data
  • Research regional tectonics, including fault structures and rupture mechanisms
  • Develop magnitude-frequency relationships for seismic source zones and faults
  • Develop smooth and background seismicity models
  • Conduct post-event field surveys after major global events


  • PhD in Seismology or Geophysics with research relevant to seismic source modeling
  • Knowledge of earthquake frequency parameters and experience with magnitude-frequency distributions
  • Knowledge and experience in advanced probability and statistical methods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, keen orientation to detail, an eye for professional presentation, and recognized organizational abilities
  • Experience with Python desirable
  • Ability to travel within the US or internationally with little advance notice
  • Experience with GIS software (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.) is a plus
  • Experience in catastrophe modeling a plus
  • Knowledge of C# programming language a plus
  • Some work experience (≤ 5 years) a plus

Apply through our website at: https://www.karenclarkandco.com/careers/model-development-seismologist

We encourage you to submit applications by September 30, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.


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