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Three Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 10/27/2023

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • 2 PhD and 2 Postdoc positions in ground-motion simulation, validation, and application
  • Assistant Professor - Computational Geophysics, Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University
  • CERI UMemphis Tenure Track Position in Seismology 


On behalf of Brendon A. Bradley, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

2 PhD and 2 Postdoc positions in ground-motion simulation, validation, and application

Overview: Two PhD scholarships and two postdoctoral fellowships are available for multiple topics associated with earthquake-induced ground-motion and site response prediction utilizing simulation-based methods. The projects are based at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, but students/fellows will also interact with national and international collaborators.

Full advert here: https://tinyurl.com/UcGmSimAdvert

Specific topics include:

  • Toward fully non-ergodic considerations in ground-motion simulation;
  • Creating a physics-based understanding of the spatial correlation of earthquake-induced ground motions in regions of complex geology;
  • Validation of 3D ground-motion simulations at high frequencies;
  • Seismic hazard analysis using simulated ground motions;
  • Development of region-specific sedimentary basin models;
  • Coupling explicit site response analysis with ground-motion simulations;
  • Use of ground-motion simulations to constrain empirical model functional forms

PhD Scholarship Details: This scholarship includes a $35,000 NZD/year stipend (tax-free) and all university tuition and fees for the three-year duration of the PhD project.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Tenure and Salary Details: The position is for an initial tenure of two years.  Salaries are in the range of $85,000-95,000 NZD depending on past experience.

Application Details: Applications close 30 November 2023, but will be reviewed as they are submitted.  If interested in applying, please contact brendon.bradley@canterbury.ac.nz.


On behalf of Weisen Shen, Stony Brook University

Assistant Professor - Computational Geophysics, Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University

The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in computational geophysics. We seek a candidate with the potential to carry out a program of research that complements one or more of the Department’s current and traditional research strengths in geodynamics, seismology, and mineral physics and who will be an effective teacher in undergraduate and graduate courses. Details of the department’s areas of research emphasis can be found at www.stonybrook.edu/geosciences.


The successful candidate must have the following required qualifications: A Ph.D. in the geosciences or closely related field at the time of appointment; Clear potential to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program that would include mentoring a diverse body of graduate and undergraduate students; A demonstrated commitment to excellence in inclusive teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Application Instructions:

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and three references' names and contact information.  All application materials must be submitted online at the website: https://apply.interfolio.com/132325. For technical support, please visit Interfolio's Support Site (https://support.interfolio.com/) or contact their Scholar Service Team at help@interfollio.com or (877) 997-8807. Questions about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. William Holt (william.holt@stonybrook.edu).

About Stony Brook University:

Stony Brook University, one of four research-intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It’s included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S.News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including over 2,700 faculty. It enrolled roughly 26,800 students in fall 2019 — 17,900 undergraduate and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors, and combined-degree programs. 


On behalf of Christodoulos Kyriakopoulos, University of Memphis

CERI UMemphis Tenure Track Position in Seismology

The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2024. Appointment at the Associate level will be considered based on the applicant’s experience. We are searching for an individual to complement our existing strengths in seismology, geodesy, computational tectonics, earthquake rupture dynamics, earthquake physics, and seismic hazard. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong theoretical background in any subfield of seismology. CERI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture for all faculty and graduate students and we strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of employment and show a demonstrated record or strong promise of research productivity. The successful candidate is expected to build a vigorous, externally funded research program, mentor MS and PhD graduate students, and teach graduate courses, one per semester, in her or his specialty.  As part of a University interdisciplinary research center, CERI faculty are engaged in a variety of regional, national, and international research projects (https://www.memphis.edu/ceri/). More information about this position can be obtained by contacting the chair of the search committee, Eunseo Choi (echoi2@memphis.edu).

CERI is a state recognized Center of Excellence and is an independent academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. The MS and PhD Concentration in Geophysics is housed alongside the Earth Sciences graduate program and 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. CERI is a core member of SCEC, Statewide California Earthquake Center. Our facilities include access to the campus high-performance computing facility, a rock deformation laboratory, and an earthquake modeling and visualization laboratory. CERI has an extensive outreach and education program and is a fundamental source of information regarding the region's earthquake science and seismic hazard.

Applicants should submit an application with cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statements of research, teaching and diversity, and the names and addresses (with phone numbers and email) of at least three references. To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted through the University of Memphis WorkForUM online application system (https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/38341) by February 2, 2024. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 


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