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Four Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 02/13/2024

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • Associate Scientist, Data Universities Space Research Association (USRA) in collaboration with USGS Earthquake Science Center
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Tectonic Geodesy / Seismology
  • Senior Research Associate position in urban DAS at the University of Bristol
  • NSF-Sponsored Short Course: Finite Element Models for Simulating Earthquake Deformation


On behalf of Jessica Murray, USGS

Associate Scientist, Data Universities Space Research Association (USRA) in collaboration with USGS Earthquake Science Center

We invite applications for an Associate Scientist to conduct research, development, and implementation of new methods to improve the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, crustal deformation monitoring systems, and post-earthquake response by including high-rate and real-time geodetic data.  

More information including a detailed description of responsibilities, required skills, and how to apply may be found at: ADP (http://tinyurl.com/bdd86mr6) and LinkedIn (http://tinyurl.com/4vhk3j6n).  



On behalf of Daniel Trugman, Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Postdoctoral Scholar, Tectonic Geodesy / Seismology

Description of Position: The Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) seeks to hire a skilled and innovative postdoctoral scholar to help lead a NASA-funded project that aims to optimally combine large-scale, geodetic and seismic data to better understand earthquake processes along the California-Nevada border. Strong mathematical and computational skills, as well as demonstrated experience using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to characterize crustal deformation processes is recommended for this position, as the postdoctoral scholar will lead the geodetic modeling and data analysis work packages for this project. The postdoctoral scholar will also be encouraged to collaborate with scientists within the Nevada Geosciences community and beyond, including partners at UT Austin’s Radar Interferometry Laboratory and UNR’s Nevada Geodetic Laboratory. The University of Nevada, Reno has a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences, and applications from all underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

This position is located on UNR Main Campus and reports to Prof. Daniel Trugman.  Funding is currently available for a 2-year period but may be extended to a third year pending sufficient progress. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in geosciences, engineering, or related field.
  • Experience in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data analysis; well-qualified candidates with expertise in seismology and with the capability and willingness to learn InSAR analysis will also be considered.
  • Scientific interest in understanding earthquake processes through multi-disciplinary and multi-scale analyses combining geodesy and seismology.
  • Completion of a doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline is required.
  • The doctoral degree must have been completed within the five years immediately preceding the first date of appointment as a postdoctoral fellow at the University.
  • The individual cannot have held previous positions in the professional ranks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong scientific computing skills in Python, Julia, Matlab, Fortran or C/C++ programming languages
  • Familiar with applied linear algebra, statistics, and inverse theory.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Interest in mentoring and teaching undergraduate and graduate students within the Nevada Geosciences community.
  • Interest in working on interdisciplinary science teams and in networking with the broader geoscience community at UNR and beyond.

Application Materials: The following materials should be compiled into a single .pdf and emailed to dtrugman@unr.edu  

  • Cover Letter (1-2p) describing relevant qualifications, experiences, and interest in the position and our team at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory
  • Resume/CV that includes academic experience and publication record
  • Contact Information for Three Professional References



On behalf of Maximilian J. Werner, University of Bristol 

Senior Research Associate position in urban DAS at the University of Bristol

We are currently recruiting for a 3-year Senior Research Associate position to study the use of DAS for seismic imaging in urban areas. For further details on the role and to apply, please visit the link below: 


This position is funded by “DarkSeis", a new EPSRC-funded grant between the University of Bristol (James Verdon, Max Werner), the University of Oxford (Mike Kendall) and the BGS (Jon Chambers). 

The post-holder will participate in field campaigns to acquire active-source and passive seismic data using DAS with fibre-optic cables in and around the city of Bristol. They will then lead the processing of the resulting datasets, developing novel methods that leverage the particular qualities of DAS datasets. Given the large volumes of data produced by DAS, we anticipate that machine learning will play a significant role in the processing workflows developed as part of the project.

The closing date for applications is the 26th February. Please forward this to anyone who you think would be interested. 



On behalf of Sui Tung, Texas Tech University

NSF-Sponsored Short Course:Finite Element Models for Simulating Earthquake Deformation

Intended for graduate students at U.S. academic institutions who are interested in using Finite Element Models (FEMs) to interpret earthquake deformation. The course will include four modules: Modeling Protocol, Forward Modeling, Parameter Estimates, and Target Applications. Dr. Christelle Wauthier, Associate Professor from Penn State University and NSF CAREER Award recipient, will deliver a keynote address during an evening seminar, which will be followed by a dinner to facilitate fellowship for aspiring modelers.

Click below for event information:


Software requirements: Prior to the short course, participants will install the student versions of Abaqus (general-purpose FEM/no cost) and IDL (general-purpose numerical analysis/cost supported by the short course) on personal laptop PCs.

Travel costs: The short course will reimburse travel expenses up to $1000 for each attendee.

How to apply: Interested graduate students may download the application for here:


and submit completed application form via email to Dr. Tim Masterlark (masterlark@sdsmt).Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 04 March 2024.



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