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Six Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 03/08/2024

Dear SCEC Community,

See the following announcements:

  • Workshop: Numerical Modeling of Earthquake Motions: Waves and Ruptures
  • Position for Earth Section Geodesy Researcher Assistant at UCSD
  • PhD Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ground Motion Simulation, Validation, and Applications
  • Deputy Center Director position at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Science Center (ESC)
  • International Scientific and Technical Conference May 27-29, 2024, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Seismologist Position at Karen Clark & Company


On behalf of Eric M Dunham, Stanford, and Alice Gabriel, UCSD

Workshop: Numerical Modeling of Earthquake Motions: Waves and Ruptures

We are pleased to announce this workshop which will be held in the Smolenice Castle, Slovakia, on June 23 – 27, 2024.

Details are available at:

Partial travel funding available to US participants:
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, limited travel funds are available to partially support US participants to attend the workshop. Priority will be given to students, postdocs, early career scientists, and those who will enhance diversity at the workshop. 

Please apply by filling in the google form here by March 15, 2024. Questions regarding NSF travel support should be directed to Eric Dunham: edunham@stanford.edu.

We look forward to see you in Smolenice.

Pierre-Yves Bard,  Eric Dunham,  Alice-Agnes Gabriel, Hiroshi Kawase and Peter Moczo,
co-chairs of the workshop



On behalf of Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Position for Earth Section Geodesy Researcher Assistant at UCSD

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego invites applications for a full-time Researcher position to be funded by extramural research grants and contracts in the area of Geodesy. We seek outstanding candidates with expertise in areas including marine and/or terrestrial geodesy, satellite geodesy, seafloor positioning, reference frames, processing and analysis of geodetic positions (e.g., GNSS, InSAR), modeling geophysical processes, time series analysis and data science (e.g., machine learning). The successful candidate will be distinguished by a deep understanding of geodetic methods and applications.

The Researcher series at Scripps Oceanography parallels the Professor series in terms of research and service, but it carries no teaching requirements. Researchers receive eleven-month appointments with 25% salary support from institutional sources but are expected to establish an externally funded research program that provides the remainder of their salary support. Researchers at Scripps often obtain educator appointments as well and serve as graduate student and postdoc advisors.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a world-renowned center of solid Earth, planetary, oceanographic, biological, and atmospheric research committed to academic excellence and diversity within its student body, staff, and approximately 200 principal investigators (https://scripps.ucsd.edu/diversity).

School: http://scripps.ucsd.edu/


Position title: Non-Senate

Salary range: Rank and salary will be consistent with the applicant's qualifications, experience and University of California pay scales. ​A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $87,100-$169,900.


Open date: February 23, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 22, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/shortcuts/contributions_to_diversity site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants will be asked to name references to complete their application, but the references will not be asked to provide letters unless SIO requests them.

Apply link: https://apptrkr.com/5066173

Help contact: srhoten@ucsd.edu

La Jolla, CA 



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

PhD Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ground Motion Simulation, Validation, and Applications

Overview: Two PhD scholarships and one postdoctoral fellowship is available for multiple topics associated with earthquake-induced ground-motion and site response prediction utilizing simulation-based methods.  The overarching aim in all specific project instances is to advance understanding of ground-motion phenomena and predictive ability through hybrid broadband simulations.  In some instances, this is directly through the use of simulations for seismic hazard analysis, and in other instances through the use of simulations to constrain empirical ground-motion models for parameter combinations that observational data are deficient.  The projects are based at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, but PhD students will also interact with national and international collaborators. Full details of each of the topics are available here: https://tinyurl.com/UcGmSimAdvert24 . They include:

  1. Toward fully non-ergodic considerations in ground-motion simulation
  2. Validation of 3D ground-motion simulations at high frequencies
  3. Seismic hazard analysis using simulated ground motions
  4. Development of region-specific sedimentary basin models
  5. Coupling explicit site response analysis with ground-motion simulations
  6. 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.

Application Details: If interested in applying, please contact brendon.bradley@canterbury.ac.nz with the email title “PhD Scholarship/Postdoctoral fellowship in ground-motion simulation, validation, and applications” and attach the following documents: (1) CV; (2) cover letter; and (3) any digital copies of journal/conference papers and/or theses you have authored. Applications close 30 March 2024, but will be reviewed as they are submitted.  The projects are expected to start between 1 July – 1 October 2024, though a delayed start maybe possible depending on individual circumstances.



On behalf of Shane T. Detweiler, USGS 

Deputy Center Director position at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Science Center (ESC)

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) is hiring a Supervisory Interdisciplinary Geologist/Geophysicist to serve as Deputy Center Director. This important and influential permanent position is offered at the GS-14 level (salary ranges vary with location but are generally $136,832.00 to $191,900.00 / Per Year).  This position provides an opportunity for a leader interested in public service and earthquake hazards risk reduction.

Application Process:

Apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/job/779352700

The advertisement for this permanent, full-time position will be posted on USAJOBS on March 1, 2023 and close on March 22 (please don’t wait to apply as there is a cap on the number of allowed applicants and the opportunity may close early).  

Contact Michelle Liu, mliu@usgs.gov with questions about the application process or Christine Goulet with questions about the anticipated role (cell phone: 626-583-7819, email: cgoulet@usgs.gov).

As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies: Leadership and Supervision, Scientific Knowledge, Program/Project Management, and Teamwork.



On behalf of Alexander S. Bykovtsev, Regional Academy of Natural Sciences 

International Scientific and Technical Conference May 27-29, 2024, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The International Scientific and Technical Conference “Ensuring seismic safety and seismic stability of buildings and structures, solving applied mechanical problems” is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Academician T.R. Rashidov on May 27-29, 2024 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Conference organizers:

  • M.T.Urazbaev Institute of Mechanics and Seismic Stability of Structures of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences;
  • Institute of Seismology of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences;
  • National University of Uzbekistan;
  • Samarkand State University;
  • Tashkent University of Architecture and Civil Engineering;
  • Samarkand State University of Architecture and Construction;
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University;
  • University of California, Berkeley.

Thematic areas of the conference

  • Seismic stability of buildings and structures (theory and experiment).
  • Engineering seismology and seismic risk.
  • Mechanics of deformable rigid bodies, geotechnics. 
  • Mechanics of fluids, gas, and multiphase media.
  • Dynamics and strength of machines.

Working language of the conference will be English

Conference website: https://www.instmechconf2024.uz

Deadline for paper submission is April 15, 2024.

Notification of paper acceptance is April 30, 2024.

Release of conference schedule is May 10, 2024

Materials have to be submitted electronically.



On behalf of Sara L. Dougherty, Karen Clark and Company

Seismologist Position at Karen Clark & Company

We have an immediate opening for a Seismologist at Karen Clark & Company (KCC) in Boston, MA. A brief description of our company and the position is provided below. For more information, visit our website at https://www.karenclarkandco.com/.

About KCC:

KCC is the fastest growing catastrophe risk modeling firm providing innovative risk management tools to global insurers and reinsurers. At KCC, we build leading edge applications, including RiskInsight, the first open loss modeling platform, and advanced global catastrophe models for natural hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.

Seismologist position:

KCC seeks an earthquake hazard professional to join our growing team of catastrophe model developers. In this position, you 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 April 15, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.



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