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The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction invites applications for two PhD funding opportunities / teaching assistantships starting in September 2020 to conduct research in (1) Gender Responsive Resilience and (2) Geophysical Hazard Risks. The application deadline is 14 August 2020. Project details, funding details, and application instructions are at

GEOPHYSICAL HAZARD RISKS: A geophysical approach to understanding flood hazards

University: UCL - Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,285 (in 2020/21) for 3.5 years Hours: Full Time
Closes: 14 August 2020
Start: From 21 September 2020

Dr Katerina Stavrianaki:

All candidates should apply for the Research Degree: Risk and Disaster Reduction  (RRDRDRSING01) completing the online form
I would like to draw your attention to a mantle modelling Postdoctoral Research Associate position opening in the Mantle Geodynamics research group at Cardiff University. This is the central element of a 4-year NERC funded Large Grant Project involving 9 UK Universities to develop and constrain mantle circulation models to better understand mantle upwellings. The successful candidate will work in a substantially multidisciplinary environment in close cooperation with all others.

The position is funded for 4 years.

Below is a short description of the Project, and the position.

TO APPLY – go to

Then click on Academic vacancies and search for 10031BR: Research Associate in Mantle Circulation Modelling EARTH.

Please pass this message on to those who may be interested. Please note the closing date of 28 August 2020 at 5pm GMT. 

Many thanks. 

Best regards and stay healthy!


Research Associate in Mantle Circulation Modelling

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Applications are invited for a 4 year Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position. This position will form the central part of the NERC Large Grant Project – MC2 – ‘Mantle Circulation Constrained (MC2): A multidisciplinary 4D Earth framework for understanding mantle upwellings’. The Principal Investigator of MC2 is Prof. Huw Davies. 

Working with Huw Davies the role of the Research Associate is to use numerical mantle circulation models to better understand mantle upwellings. The interdisciplinary 4 year MC2 project, will bring together constraints from mineralogy, seismology, core dynamics and paleomagnetism, dynamic topography, petrology and geochemistry to constrain these mantle circulation models over the past 1 Ga, but especially the past 300 Ma. This project will involve the PDRA in close collaboration with Investigators and Research Associates at the University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, Royal Holloway University of London, and University College London, and with project partners at ANU, Bern University, ENKI, Lille University, Strasbourg University and Sydney University, and industrial project impact partners. 

In addition to these duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high-quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the MC2 project, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants. 

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject. Expertise in numerical modelling and mantle studies is essential.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). It is available from 1 October, 2020 and is a fixed-term appointment until 31 September 2024.


Then click on Academic vacancies and search for 10031BR: Research Associate in Mantle Circulation Modelling EARTH.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

Closing Date: Friday, 28 August 2020 

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Huw Davies, email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Institution: IRIS Data Services
Open Until: 2020-08-14

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) seeks an experienced Software Engineer at the IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) in Seattle, Washington.  This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated self-starter to be part of an international seismological data center.  Our center is responsible for archival and dissemination of large-scale geophysical datasets to the geoscience research community.

This position supports the always-on web services and cross-platform applications that scientists and the public use to access data.  In addition, we are looking for a candidate who is ready to migrate applications to the cloud.  We offer competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and a terrific work atmosphere.

• Assume software development tasks to support web services for terabyte-scale data archive curation, transformation, and delivery.
• Develop and sustain software tools using Python, Java, and JavaScript.
• Create solutions to increase scalability, speed, and resilience of software stacks that carry out a wide array of data-intensive operations.
• Work with other team-members to design and implement cloud-native implementations that function flexibly and efficiently.
• Design and develop web applications to enable data discovery and access.
• Support web design, documentation, and user feedback.
• Communicate with the seismic community to ensure a healthy partnership of data engineering serving scientific research.

• A four-year degree in Computer Science, Earth Science, or related technical field.
• Three (3) or more years of experience in software development with demonstrated achievement on specific projects or tasks, such as data analysis software or a helpful web tool enabling data discovery.

• Hands-on experience with Linux operating systems and its shell languages.
• Strong skills in Python and experience with Java.
• Experience developing in relational database systems and using connector APIs.
• Experience creating Docker images and deploying containers a plus.
• Experience with software frameworks such as Spring and Django a plus.
• UI development in any of the JavaScript Frameworks (Vue.js a plus).
• Experience with cloud technologies a plus.
• Familiarity with automated build and test from svn or git.
• Knowledge of software lifecycle processes and software design methodologies.
• Expertise working with technical and scientific data a plus.
• Good communication skills with team members and end users.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest and a resume highlighting pertinent work experience by August 14th, 2020 to with the subject line "IRIS Software Engineer".

The IRIS Consortium has a membership of over 120 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data.  For more information on IRIS, consult
IRIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe a diverse staff makes us a stronger organization. IRIS is committed to hiring people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation or gender identities, marital status, veteran status, religions and disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) are accepting applications for 2-3 Research Fellow (Postdoc) positions in computational geophysics and seismology. The research fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team of seismologists, geologists and mathematicians to improve the understanding of structural heterogeneity and geodynamics in Southeast Asia. To achieve this goal, advanced seismic imaging tools will be developed and applied to derive high-resolution images from the growing volume of seismic data in Southeast Asia. Candidates with at least one of the following experiences are encouraged to apply: (1) Seismic traveltime tomography; (2) Ambient noise tomography or Surface wave tomography; (3) Receiver function analysis; (4) Adjoint tomography or Full waveform inversion; (5) High Performance Computing; (6) Computational mathematics. 

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in geophysics, seismology, mathematics, physics or a related subject at the time of appointment. These positions will be open until filled or 31 August 2021. 

To apply or for more information, please contact Ping Tong at

Job opportunity with the USGS 

Applications are due 07/27/2020!


The USGS Earthquake Science Center has an open position for a Computer Scientist supporting ShakeAlert


The Earthquake Science Center (ESC) of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is seeking a Computer Scientist with systems administration experience and fluency in programming languages, to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects. This position is being offered in Menlo Park, CA.

The successful applicant will be responsible for systems administration of on-premises, cloud-based and virtualized computing environments, along with contributing to ancillary activities of maintaining and contributing to the development of software for automated data acquisition, processing and quality control. Primary duties will be to operate and maintain the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning ( system, a mission-critical, distributed system that rapidly detects earthquakes and generates and issues alerts.  Secondary responsibilities will be to contribute in the engineering and development of new software applications, new features for deployed applications and enhancing existing functions and coding defect repairs to deployed applications.


As a Computer Scientist within the Earthquake Science Center, some of the specific duties will include:


* Serves as the lead system administrator for systems used in the earthquake monitoring computing environment.

* Operates, troubleshoots, and maintains computer systems for the development, testing, integration, production, and distribution of rapid automatic earthquake products in an on-call, 24/7 operational environment.


* Participates in leading and contributing to implementations and management of virtualized and cloud-based computing environments from inception to completion and serve as the subject matter expert for emerging cloud services and architectures.

* Contribute to the development of seismic data process and analysis applications and their integration into the workflow including adaptations for future hardware architectures.

* Employs modern software engineering principles and system design techniques to the next generation of software.


Apply online at


Open to all US citizens:


Open to current & former federal employees with status:


Please be sure to submit all the requested materials, including complete transcripts by July 27th  – and please do not wait until the last minute to apply.  Please carefully follow the instructions and resume guidelines when applying. The resumes MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr, (e.g., March 2012 – June 2013), number of hours worked per week, supervisor’s name and # (and you may specify: “can call/do not call/contact me before calling,”) and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities.


If you have questions about the application process, please call 916-278-9399 or email  It is highly recommended that you e-mail the contact person in the vacancy announcement to confirm that your documents uploaded correctly.  Sometimes the documents submitted are blurry and hard to read or the file is corrupt and can't be accessed.  No late documents are accepted.






Lind S. Gee

U.S. Geological Survey

345 Middlefield Rd, MS 977

Menlo Park, CA 94025


650-329-4732 fax


Lind S. Gee
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Rd, MS 977
Menlo Park, CA 94025

650-329-4732 fax


Institution: Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich
Open Until: 2020-07-31

The Swiss Seismological Service (SED, at the Department of Earth Sciences is the agency responsible for earthquakes monitoring as well as hazard and risk assessment in Switzerland. The SED conducts a broad range of fundamental and applied research in earthquake science and specifically has been and is a leading partner in several European and international projects in the field of induced seismicity risk and multi-risk. Within the framework of the recently funded DEEP project (Horizon2020 - GEOTHERMICA), we intend to further develop models to study induced seismicity related to geoenergy applications. The SED invites motivated and excellent candidates to apply for a postdoc position in modeling induced seismicity.

The project (DEEP - Innovation for De-Risking Enhanced Geothermal Energy Projects) brings together a distinguished and interdisciplinary team of scientists and practitioners from around the world committed to provide answers to the challenges related to induced seismicity and convincingly present more reliable procedures to assess and reduce the seismic risk. DEEP executes an ambitious work program that leverages on national efforts, bringing ongoing and planned, but currently fragmented initiatives together into a coherent international effort towards the ultimate goal of de-risking future geothermal projects worldwide. Seismic risk reduction and reservoir efficiency are coupled problems in the case of EGS reservoirs: balancing risk and economic output is a key requirement and DEEP has a strong focus on optimization of monitoring and risk assessment procedures in order to reduce commercial costs to future projects. A strong focus of DEEP will be the application of data driv!
en approaches for risk management at the US Department of Energy geothermal test site FORGE in Utah. 

The aim of the Postdoc project is to develop innovative modeling approaches related to induced seismicity and the development of an Advanced Traffic Light System. The Postdoc candidate will improve current numerical models by implementing advances in simulators and validating them with data from industrial and research sites. The postdoc research will benefit from the strong international collaborations foreseen in DEEP.

The work will be conducted at SED under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Pio Rinaldi and Prof. Stefan Wiemer. 

Interested candidates should have: 
- A PhD in Geophysics, Geology, Engineering Geology or equivalent
- A strong knowledge of geomechanics and/or fluid flow in fractured and porous media
- Experience with numerical modeling and/or experience with machine learning-based data analysis
- Proficiency in written and spoken English
- Experience in laboratory experiments and/or fieldwork is considered an asset

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
- Cover letter that describes your motivation and research experience
- Full CV, including publication list
- Contact details of two referees

Further information about the Swiss Seismological Service can be found on our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Antonio Pio Rinaldi, email: (no applications).

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal: Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Institution: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology  (JAMSTEC)
Open Until: 2020-08-05

Available Position
JAMSTEC is recruiting one or two positions as a Project Researcher (?) (CGS20-005)

Recruiting Department
Marine Seismology Research Group, Subduction Dynamics Research Center (SDR), Research Institute for Marine Geodynamics (IMG)

Job Description
We are soliciting applications for a Project Researcher (?) to work on a research project titled "Research Project for Great Earthquake and Tsunami along the Nankai trough (tentative) (FY2020-FY2024 PI :Shuichi Kodaira)"

To evaluate ground motion and tsunami, monitor and forecast large earthquakes in the subduction zone, and improve the accuracy of hypocenter determination around the Nankai Trough, a three-dimensional seismic P-wave velocity model of the Nankai Trough (3D model) has been constructed by compiling previous results of crustal structural studies at IMG. We plan to renew the 3D model as a multi-parameter model that includes information of S-wave velocity, density, etc., as well as P-wave velocity to contribute to disaster-prevention measures in the Nankai Trough area.
[Research Description]
Project tasks will include the following:
?Research on constructing the detailed seismic P-wave and S-wave velocity models based on seismic reflection, refraction and seismic observation data
?Research on multi parameterization of the 3D model (seismic P-wave and S-wave velocities, density, etc.) by using various geophysical data and geochemical studies ? ?
?Research on evaluating the error and reliability of the constructed 3D model
?Related research work pertaining to the project

[Relevant Research Fields]
Seismology, Geology, Geophysics

*The recruitment is subject to the acquisition of the budget for this commissioned research.

Job Type
[Job Title]
Researcher (Science/Technology)?
· Researcher (Science) is expected primarily to perform theoretical work, observations, and experiments related to research and development, through fundamental, original, or advanced research to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced research based on theories, observations, and experiments.
· Researcher (Technology) is expected to conduct fundamental, originative, or advanced technology development and related research.

Project Researcher (?):
Project Researcher (?) is expected independently to conduct research and technology development and to share results through scientific publications and achieve technology innovation to contribute to the project.

*There may be a change in affiliation in the case of reorganization of the Agency.
*At the time of appointment, the Job Title (Science/Technology) will be determined in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.

The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in a closely related field of research or technology development.

?Skills, Experience?
?Interest in research for disaster prevention and mitigation
?Full knowledge in Windows/Unix/Linux systems
?Experience with processing and interpreting seismic survey data (not necessary)

Work Place
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES),
3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-city,
Kanagawa, 236-0001, JAPAN

Working Conditions & Contract Period
(1) Number of positions:
1 or 2 positions as Project Researcher (?)

(2) Type of contract:
Fixed-term employee

(3) Working Hours:
Discretionary labor system
(4) Contract Period:
The total period will be terminated on March 31, 2025 after four contract renewals.
*First contract period is from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
*Start date is negotiable. However it might be changed due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.
*Contract period can be renewed depending on the performance and working attitude of the successful applicant.
*Contract period might change due to budget constraints of the project.
*In accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws, on reaching the age of 65 during an employed fiscal year, the contract period will expire at the end of the same fiscal year. This bylaw may change.?
*This position is a non-tenure-track, fixed-term employee position.

Annual salary (paid in 1/12 equal monthly payments)
e.g., JPY 6,000,000~7,000,000

*Salary will be competitive in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaw, based on the academic qualifications and demonstrated research skills of the applicant.
*Bonus and retirement allowance are included in the annual salary.

Terms of Employment
(1) Upon appointment, the successful applicant will receive relocation allowances in accordance with JAMSTEC bylaws.
(2) Allowance for commuting expenses will be provided.
(3) Employee and JAMSTEC will share the premiums for social insurance and labor insurance in the proportion specified by current statute.
(4) JAMSTEC employee cooperative provides various subsidies for mutual aid and welfare services.
(5) Housing lease service will be available.
(6) Holidays and vacations: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, year-end, and New Year's holidays. Annual vacations with pay, special vacations, leave of absence to care for a family member, and maternity leave are provided.

Application Procedure
(1) Required documents
*Please ensure that you submit all required documents and that all documents are fully completed

a) CV. Valid E-mail and home address must be provided.
b) Summary of your research (1 page)
c) Research plan for the project (1 page)
d) Publication (achievement) list including thesis titles.
*Please list publications in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals separately from unrefereed publications.
*Include DOI codes if available.
e) List of competitive research funds awarded to the applicant.
*If you have not been awarded any, include "none" in the list.
f) Two (or fewer) representative publications in PDF formats.
g) Two letters of recommendation from two senior research researchers (1 letter from each). The person providing the recommendation should email to JAMSTEC directly with a signed letter as an attached file in PDF format. Please include "SDR CGS20-005 and the applicant's name" in the subject line. A letter of recommendation written by a JAMSTEC employee or a JAMSTEC visiting researcher will not be accepted.

(2) Submission:
The required documents must be sent by E-mail and should reach JAMSTEC on or before the closing date.
*All files must be converted to PDF format. E-mail attachments can be up to 25 MB. Please include "SDR CGS20-005" in the subject line.

(3) Interview and appointment
Applicants will be selected based on submitted application material, followed by an interview.
*Web-based online interviews by Zoom are expected basically due to the influence of COVID-19 expansion.

Closing Date
August 5, 2020 at 13:00 in Japan time (The application documents must arrive at JAMSTEC by this date.)

Contact (application documents must be sent to this address)
Human Resources Section, Human Resources Dept., JAMSTEC
TEL: +81-45-778-5811
(E-mail: recruit-app[at]
*Please replace [at] with @ when addressing E-mails.
*For inquiries by E-mail, please include "SDR CGS20-005" in the subject line.

(1) Submitted documents will be managed safely according to strict rules. Personal information received during the recruiting process will be used only for recruitment screening and appointment procedures and not for any other purposes.
(2) Successful applicant should submit a certificate documenting his/her health upon appointment.
(3) Please kindly inform us in case of withdrawal of your application by E-mail.
(4) Above conditions may be changed at the discretion of the agency.
(5) For non-Japanese speakers, the interview and daily work will be conducted in English.

Diversity and Inclusion
In our quest to perform state-of-the-art research and develop scientific and technological innovations based on diverse values, JAMSTEC not only actively recruits women based on gender equality but also strives to create a work environment in which individuality is respected regardless of nationality, race, gender, self-recognition, age, or the presence or absence of disabilities.
In response to the diverse needs of our employees, we will also promote more flexible work styles and environments, including shorter working hours and opportunities for discretionary work.

For further details, please check our recruitment information;