Job Posting: Faculty & Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions


1) Multiple Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Earth Sciences – Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

2) 4 Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions on Tectonics, Seismology, Structural Geology and Earthquake Impact Assessment in East Africa

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1) Multiple Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Earth Sciences – Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Academia Sinica is the premier, state-funded research organization in Taiwan. The Institute of Earth Sciences (IES), one of the 31 institutes of Academia Sinica, has strong and active research programs in solid-Earth geophysics and geochemistry with state-of-the-art analytical and computational facilities. The institute also operates several field observation networks in Taiwan and other parts of Asia. Current research in IES includes seismological and geodetic studies, regional and global tectonics, geodynamics, gravity and geomagnetic analysis, high pressure mineral physics, isotope geochemistry, orogeny, igneous and metamorphic petrology, cosmochemistry, and marine geochemistry. We invite outstanding candidates to apply for several tenure-track faculty positions at all levels of seniority. The positions are open to all research areas that strengthen or complement the aforementioned fields, and we especially encourage applicants with expertise in geochemistry, mineral physics, and tectonics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and an excellent record of independent research. Interested applicants please send a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, three or more names of references (with affiliation and contact information), and a research plan to shewen@gate.sinica.edu.tw. Review of the applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the positions are filled. For more detailed information about IES, please visit http://www.earth.sinica.edu.tw.

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2) 4 Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions on Tectonics, Seismology, Structural Geology and Earthquake Impact Assessment in East Africa

Applications are invited for a series of four Research Associate positions in Tectonics, Seismology, Structural Geology and Earthquake Impact Assessment within the recently funded Global Challenges project on Seismic Resilience in East Africa (PREPARE). Developing countries in East Africa are at high seismic risk because traditional masonry structures are unreinforced and seismically vulnerable and large earthquakes of M7.0 or greater can occur along the East African Rift. Conventionally, seismic hazard assessment is carried out using an instrumental earthquake catalogue alone, but in a region of slow strain, such as East Africa, the catalogue is short in duration in comparison with average recurrence periods of large faults (e.g. 50 years versus thousands of years). In developing countries, the lack of basic information is particularly acute. The critical knowledge gap in research and practice lies in: (1) accuracy of tectonic earthquake source models, from which seismic hazard maps and seismic design spectra are derived, and (2) seismic vulnerability of bespoke constructions in East Africa.

The Research Associate in Seismology (Geophysics Group, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) will initially focus on assessing seismic hazards based on existing instrument catalogues.  However, it is hoped that temporary networks will be installed to improve coverage and lower detection levels for seismicity. This may involve fieldwork to deploy instruments in southern Malawi. In conjunction with other postdocs mapping faulting and ground motion using geodetic measurements, this information will be used to redefine the tectonic earthquake source models for the region. There is flexibility in the scope of the hazard assessment, with the ultimate goal of seisimic hazard assessment across the entire East Africa Rift System.

The closing date for applications is Oct 1st and interviews are expected to be held in the week of October 16th.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/jobs/find/details.html?nPostingID=6393&nPostingTargetID=25594&option=30&sort=ASC&respnr=4&ID=Q50FK026203F3VBQBV7V77V83&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=uobext

This Research Associate in Tectonics (Geophysics Group, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) will focus on strain mapping in the amagmatic Malawi Rift, using data from the Sentinel-1 satellite and reoccupying a network of 10 campaign GPS sites established in 2016.  The high-resolution maps of the surface strain field will address questions regarding which branch of the rift is active, the degree of strain localization and the distribution between border faults. In conjunction with the postdocs mapping faulting and seismicity, this information will be used to redefine the tectonic earthquake source models for the region. There is flexibility between postdoc positions, and depending on workload and interest, the postdoc could also get involved in using high resolution DEMs from satellite data to map fault scarps in the region, and with other countries in the East African Rift

The closing date for applications is Oct 1st and interviews are expected to be held in the week of October 16th.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/jobs/find/details.html?nPostingID=6392&nPostingTargetID=25578&option=30&sort=ASC&respnr=4&ID=Q50FK026203F3VBQBV7V77V83&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=uobext

The Research Associate in Structural Geology (Solid Earth Group, School of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Cardiff) will focus on fault mapping, based on existing maps and new fieldwork in the southern East African Rift. Although geological maps exist for Malawi, these are at regional to national scale, and generally focus on lithological distribution. Thus, the RA will use existing geological and geophysical data to create a national fault map, and refine this map through new fieldwork. Detailed field mapping and sampling of fault zones will also address questions on the degree to which the current fault system is reactivating older faults, shear zones, and fabrics. This work involves modern techniques at a range of scales, including Structure from Motion and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Depending on time, the project may also involve other countries in the East African Rift.

In conjunction with other RAs mapping strain and seismicity, the fault mapping information will be used to redefine the tectonic earthquake source models for the region. There is flexibility between RA positions, and depending on workload and interest, the RA could also get involved in using high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from satellite data to map fault scarps in the region.

The closing date for applications is Sept 29th and interviews are expected to be held in the week of October 16th.

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs. Search for 6421BR.

The Research Associate in Earthquake Impact Assessment (Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering Group, Queen’s School of Engineering, University of Bristol) will implement a comprehensive earthquake risk impact assessment methodology, consisting of seismic hazard, exposure, and vulnerability modules, and develop and maintain decision-support computer software tools for assessing earthquake risk impact in East African countries. You will also extend the developed earthquake risk impact assessment method to consider other earthquake-induced hazards, such as liquefaction and landslide. In close collaboration with other team members and project partners in East African countries, you will produce seismic hazard-risk maps, site-specific seismic design spectra, and seismic design guidelines.

The closing date for applications is September 17th

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/jobs/find/details.html?nPostingID=6431&nPostingTargetID=26214&option=28&sort=DESC&respnr=1&ID=Q50FK026203F3VBQBV7V77V83&LOV5=8070&LOV3=8488&Resultsperpage=10&lg=UK&mask=uobext.

In addition to these duties, the Research Associates will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high-quality peer-reviewed journals, present papers at national and international meetings and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

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