Apply to Sail on the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (Summer 2018)


Opportunity for Graduate Students and Scientists:
Sail on an Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment Expedition
Cruise Dates: Leg 1 – May 9 – May 29, 2018 (arrive ~3 days in advance)
Leg 2 – July 11 – July 25, 2018 (arrive ~2 days in advance)
Applications Accepted Beginning: December 8, 2017
Application is now closed

Graduate students and other scientists at all career stages are invited to sail with two deployment legs of the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) during the late spring and early summer of 2018. The project will collect ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) data from the offshore part of southern Alaska. Both legs of the deployment expedition will be aboard the Global-Class R/V Sikuliaq. The PI team anticipates that berths for 5 to 7 additional students or scientists will be available on each leg. Leg 1 is scheduled for May 9 – May 29 and Leg 2 is scheduled for July 11 – 25. Dates for either cruise may be shifted by a few days, contingent upon changes to UNOLS ship scheduling. For either cruise, participants must arrive at the departure port approximately 2 (Leg 2) or 3 (Leg 1) days prior to sailing. Travel funds will be provided to and from the port of departure (Seward, Alaska).

The goal of the Apply to Sail program is to expand the user base of OBS data by allowing students and scientists access to first-hand experience with the acquisition of OBS data. Participants should be willing to work long hours at sea, in close quarters, and in challenging conditions. Duties of participants will include assisting in OBS deployments, documentation of the expedition, preparation of cruise reports, and documenting the cruise via social media.

Eligible applicants include graduate students and scientists in fields related to seismology and geophysics. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in learning field techniques and working with the data collected. Preference will be given to students and employees of U.S. institutions. All data collected by the AACSE will be made publically available via the IRIS DMC as soon as possible after recovery in July-September 2019.

Applications should be submitted by January 22, 2018 through the project website.

All applicants should submit:

• A 2-page CV and a brief statement of interest (max. 250 words) describing the applicant’s experience in geophysics and motivation for participating in this expedition.

• A statement describing any relevant experience (max. 250 words), which might include experience with field work, working in challenging environments, using GMT or Matlab, or other relevant computing experience.

• Applicants who will be graduate students during summer 2018 must also include a letter of support from their advisor. This letter should indicate that the advisor is aware that the student is applying for this position and that, if accepted, the student will be away from the lab for several weeks..

Applications will be ranked by the AASCE team and notified in February 2018. We anticipate the selection of 5-7 participants for each cruise.

More information about the AASCE is available at the project homepage.