New NSF Geoinformatics solicitation and webinar


New Geoinformatics solicitation

A new solicitation has been posted for the NSF Geoinformatics (GI) program from the Division of Earth Sciences. Please note that there are substantive changes to the program, including the addition of three possible tracks for projects. The target date for submission of proposals is August 15, 2019.

The announcement of the program and link to the solicitation may be found at:

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503447

A webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at 2 pm EDT, with a brief overview of the program and the opportunity to ask questions. Please email swhitmey@nsf.gov by 5 pm on Friday, May 10 to enroll in the webinar.

SYNOPSIS

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) will consider proposals for the development of cyberinfrastructure (CI) for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics).  EAR-supported geoinformatics opportunities will fit into three tracks: Catalytic track, Facility track, and Sustainability track. These tracks broadly support the lifecycle of geoinformatics resource development, from pilots (Catalytic) to broad implementation (Facility) to sunsetting and long-term sustainability (Sustainability).

The GI Catalytic Track will support pilot geoinformatics development efforts that are intended to serve Earth Sciences research.

The GI Facility Track will support awards for implementation and operation of a cyberinfrastructure resource relied upon by one or more Earth Science communities to address science questions.

The GI Sustainability Track will support development and implementation of sustainable funding models to preserve data and software products of value to Earth Science research.

Apply to Sail with the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment: DEADLINE IS TODAY


Opportunity for Graduate Students and Scientists: Sail on an Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment Expedition. Applications now being accepted!

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Cruise Dates (+/- 5 days; arrive 2 days before departure date):
  • Leg 1: June 6 – June 24, 2019 (R/V Marcus G. Langseth: active source seismic survey)
  • Leg 2: Aug 10 – Aug 29, 2019 (R/V Sikuliaq: passive OBS recovery)
  • Leg 3: Aug 27 – Sep 12, 2019 (R/V Marcus G. Langseth: passive OBS recovery)
Graduate students and scientists at all career stages are invited to sail with the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE, http://geoprisms.org/research/community-projects/alaska/) aboard one active source seismic cruise during late Spring 2019, and two OBS recovery legs during the late summer and early fall of 2019. The AACSE is major shoreline-crossing community experiment focusing on the subduction zone offshore the Alaska Peninsula, which has been the site of North America’s largest recorded earthquakes as well as major volcanic hazards. Data are collected during the 15-month experiment using 75 broadband ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) and 30 land stations.
– OBSs will be recovered by two legs in August aboard the Global-Class R/V Sikuliaq and in September aboard the R/V Langseth. Participants will be involved with all aspects of the scientific process by assisting in OBS recoveries and with multibeam bathymetry data, documentation of the expedition, preparation of cruise reports, and documenting the cruise via social media.
– An active source seismic cruise will be conducted aboard the R/V Langseth in June. This cruise will include an educational component for those interested in learning about marine active source imaging methods.  Duties of participants on this cruise will include keeping acquisition logs, acquiring multibeam bathymetry and 3.5 KHz data, documentation of the expedition, preparation of cruise reports, and documenting the cruise via social media.
The PI team anticipates that berths for 4 to 6 additional students or scientists will be available on each leg.  The cruises will be aboard working vessels with 24-hours operations, and participants will be unable to return to shore during the expedition. Participants should anticipate difficult conditions including rough seas, long hours, close quarters, constant noise, foul odors, and limited medical facilities. Travel costs to and from the departure and arrival ports, meals, and lodging will be paid for Apply to Sail participants, but no stipend is included.
To apply to sail with the AACSE cruise, each applicant should submit a 2-page CV, a brief statement of interest, and a statement of relevant experience. Applicants who will be graduate students during the summer/fall of 2019 should also submit a letter of support from their graduate advisor. Applications should be submitted at the AASCE Apply to Sail website by April 15, 2019.  Please direct any questions about the Apply to Sail application process to Aubreya Adams (aadams@colgate.edu). Questions specific to the passive source cruises should be directed to Aubreya Adams, and questions regarding the active source cruise should be directed to Anne Becel (annebcl@ldeo.columbia.edu).

Apply to Sail with the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment: Apply now!


Opportunity for Graduate Students and Scientists: Sail on an Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment Expedition. Applications now being accepted!

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

> Apply now

Cruise Dates (+/- 5 days; arrive 2 days before departure date):

  • Leg 1: June 6 – June 24, 2019 (R/V Marcus G. Langseth: active source seismic survey)
  • Leg 2: Aug 10 – Aug 29, 2019 (R/V Sikuliaq: passive OBS recovery)
  • Leg 3: Aug 27 – Sep 12, 2019 (R/V Marcus G. Langseth: passive OBS recovery)

Graduate students and scientists at all career stages are invited to sail with the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE, http://geoprisms.org/research/community-projects/alaska/) aboard one active source seismic cruise during late Spring 2019, and two OBS recovery legs during the late summer and early fall of 2019. The AACSE is major shoreline-crossing community experiment focusing on the subduction zone offshore the Alaska Peninsula, which has been the site of North America’s largest recorded earthquakes as well as major volcanic hazards. Data are collected during the 15-month experiment using 75 broadband ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) and 30 land stations.

– OBSs will be recovered by two legs in August aboard the Global-Class R/V Sikuliaq and in September aboard the R/V Langseth. Participants will be involved with all aspects of the scientific process by assisting in OBS recoveries and with multibeam bathymetry data, documentation of the expedition, preparation of cruise reports, and documenting the cruise via social media.

– An active source seismic cruise will be conducted aboard the R/V Langseth in June. This cruise will include an educational component for those interested in learning about marine active source imaging methods.  Duties of participants on this cruise will include keeping acquisition logs, acquiring multibeam bathymetry and 3.5 KHz data, documentation of the expedition, preparation of cruise reports, and documenting the cruise via social media.

The PI team anticipates that berths for 4 to 6 additional students or scientists will be available on each leg.  The cruises will be aboard working vessels with 24-hours operations, and participants will be unable to return to shore during the expedition. Participants should anticipate difficult conditions including rough seas, long hours, close quarters, constant noise, foul odors, and limited medical facilities. Travel costs to and from the departure and arrival ports, meals, and lodging will be paid for Apply to Sail participants, but no stipend is included.

To apply to sail with the AACSE cruise, each applicant should submit a 2-page CV, a brief statement of interest, and a statement of relevant experience. Applicants who will be graduate students during the summer/fall of 2019 should also submit a letter of support from their graduate advisor. Applications should be submitted at the AASCE Apply to Sail website by April 15, 2019.  Please direct any questions about the Apply to Sail application process to Aubreya Adams (aadams@colgate.edu). Questions specific to the passive source cruises should be directed to Aubreya Adams, and questions regarding the active source cruise should be directed to Anne Becel (annebcl@ldeo.columbia.edu).

Job Posting: Dean & Staff Scientist Positions


1) Dean – UT Jackson School of Geosciences

2) Staff Associate position – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

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1) Dean – UT Jackson School of Geosciences

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences Effective September 1, 2019.

The Jackson School is one of the largest and most respected geoscience programs in the country. The school (www.jsg.utexas.edu) includes the Bureau of Economic Geology, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the Institute for Geophysics. It employs approximately 150 full- time faculty and research scientists who work together with 100 technical staff members and postdocs to address fundamental questions in geosciences, foster a diverse community of collaboration, and provide world-class education for approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students. With an endowment of approximately $450 million and an average annual income of $88 million, the school provides an unprecedented opportunity for its leader to have a major impact on the field of geoscience well into the future.

We seek a visionary leader with proven scientific and administrative skills who will work with the faculty and research scientists to develop the Jackson School to its full potential and who will represent the school effectively to the university administration, to the state and national political leadership, and to the public. At UT Austin, all academic deans report to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the university.

Preferred qualifications include: (1) creative leadership capable of growing synergies within the school and interfacing with other programs within the university; (2) distinguished scholarship with a strong research record and experience in academia, including teaching; (3) administrative and financial experience that demonstrates vision, managerial ability, and communication skills; (4) commitment to balancing academic and research excellence with the diverse missions of the three units within the school; (5) commitment to creating and retaining a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace, and (6) ability to engage alumni and donors and increase philanthropy.

Additional information regarding the position can be found at:

http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/people/employment-opportunities/dean/

Applications and nominations should include a curriculum vitae and a list of administrative accomplishments. Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent electronically and in confidence to: jsgdeansearch@jsg.utexas.edu

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can learn, research, create, work and thrive free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UT Austin complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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2) Staff Associate position – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a Staff Associate.  The Staff Associate will provide technical support for the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network

(LCSN, URL:http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/LCSN).  Activity includes preparation, installation, operation and repair of seismic equipment used to monitor earthquakes.  Field work to average 25-35% of the time, seasonally (that is, 5-10 days a month, less in winter, more in summer) in the eastern United States.  Plan network service trips to determine priorities as a member of a team.

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, geophysics or related field and four years of related experience required, or a Master’s degree in engineering, physics, geophysics or related field and two years of related experience required. Experience in Internet communication and Linux is required.  Hands-on experience will include broad range of electronics with good theoretical capability leading to understanding of equipment function.  Adequate soldering skill to make various cables for radios, seismometers and GPS receiver required. Good command of spoken and written English required.  Must be physically capable of working in the field in isolated locations – to walk up and down steep hills while carrying up to 50 pounds. Must be able to load/unload, and to drive a pickup truck for field work, and operate generator and other simple machinery.  We value ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1, contingent upon performance and funding.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Please visit our online application site at:

http://pa334.peopleadmin.com/postings/2813

for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references.

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer — Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

We accept online applications only.

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Please note, new job announcements (usually) will be distributed to the GeoPRISMS Listserv on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Megathrust Modeling Workshop – October 7-9, 2019


Megathrust Modeling Workshop – October 7-9, 2019

www.sz4dmcs.org/megathrust-workshop

Dear colleagues,

Please save the date for the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction (MCS) Research Collaboration Network’s (RCN) second workshop, which will focus on Modeling Subduction Zone Megathrusts. The MCS RCN was funded by NSF in autumn 2018 to explore the establishment of an integrative community modeling framework for subduction (see www.sz4dmcs.org).

The Megathrust Modeling Workshop will run from October 7-9, 2019, at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Remote participation will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

We aim to bring together a diverse group of scientists interested in modeling the megathrust at any spatial or temporal scale, to identify the disconnects and knowledge gaps in current megathrust models, and to synthesize existing modeling efforts.

To be the first to hear more about this and other MCS workshops, please sign up for our mailing list at www.sz4dmcs.org/megathrust-workshop. For more information, email contact@sz4dmcs.org. 

Gabriel Lotto, PhD
Program Manager
Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction RCN
Institute for Geophysics
The University of Texas at Austin
gabriel@ig.utexas.edu

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Positions


1) Seismological Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar – Caltech

2) Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Southampton, UK

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1) Seismological Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar – Caltech

http://www.gps.caltech.edu/about/work/postdoctoral-positions/seismological-laboratory-directors-postdoctoral-scholar

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invites applications for the Seismological Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar position.  We invite applications for a post doctoral position in any research area covered by the Seismological Laboratory, including, but not limited to: Observational seismology, earth structure, earthquake physics, earthquake early warning, computational geophysics, mineral physics, geodesy, geodynamics, and tectonics. We are especially interested in individuals whose research naturally links with any of the research programs within the Seismo Lab, GPS Division, or other parts of Caltech. A Ph.D. is required and initial appointment will be for one year. Starting date is flexible.

Applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests and experience, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to Jen Shechet at seismo_postdoc2019@gps.caltech.edu

All applications and references are due by Monday, April 15, 2019.

Fellowship candidates will automatically be considered for other available postdoctoral positions at Caltech in geophysics.

Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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2) Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Southampton, UK

We seek a post-doctoral scientist with a proven publication record to work in the Geology and Geophysics group in the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.  We are particularly looking for someone with skills in wide-angle seismology and reflection seismology, but will consider applicants from all fields of seismology. The successful candidate will work on seismic data collected during summer 2017 in a multi-source  experiment focused on fluid escape structures in the North Sea, and potentially also on passive seismic data from the same experiment. Further details may be found at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=1115919HN

The application deadline is 31st March and the post is available for immediate start.  Interviews are expected to take place on 30th April.  Please contact Professor Tim Minshull (tmin@noc.soton.ac.uk) for further enquiries. 

Professor T. A. Minshull

Faculty Director of Graduate School

Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences

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Please note, new job announcements (usually) will be distributed to the GeoPRISMS Listserv on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Undergraduate short course: Tectonics and Seismicity of the Alaskan Subduction Zone


The Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) Team is pleased to invite applications from undergraduate students to join a short course on the Tectonics and Seismicity of the Alaskan Subduction Zone.  The short course will be based in Kodiak, Alaska June 14-23 (±2 days) and will include a three-day workshop followed by field work with seismic instrumentation.

During the workshop, participants will learn earthquake science and tectonics, will be introduced to seismic theory and data, and will explore the earthquake geology of the Kodiak region.  Following the workshop, students will join in the recovery of a 400 station nodal array across Kodiak with members of the science team.

Applicants should anticipate that this short course will require a 24/7 commitment during the course, will involve work early in the morning and late at night, and require shared accommodation.  This no-credit short-course is tuition free, and transportation, room and board will be provided for applicants selected to attend the short course, but no stipend is included.

Applications from current sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursuing a degree in geoscience, physics, computer science, applied mathematics, engineering or related majors at a US institution are encouraged.  

Applicants should submit the following information to the AACSE website by April 1:

  • No more than 2-page resume
  • No more than 1-page Statement of Interest
  • List of relevant classes
  • Name and email address for one professional reference. Applicants should ask the reference writer to submit a letter of reference via email to aadams@colgate.edu by April 1.

For more information, please visit the GeoPRISMS Office at: http://geoprisms.org/research/community-projects/alaska/

Call for Participation in Emperor Seamount Chain Seismic Experiment aboard the R/V Langseth


Call for Participation in Emperor Seamount Chain Seismic Experiment aboard the R/V Langseth 

We invite applications from graduate students, postdocs and early-career scientists to participate in an NSF-funded seismic research experiment aboard the R/V Marcus G. Langseth focused on the Emperor seamount chain. This project will involve the collection of 2D multi-channel seismic reflection data and wide-angle reflection/refraction data along two main transects across and along the Emperor seamount chain to constrain the composition, volume and distribution of magmatic addition beneath the chain and to understand the response of the oceanic plate to magmatic addition. More information about the objectives and design of the project can be found online (https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~djs/hawaii-emperor_seismic_project/main.html). 

The research cruise is scheduled from April 19 – June 1, 2019, and it will depart from Honolulu, Hawaii and return to Kodiak, Alaska. Participants will contribute to collection and onboard processing of seismic data and other underway geophysical data. Applicants do not need to have previous experience with collecting or analyzing active-source seismic data; we hope that this field campaign will provide opportunities for scientists to gain familiarity with these types of data and analyses. Funds are available to cover travel and subsistence costs for US-based scientists. 

To apply to participate, please send a CV and ~1-page statement of interest and experience to Donna Shillington (djs@ldeo.columbia.edu). Applicants will be selected based on the broad relevance of this project and/or type of data to their current research and career objectives.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 

SUBITOP Topo-Europe Conference


SUBITOP TOPO-EUROPE CONFERENCE

5–10 May 2019, Granada, Spain

Early-bird registration and abstract deadline: March 1, 2018

For information and registration: http://topoeurope2019.eu/

Theme: Understanding subduction zone topography through modelling of coupled shallow and deep processes

Tectonic activity and topographic evolution are intimately linked.  This is most powerfully expressed in subduction systems, where geodynamic and geomorphic processes are connected across depths and time scales from individual earthquakes to climate-driven erosion, plate deformation and slab-mantle interactions.  The imprint of all these processes and their links is not only found in the surface topography of subduction systems, but also in their exposed geology and patterns of deformation with attendant hazards. Understanding of the dynamics of subduction systems is advanced by the combined reading of these geophysical, geologic and geomorphic imprints, complemented by physical and numerical modelling.

Key questions include:

  • What is the topographic expression of the subduction cycle?
  • What are the measurable effects of slab bending and tear at the Earth’s surface? 
  • How have these topographic expressions of subduction processes affected surface process systems, from sediment production and routing to atmospheric and oceanic circulation? 
  • How strong are the effects of erosion and sedimentation on subduction processes at depth?
  • What are the spatial and temporal scales on which the subduction system responds to perturbations and changes of boundary conditions?

This conference brings together researchers from across the spectrum of Geosciences to discuss these questions with insights from models and field and instrumental observations, integrating across time scales and process domains.

TOPO-EUROPE promotes, coordinates and integrates national research programs on geological surface processes and their implications for continental topography and natural hazards in a coherent European network. SUBITOP is an ITN for training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in Geodynamics, Geophysics, Geology and Geomorphology.  It has a scientific focus on the dynamics of continental margins where tectonic plates are recycled through subduction.

Final Reminder: PacificArray OBS cruise — call for participation


Call for Participation – PacificArray OBS Recovery Cruise (May-June 2019)

Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2019

Cruise dates: May 6 – June 7, 2019 (flexibility of ±5 days required)

PIs: Jim Gaherty, Zach Eilon, Don Forsyth, Göran Ekström

Science Party: up to 6

We are soliciting apply-to-sail participants for the RV Kilo Moana ocean-bottom seismograph (OBS) recovery cruise, part of the international PacificArray initiative to install OBS arrays across the Pacific plate. We will recover 30 broadband OBS deployed in spring 2018 in a region approximately 500 km NE of the Marquesas Islands in the central Pacific, notable for unexplained gravity lineations that hint at small-scale sub-lithospheric convection. More information about this project can be found online: (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1658491&HistoricalAwards=false).

Science party responsibilities will include rotating 8-hour watches to assist in recovery of the 30 OBS, collect and archive multi-beam bathymetry and side-scan data, as well as crewing on board oceanographic instrumentation. Cruise activities will include reading and discussion of papers pertinent to the science goals of the experiment. The project blog from the deployment cruise provides a perspective on these activities: (https://pacificorca.wordpress.com/)

Selected applicants will contribute to collecting the open-access data that will be provided to the scientific community for use in addressing a wide spectrum of Earth Science research targets, from marine geophysics to global seismology. Applications from students and early-career scientists are particularly encouraged. Applicants do not need to have experience with the type of data collection they will participate in; we hope that wide community participation in these field campaigns will provide opportunities for scientists to gain familiarity with a variety of data-collection techniques. Funds for travel to/from port (Honolulu, HI) will be provided for US-based researchers.

To apply, please assemble an application package (2-page CV and 1-page statement of interest and experience) and submit it electronically to James Gaherty (gaherty@LDEO.columbia.edu) no later than February 11, 2019. Applications from graduate students and post-docs require a letter of support from the graduate advisor or supervisor.