Megathrust Modeling Workshop – October 7-9, 2019

Megathrust Modeling Workshop – October 7-9, 2019

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

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 For more information, email 

Gabriel Lotto, PhD
Program Manager
Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction RCN
Institute for Geophysics
The University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Positions

1) Seismological Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar – Caltech

2) Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Southampton, UK


1) Seismological Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar – Caltech

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

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.


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

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 ( for further enquiries. 

Professor T. A. Minshull

Faculty Director of Graduate School

Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences


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 by April 1.

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