PhD, Postdoctoral and Research Engineering Scientist Associate Positions


1) Postdoctoral Fellow Computational or Experimental Geomechanics – The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)

2) Research Engineering Scientist Associate – The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)
3) Three PhDs linked to the ‘DeepRift’ Project – the University of Bergen, Norway

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1) Postdoctoral Fellow Computational or Experimental Geomechanics – The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in computational or experimental Geomechanics. Successful applicants will have expertise in: laboratory experimental design and experimentation with a focus on deformation and fluid flow in Earth materials; computational approaches applied to problems of coupled deformation and fluid flow; or analysis and modeling of geodetic or seismological data. This individual will be expected to contribute to, and help lead, research within a vibrant and diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and laboratory staff working on problems in geofluids, geomechanics, and tectonics.

The appointment is for up to three years, contingent on performance, with a start date as early as Sept. 1, 2020. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a brief (1-2 page) statement of interest, and the names of three references. Materials will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2020 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications may be submitted electronically as an email attachment to demian@ig.utexas.edu or rgamble@ig.utexas.edu.

Link: https://ig.utexas.edu/about/job-listings/#geomechanics

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2) Research Engineering Scientist Associate – The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)

The GeoFluids and Geomechanics Group with the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) is hiring a research engineering scientist associate (RESA-III). The engineer will support fluid flow and deformation experiments.

The candidate will be responsible for operating, maintaining, and overseeing a wide variety of experimental equipment including high pressure pumps, loading vessels, and deformation, acoustic, and pressure sensors. The individual will need to be mechanically inclined, to have a strong hands-on capability, to be willing to learn new techniques, and to work effectively in teams. The candidate will assist delivery, transport, storage, and manipulation of pressurized and non-pressurized samples. The individual will develop and maintain health and safety standards, including the safe operation of high-pressure systems, and flammable liquids and gasses. The individual will develop standard operating procedures, and provide user training. The individual will contract and perform maintenance of these laboratories, build and troubleshoot experimental systems, maintain and calibrate sensors and instrumentation, and collaborate with internal and external researchers.

Additional information can be found at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Peter Flemings (pflemings@jsg.utexas.edu) or Demian Saffer (demian@ig.utexas.edu).

https://ig.utexas.edu/about/job-listings/#resa

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3) Three PhDs linked to the ‘DeepRift’ Project – the University of Bergen, Norway

DeepRift is a multidisciplinary project that will integrate outcrop and marine geophysical data from the Corinth rift (Greece), 3D seismic and well data from the Norwegian continental shelf, and numerical modelling of tectonics and surface processes, to understand the controls on erosion, sediment transport and depositional processes within deep-water rift basins.  The project is led by Professor Rob Gawthorpe (University of Bergen) with academic partners at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, the universities of Athens, Leeds, Lorraine (CRPG-CRNS), Northern Arizona, and Imperial College. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and 4 industry partners.

As part of the project, we have openings for three PhD studentships at the University of Bergen. The University of Bergen has a large, research-led geoscience department, with excellent facilities, and a lively social and research environment. Furthermore, the project contains an international group of leading scientists that will be involved the training of the researchers and will provide opportunities for study exchanges.

Deadline: 24th July, 2020

University of Bergen positions (open to all nationalities)

PhD 1:  Sedimentology and basin analysis: Corinth Rift, Greece

For full advert see: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/187708/phd-position-in-sedimentology-and-basin-analysis

Contact Person:  Professor Rob Gawthorpe (e-mail: rob.gawthorpe@uib.no)

PhDs 2 and 3:  Rift Tectonics and Sedimentation: Late Jurassic of the Norwegian Continental Shelf

For full advert see: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/187714/two-phd-positions-in-rift-tectonics-and-sedimentation

Contact Person:  Professor Rob Gawthorpe (e-mail: rob.gawthorpe@uib.no), or

Professor Atle Rotevatn  (e-mail: atle.rotevatn@uib.no)

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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.

Job Posting: PhD and Postdoctoral Positions


1) Two postdoctoral positions: Effects of volcanic eruptions in the Earth System – Cornell University
2) PhD positions for the South-East Asia Sea-Level (SEA2) program – The Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
3) PhD and Postdoctoral Positions in Earthquake Geology and Sea-Level Research – Singapore

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1) Two postdoctoral positions: Effects of volcanic eruptions in the Earth System – Cornell University

Postdoc #1, supervised by Prof. Esteban Gazel, requires a Ph.D. in geochemistry, materials science, mineralogy or related fields, analytical skills for measurements of micro-nano materials demonstrated with peer-reviewed publications. Preferred qualifications for postdoc #1 include experience with TEM, SEM, XRD, and spectroscopy (e.g., FTIR). Postdoc #1 will work on the in-situ characterization of the morphology, chemical composition, and spectroscopy signatures of volcanic ash and aerosols materials from chemically representative eruptions to understand their long-term impact in climate and ocean productivity.

Postdoc #2 will be supervised by Prof. Matt Pritchard and a completed Ph.D. in volcanology, remote sensing, or a related field is required. Postdoc #2 will use a variety of remote sensing techniques to observe volcanic ash as well as monitoring data to understand eruption precursors.

The postdocs will work closely together along with atmospheric scientists led by Prof. Natalie Mahowald and collaborators around the world, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There will be opportunities for fieldwork to collect ash samples and produce field measurements. Review of applications begins on June 15, 2020 and while the start date is negotiable, we prefer a start by 1 January 2021. The position is for one year and is renewable, contingent on funding and performance. Please send a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and the names of at least three professional references to Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16383 . For more information contact: For postdoc #1:Esteban Gazel egazel@cornell.edu; For postdoc #2: Matt Pritchard, pritchard@cornell.edu

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2) PhD positions for the South-East Asia Sea-Level (SEA2) program – The Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore are seeking PhD students to join the Singapore Government funded South-East Asia SEA-Level (SEA2) program.  This is an international, multi-institutional and trans-disciplinary program that will push scientific frontiers to observe, reconstruct and model the regional processes of sea level from instrumental and proxy data.

SEA2 has identified five specific objectives to meet the challenge of understanding global and regional sea-level rise, extreme sea levels and their potential impacts:

  1. Solid Earth contributions to sea-level change, in particular modeling of tectonic effects and/or observation of groundwater related subsidence, using geodetic data (PI: Associate Prof Emma Hill)
  2. Paleo sea-level change, in particular reconstructing changes in sea level and land level at multiple time scales over the Holocene, using geological proxy data (PI: Assistant Prof Aron Meltzner)
  3. Extreme sea levels, in particular hydrodynamic modeling of tides, storm surges and river flooding in coastal environments and geospatial analysis in coastal areas (PI: Associate Prof Adam Switzer)
  4. Projections of future sea-level rise, in particular probabilistic sea-level projections and local to regional components that drive sea-level rise (PI: Professor Ben Horton)
  5. Risk-based flood impact projection, in particular the multi-scale modeling of exposure, vulnerability and resilience of coastal cities and regions (PI: Assistant Prof David Lallemant)

There are two intakes of PhD students, in January 2021 and in August 2021. The deadline for the submission of applications is 31st July for the January intake, and 31st January for the August intake.  We strongly encourage those interested to contact potential faculty advisors prior to applying.
Graduate Scholarships include a competitive stipend, tuition, and benefits, and are 4 years in duration.  Interested students should apply by following the instructions at ASE website (https://ase.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/phd/prospective-students/admissions) and indicate your interest in working with one or more of the PIs in your application.

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3) PhD and Postdoctoral Positions in Earthquake Geology and Sea-Level Research – Singapore

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD and a postdoctoral scholar position in the Asian School of the Environment and the Earth Observatory of Singapore, at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, under the research program entitled Sea-level and land-level change in Southeast Asia: A geological approach to quantifying hazard from rising seas and earthquakes.

Potential topics of focus include (but are not limited to):

  • paleoseismology and paleogeodesy of the Sunda megathrust (in Sumatra, Indonesia)
  • paleoseismology and paleogeodesy of the Manila trench (in Luzon, Philippines)
  • sea-level and land-level change over the Holocene in Southeast Asia

For the PhD position, there are two intakes of PhD students annually, in January and in August.  The deadline for the submission of applications is 31st January for the August intake, and 31st July for the following January intake.  I will consider candidates for either intake in 2021, but preference will be given to candidates who contact me sooner rather than later.  The PhD program lasts 4 years and is fully funded with a competitive stipend for the duration.

For the postdoctoral position, interested candidates should contact me as early as possible.  The appointment will initially be for 2 years, and a competitive salary will be offered.  Extension of the appointment may be possible pending satisfactory progress.

Prior to the formal application procedure, interested candidates are encouraged to send me their CV and a brief cover letter (roughly 200-300 words) describing how their research interests will tie in with those of my research group.  I can be contacted at meltzner@ntu.edu.sg.

For more information:
https://ase.ntu.edu.sg
https://ase.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/phd/prospective-students/admissions

https://earthobservatory.sg
https://www.earthobservatory.sg/research-group/geology-earthquakes-and-sea-level-aron-meltzner
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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.

2020 CIG Virtual Tectonics Workshop (July 27-31)


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 CIG Virtual Tectonics Workshop (July 27-31), which will bring together the international observational, experimental, and computational lithospheric dynamics community to virtually engage in focused cross-disciplinary discussion on “Ductile Shear Zones and Localization Processes”.
The meeting introductory session will cover current challenges and open questions in distinct domains of the lithosphere, current cross-disciplinary community efforts, and an introduction to the meeting’s scientific focus. Keynote lectures and panel discussions are planned in three topical sessions: ‘Localization in the lithosphere’, ‘Evolution and transient behavior of lithospheric shear zones’, and ‘How to make a plate – from microphysical and chemical processes to geodynamic scenarios’.
The final session will focus on long-term strategic planning for the lithosphere dynamics community and CIG IV, including future directions in modeling and existing geologic data sets that can be integrated into robust statistical comparisons between modeled and observed data.
Given the virtual nature of the meeting and the wide range of time zones for the participants, formal daily sessions will be limited to 2-3 hours each day and will be held in the morning within the Pacific Time zone. Additional ’open’ break-out sessions and virtual “coffee breaks” will be available before and after the formal sessions for further discussion and community engagement.
Registration for the event is now open through June 30. No registration fee is required, but the number of participants will be limited to 100.
For additional information, please visit the meeting website or contact us at events@geodynamics.org.
Registration Opens: March 20, 2020
Registration Closes: June 30, 2020
Last, we would also like to direct your attention toward the CIG 2020 Virtual Tectonics Modeling Tutorial, which will be held the week prior to this meeting (July 20-24).
Best Wishes,
Mark Behn
Meeting Organizers
Mark Behn, Boston College, USA
Susanne Buiter, University of Aachen, Germany
Lorraine Hwang, UC Davis, USA
John Naliboff, UC Davis, USA
David Bercovici, Yale University, USA
Sandra Piazolo, Leeds University, UK
Sarah Roeske, UC Davis, USA
Jolante van Wijk, New Mexico Tech, USA
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Laetitia Le Pourhiet, Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris, France
Laurent Montesi, University of Maryland, USA
Elvira Mulyukova, Yale University, USA
Virginia Toy, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
Jessica Warren, University of Delaware, USA

Submit a GeoPRISMS session proposal at 2020 AGU – Deadline extended through April 23


Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

We hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. Due to COVID-19, AGU has extended the deadline to submit a Fall Meeting session proposal until Thursday, 23 April 2020. AGU welcomes proposals from the entire AGU community, including student and early-career members. Please consider submitting a GeoPRISMS session proposal to the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting that will take place in San Francisco (Dec 7-11, 2020).

We encourage you to submit an AGU session proposal to highlight the numerous fundamental scientific contributions that have been conceived, supported, and/or leveraged through the GeoPRISMS Program. This is a great opportunity to promote your GeoPRISMS science & activities, to review topical advances accomplished over the past decade, and to build upon and advance the science of the GeoPRISMS community as the program winds down and new initiatives emerge.

To review the cross cutting themes identified at the most recent TEI in San Antonio in February 2019 (Synthesis & Integration TEI), please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: http://geoprisms.org/tei-2019/.

Deadline for submissions: extended through April 23, 2020

More info: https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting/Pages/submit-a-proposal

Official website: https://www.agu.org/fall-meeting

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Be well,

The GeoPRISMS Office

Synthesis of the Cenozoic Magmatism of East Africa

Dear Colleagues,

To those who are under lock down orders and would like to learn a little about magmatism in East Africa, I have good news! Below are 5 links to a recently published synthesis – The Cenozoic Magmatism of East Africa, parts 1 to 5. The synthesis series is freely available to anyone using the links below until June 12th, 2020. This series was in part motivated by the GeoPrisms RIE focus site in East Africa.

Part 1 –  Flood basalts and pulsed magmatism
Part 2 – Rifting of the mobile belt
Part 3 – Rifting of the craton
Part 4 – The terminal stages of rifting preserved in the Northern East African Rift System
Part 5 – Magma sources and processes in the East African Rift
Tyrone Rooney

Synthesis of the Cenozoic Magmatism of East Africa


Dear Colleagues,

To those who are under lock down orders and would like to learn a little about magmatism in East Africa, I have good news! Below are 5 links to a recently published synthesis – The Cenozoic Magmatism of East Africa, parts 1 to 5. The synthesis series is freely available to anyone using the links below until June 12th, 2020. This series was in part motivated by the GeoPrisms RIE focus site in East Africa.

Part 1 –  Flood basalts and pulsed magmatism
Part 2 – Rifting of the mobile belt
Part 3 – Rifting of the craton
Part 4 – The terminal stages of rifting preserved in the Northern East African Rift System
Part 5 – Magma sources and processes in the East African Rift
Tyrone Rooney

Early Career Investigator Virtual Workshop on Future NSF Geophysical Facility


Dear Colleagues:

The NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Competition of Operations and Management of an NSF-supported Geophysical Facility to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE Facilities requests written responses from the community on desired capabilities of the future Geophysical Facility by June 1st.

A virtual workshop is being held April 23-24 between 1-5 pm ET each day to bring together Early Career Investigators (ECIs) invested in the capabilities of the future Geophysical Facility.

Topics addressed will include instrumentation, data services, and education and community engagement. The end goal of the workshop is to develop a White Paper that defines ECI recommended capabilities.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Survey Application as space may be limited via Zoom.

We highly encourage graduate students (at all career stages), postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers and faculty to participate.

Best,

D. Sarah Stamps (dstamps@vt.edu Virginia Tech)

Heather A. Ford (heather.ford@ucr.edu University of California, Riverside)

Refreshing strategic priorities for science support – Your input requested by 3/16/2020


Dear Colleagues:

As a member of the geoscience and Earth education community, we encourage you to provide input on strategic priorities for a major facility that supports geoscience using geodesy. While UNAVCO’s primary funding comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, our reach is global.

UNAVCO is in a period of change, approaching the end of our 2016-2020 strategic plan, awaiting changes to the NSF grant requirements, and discussing future integration with our sister facility, IRIS. Each of these changes is an opportunity to revisit the focus of our facility and the community that it serves.

UNAVCO leadership has begun a refresh of its existing strategy. We are now reaching out to the broader geoscience community to determine areas for growth and improvement. We greatly value your input and invite you to complete a brief survey that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Your response by March 16th is appreciated.

Thank you,

Dr. Lucy Flesch, Chair, UNAVCO Board of Directors

Dr. Rebecca Bendick, UNAVCO President

Apply to the Earth Surface Processes Institute, August 13-21, 2020, Boulder, CO

Please apply or bring to attention of your students and PDF’s interested in geomorphology or surface processes and geodynamics:

Apply to the Earth Surface Processes Institute, August 13-21st, 2020, Boulder, CO

CSDMS will host a 10-day, immersive training experience for 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty at the CSDMS Integration Facility at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is an NSF funded project and will hopefully bring together earth surface processes aficinados from all over the US and world.

https://csdms.colorado.edu/wiki/ESPIn2020

ESPIn is a 10-day immersive training experience for 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or early career faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder. ESPIn is designed to allow participants to make advances on critical earth surface processes research questions by teaching cyberinfrastructure skills. ESPIn will offer hands-on training in numerical modeling, best programming practices, open source software development, collaborative coding and version control, Landlab and pymt, high performance computing, and model uncertainty quantification.

Several days will be dedicated to working in small teams on authentic research, data analysis, and coding projects. Participants can also work on developing and advancing their own research codes. In addition, there will be dedicated time for a local field trip, peer-to-peer networking, and professional development. A mix of experienced scientists, visiting faculty, software engineers, and research computing experts will provide instruction. ESPIn will conclude with team presentations on code advances and research outcomes, and set up participants to continue to develop ideas.

Participant costs (enrollment, accommodation based on shared rooms, breakfast and lunch on teaching days) are supported for 20 participants by ESPIn. However, applicants are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from Boulder, Colorado, for dinners, and all other incidental expenses. We have an additional 5 slots open for participants who can fund their own attendance, registration for full summer institute participation is $1250.

Welcome on behalf of the organizing team and instructors: Irina Overeem, Mark Piper, Nicole Gasparini, Leilani Arthurs, Benjamin Campforts

Application deadline April 1st, 2020.

https://csdms.colorado.edu/wiki/ESPIn2020

For questions regarding ESPIn application and general info, contact us at: csdms_espin@colorado.edu

NSF Science Community Survey


The National Science Foundation is looking for input to communicate better with the scientific community, in terms of content (funding opportunities, research news, etc.) and method of delivery (email, web, social media). Your input is valuable as this helps NSF curate content to your preferences and improves two-way engagement with the science community.

This survey only takes 7 minutes and also showcases a pilot video for an informational series called NSF101. Episode 1 is: Early Career Researcher funding opportunities. Take the survey now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tellNSF !