Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U. S. Research Community

Questions? Please contact

Maurice Tivey (mtivey at or Debbie Smith (dksmith at

The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently issued an important solicitation (NSF 17-563) regarding the provision of marine seismic capabilities to the U.S. research community.  Proposals are solicited to support needs of the marine seismic research community that are currently provided by the specialized seismic research vessel R/V Marcus G. Langseth. The vessel is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO).

NSF has determined that the current operational model is unsustainable and, with this solicitation, seeks proposals that provide comparable access to marine seismic capability through innovative approaches to R/V Marcus G. Langseth use or by other means.  The successful proposal will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement over the five-year period of performance.

For additional information, please visit:



Rick Murray

Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

Call for GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshop Proposals at the AGU 2017

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

We are pleased to announce that this year we will again be able to host a few mini-workshops at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting (December 11-15). A mini-workshop is a research meeting that is held on the Sunday prior to the meeting. Examples of mini-workshops held in association with recent and upcoming national and international meetings can be found at:

Mini-Workshops offer excellent opportunities to jump-start science discussions, as well as to coordinate implementation for future GeoPRISMS studies, both for primary sites and thematic studies. We encourage you to consider such an undertaking. The GeoPRISMS Office provides logistical support, a meeting room and refreshments. We do not cover any travel costs or per diem to the organizers or participants.

If you would like to host a GeoPRISMS-related Mini-Workshop in association with the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting (11-15 December), we invite you to submit your proposal to the GeoPRISMS Office at The proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee (GSOC). The number of mini-workshops is limited but we expect to be able to host two to three events.

The deadline for upcoming Mini-Workshop proposals is July 1, 2017. The proposal guidelines are described on the GeoPRISMS website at: We encourage you to contact the GeoPRISMS Office with questions or for advice prior to submitting at

We look forward to hearing your ideas.

-The GeoPRISMS Office and GSOC​

2017 EarthScope National Meeting: Alaska Airlines Discount and Scholarship Application deadline April 3rd

The 2017 EarthScope National Meeting will be held in Anchorage, Alaska from May 16-18, 2017. Conference highlights include the opportunity to showcase research in oral and poster sessions, hear firsthand results of pioneering EarthScope studies and a synthesis of findings to date, and the option to participate in a post-meeting field trip led by local EarthScope scientists. Early career scientists are strongly encouraged to attend!

Please apply for the student and postdoc scholarship, deadline of April 3rd. A total of fifty (50) applicants will be chosen, and if selected, you will receive up to four (4) days of lodging (double occupancy), a registration fee waiver, and $600 to cover travel. Please apply on the main website page:

In addition, we are pleased to announce that Alaska Airlines is offering EarthScope attendees a discount on flights between the US, Canada, and Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska. Dates of travel must be between May 12-22, 2017, and the discount for booking is ECMX720. Please visit to book your travel.


Important Dates:
Scholarship Application Deadline: April 3
Registration, Hotel, and Abstract Deadline: April 21


Have any questions? Please email Krystin Poitra (
See you there!
Danielle Sumy, PhD
Project Associate
Instrumentation Services
Education and Public Outreach
The IRIS Consortium
1200 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Young scientist support for Subduction Interface Processes (SIP) conference, Barcelona Apr. 19-21

Subduction Interface Processes (SIP)

An international conference zooming on subduction zones
April 19-21, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain

Dear all,

Attached is an announcement of a funding opportunity for students and early career scientists/post-docs to attend the Subduction Interface Processes (SIP) conference in Barcelona on April 19-21 (just before the EGU meeting). The deadline is tomorrow (Feb 1), but decisions will be made on Feb. 15, so there is a little flexibility in the deadline. Interested parties should apply as soon as possible.
Philippe Agard
Professeur, UPMC (Univ. PM Curie), Sorbonne Universités
Dir. Licence Géosciences
Lab. ISTeP (T46-0, 3è) / 4 pl. Jussieu 75252 Paris
T: 0033144275235 / M: 0033-673370427

Sessions of interest at the 2017 Goldschmidt & IAG-IASPEI Meetings

Please see below for sessions of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community, taking place at the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris, France (August 13-18) and the IAG-IASPEI 2017 in Kobe, Japan  (July 30 – August 4)

Goldschmidt abstract deadline is April 1 (23:59 CET)
EGU abstract deadline is February 8, 2017

Please contact the GeoPRISMS Office at if you wish to advertise your sessions of interest on the GeoPRISMS Listserv.


2017 Goldschmidt Conference

06L: Subduction processes: Evidence from high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic rocks

Conveners: Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Alberto Vitale Brovarone. Keynote speaker Matthias Konrad-Schmolke

This session focuses on constraints on the conditions and processes of subduction as reflected in the record from exhumed high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) metamorphic rocks of subducted crust. We invite contributions focusing on all aspects of subduction including thermal histories, thermal gradients, processes of deformation, geochemical cycling, and exhumation. We especially welcome perspectives on the evolution of subduction over geologic time.

Best Regards

Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Alberto Vitale Brovarone



J06 The spectrum of fault-zone deformation processes (from slow slip to earthquake)

Conveners: Hitoshi Hirose (Kobe University, Japan), Yoshihiro Ito (Kyoto University, Japan), Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

The aim of this session is to bring together the latest, cutting-edge work on the spectrum of fault-zone deformation processes and slip behaviors. We welcome contributions on slow deformation and fast fault slip that will improve our understanding of fault creep, slow slip events, tectonic tremor, episodic tremor and slip, very low-frequency earthquakes, and ordinary earthquakes. The session will highlight linkages between slow and fast fault slip (earthquakes) and explore scaling relationships for the observed spectrum of fault slip behaviors. Contributions from all areas are welcome, including geophysical and geodetic observations, studies of fault zone structure, laboratory experiments, geological surveys, theoretical works, and numerical studies.

Best regards,

Hitoshi Hirose (Kobe University)
Yoshihiro Ito (Kyoto University)
Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University)

Invitation to Seismology Student Workshop 2017

5th annual Seismology Student Workshop

March 13-14, 2017 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York
Application deadline: February 3, 2017

Hello fellow students!

We are writing to invite you to participate in the upcoming fifth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 13th-14th at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.  This workshop is completely student-run and organized with the aim of bringing together graduate students who conduct research in seismology and earthquake-related fields. We intend to build on the success of our previous workshops in providing a friendly environment that fosters in-depth scientific discussion.

Topics related to the scope of this workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Seismic imaging of tectonic processes
  • Tomographic/inverse techniques
  • Earthquake source processes
  • Rock mechanics
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Seismicity and tremor

The format will be a series of 25-minute talks and poster sessions that take place over the course of the two days. Registration will be $75. This fee will cover three nights of hotel lodging for the nights of Sunday March 12th, Monday the 13th, and Tuesday the 14th, as well as all meals and refreshments during the workshop. Registration is limited to 55 participants, with preference given to those who submit abstracts.

The facebook page for the workshop can be found here:

If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the online application form:

A title, abstract, and an optional figure must be submitted to be considered for an oral or poster session.

The application deadline is February 3, 2017. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of the following week. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Celia, Helen, Kira, Genevieve, Rachel, and Tierney

IODP-ICDP Workshop Announcement: New England Freshwater Resources

Onshore-Offshore Drilling and Sampling to understand Freshwater Resources along the New England Continental Shelf: An IODP-ICDP Workshop

May 22-23, 2017; Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA

To understand the dynamics of onshore-offshore shore hydrologic systems, this IODP- and ICDP-sponsored workshop will focus on the coupling between glacial dynamics, sea-level variations, and groundwater flow for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA and the U.S. Atlantic continental shelf offshore Martha’s Vineyard. The overall goals of the workshop are to develop a new operational plan for IODP Proposal 637 and establish an amphibious component of the project to accomplish its science objectives. These goals will be accomplished by (1) developing ideal sampling and measurement plans for geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and microbiology across the shoreline and the shelf; (2) prioritizing onshore and offshore scientific operations including site order and target depths; and (3) formulating specific plans for pursuing external funds for the drilling project.

The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants and the deadline to apply is February 17, 2017. Travel support is available for a limited number of participants through USSSP (for U.S.) and ICDP (for international). For more information, visit the workshop website:

Job Posting: Research Associate, Faculty & Postdoc Positions

1) Assistant Professors in geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography – The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, Ecuador

2) Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – Purchase College, SUNY
3) NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate active-source seismology – Imperial College London
4) Research Associate in Geodynamics – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University


1) Assistant Professors in geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography – The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, Ecuador

The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech invites applications for tenure-track assistant professors in the following fields: geophysics, geochemistyr, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography.

Yachay Tech faculty will develop active research programs, direct PhD students, involve undergraduate students in collaborative research projects, and teach (in English) undergraduate and graduate courses in their fields of specialty.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three references to Maria del Carmen Alvarado (, assistant to the Dean. Employment will begin as early as March 2017.

Yachay Tech is a public, research-intensive university, located in the Inter-Andean valley of Ecuador about two hours north of Quito. Since opening in March 2014, the undergraduate student population has grown to a total of approximately 1000 undergraduates. Our School is only one-year old but already has a diverse, international, dynamic faculty of 11 full-time, PhD scientists. We are in the process of developing the first geosciences doctoral program in Ecuador.


2) Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – Purchase College, SUNY

Purchase College, SUNY invites applications for a tenure-track position in Environmental Studies at the Assistant Professor level, beginning September 1, 2017. We seek a broadly trained environmental scientist committed to field-based instruction and individualized student mentorship. While the research specialization is flexible, it should complement those of the current faculty. The most attractive research fields include geology, conservation biology, and wildlife ecology. With an emphasis on community engagement and environmental sustainability, the College prioritizes hiring scholars who conceptualize the application of their research within environmental justice and socially conscious contexts.

Excellence in teaching will be expected. Instructional responsibilities include five courses per year, plus supervision of senior projects. The senior project is a college-wide requirement and signature feature of the college’s curriculum. The selected candidate will develop a diverse suite of courses serving Environmental Studies majors as well as the general student body including introductory and advanced courses in his/her area of specialization.

The Environmental Studies Board of Study is an engaged academic partner with and resource for communities, non-profits, and agencies addressing environmental issues along Long Island Sound, the Lower Hudson River, and New York City’s historic Croton Watershed. Opportunities abound for the successful candidate to capitalize on this existing network of local study sites to develop a robust, dynamic, and student-focused research program.

Purchase College is primarily an undergraduate institution located 25 miles north of New York City. The college’s president demonstrated a dedication to environmental issues and sustainability by joining 151 other U.S. colleges as an original signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.


Candidates must have a PhD by Sept. 1, 2017. Strong teaching experience is preferred.

To apply for this position, visit the Purchase College Job Vacancy website at and complete an on-line application. You must attach the following documents: (1) A cover letter describing research and teaching interests; (2) a CV; (3) evidence of teaching ability; (4) sample syllabi; and (5) three letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on January 16 with a January 22 deadline for submission.

Any questions about the position can be directed to Ryan Taylor


3) NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate active-source seismology – Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a PDRA to join the NERC Large Grant project VOILA. The aim of this consortium, consisting of the Universities of Southampton, Liverpool, Durham, Bristol and Imperial College London is to understand the relationship between volatiles and arc magmatism at the Lesser Antilles.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with expertise in active source seismology to invert OBS data to be collected onboard the RRS James Cook in April-June next year in order to constrain the pattern of hydration on the incoming plate.

Further details about the position are available here:


4) Research Associate in Geodynamics – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Applications are invited for a European Research Council (ERC) funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position, forming part of the ERC Starting Grant Action MICA – ‘Mechanics of slow earthquake phenomena: an Integrated perspective from the Composition, geometry, And rheology of plate boundary faults’ (PI: Ake Fagereng).

Working with Ake Fagereng and Huw Davies at Cardiff University, and Susan Ellis at GNS Science (Lower Hutt, New Zealand), the role of the Research Associate is to develop realistic, geologically-constrained, numerical models of fault zones – including heterogeneity in composition and active deformation mechanisms. These models will be based on field observations in exhumed plate boundary scale fault zones, and incorporate laboratory-derived flow laws. The Research Associate will form part of a team that will also include a number of PhD students, collecting field and microstructural data to constrain models. Experience with numerical modelling is crucial, but the Research Associate will also be invited to participate in fieldwork, at a level depending on prior experience.

In addition to these duties, the Research Associate 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. The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). The post is available from 1st February 2017 and is a fixed-term appointment for 3 years.

Closing date: Friday, 13 January 2017

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Ake Fagereng, email:


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


AGU Town Halls of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community

Please see below for several town halls of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community taking place at AGU.

New Opportunities for Collaborative Marine Scientific Research in the Pacific and Indian Ocean with the Launch of New Global-Ocean-Class Research Vessel, Isabu

Monday, 12 December 2016: 12:30 – 13:30 | Moscone West, 2007

Future of Tectonics Report

Thurs 12/15, 12:30-1:30 pm | Moscone West 2011

And of course, don’t forget to join us for the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting and Community / Student Forum at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting! The event is open to all with interests in the GeoPRISMS Program and GeoPRISMS (or MARGINS) research. Come hear updates about the GeoPRISMS Program, the latest GeoPRISMS research projects & study areas, and ongoing GeoPRISMS research from student presenters.

Monday December 12 at 6:00 PM | The Park Central Hotel 50 Third Street – Franciscan Ballroom


New Opportunities for Collaborative Marine Scientific Research in the Pacific and Indian Ocean with the Launch of New Global-Ocean-Class Research Vessel, Isabu

Monday, 12 December 2016: 12:30 – 13:30 (45 min. for talks plus 15 min. for Q&A tentatively)

Moscone West, 2007

In November 2016, Korea will unveil a new global-ocean-class research vessel, Isabu (a 5900-ton, the state-of-the-art vessel, 100-m long and 18-m wide, carrying 22 crews and 38 scientists for 60 days). The launch of R/V Isabu marks an important turning point in Korean marine scientific priorities, from top-down applied research to bottom-up basic scientific topics including global ocean circulation, tropical cyclone-ocean interaction, climate change, tropical oceanography, underwater volcanoes and earthquake-tsunami problems. While the government-led efforts will continue, this is the first time that opportunities have been given to the Korean academic community to utilize the research vessel more or less independently, supported by the new set of funding selected on scientific merits. In this town hall meeting, we would like to explain our long journey to this historic point and present our new commitment in global ocean research for new scientific discoveries and for the sustained growth of humanity and expansion of knowledge to the world community. Explanation on some new projects planned to begin in 2017 will be given as well as information on how to link up with the existing projects and propose new ones together with local scientists. Those with interest in the Pacific and Indian Ocean are welcomed.

Speakers: Sang-Mook Lee, Gi-Hoon Hong, Yun-Ho Lee, Sok Kuh Kang, SungHyun Nam

Lunch (sandwich) will be provided for the first 120 people.


Future of Tectonics Report

Thurs 12/15, 12:30-1:30 pm

Moscone West 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for a town hall at AGU to learn about and participate in a community effort to draft a report on “Future Directions in Tectonics”. All members and fans of the tectonics community, broadly defined, are welcome.

The town hall is on Thursday December 15 in Moscone West 2011, 12:30-1:30 pm. Please join for as much of it as you can.

The goal of the town hall is to share the status, timeline, process, and goals of a community-wide effort to draft a report that will describe research opportunities and needs in the broad field of Tectonics.  The report, which will be completed by May in 2017, will communicate the goals, needs, and relevance of Tectonics research to funding agencies, colleagues, and non-specialist audiences.  It’s overarching goal will be to benefit the entire community while avoiding being prescriptive of any particular branch of Tectonics.  To do this it will: (1) identify some key challenges and opportunities for significant advances in this broad field; (2) define and prioritize the resources, technologies, partnerships, and infrastructure our community needs to make scientific progress; and (3) develop a vision to build and strengthen our community, including finding new ways to maximize the educational and societal benefits of our work and to communicate and enhance our impact.


The AGU town hall is one of several public forums and opportunities that will continue the conversation over the next few months (another Town Hall was held at GSA in September, followed by an online survey).  After a summary of the process and our progress to date we will ask you to participate in a focused group activity designed to gather input on what is needed to advance our community’s intellectual, educational and societal goals.

Please be part of this effort to advocate for our community!

You are invited to learn more and view an early draft framework for the report on our website:

You can also join our Listserv through the website.

Similar to GSA, following AGU we will be posting the Town Hall materials on the website, and will also follow up with an online survey advertised via email, the website and the Listserv.


Writing co-chairs Kate Huntington (U of Washington) and Keith Klepeis (U of Vermont)

Job Posting: Faculty, Postdoc and JAMSTEC Scientist Positions

1) Postdoctoral Position – The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

2) Two Faculty Positions Geophysics and Global Change Processes – Michigan State University
3) Tenure Track Assistant Professor Geodesy – California State University Northridge
4) Assistant Professor Geodynamics or Paleoclimate Modeling – University of Connecticut Center for Integrative Geosciences
5) International Faculty Cluster Hire in Geological Oceanography – College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, China
6) Scientist or Technical Scientist – Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
7) Tenure-track Research Scientist Geology & Geophysics – Geology and Geophysics Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)


1) Postdoctoral Position – The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University seeks a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research on earthquakes and fluids in Chile and Oklahoma. The postdoc will analyze data from a newly acquired dense “nodal” seismometer array over the 2016 Mw5.8 Pawnee earthquake aftershocks, and from new broadband deployments in Oklahoma and Chile. The postdoc will work at Cornell, supervised by Katie Keranen, and be funded through projects related to the fluids-earthquakes theme. In addition to analysis of the new datasets, the postdoc will participate in field servicing of instruments in both Chile and Oklahoma. A completed Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field is required, and field experience is helpful though not required. While the start date is negotiable, we prefer a start date early in 2017. 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: Katie Keranen,  Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.


2) Two Faculty Positions Geophysics and Global Change Processes – Michigan State University

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University [MSU] is searching for two tenure-stream Assistant Professors starting Fall 2017. Exceptional candidates at Associate or Full Professor level will also be considered. Both positions include an enhanced level of flexible research funding from endowment resources.

Global Change Processes:

We seek a global change geoscientist focused on near-surface environments. Areas of emphasis could include sediment transport, the cryosphere, environmental geophysics, stable isotope geochemistry, geochronology, geobiology, and ocean/atmospheric circulation.


We seek a geophysicist who will complement our current strengths in lower mantle dynamics, mineral physics, surface tectonics, and geochemistry. We especially encourage applicants with expertise in seismology.

Review of applications will begin on December 10, and continue until the positions are filled. Further details and instructions for applying can be found on, posting 2591.

Please direct questions to Michael Gottfried at, copied to MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.


3) Tenure Track Assistant Professor Geodesy – California State University Northridge

The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Northridge invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in geodesy to study surface and/or subsurface Earth processes. We offer B.S., and M.S., degrees in Geology and in Geophysics. We seek an innovative geodesist with technical expertise in GPS, InSAR, LiDAR, radar altimetry, gravimetry or other geodetic methods. Candidates with research that complements our current research program are encouraged including but not limited to surface processes, sedimentology, geomorphology, climate, coseismic and interseismic fault physics, marine geology and geophysics, planetary geophysics, and crust and mantle scale tectonics. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program, which includes obtaining extramural funding, publishing peer-reviewed papers, and involving B.S. and M.S. students. The successful candidate is also expected to demonstrate teaching excellence and provide effective instruction to students of diverse backgrounds in a multicultural setting. Potential classes to be taught by the new hire include an undergraduate core course in Earth Systems or Plate Tectonics and Structure, general education courses, and elective offerings at the upper-division and/or graduate level in the candidate’s research specialty. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Experience in post-doctoral research and/or University-level lecture instruction is desirable.

Applicants should submit a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a cover letter, CV, and the names and full contact information for three references,. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and should be sent to: Materials can also be sent to: Geodesy Search Committee, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8266. Review of applications will begin January 5, 2016. Priority will be given to applications received by this date, but the position remains open until filled. For additional information, see The University is an EO/AA employer. The search committee will also be available to meet with interested applicants at AGU. Please contact Jennifer Cotton ( if you wish to schedule an appointment during the meeting.


4) Assistant Professor Geodynamics or Paleoclimate Modeling – University of Connecticut Center for Integrative Geosciences

The Center for Integrative Geosciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek applicants with expertise in the broad area of computational/quantitative modeling of dynamic earth systems at regional to global scales. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to, deep-time paleoclimate and/or biogeochemical modeling; geodynamic modeling of solid Earth processes; and interactions between the mantle, surface topography, and climate. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding and peer reviewed publications and share a deep commitment to effective instruction, diversity, service and outreach.

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an appointment in either the Physics or Geography Department and an anticipated start date of August 28, 2017. For a detailed list of position qualifications and application requirements, please see our complete job posting at:  The University of Connecticut is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


5) International Faculty Cluster Hire in Geological Oceanography – College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, China

The Department of Geological Oceanography ( is expanding its international faculty with the addition of six (6) new positions planned for the second phase.  Already one of China’s top oceanography schools, the College ( aims to establish the Department of Geological Oceanography as a premier center in land-ocean interactions, sedimentary processes/records, and global change.  The ranks of the appointments are open, and are commensurate with the applicants’ qualifications and experience.

At this time, we seek highly qualified candidates in three complementary and synergistic areas of study:

Stratigraphy/Geophysics/Seafloor Imaging  – Two (2) positions are available in the general area are of seafloor imaging and subbottom profiling.  Although all qualified candidates in this area will be considered, we are especially interested in candidates who apply state-of-the-art seagoing surface and/or subbottom mapping tools and analysis skills to the investigation of coastal and continental margin environments.

Sediment Transport Dynamics – Two (2) positions are available in the general area of observational sediment transport.  We seek highly qualified candidates who use new and novel field approaches and tools to examine the flux and fate of terrestrial matter in and across continental margins, including rivers, estuaries, shelf and slope environments.

Numerical Modeling of Sediment Processes and Stratigraphy – Two (2) positions in numerical modeling are available in areas that support the observational program in land-ocean interaction and sedimentary records.  Examples of areas that are of particular interest include, but are not limited to: 3-D modeling of sediment transport and deposition/erosion, stratigraphic modeling, seabed diagenesis, surface processes/fluvial geomorphology.

We seek applicants with proven record or promise to contribute to the interdisciplinary research and teaching missions of the College. A Ph.D. degree is required at the time of appointment and in the case of a Chinese degree two years in an overseas postdoctoral position.

In conjunction with the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science (, the College has access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers internationally competitive compensation, start-up and relocation packages.  Special recruitment programs are available to exceptionally well-qualified candidates.  Xiamen University recently launched a 3600-ton (78 m) research vessel and is completing construction of a marine station for cutting-edge education and research in oceanography. XMU envisions the development of a world-class program in Geological Oceanography with focus on interdisciplinary studies of sediment processes and the sedimentary record in China’s diverse marginal seas.

Xiamen University, located along China’s SE coast, was founded in 1921 with the vision to become the leading international university in China ( Xiamen University has inter-university cooperative ties with over 270 institutions of higher education at home and abroad, including the establishment of a new campus in Malaysia (

To apply email a cover letter, CV, contact information for 3-5 references, and a statement of research and teaching philosophy and goals to Dr. Steven A. Kuehl, Interim Chair, Department of Geological Oceanography (  Applications will be considered beginning February 1, 2017, however the positions will remain open until filled.


6) Scientist or Technical Scientist – Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Research and Development (R&D) Center for Ocean Drilling Science (ODS), JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for a few full-time TENURE-TRACK positions as Scientist or Technical Scientist. The successful applicants will be engaged in the third medium-term plan.

Details of the research at ODS can be found at

Research Description

・Research and development on crustal dynamics and material circulation using information and samples derived from boreholes.

・Research and development on plate and magma generation and development.

・Research and development on the dynamics of Earth’s interior using drilling science.

Job Specification

As members of ODS, the successful applicants will conduct research and development to create a new scientific field using information and samples derived from boreholes. ODS is pioneering research and development to establish the field of borehole informatics, a new scientific approach with the goal of understanding the dynamic nature of Earth phenomena by integrating various subsurface information.


7) Tenure-track Research Scientist Geology & Geophysics – Geology and Geophysics Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The Geology and Geophysics Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites outstanding candidates to apply for a full-time, tenure-track position in the area of High-temperature Geochemistry/Petrology with an emphasis on metamorphic and/or igneous processes. We are seeking candidates whose research has broad applications to global geochemical cycles at convergent and divergent margins, and complements existing strengths in isotope geochemistry, experimental petrology, geophysics, and marine geology. Candidates whose research interests involve development of and/or innovative use of our existing analytical strengths in mass spectrometry (such as SIMS and MC-ICPMS) and/or field-based research are especially encouraged to apply. We seek to hire at the Assistant Scientist level but exceptional candidates will be considered for appointment at more senior levels.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. WHOI scientific staff members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program. They have the opportunity to advise graduate students and teach courses in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering ( ). Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration with the other science departments (Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Biology, and Physical Oceanography; and WHOI’s Marine Policy Center (, as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. Members of the WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts, but the Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available as well as significant internal funding for developing innovative research. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed. Female and minority applicants are particularly encouraged to apply. WHOI is sensitive to the issues of dual career scientists and will work with applicants to identify and explore available options. WHOI’s benefits package includes vacation time, an employer contribution retirement plan, medical and dental plans, child-care subsidy, flexible scheduling, and family illness days.


Apply online; please visit and respond to Job Reference 16-11-09. Applications should include, as a single pdf document, a CV, a 3-page research statement that clearly describes your research interests, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications.

Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2017.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC – for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.


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