Message from SZ4D RCN Steering Committee: SZ4D Initiative Update

Dear GeoPRISMS Friends of Subduction Zone Research:

What’s Happening With SZ4D?

This email is a community update on exciting new developments in the planning for a future subduction zone research program envisioned to span the U.S. research community: the SZ4D Initiative, or Subduction Zones in Four Dimensions. The outcome of the massive Subduction Zone Observatory Workshop (Boise, October, 2016) was the 2017 report The SZ4D Initiative: Understanding the Processes that Underlie Subduction Zone Hazards in 4D (, known as the SZ4D Vision Document. It laid out a vision for an ambitious decadal-scale program of research themes and potential infrastructure to advance our predictive understanding of the processes behind subduction-related geohazards, but also acknowledged that the development of a specific and detailed community-driven plan would require time and sustained effort.

NSF responded by funding an SZ4D Steering Committee Research Coordination Network (RCN) for three years to shape a concrete and comprehensive SZ4D implementation plan. NSF also funded two other closely-related SZ4D RCNs: the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction Zones (MCS) and the Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response: (CONVERSE). These are truly grass-roots endeavors for the community to build SZ4D. The more than $1 million in funding from NSF for these development and planning activities signals to us their very robust interest in the nascent SZ4D effort. All three of these RCNs had kick-off activities late in 2018.

The SZ4D Steering Committee is beginning active development of Working Groups that will be charged with taking broad community input and turning it into a blueprint for a full SZ4D Program. An open call for members of those Working Groups will be forthcoming soon. The working group themes will be Megathrust Processes, Magmas to Eruptions, and Subduction to Surface Links.

If you would like to be engaged with SZ4D activities, we have two requests of you today:

  1. Sign up so we can contact you, and
  2. Provide your input to the CORES survey to support subduction zone science.

Sign Up for SZ4D Updates and Info

An SZ4D website is under development. In the meantime, please sign up for the new SZ4D listserv so that you won’t miss future updates and developments! Here is the link to the very simple form:

Please Provide Input to the NRC CORES Committee on the Future of NSF Earth Sciences

The National Research Council of the National Academies is conducting a “decadal” study Catalyzing Opportunities for Research in the Earth Sciences (CORES) for NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences. The purpose of the CORES study is to: (1) identify a concise set of high-priority scientific questions for the next decade, (2) assess infrastructure needed to address these questions, and (3) determine opportunities for greater collaboration with other NSF divisions and directorate, federal agencies, and domestic and international partners.

CORES has a Community Input Form ( There you will be asked for you input on a) important scientific topics in your discipline and across all disciplines, b) ideas for needed infrastructure,  c) how best to leverage NSF resources, d)  how to train a workforce for innovation and discovery.

This is an excellent opportunity to voice your support for SZ4D themes and subduction zone science! This CORES study will be absolutely critical in determining the priorities for NSF Earth Science in the years to come. A resounding response from our community is essential. We strongly urge you to answer the brief survey. There is no deadline, but input has been solicited over the past month.

One area of particular interest for SZ4D science is a strong connection between the land and marine approaches to solid earth science, which falls between the EAR and OCE mandates at times. This is a good opportunity to address that that in the context of collaboration across NSF divisions.

The CORES website ( provides more detailed information on the statement of task for the committee, the membership of the committee, and how to subscribe to receive updates from the committee.

Harold Tobin

(on behalf of the SZ4D RCN Steering Committee)

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: (

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: (

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 ( no later than February 11, 2019. Applications from graduate students and post-docs require a letter of support from the graduate advisor or supervisor.

Seismology Student Workshop 2019

6th annual Seismology Student Workshop

March 21-22, 2019 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York
Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Hello Seismologists!

We invite graduate students to participate in the upcoming sixth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 21st-22nd, 2019 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The application deadline is January 15. 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. This workshop is only open to graduate students, so we encourage advisors to notify their students about this opportunity!

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 $50 due by the beginning of the workshop. Thanks to a sponsorship from the Seismological Society of America, this fee will cover three nights of hotel lodging for the nights of Wednesday March 20th, Thursday the 21st, and Friday the 22nd, as well as all meals and refreshments during the workshop. We have limited funds to subsidize transportation to the workshop. Registration preference will be 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 JANUARY 15, 2019. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of January. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Kira, Genevieve, Rachel, Chris, Theresa, and Michelle

Please direct any enquiries to

IODP Workshop: Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc System and Analogs

Announcing International Ocean Discovery Program Workshop: Anatomy of a Long-Lived Oceanic Arc: Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc System and Analogs

Location: Izu Peninsula, Japan

Time: October 27 – November 2, 2019

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2019

Lead Organizers: Cathy Busby (University of California at Davis) and Harue Masuda (Osaka City University)

Workshop Organizers and Moderators: Susan DeBari (Western Washington University), Patricia Fryer (University of Hawai’i), Yasuhiko Ohara (Hydrographic & Oceanographic Department of Japan), Mark Reagan (University of Iowa), John Shervais (Utah State University), and Yoshihiko Tamura (JAMSTEC)

For more information go to:

Questions? Contact Cathy Busby ( or Harue Masuda ( with questions about the workshop. Send application materials to Cathy Busby.

Job Posting: Geophysicist position and USGS Mendenhall fellowship

1) Tenure track marine Geophysicist – WHOI

2) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunity – USGS Menlo Park CA


1) Tenure track marine Geophysicist – WHOI

The Geology & Geophysics Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, ) is seeking exceptional candidates in the general area of marine geophysics to apply for a full-time tenure track position on our Scientific Staff. We seek to hire at the Assistant Scientist level; however, extraordinary candidates may be considered at more senior levels. In particular, we are seeking candidates in one of two broad disciplinary areas of seismology or geodynamics as applied to the marine environment.   Strong candidates in related geophysical fields may also be considered.

Existing departmental strengths and interests include geophysics (active and passive seismology, electromagnetic methods, magnetics, potential fields, and geodynamics), tectonics, ice-sheet dynamics, volcanology, geochemistry, coastal processes, past and present climate dynamics and biogeochemistry. Candidates whose field or laboratory-based research complements and/or bridges existing strengths, including WHOI’s considerable facilities and expertise for the design and implementation of sea-going experiments, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. Scientific staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally- recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through  the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering ((

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs ( as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff is expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from  the international community.

WHOI supports a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we encourage females, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to apply. WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. WHOI also provides Dual Career services for which we are committed to providing assistance to your spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI or the community.


Please visit and respond to Job Reference 18-10-09. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: A cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), three-page research statement, names of four references and copies of up to three relevant publications. Review of applications will begin on 12/07/2018.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). 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.


2) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunity – USGS Menlo Park CA

USGS Mendenhall Research Opportunity 17-14:  Using paleomagnetism to understand the tempo of hazardous volcanic and neotectonic activity

We seek a postdoctoral scientist with strong field and laboratory experience in paleomagnetism to work with experienced geologists, paleomagnetists, and chronologists at the USGS in Menlo Park CA on problems related to hazards from volcanic and neotectonic activity.  Paleomagnetism can provide critical constraints on the eruptive behavior of volcanoes and on the extent, magnitude, and timing of deformation in active tectonic terranes.  We welcome proposals on topics such as eruptive frequency of volcanoes along the Cascades and Aleutian arcs, or improving our understanding of the timing and duration of magmatism at high threat volcanoes, or constraining magnitudes and rates of deformation to evaluate potential seismic hazards in the Pacific Northwest or other tectonically active regions of the western United States.

Potential candidates can view the full project information at:

Applicants are encouraged to contact any or all of the research advisors listed in the project description and discuss potential postdoc project ideas. Applications must be submitted through at:

Closing date is January 18, 2019.


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

Invitation: GeoPRISMS Townhall and Community/Student Forum at AGU

Join us for the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting and Community / Student Forum at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting!

When: AGU Fall Meeting 2018 – Monday December 10 at 6:00 PM

Where: Kimpton Hotel Monaco | 700 F St NW, Washington, DC – Paris Ballroom (few minutes walk from convention center)

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.

  • A short formal session (starting at 6:30PM) will include a welcome and opening remarks from the GeoPRISMS Chair Demian Saffer and updates from NSF Program Directors Jenn Wade and Debbie Smith.
  • Mini-Workshop Conveners Stacia Gordon (University of Nevada-Reno), Alicia Cruz-Uribe (University of Maine) and Laura Wallace (GNS Science, New Zealand, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics) will present reports on both mini-workshops held the Sunday before AGU
  • Lindsay Worthington (University of New Mexico) will provide an update on the Amphibious Array Community Seismic Experiment, including announcement of opportunities.

Student entrants for the GeoPRISMS Prize for Outstanding Student Presentations are invited to display their AGU posters (or poster versions of their AGU talks) and discuss their research with event participants. This will be a great opportunity for students to share their results further and to interact with a wide spectrum of GeoPRISMS scientists.

There will be ample time to mingle and refreshments will be available. Among those present will be Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Chair), members of the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee, and Program Directors for GeoPRISMS from the National Science Foundation.

We hope to see you there!

The GeoPRISMS Office

GeoPRISMS Newsletter Available: Fall 2018


Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 GeoPRISMS newsletter is now available online!

This edition include:

  • Welcome | from GeoPRISMS Chair Demian Saffer
  • Science Report | Constraining variability in mantle CO2 flux along the East African Rift System
  • Science Report | A continent-scale geodetic velocity field for East Africa
  • Report from the Field | Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) Summer 2018 campaign


  • Message from NSF
  • Funding Opportunities for GeoPRISMS-Related Proposals
  • Recent GeoPRISMS Publications
  • GeoPRISMS Data Portal Status Report
  • GeoPRISMS activities at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting
  • Distinguished Lectureship Program 2018-2019

Please note this issue is only available in electronic version. Download your copy here.

The GeoPRISMS Office

Questions? Email

New NSF Solicitation “Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES)”

A solicitation has been posted for a new program from the Division of Earth Sciences “Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES)”. FRES supersedes the former “Integrated Earth Systems (IES)” program. In addition to substantive changes in the goals of the program and eligible projects, the proposed budget for the new program is larger. The target date for submission of proposals is February 20, 2019.

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

A webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 pm, with a brief overview of the program and the opportunity to ask questions. Please email by 5 pm on December 3 to enroll in the webinar.


The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from its core through the critical zone. The project may focus on all or part of the surface, continental lithospheric, and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales. FRES projects will typically have a larger scientific scope and budget than those considered for funding by core programs in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). FRES projects may be interdisciplinary studies that do not fit well within the core programs or cannot be routinely managed by sharing between core programs. Innovative proposals within a single area with results that will have broad relevance to Earth Science research are also encouraged. Investigations may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Projects should be focused on topics that meet the guidelines for research funded by the Division of Earth Sciences.

Dennis Geist, Program Director, FRES
National Science Foundation

LAST CALL: Mini-Workshops at AGU – registration deadline is Nov 20

GeoPRISMS mini-workshops AGU 2018

Register now to attend the GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting

Registration Deadline: November 20, 2018

All mini-workshops are free of charge and open to all. However, attendance and food may be limited so register early for fullest consideration. For more information and registration visit the GeoPRISMS website at:

* ExTerra: Evolution of arc crust
Sunday December 9, 2018 | 8:00am – 12:15pm | Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Athens Room
* Investigating subduction processes at the Hikurangi margin, New Zealand
Sunday December 9, 2018 | 1:15pm – 5:30pm | Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Athens Room

Questions? Contact the GeoPRISMS Office at


* ExTerra: Evolution of arc crust

Sunday December 9, 2018 | 8:00am – 12:15pm | Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Athens Room

Conveners: Stacia Gordon (University of Nevada-Reno) and Alicia Cruz-Uribe (University of Maine)

Inspired by the success of convergent margin research funded through GeoPRISMS and discussions generated at ExTerra meetings, this workshop will gather together researchers with expertise in all aspects of the arc system on the Sunday preceding the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. The goal is to gather a broad group of geoscientists that use a variety of different approaches (field, experimental, petrological, geochemical, geochronological, seismic, numerical modeling) applied to different parts of the arc (the subducting plate, mantle, magma plumbing system, supracrustal rocks). The group will discuss what the major questions are that still surround the evolution of arc crust and what tools and methods will best answer these questions. The meeting will also serve to provide a space where early career researchers can network with more senior personnel, and where scientists from a variety of subdisciplines who work on different arc sections around the world can compare and contrast observations. In addition, this gathering of the  arc crust community will make a plan for future convergent margin research, specifically on arc crust. It is important to establish new goals and questions concerning arc crust before GeoPRISMS has fully ended to keep the momentum that this program established.

The format of the workshop will include a keynote lecture given by Oliver Jagoutz (MIT), followed by breakout groups on different areas of scientific interest within the broader arc system: 1) subduction/mantle influences, 2) plutonic plumbing system/magma storage, 3) volcanic components, and 4) supracrustal (metamorphic) components. One proposed outcome of the workshop will be for multiple groups to develop collaborative proposals to NSF EAR programs for research and field forums/institutes, which could then be leveraged for the submission of a larger proposal.


* Investigating subduction processes at the Hikurangi margin, New Zealand 

Sunday December 9, 2018 | 1:15pm – 5:30pm | Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Athens Room

Conveners: Laura Wallace (GNS Science, New Zealand, Univ. Texas Institute for Geophysics), Dan Bassett (GNS Science, New Zealand), Heather Savage (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University), Samer Naif (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University), Shuo Shuo Han (Univ. Texas Institute for Geophysics), and Patrick Fulton (Texas A&M University)

The Hikurangi margin offers an outstanding opportunity to address many of the key topics of GeoPRISMS Subduction Cycles and Deformation. Major international experiments to investigate subduction processes at the Hikurangi margin have taken place in the last year including two IODP drilling expeditions to investigate shallow slow slip events, and two seismic experiments with the R/V Langseth and R/V Tangaroa to investigate controls on plate coupling and slow slip. The objectives of a Hikurangi margin mini-workshop are to discuss new observations from the New Zealand focus site and their implications for an integrated understanding of subduction processes, as well as planning for upcoming experiments.

The first half of the miniworkshop will introduce the latest results from the recent GeoPRISMS-related research efforts at the Hikurangi margin (including IODP drilling and seismic experiments), and a discussion of the implications of these for GeoPRISMS SCD questions. The second half of the miniworkshop will consist of presentations on upcoming plans for field experiments and research at the Hikurangi focus site, and discussion on coordination of these efforts. We will also discuss any research gaps that might exist. In addition to a small number of overview talks on recent and future experiments, we will offer the opportunity for a limited number of short (~2 minutes) pop-up talks on synergistic activities at the Hikurangi subduction zone.

In addition to researchers focused on the Hikurangi margin, we welcome attendees interested in subduction deformation and megathrust processes in Cascadia and Alaska, to cross-fertilize ideas and research outcomes among all three of the GeoPRISMS primary sites. Student and early-career scientist participation is also encouraged.

Job Posting: NSF Section Head, Museum Director, USGS Mendenhall Fellowships, Assistant/Associate Positions, Postdoc and Grad Student opportunities

1) Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Director – Penn State University

2) Assistant Professor Structural Geology – Northern Arizona University
3) Assistant Professor in Earth-Surface Process Modeling – University of Colorado Boulder
4) Three Assistant or Associate Professor Positions in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy /  Geodynamics / Geology/Geophysics – University of Houston
5) Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology – University of New Mexico
6) Assistant or Associate Professor position – University of Utah, Salt Lake City
7) Graduate position in Experimental Petrology – University of Utah, Salt Lake City
8) Two PhD positions in Surface Processes – Colorado School of Mines
9) Chaired position – SMU Dallas
10) NSF Section Head for Marine Geosciences – National Science Foundation (NSF) Alexandria, VA
11) Grad student & Post-doc Opportunities –  University of Hawaii
12) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunities 


1) Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Director – Penn State University

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at Penn State’s University Park campus is seeking a Director who will promote the mission of the EMS Museum and Gallery, namely “to preserve and promote the diverse collections of Penn State’s College of Earth & Mineral Sciences by serving as an informed resource for science and art education.”

The EMS museum possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The museum is currently in the process of applying for accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The responsibilities for this position include: oversight of the collections; development of exhibits that reflect the expertise and research innovations of the College’s five departments and three institutes; writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects; partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate development and revenue-generating activities to foster the museum’s growth; supervision of museum staff and volunteers; maintaining up-to-date web content; participation in the teaching and research mission of the College; creation of K-12 educational materials and programs; and community outreach.

The directorship is a fixed-term multiyear academic position open to all ranks, with excellent prospects for renewal beyond the initial appointment. The Director is expected to hold a terminal degree appropriate for their field of expertise at the time of appointment. Faculty appointment in one of the College’s academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) is possible. To apply, please upload 1) a cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information of at least three referees.

We will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2018 and will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering excellence in diversity and equity as well as engagement in creating an inclusive workplace environment.


2) Assistant Professor Structural Geology – Northern Arizona University

Job Description

  • Tenure-track assistant professor in structural geology.
  • Study deformational processes and structures within the Earth with potential applications to tectonic processes.
  • Mentor PhD, MS, and undergraduate students in geosciences.
  • Provide excellent instruction in undergraduate- and graduate-level lectures and labs, particularly related to structural geology (GLG-435 and GLG-542) and field courses (GLG-240 and GLG-440C).
  • Contribute to a positive working environment with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide service to NAU as appropriate for a new assistant professor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned PhD in geosciences conferred by start date of August 19, 2019.
  • A minimum of one peer-reviewed publication in the broad field of structural geology.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Research experience in structural geology at the post-doctoral and/or assistant professor level.
  • A publication record and extramural funding commensurate with time since PhD.
  • Interdisciplinary focus that supplements traditional field-based structural geology research with additional analytic, computational, and/or statistical techniques.
  • One or more of the following
  •      – University teaching experience
  •      – Evidence of effective teaching of upper-division undergraduate- and graduate-level courses Training in educational pedagogy.
  •      – Experience mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate level in research.
  •      – Research interests complementary to current SESES faculty.
  •      – Experience working with and interacting with people from culturally and academically diverse backgrounds.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on 11/9/2018.

How to Apply

To view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ links, locate vacancy 603767, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the new page. Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


3) Assistant Professor in Earth-Surface Process Modeling – University of Colorado Boulder

Apply here:

The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) at the University of Colorado invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Computational Earth-Surface Process Modeling, with an August 2019 start. CSDMS is an NSF-sponsored facility that supports modeling and prediction of erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment in landscapes and sedimentary basins over a broad range of environments and time and space scales. The candidate will join a team at INSTAAR at the University of Colorado, Boulder, responsible for promoting the growth of CSDMS by developing multidisciplinary and international collaboration in support of earth surface processes modeling. We seek a scientist who takes advantage of new opportunities in computing and remote sensing to advance understanding of landscape, coastal, and/or seascape geomorphology and sediment dynamics. Disciplinary areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: modeling of terrestrial, coastal, cryospheric, and/or marine processes; use of high-resolution topographic data to test process models; earth surface interactions with the climate system; modeling human impacts; high-performance computing; and community scientific software development.

CSDMS is hosted at INSTAAR. The new assistant professor would be rostered in the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and also become a tenure-track professor in one of INSTAAR’s affiliated academic departments and programs that best suits their training and interests (Geological Sciences; Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences; Computer Science).

A strong commitment to teaching, and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to outreach activities, is expected. The candidate is expected to engage in development of coursework in his or her area of research expertise, and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in the home department. Incorporation of computing skills in undergraduate and graduate curricula is desirable.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in geosciences, engineering, or related field at the time of appointment. We seek a strong team player with excellent communication and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research goals. We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to CSDMS and the University of Colorado campus community.

Applications received by 26 November 2018 will receive full consideration.


4) Three Assistant or Associate Professor Positions in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy /  Geodynamics / Geology/Geophysics – University of Houston

The University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is hiring three faculty at the assistant professor level. The department seeks any applicant who can enhance the departmental research and teaching strengths in Earth and planetary dynamics, energy and Earth resource exploration, and Earth surface and atmospheric systems. In particular, we are focused on hiring in the general fields below.

Position in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (Assistant Professor)

We invite applications in the general field of sedimentology and stratigraphy. We are interested in applicants who can address significant questions in Earth science including those related to sea-level change, coastal resiliency, carbonate systems, evolution of the oceans, and climate change. Candidates with skills integrating field, lab, numerical, and/or physical modeling approaches are especially sought. Apply at:

Position in Geodynamics (Assistant or Associate Professor)

We invite applications from scientists who bridge conventional geological and geophysical disciplines to research dynamic processes in the solid Earth and/or planets. We are interested in candidates whose cross-disciplinary research will enhance or expand departmental strengths that include deep-Earth structure, thermal evolution, crust and mantle dynamics, orogenesis, planetary evolution and dynamics, and/or basin evolution. Apply at:

Position in Geology/Geophysics (Assistant or Associate Professor)

We invite applicants in the general field of sedimentary basin analysis who bridge geological and geophysical disciplines. Areas of desirable research include, but are not limited to, structure, stratigraphy, rock mechanics, seismicity, geohistory, and fluid/rock interactions. We encourage individuals who integrate surface and 3D subsurface data sets to answer fundamental questions concerning linked tectonic and sedimentary processes and their relationship to natural resources. Apply at:

The successful candidates are expected to build active collaborations within and outside the university, to develop externally funded research programs that are internationally recognized, to teach graduate and undergraduate level courses that bridge theory and practical applications in the geosciences, and to use their research to enhance experiential learning at UH. Consideration of candidates at the Associate Professor level will be considered in exceptional circumstances. The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Furthermore, we welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Our institution is located in the energy and space capital of the world with potential collaborative opportunities in the nearby academic, federal, and industrial sectors. More information about the department can be found at

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth Science or a related field at the time of the appointment. Candidates should submit: 1) a statement of teaching and research interests, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of at least 3 possible references and their contact information. Applications should be submitted online through A background check is required prior to interviewing. The application deadline for each position is December 5th, 2018.


5) Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology – University of New Mexico

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the broad field of Sedimentary Geology with demonstrated research expertise that complements existing departmental strengths (see The position is a full-time, probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. We are interested in candidates who use field, laboratory, and/or quantitative methods to understand sedimentary geology and/or sedimentary systems.

A complete application must include 4 items all combined as a single document: (1) a cover letter, (2) three statements that illustrate prior experience and interest in: a) teaching, b) research, c) commitment to supporting diversity, equity & inclusion in a highly diverse campus community; (3) a curriculum vitae; and (4) the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three references. Items must be submitted electronically to UNM Jobs ( For best consideration, all materials must be received by January 7, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding the application process please contact Paula Pascetti (, Search Coordinator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (505 277-1633).

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body. In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. The University of New Mexico is the largest and most comprehensive of the state’s institutions of higher education and is both a Carnegie Very High Research University and a federally designated Hispanic- Serving Institution. Located in Albuquerque, the largest metropolitan area in the state, UNM features a growing campus that reflects the cultures and diversity of the Southwest and fosters an excellent work and learning environment for its faculty and students. For more about Albuquerque, visit The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences has a faculty of 19 and offers undergraduate degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences.


6) Assistant or Associate Professor position – University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in geodesy or remote sensing beginning fall 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally visible, externally funded research program and teach departmental courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. We will consider candidates in a broad range of specialties in geodesy and remote sensing. Example specialties include: GPS, InSAR, gravity, Lidar, multi-band and hyperspectral imaging. We particularly welcome candidates who contribute to the existing departmental strengths, especially in one or more of three broad topical areas in which future growth is envisioned: (1) Surface Processes and Hazards, (2) Sustainable Resource Science and Engineering, and (3) Earth and Planetary Evolution. The Department of Geology & Geophysics is housed in the state-of-the-art Sutton Building, a sustainably-designed building with modern research and teaching facilities. Related campus research infrastructure includes the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, the Global Change and Sustainability Center, the Center for High Performance Computing, the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and the Department of Geography. Opportunities also exist within the college for collaboration with the Departments of Mining Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, and Metallurgical Engineering. Evaluation of applications will begin on December 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, candidates should submit (1) statement of interest, (2) summary of current research activities and future research and funding plans, (3) teaching statement describing teaching philosophy and proposed courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the University of Utah, (4) diversity statement describing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the mentoring of diverse students and junior colleagues, (5) curriculum vitae, and (6) names and contact information for five referees. Research and teaching statements should be limited to four pages each. All documents must be upload and submitted via the University of Utah’s employment porthole: Specific questions about the position should be directed to M. Thorne []. More Information about the Department of Geology and Geophysics can be found at:


7) Graduate position in Experimental petrology – University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at University of Utah in Salt Lake City seeks a highly motivated student with an interest in pursuing graduate studies in experimental petrology.

The student will join a recently established high pressure – high temperature laboratory. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, magma genesis in the upper mantle, role of mantle heterogeneity, magma migration and melt-rock reactions.

Detailed program information and application procedure can be obtained from the department website ( Application Deadline is Jan 15th, 2019.

Come join us and enjoy Utah’s Life Elevated!

For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Lambart (


8) Two PhD positions in Surface Processes – Colorado School of Mines

Hi all,

I am recruiting one to two PhD students to join my new surface processes research group at the Colorado School of Mines this coming Fall, 2019. Possible project ideas include the following, but I am also happy to discuss other topics with interested students.

Examining the effects of vegetation, land use and lithology on hillslope sediment transport after wildfire.

Combining experimental field data with numerical modeling, high resolution topographic analysis and theory development to refine our understanding of the statistical representations and underlying physics of long distance particle motion and interactions with topographic roughness.

Examining the relative contributions and timescales of post-fire sediment transport processes and landscape response using short-lived radionuclides (e.g., Be-7 and Cs-137).

Developing the use of seismic and acoustic techniques to study stochastic or ‘patchy’ geomorphic processes (e.g., rock fall and bioturbation by trees or animals) and to measure substrate characteristics relevant to the effects of biota on sediment transport (e.g., root density, soil saturation and cohesion).

Characterizing seismic wave attenuation properties at geomorphically active field settings and examining how attenuation may evolve over individual sediment transport or mass movement events.

I welcome applications from highly motivated students who possess or are committed to developing strong quantitative and/or computational skills. I am also dedicated to promoting diverse perspectives and an inclusive culture in both my research group and the broader STEM community. Students with non-traditional or underrepresented backgrounds and/or a passion for advancing equity and accessibility in STEM are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Interested students should contact me at to discuss application details, project ideas, and any other questions. I will also be at the 2018 AGU fall meeting and am happy to meet potential students in person. More information can be found at


Danica Roth
Assistant Professor (Starting January, 2019)
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines


9) Chaired position – SMU Dallas

The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences announces a search to fill a named tenured professorship honoring C.W. Matthews. We are seeking mid-career applicants with active research programs in the area of the dynamics of fluid-rock interaction. The cross-disciplinary nature of fluid-rock interaction is such that the successful candidate may apply techniques from petrology, hydrology, general geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, or economic geology. The successful applicant will exhibit the ability to (1) maintain programs with external funds obtained from a diverse portfolio of funding agencies, (2) oversee professional staff, and (3) mentor students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The successful applicant will have a commitment to full participation in the educational mission of the department, which is to provide professional training in the Earth Sciences in a liberal arts environment. As the third holder of the Chair, which was established in 1979, the successful candidate must demonstrate strong potential to strengthen and expand the existing departmental research focus. The current focus includes research on problems in the national interest such as natural hazards, earthquake seismology – including induced seismicity, nuclear test ban treaty monitoring, natural resources such as geothermal energy and problems in global environmental change.

Applications can be submitted electronically to Applicants should include a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and contact information for three references. To insure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2019, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its decisions after the position is filled. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.


10) NSF Section Head for Marine Geosciences – National Science Foundation (NSF) Alexandria, VA

Position Announcement – Section Head, Marine Geosciences Section, Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF) Alexandria, VA

NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) seeks candidates for the position of Section Head, Marine Geosciences Section in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE). The Section Head serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal spokesperson in the areas of marine geology, marine geophysics, and chemical oceanography research. Accountable to the Division Director, Division of Ocean Sciences, for successful performance of the Marine Geosciences Section in meeting NSF, GEO, and OCE organizational goals. Specifically, this entails the overall planning, management, and commitment of budgeted funds for the Section, which includes the Chemical Oceanography and Marine Geology and Geophysics Programs.

For full details of the position announcement please see:


11) Grad student & Post-doc Opportunities –  University of Hawaii

Volcano construction and lithospheric flexure along the Hawaiian-Emperor hotspot track: A POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER in seismology is sought to work on projects involving wide-angle, active-source seismic data collected on arrays of ocean bottom seismographs, including tomographic analyses for imaging the crust and upper mantle. The successful applicant will integrate results and interpretations with those of a companion multi-channel seismic reflection study led by collaborators at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Skills and experience in active-source seismology are desired. Contact Robert Dunn: See more details at:

A GRADUATE STUDENT interested in geodynamic modeling is sought to study the the time-dependent growth of the volcanic loads and resulting mechanical response of the oceanic lithosphere. This student will the incorporate seismic results with computer simulations of lithospheric flexing under the load of the volcanoes to address issues related to geomagnetic observations as well as lithosphere rheology. Applicants should have a strong background in math and physics; experience in computer modeling and programming is desirable. Contact Garrett Ito & Paul Wessel

Absolute plate motion over moving hotspots: A GRADUATE STUDENT is sought to work on new methodologies to constrain absolute plate motion (APM) models, using a variety of geophysical data, and investigate the range of plume motion and true polar wander allowed by current data. Applicants should have good preparation in math and physics; experience in computer programming and data analysis is desirable. Contact Paul Wessel Apply via:

Tectonic reorganizations of the North Atlantic south of Iceland: A GRADUATE STUDENT is sought who is interested in participating on a marine geophysical research cruise in Summer 2019 and working on magnetic anomaly, gravity and multibeam data to understand the tectonic evolution of the seafloor spreading system south of Iceland (the Reykjanes Ridge). A focus will be on how transform faults and other ridge axis discontinuities form, evolve and are eliminated. Applicants should have a good understanding of plate tectonic theory and background in math and physics; experience in computer programming is desirable. Contact Fernando Martinez:

Prospective students should apply via:


12) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunities

  • USGS Mendenhall Post-doctoral Fellowship to study “Earthquake-related land-level changes and their cascading consequences in Cascadia and elsewhere”.

Within seconds to minutes, megathrust earthquakes may cause land-level changes along hundreds of kilometers of coastline and inundation equivalent to hundreds of years of sea level rise. These perturbed coastal lands will continue to evolve over many decades, while adjusting to coseismic slip, secondary faulting, shallow material responses, and mantle processes. The plate convergence and interface locking that lead to megathrust earthquakes also cause slowly evolving surface uplift and subsidence. These often-overlooked land-level changes will affect tidal and tsunami runup, stream and river gradients, surface and groundwater drainage, flooding potential, coastal ecosystems, sedimentation and erosion, and coastal and off-shore infrastructure. The USGS seeks a post-doctoral Fellow to conduct research needed to assess and prepare for the hazards and risks associated with earthquake-generated land-level changes and the cascade of phenomena they initiate.

This Fellow would be stationed at the USGS’s Earthquake Science Center field office at the University of Washington in Seattle. Info about Mendenhall Fellowships generally is at, about this opportunity is at, or contact Joan Gomberg, (206) 616-5581, Fellowship proposals are due January 18, 2019.

  • USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunity – Cascadia Marine Geohazards

We are currently recruiting Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow for our project on Marine Geohazards of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, with three general areas of interest: the relationship of Quaternary sediment distribution and stratigraphy to seafloor processes and earthquake history; links between tectonic geomorphology, upper plate structure, and deeper subduction processes; and the influence of fluids and 3D structural interactions on the mechanics of subduction zone forearcs.

A full description of the opportunity is available here:
General information about the Mendenhall Fellowship program:
An info flyer about our Marine Geohazards project:

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact me or one of the other research advisors associated with this project prior to putting together their research proposal.


Dr. Jenna C. Hill
Research Geologist
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
Santa Cruz, CA


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