Job Postings: Faculty Position, Staff Scientist Position, Post-doc Fellowship

1) Faculty position in petrology – University of New Mexico

2) Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship – Rice University, Department of Earth Science

3) Staff Scientist Position – IODP at Texas A&M University


1) Faculty position in petrology – University of New Mexico

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) and the Institute of Meteoritics (IOM) at the University of New Mexico invite applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Petrology. The position is a 9-month joint appointment with duties split equally between EPS and IOM. The position comes with a reduced teaching load to accommodate a high level of research-related activities. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated research activities in both terrestrial and planetary topics and who possess skills necessary to lead the integrated IOM/EPS experimental petrology laboratory facilities. 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. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has a faculty of 20 and offers undergraduate degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences. The Institute of Meteoritics, founded in 1944, was one of the first institutions in the world devoted to the study of meteorites, its scientists carry out research on planetary materials, solar system formation and evolution, and participate in NASA missions of exploration. All of the EPS and IOM facilities and instrumentation are co-located in Northrop Hall on the UNM Main Campus, which feature electron microprobe, SIMS, SEM, TEM, FIB, x-ray diffraction, FTIR, QMS-GC, ICPMS, radiogenic isotope, stable isotope, and analytical chemistry laboratories.

Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Geosciences or a related field at the time of appointment and research experience in igneous petrology, planetary materials or mineral physics. Preferred qualifications are: demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed journals; commitment and energy to establish a vigorous and externally funded research program; evidence of a research area that complements existing research in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Institute of Meteoritics and demonstrated commitment to collaborative science; commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate level teaching and research mentoring; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

The application package, containing a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and a statement of research interests, and the names of three references with contact information, should be submitted electronically to UNM Jobs: . The job posting number is 0830522. For best consideration, all materials must be received by August 3, 2015. However, the position will remain open until filled. For questions regarding the application process please contact Search Co-chairs Carl Agee ( ) and Tobias Fischer ( ), or Search Coordinator Paula Pascetti (,  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (Tel: 505 277-1633). Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of New Mexico is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.


2) Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellow –Rice University, Department of Earth Science

The Department of Earth Science at Rice University is launching a Wiess Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship competition in the broad fields of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Interested candidates should have recently completed their PhD or are expected to complete their PhD by September 2016. The appointment of the fellow is expected to begin anytime between July and December 2016.

The principal selection criteria for the fellow are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of Earth science, broadly defined. Applicants are expected to propose their own research ideas, but are encouraged to consider the current spectrum of research activities in the department and to communicate with one or more members of the faculty (

The research fellowship will be supported by the Department of Earth Science for two years pending satisfactory progress in their first year. The fellowship covers an annual stipend of $60,000 and includes an annual research allowance of $3,500.

Candidates are required to submit:

(1) A cover letter addressed to the search committee chair

(2) A research proposal of no more than 3 single-spaced pages excluding references

(3) A current CV

(4) A list of publications

(5) A list of four referees with full contact details

All documents should be submitted as a single .pdf file to the chair of the fellowship search committee ( The application deadline is November 1, 2015. The highest ranked candidates will be invited to visit Rice in early 2016, and the decision of the award will be announced March 1, 2016.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identityship – Rice University


3) Staff Scientist Position – IODP at Texas A&M University

IODP-JRSO Accepting Applications for Staff Scientist Position

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at Texas A&M University invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist (Expedition Project Manager/Staff Scientist) with expertise in any aspect of borehole geophysics, petrophysics, or geophysics. A Ph.D. in geosciences or related field, and demonstrated on-going research experience is required. Applicants must have a demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English. Experience as a seagoing scientist, especially in scientific ocean drilling, is preferred.

This position will serve as the Expedition Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of precruise expedition planning, sea-going implementation, and postcruise activities. These duties include sailing as the IODP scientific representative on a two-month IODP expedition approximately once every 1 to 2 years. Individual scientific research, as well as collaboration with colleagues at Texas A&M University in fulfilling its educational mission, is required. This position will also provide scientific advice on laboratory developments in their area of specialization including scientific implementation of downhole logging on the JOIDES Resolution. Applicants must be able to cooperate and work harmoniously with others, have the ability to be an effective team leader, and foster collaboration among diverse scientific participants. Passing a new employee medical exam and annual seagoing medical exams are a requirement of the position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant. This is a regular full time position, contingent upon continuing availability of funds for IODP. TAMU will begin reviewing applications on 15 September 2015, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews. Applicants may access the TAMU application at and apply online with reference to Posting Number O00163FY15, attach a curriculum vita, list of published papers, statement of research interests, and names and addresses of three references. Quick Link –


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