Job Posting: PhD & Department Head Positions

1) PhD position to study Glacial Isostatic Adjustment in Patagonia – Southern Methodist University

2) Department Head Position – Penn State University

1) PhD position to study Glacial Isostatic Adjustment in Patagonia – Southern Methodist University

One PhD position is available at the Roy Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University, beginning January 1, 2018. The project is funded by the NSF for 4 years and involves the study of glacial isostatic adjustment of the Southern Patagonia Icefield through passive- and active-source seismology, coring and analysis of lacustrine sediment and geodynamic modeling. The student will be part of a multi institutional team that collaborates on the project. The position will involve field data collection as well as data analysis, modeling and interpretation. The ability to travel internationally and to perform tasks in the field is required.

Admission requirements and procedures are available at:

Interested students should contact Dr. Magnani at for more information. In your email please include your CV, research interests and motivation for the position.

The graduate program at the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU provides research experience to prepare students for successful careers. Graduate research is facilitated by state-of-the-art laboratories that complement active field-based research programs.


2) Department Head Position – Penn State University

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader for the position of Department Head. The successful candidate is expected to be dedicated to promoting inclusion, cohesion, and excellence in the research and educational programs within the Department and across the College. The successful candidate is also expected to continue their strong record of cutting-edge scholarship and be qualified for appointment with tenure. The position is open to any area of research interest within Geosciences. Previous experience in academic or professional leadership is desirable. Women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Penn State Geosciences includes multiple top-ranked research and educational programs, and faculty who are international leaders in a broad array of fields. The Department has strong ties to programs across the University, including the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Materials Research Institute, numerous leading disciplinary programs, and interdisciplinary training programs in Energy, Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry, and Climate Science. More information is available on our website ( To apply, applicants should upload the following materials through the PSU jobs website: 1) a letter describing how they would lead the Department and contribute to its teaching, service, and research programs; 2) a complete curriculum vitae; 3) names and addresses (including e-mail) of three referees. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Kate Freeman, Chair, Department Head Search Committee, Department of Geosciences, at

Please visit the online application site for more information and to apply:


Erin DiMaggio

Department of Geosciences
Pennsylvania State University
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