Job Posting: Faculty Positions & Postdoc Opportunities

1) Postdoctoral Opportunity in Seismology – Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico

2) 2017 Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth and Space Science – School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University
3) Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Geophysics – Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University
4) Imogene and Harold Herndon Professorship in Geosciences – Department of Geosciences, Trinity University
5) Assistant Professor in Computational Ocean Sciences – Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University
6) Three Assistant Professor Positions in Coastal Science – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium


1) Postdoctoral Opportunity in Seismology – Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico

A postdoctoral research position in seismology is open in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. The appointment is for a full-time 1-year duration, renewable for a second year pending progress and funding. The work will focus on problems combining active and passive seismic imaging, ambient noise, seismic tomography and large N arrays. The successful applicant will join a growing seismology group at UNM and a vibrant seismological community in Albuquerque. Opportunities for teaching, mentoring, and outreach will be made available for those interested in pursuing an academic track.

The start date is flexible, and could begin as soon as January 2017. Completion of all Ph.D. requirements is necessary at the time of appointment. Application materials including a CV, statement of research interests and experience, and names of three references can be sent to Lindsay Lowe Worthington ( Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Worthington with questions or for more information about potential projects and available datasets.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.


2) 2017 Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth and Space Science – School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will serve as an Exploration Fellow. The mission of the postdoctoral Fellowship is to foster SESE’s interdisciplinary research program by attracting and supporting outstanding early-career scientists and engineers to pursue independent research in collaboration with SESE faculty. Research areas within SESE encompass theoretical and observational astrophysics, astrobiology, cosmology, earth and planetary science, instrumentation and systems engineering, and science education.

Anticipated start date for the position is July 2017.  The expected duration of the Fellowship is three years.  Incoming Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $61,000 with health benefits, plus $9,000 per year in discretionary research funds. A relocation allowance will be provided.

Interested candidates should contact two current faculty members in SESE to discuss potential collaborative research topics and determine whether they would agree to serve as mentors. When a topic of mutual interest between the applicant and potential faculty mentors is identified, the applicant should submit a research proposal that includes: (1) a cover letter identifying the proposed research topic and the names of the two faculty mentors, (2) a current CV, (3) a research proposal not longer than five pages, and (4) two papers exemplifying the applicant’s research. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted separately. Preference will be given to proposals that include interdisciplinary research spanning multiple research areas within SESE.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. by the time of appointment, but received no earlier than 2012, in a field relevant to Earth and Space exploration, including (but not limited to) astrophysics, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, physics, and planetary science. Applicants who received their Ph.D. prior to 2012 will not be considered.

Desired Qualifications: (1) research proposal that demonstrates relevance, interdisciplinary merit, and/or potential impact of the proposed research activities to the overarching “big picture” research questions in the field and to the mission of SESE, (2) a record of prior achievement and experience demonstrating the potential to accomplish proposed research objectives, and (3) evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.

Application materials (and any questions) should be submitted by email to, addressed to the Exploration Fellowship Committee. Applications will only be considered complete when all materials described above are received. Initial review of complete applications will begin on November 18, 2016; if not filled, application review will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

More information about the Exploration Fellowship can be found at:

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


3) Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Geophysics – Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University

The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in computational or theoretical geophysics. We seek a candidate with the potential to complement one or more of the Department’s current and traditional research strengths in geodynamics, seismology, mineral physics, and rock mechanics, and who will be an effective teacher. Details of the Department’s areas of research emphasis and current facilities may be found at

Interested applicants should submit a State employment application, cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements and contact information of three references to Academic Jobs Online at: Electronic submission via Academic Jobs Online is highly preferred.

Alternatively, submit above materials to:

Faculty Search Committee

Department of Geosciences

Earth and Space Sciences Building, Room 255

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100

For a full position description, or for application procedures, visit (Ref. # F-9662-16-09).

Stony Brook University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Female/Minority/Disabled/Veteran

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4) Imogene and Harold Herndon Professorship in Geosciences – Department of Geosciences, Trinity University

The Department of Geosciences at Trinity University invites applications for the Imogene and Harold Herndon Professorship in Geosciences. Appointment to this endowed position is at the rank of Professor with tenure. A Ph.D. in Geosciences or a closely aligned field is required. The position includes a reduced teaching load and a yearly discretionary budget.

We seek candidates whose research program is widely recognized, externally funded, and provides opportunities for meaningful involvement of undergraduates. Demonstrated dedication to and success in undergraduate education are required. The successful candidate will teach introductory geosciences courses, at least one upper-level course related to environmental geoscience, and other contributions to department and university core curricula. We are open to a wide range of research specialties, including but not limited to hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, soil science, climate science, and oceanography.

Trinity University (, founded in 1869, is an independent, coeducational, selective, primarily undergraduate institution with high-quality science, liberal arts, and pre-professional programs. Trinity is among the national leaders in percentage of graduates who earn doctorates in the sciences. Undergraduate enrollment is about 2500, with students from all areas of the U.S. and many foreign countries. The attractive campus overlooks downtown San Antonio, the 7th largest city in the U.S., which is rich in heritage and ethnic diversity. The Geosciences Department is housed in the Center for Sciences and Innovation ( The department has granted degrees in the geosciences for over 50 years and is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium. Further information about the department and this search can be found at

Applications or letters of nomination should be sent to Complete applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of undergraduate teaching experience and philosophy, documentation and/or evaluations of teaching effectiveness, a description of research plans, and the names and contact information of four professional references.  Review of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2016. Questions about the search can be directed to Dr. Glenn Kroeger []. Minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Trinity University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


5) Assistant Professorship in Computational Ocean Sciences – Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University

The Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning fall 2017.  We seek candidates with research interests in marine ecosystems, oceanographic biogeochemical processes, and climate change.  The successful candidate will have a computational focus, preferably taking advantage of the increasing availability of large data streams.  Applicants whose research utilizes satellite remote sensing, numerical modeling, or ocean observatory datasets, especially in an integrated approach that combines different data sources and methodologies, are particularly encouraged to apply.

This 10-month, state-supported position will be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in ocean or earth sciences or a related discipline.  Postdoctoral experience is preferred.  The successful candidate will demonstrate strong potential for outstanding accomplishments in research supported by federal peer-reviewed research grants and teaching as an individual and as a member of collaborative teams.  Good communication skills and the ability to mentor student research are important attributes.

The department has a robust undergraduate and graduate program with students pursuing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses that support our existing curricula in ocean and earth sciences as well as specialty graduate courses.  Many opportunities exist for disciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions with more than twenty-five other faculty in OEAS, its Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, and other centers and departments within the university.  Information about the Department and its facilities can be found at

Applications should contain a cover letter, CV, succinct teaching and research statements, copies of three relevant publications and contact information for three professional references.  Complete applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF at  Please submit this PDF under the category “Media Portfolio.”

Review of applicants will begin 1 November 2016 and the position will remain open until filled.  Old Dominion University and the College of Sciences welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses.

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


6) Three Assistant Professor Positions in Coastal Science – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for Research and Education (LUMCON) seeks to hire at least three new Assistant Professors in the first phase of multi-year faculty expansion. We seek candidates in the following areas of coastal science: fisheries ecology, coastal hydrology/physical oceanography, plant ecology, biological oceanography, microbial ecology, and marine chemistry. Candidates should have notable research achievements, demonstration of funded research, or potential for funded research, and a commitment to education and outreach.

The LUMCON DeFelice Marine Center ( is located approximately 2 hours southwest of New Orleans at the upper end of Terrebonne Bay in the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers. LUMCON’s unique locality encompasses numerous habitats in the Mississippi River Delta/Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including extensive marshes, estuaries, rivers large and small, and the open Gulf of Mexico benthic and pelagic systems. The Center facilities include a seawater system, multiple wet labs, and a racetrack flume with laser Doppler profiler, state-of-the art environmental chambers, extensive aquaculture facilities and toxicology lab, a marsh mesocosm facility under development, and fleet of research vessels. Preference will be given to candidates who can clearly demonstrate a research program that maximizes the locality and research assets of the DeFelice Marine Center.

In addition, LUMCON represents a consortium of university and colleges across the State of Louisiana. The successful candidate will build a collaborative program with faculty at the DeFelice Marine Center and across the consortium of universities and colleges.

The position carries a 9-month salary. The initial appointment is for three years; following a review, the contract may be renewed for three more years. A six-year review similar to tenure is conducted for promotion to Associate Professor with a six-year appointment, but LUMCON is not a tenure-granting institution.

Submit electronic copies of 1) a letter of interest; 2) curriculum vita; 3) research statement; 4) education and outreach statement; 5) a statement of how your research program would use the location of LUMCON’s Defelice Marine Center and its assets, develop collaborations with faculty at both the Marine Center and at consortium member universities, and collaboratively utilize the resources of the consortium member universities; and 6) the name, affiliation, address, phone and email address of three references to with the subject LUMCON FACULTY CLUSTER HIRE.

Specific questions about the positions can be directed to Dr. Craig R. McClain, Executive Director, (985-851-2801).

Review of applicants has been extended to November 1, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled.


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