Job Posting: Visiting Assistant Professor, Postdoc Position, Doctoral Award

1) Postdoctoral Position: Portable UV Laser Microsampling for ICP-MS Studies of Glass and Ceramic Art – Yale University

2) Dalhousie Earth Sciences Doctoral Award – Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
3) Visiting Assistant Professor – Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida


1) Postdoctoral Position: Portable UV Laser Microsampling for ICP-MS Studies of Glass and Ceramic Art – Yale University

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), at Yale University, is seeking a scientist at the postdoctoral associate level to focus on the refinement and application of a portable ultraviolet (UV) laser ablation micro-sampling tool for elemental and isotopic studies of glass and ceramic objects. The project involves the use of ICP-MS facilities at Yale’s Department of Geology & Geophysics to quantitatively assess the performance of the existing prototype. Additionally, the postdoctoral associate will collaborate on the application of the sampling tool and analytical method to the study of objects, preferably made of glass, in the American Decorative Arts collection of the Yale University Art Gallery. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work intensively with museum scientists, conservators, curators, scholars and students, while developing skills and experience that may be applicable in geology, mineralogy, paleontology, archaeometry, forensics, material culture studies, conservation science, etc.

Position and application information

The postdoctoral associate position is a full-time, 12-month position (renewable). The starting date is negotiable; a date in or before July 2019 is preferred. Salary will be based on Yale’s guidelines for postdoctoral positions ( For a description of benefits, including health insurance, see Support for travel associated with projects is provided. This position is based at Yale’s West Campus, on the border of West Haven and Orange CT, and at the Yale Metal Geochemistry Center on Central Campus. The position also requires visits to Yale’s collections and conservation facilities on Central Campus. There is a free shuttle service between Yale’s campuses.

About the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

The Institute is a research collaborative, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of material culture. Our research decodes art and artifacts, enabling scholars across disciplines to incisively interpret origins and histories. Fundamental to this work is understanding and managing change, especially deterioration and its detection, monitoring, and treatment. We also develop tools and methodologies that enable new modes of studying art and artifacts. Facilities include a variety of ED-XRF instruments, optical microscopes, FTIR microscope, Raman microscope, SEM/EDS, GC/MS, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and an array of accelerated aging and mechanical testing equipment. In addition to scientific laboratories, the IPCH also houses the Conservation Laboratory and the Digitization Laboratory, which are collaborative spaces providing infrastructure, equipment, and expertise to Yale’s collections and researchers pursuing the examination, documentation and conservation treatment of objects. IPCH staff has easy access to the West Campus Materials Characterization Core, which includes XPS, FE-SEM-EDS, XRD and WD-XRF facilities. The Yale Metal Geochemistry Center includes two class ten clean rooms, two multi-collector ICP-MS systems, one single-collector ICP-MS system, and one multi-collector TIMS system.

Required qualifications

  • Completion of a PhD in the chemical, physical, earth or archaeological sciences.
  • Expertise with ICP-MS.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and a desire to work collaboratively.
  • Curiosity about art, artifacts, or archival materials and an interest in engaging with museums and collections.

Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with geochemical analyses and isotopic studies is highly desirable.
  • Prior experience with the application of analytical techniques to cultural heritage objects is desirable but not required.

 Application process

  • The closing date for applications is March 3, 2019; review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a CV, and the names of and contact information for two references to Pablo Londero (, Conservation Scientist, Technical Studies Laboratory, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.
  • Questions can be emailed directly to Pablo Londero (

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


2) Dalhousie Earth Sciences Doctoral Award – Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

The Department of Earth Science at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, invites applications for the Dalhousie Earth Sciences Doctoral Award for admission to the Ph.D. program in Fall 2019. This award provides financial support to outstanding Canadian and International students with a demonstrated record of academic success in their undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The successful applicant will be awarded a competitive Ph.D. funding package, which covers tuition (and differential fees for international students), fees, and includes a stipend for living expenses of $19,000 CAD/year. The award is guaranteed for two years, then subject to renewal for the 3rd and 4th years based on student performance.

The Department has a long history of demonstrated excellence in Earth Science research and teaching, with a current emphasis on marine geology/geophysics, petroleum systems, tectonics, high temperature and experimental geochemistry/petrology and earth surface processes. It hosts various analytical and experimental facilities including the newly‐established National Seismic Imaging Facility, and recently upgraded and expanded facilities for cosmogenic isotope sample preparation. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its youthful spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront. Interested students should explore our website (

The minimum qualifications for the award are the successful completion of a BSc degree (MSc preferred) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 (“A” equivalent).

A complete application will consist of the following:

Submitted to the department electronically by the applicant:

  1. completed Dalhousie Long Form Scholarship Application – Doctoral (downloaded from:

Arranged by the applicant (submitted directly to the department on behalf of the applicant):

  1. Academic transcripts (hard copies directly from the issuing institution)
  2. Completed Harmonized reference assessments from two individuals familiar with your academic and research capability (downloaded from

Please email electronic copies to:

Ms. Norma Keeping (Graduate Administrator)
Subject line: Earth Science Doctoral Award Application

Hard copies (academic transcripts) to:

Graduate Affairs Committee
c/o Ms. Norma Keeping (Graduate Administrator)
Department of Earth Science
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3H 4H6A
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.
The successful candidate with be notified by March 1, 2019.

For more information, please contact Professor Yana Fedortchouk, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University, email:


3) Visiting Assistant Professor – Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida ( invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2019.  This is a full-time, nine-month, time-limited, non-tenure accruing with the possibility of renewal for one additional academic year contingent on satisfactory performance, conduct, and funding.  Opportunities exist for summer employment at the University. The successful candidate will have completed a Ph.D. by August 15, 2019. We seek candidates whose research interests overlap with current faculty and show strong promise in research and teaching. For complete information about this position, including required qualifications and applications materials, please visit: The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 28, 2019 and continue accepting applications until the position is filled. Inquiries can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Peter Adams (

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution