Position Openings/Fellowships

Quick view of Postdoctoral Fellow Whereabouts

Quick view of Postdoctoral Fellow Whereabouts

An overview draft chart on the placement/whereabouts of DTM’s Postdocs based on the information we have on our website.  Government includes NASA/NSF/NOAA; Research Institutions includes Lowell and Carnegie (i.e., former Postdocs becoming DTM Staff Scientists), amongst others.  Unknown includes Postdocs from the past on whom we have no information listed.

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The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor Faculty position within any specialty of the general field of Geochemistry. We seek a candidate with the potential to augment or build upon one or more of the department’s current research strengths in crystal chemistry, environmental geochemistry, experimental geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, low temperature geochemistry and theoretical geochemistry and who will be an effective teacher in undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of geochemistry and general geology, hydrogeology, mineralogy or planetary science. Details of the department’s areas of research emphasis and current facilities may be found at http://www.stonybrook.edu/geosciences/. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in the geosciences or closely related field at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must also have the clear potential to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program that would include mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

Applicants should apply by January 10, 2014 through AcademicJobsOnline.org at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3305. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements and the names and contact information of three references.

If needed, mail applications can be submitted to: Geochemistry Search Committee, Department of Geosciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Room 255, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 11794-2100. Enquiries may be directed to Prof. Scott McLennan, Chair of the Search Committee at Scott.McLennan@stonybrook.edu.

For a full position description and/or application procedures, visit www.stonybrook.edu/jobs

(Ref. # F-8201-13-10.)

Stony Brook University is an affirmative action I equal opportunity employer and educator. If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call the University Human Resources Services Department at (631) 632-6161 or the University Hospital Human Resources Department at (631) 444-4700. In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act, a copy of our crime statistics is available upon request by calling (631) 632-7786. It can also be viewed on-line at the University Police website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/police.
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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Experimental Geochemistry / Mineral Physics

The Department of Earth Sciences (www.erdw.ethz.ch) at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned professorship.

The successful candidate is an experimentalist with complementary theoretical background to lead investigations on the structure, physical and chemical properties of natural materials, with innovative applications to Earth and Planetary Sciences. The new professor will develop a dynamic research programme directed at understanding the properties and behaviour of Earth materials from the global to the atomic scale. The programme may include experiments at elevated temperatures and pressures and may be complemented by in-situ observations of natural and experimental materials (e.g. synchrotron and other microbeam methods) and/or theoretical modelling of physical chemistry. Potential fields of research include the physical properties of crystalline substances, the transport properties and physical chemistry of melts and fluids, the kinetics of phase transitions or the characterisation of isotopic fractionations operating from the interior to the surface of planets.

He or she will join the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology and is expected to initiate cooperative research programmes with other groups at ETH and related institutions. The new professor and his or her research group will contribute to introductory and advanced courses on crystallography, mineralogy and the physical chemistry of materials of the Earth’s surface and interior. The professor will be expected to teach undergraduate level courses (German or English) and graduate level courses (English).

This assistant professorship has been established to promote the careers of younger scientists. The initial appointment is for four years with the possibility of renewal for an additional two-year period and promotion to a permanent position.

Please apply via the main advert at:
http://www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch/facultypositions/ap_experimental_geochemistry_mineral_physics

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of your research interests and the names of three potential referees. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2013. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples. In order to increase the number of women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply.

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(1)    Tenure-track Faculty Position in Tectonics – Boston University
(2)    Faculty position in Solid Earth Processes, University of Rochester
(3)    Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geophysics, New Mexico Tech

(1)    Tenure-track Faculty Position in Tectonics
The Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Tectonics, beginning in Fall 2014 (subject to budgetary approval). We seek applicants whose research encompasses broad field-based investigations aimed at understanding the evolution and dynamics of the continental lithosphere at regional to global scale. We especially welcome applicants whose research emphasizes interactions between tectonics and other aspects of the evolving Earth system such as Earth history, mantle dynamics, climate & sea level change, landscape evolution, natural resources, hazards, and more. Candidates’ research might span such disciplines as structural geology, geochemistry, geo/thermochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonic-geomorphology, and paleomagnetism.
The successful applicant will be expected to supervise graduate research in M.A. and Ph.D. programs, maintain an externally funded research program, and teach at all levels in the Earth & Environment curriculum. We seek an applicant whose research complements Departmental expertise in solid Earth geosciences and integrates well with other Departmental themes. Interaction is encouraged with other departments including Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and the B.U. Marine Program. For more information about the Department, see http://www.bu.edu/earth.     A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required. Please apply online at https://academicjobsonline.org, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses of at least three references.  Should you have questions, feel free to contact Ethan Baxter, Search Committee Chair, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02215 USA; email: earth@bu.edu. Review of applications will begin on Dec 1, 2013. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Boston University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Ethan F. Baxter
Associate Professor
Department of Earth & Environment
Boston University
675 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
ph: 617 358-2844
website: http://people.bu.edu/efb/

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(2)    Faculty position in Solid Earth Processes, University of Rochester
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester will be hiring a tenure-track faculty in Solid Earth Processes, in disciplines that include, but are not limited to Petrology and/or Geochemistry. The rank of the position is open, with a start date of July 1, 2014. We are interested in a dynamic educator and researcher who uses geochemical and/or computational approaches in their research and can establish externally funded, internationally recognized research programs. Preference will be given to applicants who can build cross-disciplinary programs involving undergraduate and graduate students that complement the University of Rochester’s strengths in tectonics, Earth and planetary evolution, geophysics, geochemistry, and climate science (see http://www.ees.rochester.edu for more information about programs in the Department). We seek applicants who can teach Petrology. The University of Rochester is a highly ranked research university, and Rochester’s cultural, educational, and recreational assets consistently place the city in the top 10 places to live within the U.S. Applicants should submit materials via: https://www.rochester.edu/fort/ees/.  Materials include a curriculum vitae, select reprints, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names and contact information of four references. The review of applications will begin December 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Rochester has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and, in that spirit, actively encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education.

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(3)    Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geophysics, New Mexico Tech
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the broad area of geophysics, with an anticipated start date in August 2014. We seek an innovative geophysicist whose research addresses significant geophysical or geological questions.  We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in seismology; we will also consider outstanding candidates with other geophysical expertise.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or a related field at the time of appointment, as well as a significant record of research productivity.  The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program supporting M.S. and Ph.D. students, teach two to three courses per year (graduate and/or undergraduate), advise students, and perform service to the department, institute, state, national, and international Earth Science communities.
New Mexico Tech (NMT), located in the central Rio Grande valley community of Socorro, specializes in science and engineering education and research, and has a present enrollment of approximately 2000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Earth and Environmental Science Department (EES; www.ees.nmt.edu) has an integrated undergraduate program in Earth Science and Environmental Science and     M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Geophysics, Geology/Geochemistry, and Hydrology.  The Department consists of 18 faculty and approximately 120 undergraduate and graduate students.  EES and NMT also host the on-campus IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center and EarthScope USArray Array Operations Facility (www.passcal.nmt.edu), which provide logistical, instrumentation, and data support for seismological and associated research. Additional on-campus geoscience expertise includes the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (geoinfo.nmt.edu), and Petroleum Recovery Research Center (baervan.nmt.edu).  New Mexico Tech additionally has equipment and facilities to support energy-related research and teaching, including computational resources, Landmark software, and a trailer-mounted IVI vibroseis system.  For additional information see www.nmt.edu or contact search committee chair Glenn Spinelli (spinelli@nmt.edu).
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research and teaching interests and goals, and the contact information of three references to: Geophysics Search, New Mexico Tech, Human Resources Department, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, New Mexico 87801. Official transcripts of pre-and post-graduate studies will be required if selected to interview.  For full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2013 (email applications cannot be accepted).  New Mexico Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Postdoctoral research position in seismology at UCL
University College London, UK – Department of Earth Sciences

Applications are invited for a researcher to work on a multidisciplinary project aimed at elucidating the nature of 3-D seismic attenuation in the Earth’s mantle. This project connects global seismic tomography with mantle thermodynamical modelling, involving collaboration between UCL and various universities in the USA.

This full-time post is funded by NERC and is available from 1 December 2013 for a period of three years in the first instance.

We seek a highly motivated scientist with experience in computational seismic imaging. Candidates will have a PhD, or thesis submitted subject to examination, in quantitative seismology and fulfill all essential elements of the person specification as described in the further particulars.

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £32,375 – £39,132 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. For more information about this post, including application details, go to:

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHJ612/research-associate-in-seismology/

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Ana Ferreira, a.ferreira@ucl.ac.uk . Application deadline: 13/10/2013
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The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for the Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for conducting postdoctoral research on cutting-edge topics and to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration. Potential research topics span the full range of research interests of our faculty (http://sese.asu.edu/focus_areas). Research areas within SESE encompass theoretical and observational astrophysics, cosmology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary science, astrobiology, exploration systems engineering, development of instrumentation for exploration, and science education.

The first step in the application process is to contact prospective faculty sponsor(s) to discuss potential research topics. When a topic of mutual interest is identified, the applicant will prepare and submit a 5-8 page research proposal.

The complete application packet includes: (1) a cover letter identifying (a) the proposed research topic and (b) the prospective postdoctoral advisors, (2) 3 letters of reference (submitted separately), (3) a current CV, (4) a 5-8 page research proposal, (5) 2-3 papers exemplifying the applicant’s research, and (6) letters of endorsement (submitted separately) from the prospective postdoctoral advisors. Preference will be given to proposals that include multiple focus areas within SESE, that forge new collaborations, and that bring new research expertise to SESE consistent with likely faculty hiring strategies over the next few years.

Up to 3 awards will be offered this year with salary ($50k/yr) and full benefits. Standard awards are 2-year appointments, renewable for a 3rd year contingent on performance and availability of funding. Typically appointments will start between July 1 and September 1, 2014.

Application materials (and any questions) should be submitted by email toexppd@asu.edu, addressed to the Exploration Fellowship Program Committee. Complete applications and separate letters of reference are due by December 20, 2013. Evaluation of applications will begin in early January  2014 and decisions will be announced in February, 2014.

ASU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity among applicants and promotes a diverse workforce.

Hilairy Ellen Hartnett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration and
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287 U.S.A.
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The Department of Geology, part of the School of Earth, Society and the Environment (SESE), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Solid Earth Geophysics. A Ph.D. degree is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a prominent, externally funded research program and to provide excellence in teaching at undergraduate and graduate
levels. We seek outstanding individuals within the broad area of solid-earth geophysics, including but not limited to, seismology, geodynamics, mineral physics, tectonics, and applied geophysics. Preference will be given to candidates who complement our existing strength with interdisciplinary interests in the department and across the campus. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration with other departments of SESE, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the College of Engineering, the Prairie Research Institute, the Mid-America Earthquake Center, and the Beckman Institute. More information about the department and community can be found at www.geology.illinois.edu.
To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by November 4, 2013. The anticipated starting date of this appointment is August 16, 2014.  Salary is commensurate with experience.
To apply, create your candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your application letter, curriculum vitae, summary of current research and future plans, teaching philosophy and experience, up to 3 representative publications, and contact information for three references. Questions, requests for additional information or nominations may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Xiaodong Song (xsong@illinois.edu).
Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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The  geomagnetism  group  at  the  Institut  de  Physique   du  Globe  de  Paris  (IPGP) and  the  stellar magnetism  group  of  the  AIM  laboratory  at  Université  Paris  Diderot  invite  applications  for  a 30-­month  post­doctoral  research  position  in  geo  and  solar  MHD   data  assimilation  to  begin  as early   as  December   2013.  The  position  is  funded  by  the  Initiative  d’excellence  (IdEX Sorbonne Paris  Cité)  project  DAMSE  (Data  assimilation  for  the magnetism  of  the Sun and the Earth). The objective  of  DAMSE  is  to  develop  an  operational  variational  data  assimilation  framework  for  the analysis  of  the  solar  and  geomagnetic  fields  (on  decadal  and  geological  time  scales, respectively).

The  successful  candidate  will  be  instrumental  in  implementing  and  applying  this  variational framework,  first  in  the  context  of  the 11­-yr  solar  cycle  (using  mean  field  solar  dynamo models), then  in  the  context  of terrestrial  magnetism  (using  simplified  models  reproducing  the  long­-term behaviour  of  the  geodynamo).  His/her  tasks  will  comprise  the  analysis  of  the  available observational  records,  the  definition  of  relevant  objective  functions  (and  associated  statistical components),  and  the  derivation  and  implementation   of  the  adjoint  model  used  for  iterative
adjustment  of  the  vector controlling  the  dynamical  trajectory  of  the  model  of  geo/solar magnetic field dynamics.

He/She  will  spend  the first half of his/her contract at the AIM lab in  Saclay, and the second half at IPGP  in  Paris.  The  net salary will depend on experience. A dedicated travel fund for conferences and  seminars  of  6000€/yr  is  also  included  on  top   of  the  usual  benefits  and  supports  of  any French  research  institute.  The  postdoctoral  fellow  will  also  benefit  from  successful  ongoing collaborations  with  several  groups  in  France,  Europe  and  around  the  world  on  topics  directly connected with the project he/she will conduct.

We   seek  a   motivated  scientist  with  a  PhD  in  applied  mathematics,  astrophysics,  plasma physics  or  geophysics  to  develop  state­-of-the -­art  models  of  geo  and  solar  magnetic  field  dynamics constrained  by  observations. A good  knowledge  of  data assimilation techniques and/or MHD will be a plus.

Interested candidates should send a CV (including a publication list), a short statement of research interests  and  the names of  3  referees  to  Alexandre  Fournier  (fournier@ipgp.fr)  and  Sacha Brun (sacha.brun@cea.fr).  Applications  received by  October 31st will be given priority but applications will be considered until the position is filled.
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From: Michael Foote <foote@geosci.uchicago.edu>
Date: October 1, 2013 10:41:46 AM EDT
To: Lee Kump <lrk4@psu.edu>
Subject: Faculty positions at Chicago

Dear Lee,

I am writing to bring to your attention an ongoing faculty search in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.   As you can see from the ad, pasted below, we will be considering candidates in a wide range of fields.  Although the target date is October 1st, this is not a deadline; we have only just begun to read applications and will continue to do so. We want to have the broadest possible applicant pool so that we may identify the best candidates.  I would therefore like to ask specifically if you know of promising scientists from under-represented groups—including women and minorities—whom you could bring to my attention so that I can contact them directly and encourage them to apply.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Michael Foote
Chairman, Geophysical Sciences

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Faculty Positions in Geophysical Sciences
The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for one or more faculty positions. We are interested in outstanding scientists who address fundamental questions about the physics, chemistry, biology, and history of Earth and other planetary bodies. Candidates must have completed the PhD prior to appointment.  Candidates must apply through the University’s Academic Careers website and upload a cover letter; a curriculum vitae with list of publications; statements of research and teaching interests; and names and contact information for at least three referees. Consideration of applications will begin October 1, 2013, and will continue until all positions have been filled.

To apply for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, go to academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52969.

To apply for a position at the rank of Associate Professor, go to academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52971. Applicants at this rank must be several years beyond the PhD, and have an outstanding research record.

For information on the Department, visit http://geosci.uchicago.edu.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Michael Foote
Department of the Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago
5734 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637 USA
phone 773-702-4320
FAX 773-702-0207
email mfoote@uchicago.edu
http://geosci.uchicago.edu/~foote
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Tenure Track Professorships in Solid Earth Geosciences at Harvard
TENURE-TRACK PROFESSORSHIPS
Harvard University
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences seeks to appoint two tenure-track professors in solid Earth geosciences, with an emphasis on the geochemistry and geophysics of the Earth’s crust and interior. The appointments are expected to begin on July 1, 2014. A doctorate in Earth Sciences or related discipline is required at the time the appointment begins. Successful applicants will be expected to establish an innovative and internationally distinguished research program that contributes to the vibrant intellectual community within the department. They will also be expected to demonstrate excellence and commitment to teaching, and be responsible for developing and teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5035): Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names and contact information of 3-5 references. We will begin to review applications beginning December 2nd, 2013. Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

For information, contact: Prof. Jerry X. Mitrovica, Search Committee, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 (jxm@eps.harvard.edu).

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Solid-Earth Geophysics and Geochemistry at the University of Minnesota

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Physics and Chemistry of the Solid Earth.

Assistant Professor – Physics and Chemistry of Earth -University of Minnesota
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Subject: Tokyo: 20 new open ELSI research scientist positions - with additional research funding
Date: September 13, 2013 8:50:35 PM EDT

ELSI Research Scientist Positions

The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is now providing opportunities for ELSI Research Scientist positions.

ELSI aims to answer the fundamental questions of how the Earth was formed, how life originated in the environment of early Earth, and how this life evolved into complexity.

ELSI will pursue these questions by studying the “origin and evolution of life” and the “origin and evolution of the Earth” through an interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of Earth, Life, and Planetary Sciences.  By understanding the early Earth context that allowed for the rise of initial life, we will also contribute to a greater understanding of the likelihood of extraterrestrial life in our solar and exosolar systems.

ELSI is a young and innovative institute (launched Dec. 2012) with a vision to become a world-leading interdisciplinary research hub for Origins of Earth and Life studies.  In order to succeed in this mission, ELSI seeks to assemble a team of talented, highly motivated individuals from around the world who wish to pursue original research and also actively engage in cross-disciplinary discussions and synergistic research projects.  ELSI as a young institute will provide a unique opportunity for those who wish to play a contributing role in the direction and development of an exciting new research institute.

ELSI will provide the environment and assistance necessary to support this endeavor.

The ELSI Research Scientist positions provide highly flexible connections to ELSI Principal Investigators or research groups.  A research fund of at least JPY 0.5 million/year up to JPY 1.0 million/year will be available to each scholar.

Tokyo is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world.  ELSI is situated in the Meguro Ward of Tokyo, with convenient and quick train access to all major city centers and attractions.  ELSI has experienced staff who are dedicated to providing full relocation assistance to ease the transition to Japan, including help with immigration procedures, housing, health care, and all other basic needs.

We welcome all qualified candidates, regardless of nationality or gender.  We encourage and support our candidates’ close collaborations with overseas research institutes.  Our institutional language is English; Japanese language skills are not required.

Research Fields:

Scientific fields related to research themes pursued at ELSI include but are not limited to:
• Formation of the Earth
• Early Earth environment and evolution
• Deep Earth properties and dynamics
• Solar system exploration
• Formation and characterization of exoplanets
• Abiotic chemical evolution
• Origin of Life
• Early biological evolution
• Bacterial ecology
• Metagenomics
• High performance computing
• Bioinformatics

Requirements:
ELSI Research Fellows must hold a Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field at the time of appointment.

Number of Openings:
Up to 20 positions are offered in the present recruitment.

Place of Work:
Earth-Life Science Institute
Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

Starting Date:
January 1, 2014 or earliest possible date thereafter, preferably no later than September 2014.  Please discuss with us if this schedule poses potential problems.

Period of Employment:
Three years, with a possible extension to five based on performance.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary: JPY 4,800,000 to JPY 7,000,000 per year depending on experience, including social insurance, taxes, and all allowances (commuting, housing, etc.).

Bonus and retirement allowances are not provided. The following social insurance is covered:
• Medical and dental insurance called “Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mutual Society of Health Insurance” (“Monbukagakusho Kyousai Kumiai” in Japanese.)
• Employment Insurance (“Koyou Hoken”)
• Worker’s Accident Compensation Insurance (“Rosai Hoken”)

Application Procedure:
Step (1): Submit an application through ELSI’s public position offering page:
http://www.elsi.jp/en/category/recruitment/scientific-staff/
The application should include the following:
• Resume/Curriculum Vitae
• Publication list with your three most important papers marked clearly.  The list may include conference talks and other relevant information.
• A statement of research interests and plans that specifically addresses intended contributions to the origin and early evolution of Life and/or Earth studies.  (Please limit the length to 3 pages.)
• Contact information for three people who will provide letters of recommendation (name, email address, affiliation and position.)

Step (2): After sending your application, please ask three different individuals to submit letters of recommendation via e-mail to: recruitment@elsi.jp

Step (3): Applicant screening begins only after Steps (1) and (2) above are completed.  Based on the submitted materials, ELSI’s review board will determine whether to proceed to the next step, which will be an interview.

Step (4): Interview.  We will contact you to arrange the dates and travel details.  If you cannot travel to ELSI for an interview, we can arrange to conduct one over Skype or other means.

Step (5): Announcement of decision.  If ELSI offers you a position, we will begin discussions with you regarding starting details.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us by email and we will get back to you. Contact: recruitment@elsi.jp
Deadline for Application:
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
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Date: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Subject: [MSA-Talk] Tenure-track assistant faculty position at Caltech

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. We seek applicants for a position in any area within the purview of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech, with a strong commitment to high quality teaching. We solicit applicants from the broad range of disciplines within Earth and planetary science, including geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geobiology, and planetary science, and who are interested in all aspects of earth and planetary dynamics, interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, oceans, and cryospheres.

The term of the initial appointment at the assistant professor level is normally four years, with appointment contingent upon completion of a PhD in a relevant field. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates may also be considered at the tenured professor level. Interested applicants should submit an electronic application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

If there are any questions during the search process, please contact us at gps-search@caltech.edu.

The California Institute of Technology is an Equal-Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

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Paul Asimow                    asimow@gps.caltech.edu
Professor of Geology and Geochemistry
California Institute of Technology           M/C170-25
Pasadena, CA 91125 USA
(626)395-4133                            FAX (626)568-0935
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The International Space Science Institute invites applications for Two Post-Doctoral Positions for a two-year period starting in January 2014 or by agreement. One of the two positions is in Space Sciences, the other is in Earth Sciences. The successful candidates should have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in a field relating to either Space or Earth Sciences in general. All applications must be received by ISSI no later than October 31st, 2013.

For more information go to  http://www.issibern.ch/spotlight/PostDoc13.pdf

International Space Science Institute
Hallerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern
Switzerland
Tel. +41-31-631 48 96
Fax +41-31-631 48 97
http://www.issibern.ch

ISSIPostDocPositions2013

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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a position in planetary sciences, at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level.  (courtesy Francis Nimmo and Lindy Elkins-Tanton). UCSC position description

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Assistant/Associate Professor positions available at the Departments of Chemistry and Astronomy at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (courtesy Brian Jackson)

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Postdoc in experimental petrology at Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans
(Clermont-Ferrand, France)

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the origin of intraplate alkaline magmatism. The main goal is to understand the role of volatiles and the conditions of melting.

The project involves two main parts : (1) determination of the composition of low-degree, volatile-bearing melts in the garnet stability field, using a variety of melt extraction tools developed in our laboratory, and (2)
determination of the volatile contents in melt inclusions from a variety of primitive alkaline lavas.

Candidates must have completed a PhD in experimental petrology or a related field. Prior experience with high-temperature solid-liquid phase equilibria (piston-cylinder, IHPV, EHPV, multi-anvil, furnaces) is highly
desirable. This project is funded through Labex Clervolc (ANR/Feder) for two years, starting in the Fall of 2013.

Interested candidates should submit a CV (including publication list), statement of research interests and the names and contact details for at least two references to Etienne Médard (E.Medard@opgc.univ-bpclermont.fr).
For more informations, please feel free to send an email to the same address. Deadline for applications is July 7th.

Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans is located in Clermont-Ferrand, in the hilly central part of France, and next to some of the most recent European volcanoes. This is an excellent area for outdoor activities, with a low
cost of living. The laboratory is mainly dedicated to the understanding of magmatic processes, from the structure of the deep mantle to surface volcanic activity. The experimental petrology team comprises about 15
tenured researchers, and hosts a complete range of experimental devices (one-atmosphere furnaces, EHPV, IHPV, piston-cylinders, multi-anvils, diamond-anvil cells) as well as a variety of analytical facilities (electron microprobe, SEM, LA-ICP-MS, FTIR, Raman). The department offers strong graduate programs in volcanology and in geological engineering.

Etienne Médard
Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences)
Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans
Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II
5, rue Kessler, 63038 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex, France
http://emedard.pagesperso-orange.fr/
http://wwwobs.univ-bpclermont.fr/lmv/pperm/medard_e/index.php
E-mail : E.Medard@opgc.univ-bpclermont.fr
Phone : (+33) 473 346 738

University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia

The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, is looking for new faculty staff members in Earth Sciences, but specifically for candidates with up to 7 years post-PhD experience (not more).

http://www.science.unsw.edu.au/opportunities

Martin J. Van Kranendonk
Professor of Geology
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
and
Co-director, Australian Centre for Astrobiology
University of New South Wales
Randwick, NSW
2052 Australia
T: +61(2) 9385 2439
E: martin.vankranendonk@unsw.edu.au

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Exoplanet positions at the University of Edinburgh 

Some positions are available in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.  These are intended to be tenure-track-like positions and so there is a good chance of them becoming permanent.  Of particular interest are  applications from those involved in observational astronomy, with exoplanets being an area of particular interest.

You can find more details at http://www.ph.ed.ac.uk/news/chancellor%E2%80%99s-fellowships-launched-20-03-13.  If you know of anyone who is interested, they are welcome to contact me if they would like to know any more.

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Dr Ken Rice
Institute for Astronomy
The Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill
Edinburgh
EH93HJ

Tel : 0131 6688384
http://www.roe.ac.uk/~wkmr

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science

The Astrophysics group at the University of Bristol seeks applicants for an interdisciplinary project to study changes in the bulk composition of the Earth during accretion.

The Research Assistant/Associate will be responsible for (1) conducting numerical simulations of the formation of planetary embryos in the terrestrial region using an N-body code and (2) analyzing these results to determine the compositional differences between embryos and the original planetesimals that could arise because of incomplete accretion. The main focus of this project is to determine if the collisional growth and evolution of the Earth could result in a non-chondritic bulk composition.

The Research Assistant/Associate will be supervised by Dr. Zoë Leinhardt and also collaborate with Prof. Tim Elliott and Prof. Mike Walter at the University of Bristol and Prof. Sarah T. Stewart at Harvard University.

Applicants with interests in computational astrophysics/geophysics and planetary chemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Geophysics or related field is required.

The appointment is for 30 months. Apply online at www.bris.ac.uk/jobs(ref:ACAD100184) by 3rd March. Interviews will begin 11th March and continue until the position is filled. For inquiries please email Dr. Leinhardt at Zoe.Leinhardt@bristol.ac.uk.

Thanks.
Dr. Zoë Leinhardt
STFC Advanced Fellow
School of Physics, University of Bristol
+44 (0)117 928 8698

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Jackson School Postdoctoral Fellows Program at University of Texas at Austin

The Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for its 2013-2014 school-wide Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program. This highly competitive institutional award is open to recent doctorates (degree within the past 3 years) in geosciences. We welcome applicants with research interests across the full range of geosciences disciplines. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue their own independent research interests. The appointment is for 2 years with a salary of $60,000 per year plus health and dental benefits. Research support of $10,000 per year is also provided. Successful applicants can begin their program as early as September 1, 2013, but no later than December 31, 2013.

To apply, submit the following materials via email in Adobe PDF format: current CV that includes education, employment history, awards, publications, and extramural funding record; a short (2-3 page) statement of research interests and proposed research; and the names and contact information for 3 references. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. Applicants should send applications electronically (in PDF form) as an email attachment to PostDocJSG@jsg.utexas.edu.

Please note that the Jackson School has many postdoctoral fellows in addition to the Distinguished Postdoctral Fellows. To apply for other postdoctoral opportunities, applicants are encouraged to make direct contact with Jackson School scientists they are interested in working with. If you are interested in deep-Earth mineral physics research, please contact Professor Afu Lin for details. For additional information, please see:

http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/people/postdoctoral-fellows-program/
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Jung-Fu “Afu” Lin, Assistant Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C1100
(23rd and San Jacinto for UPS/FedEx delivery)
Austin, Texas 78712-0254
Tel: (512) 4718054 (Office) 2329145 (Lab)
Fax: (512) 4710959
Office: JSG 4.140; Lab: JSG 6.308
Email: afu@jsg.utexas.edu, austinafu@gmail.com
Website: http://www.geo.utexas.edu/faculty/lin/default.htm

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A Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Department Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Michigan Technological University

The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Tech invites
applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates with
demonstrated achievements commensurate with appointment at the Associate Professor level
will also be considered.  A Ph.D. in science or engineering is required by the time of appointment.
The ideal candidate would conduct research in structural geology, economic geology, petrology,
geochemistry, geophysics, or related areas. However, we will consider outstanding applicants
who can either complement our department’s strengths (remote sensing, volcanology, hydrology,
petroleum geology, and geological engineering) or can help expand our department into new
directions that show promise of future development. The ability to teach a summer field geology
course and/or support our growing undergraduate program in Mining Engineering will be considered an advantage. Applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to obtain external funding, publish scholarly research, and succeed in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Michigan Tech has a total student population of about 7000 and is located in Michigan’s
Upper Peninsula, Houghton, Michigan, a pristine area on the south shore of Lake Superior.
The department is committed to a strong educational focus and values basic and applied interdisciplinary research. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in Geology, Geological Engineering and Applied Geophysics. Interested candidates can learn more about the department faculty, research, and educational programs at www.mtu.edu/geo.

Applicants should send a single PDF document containing a detailed curriculum vitae,
a statement of research capabilities and interests, a statement of teaching experience and interests, and the names and complete contact information for at least three professional references. Applications should be e-mailed to geosearch@mtu.edu. Applications received by January 30, 2013 will receive the fullest consideration.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt
of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. The university is also in its sixth year of a strategic faculty hiring initiative (see www.mtu.edu/sfhi).

We also have a Dual Career Program which assists departments with partner orientation to
the university and community and identification of possible positions for partners (see www.dual.mtu.edu).

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, (http://www.mps.mpg.de) wants to hire for an initial period of three years an experienced Seismologist
as project scientist for a contribution to a seismometer experiment on Mars.

The MPS is in charge for the development of the deployment and leveling system for a broad­band seismometer, which will be carried by the NASA mission INSIGHT to the surface of Mars. The planned launch date is in March 2016 and the seismometer is expected to deliver data from October 2016 to at least August 2018.

Applicants should have a university degree in geophysics, physics, or a related field, good knowledge of seismology in general and experience in instrumentation and practical aspects of seismology. A PhD degree is desirable. Applicants must be able to lead a scientific project and to work in an international team of scientists and engineers. Aside from assisting the instrument development and overseeing calibration and test activities, the applicant is expected to prepare for analysis and interpretation of the expected data in coordination with the international team.

Pending on funding by the German Space Agency, the starting date can be April, 1, 2013 or later.

The salary will be according to group E13 in the salary scheme of the Federal German public service. In case of exceptional experience and expertise salary group E14 would be possible.

The contract will be time-limited until June 2016. An extension until the end of the INSIGHT mission is possible and anticipated in case of success.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Because of the “International Traffic of Arms Regulations” (ITAR) of the USA, the position is open to citizens of any EU country, USA, Switzerland, Japan, Australian, but is closed to citizens of certain other countries (e.g. China, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sri Lanka). Please inquire in case you are a national of a country not mentioned here.

Applications must be directed until 20.01.2013 to:
Prof. Dr. U. Christensen
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Max-Planck-Straße 2,  37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
christensen@mps.mpg.de

Applications can be sent electronically. The application package should comprise:
- A cover letter briefly describing your motivation for applying for this position. You should also indicate when you would be available to start the position and make a statement on your citizenship.
- A standard CV with information on your academic training, professional employment, publications, presentation at conferences, your language skills, any other experience and skills that you find worth mentioning.
- Copies of pertinent university certificates.
- The names and email-addresses of at least two possible references.

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The University of Cambridge is currently advertising a postdoctoral fellowship in Geophysics:

http://www.herchelsmith.cam.ac.uk/fellowships/SPS.html

All Fellowships are to be held from 1 October 2013 or otherwise by negotiation. Fellowships are available for between two and three years and provide an opportunity for independent research.

The stipend will be on the University’s Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £27,578 to £35,938 per annum, with a research allowance of £13,000 in the first year and £11,000 thereafter.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 3rd December 2012
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The Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the broad field of Solid Earth Geophysics, starting July 1, 2013. We seek an applicant whose research emphasizes quantitative study of the Earth’s lithosphere and mantle at either a regional or a global scale. Fields of study might include, but are not limited to, rock and mineral physics, seismology, geodynamics, tectonophysics, and marine geophysics. We encourage applications from individuals who employ field-based, experimental, or computational methods in their research. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise graduate research in M.A. and Ph.D. programs, maintain an externally funded research program, and teach at all levels in the department’s curriculum.

We seek an applicant whose research complements departmental expertise in seismology, geodynamics, geochemistry and surface processes. Interaction is encouraged with various departments and programs, including Astronomy, Physics and Engineering, as well as the Center for Computational Science, the Center for Remote Sensing, and the B.U. Marine Program. For more information about the department, see http://www.bu.edu/earth. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses of at least three referees at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2245. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2013. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Boston University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Paul Withers                            Astronomy Department
Office  +1 617 353 1531                 Boston University
Fax     +1 617 353 6463                 725 Commonwealth Avenue
Email   withers@bu.edu                  Boston MA 02215, USA
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Faculty Position in Theoretical Astrophysics – Northwestern University

This position was forwarded by former Postdoctoral Fellow Suzan van der Lee, who is on the search committee.  Please click on this link:
http://www.physics.northwestern.edu/TheoreticalAstrophysicsFacultyPosition.html

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Opportunity for Early Career Scientists to Participate in the Astrobiology Grand Tour to Western Australia, June 2013

The NAI is accepting applications from early career astrobiologists (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or others within 5 years of their Ph.D) to participate in an 11-day tour of astrobiology-relevant field sites in Western Australia. Included will be the extant stromatolites of Shark Bay, the banded iron formations and iron ore mines of the Hamersley Basin, the putatively cyanobacterial stromatolites of the 2.7 Ga Fortescue Group, and the 3.35-3.49 Ga fossiliferous and other units of the Pilbara Craton with what is arguably the oldest convincing evidence of life on Earth.

The tour, from June 18 to June 28, 2013, will be led by Professor Malcolm Walter of the University of New South Wales, the founding director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). The trip is designed for scientists interested in the earliest life on Earth and early Earth environments.  Additional information is available at http://aca.unsw.edu.au/node/78

The NAI will provide partial support for up to five individuals, including 1/2 of the tour cost, plus airfare from the US to Perth and from Port Hedland to the US, as well as up to 2 additional days lodging and per diem.  Participants will be responsible for reserving a place on the tour, including a $400 deposit and the remaining 1/2 of the tour cost.

Applicants should provide:

* a short description of how participation in this trip will contribute to your research or training in astrobiology
* a letter of support from your advisor/principal investigator

Applications are due by December 1, 2012 to Dr. Edward Goolish, Deputy Director of the NAI, edward.goolish@nasa.gov.

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Geophysics Jobs (courtesy Matt Fouch)

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Faculty Position in Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University:

Faculty_Ad_2012_

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(an advanced position)

Division Director – Division of Physics (PHY) at NSF

Division Director NSF Position

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Two tenure track faculty positions

The department of Geoscience at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is searching for two tenure track faculty to support a growing interdisciplinary research cluster in Energy Sustainability.  We have been, and plan to continue to be, focused on multiple aspects of natural resource development and extraction.

We are very interested in having a strong pool of candidates, especially those from under-represented groups, and we ask for your help in identifying any potential candidates who fit our criteria. I am attaching a copy of both advertisements and ask that you take the time to pass the information along to eligible candidates
directly, or add it to your job postings.

Katie Farnsworth, Search Committee Chair
IUP Geoscience Department
724-357-3406
kfarns@iup.edu

IUP_AqueousGeochem_Position

IUP_Min_Pet_Position

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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Properties of magmas at
extreme conditions

Job Profile: One European Research Council-funded fixed-term postdoctoral appointment is
available for 3 years (PDRA) to work at the Centre for Science at
Extreme Conditions (CSEC), School of Physics and Astronomy, University of
Edinburgh. This cross-disciplinary project between Geosciences and Physics will
employ state-of-the-art high-pressure high-temperature experimental techniques to
investigate the properties of silicate melts, i.e. magmas, at depth.

PDRA – three-year experimental post

The candidate will acquire expertise in a suite of in situ high pressure and high
temperature techniques (large volume presses and diamond-anvil cells) essentially
at X-ray synchrotron radiation facilities. The candidate will also be expected to
participate in sample preparation and Raman spectroscopy experiments in house.
CSEC is a multidisciplinary environment (Physics, Chemistry, Geosciences, Biology
and Engineering) with long-term research goals in the fundamental properties of
materials, new materials and planetary materials.

Informal inquires about the post may be directed to Chrystele Sanloup
chrystele.sanloup@ed.ac.uk

We encourage all applicants to apply online at http://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk;
Vacancy Reference Number: 005093
Deadline for application: December 15th, 2012

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The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona is opening
a search for a new faculty member. Details are in the FacultyPositionPoster.
Please direct any questions to Dante Lauretta (lauretta@lpl.arizona.edu), OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator and Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, about this opportunity.

FacultyPositionPoster

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Stanford University Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geophysics

The Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, has established the Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship to be awarded to a candidate preferably within two years of receipt of the Ph.D. The fellowship is open to applicants in any area of geophysics including new areas of research that cross existing disciplinary boundaries, so that students and recent graduates in Earth science, physics, chemistry, biology, or computational sciences with interests in the geophysical sciences are also encouraged to apply.  Our department is currently active in crustal geophysics, exploration and production geophysics, seismic imaging, rock physics, earthquake seismology, volcanic processes, crustal deformation, stress and geomechanics, environmental geophysics, and planetary sciences (see https://pangea.stanford.edu/departments/geophysics/research/research-groups ).  The successful candidate will have her/his own independent research agenda, but have common interests with one or more existing faculty (who will serve as a formal mentor) and participate in their research group activities.  We encourage prospective applicants to communicate in advance with prospective faculty mentors.

This honorific postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded for a one-year period with an anticipated extension for a second year.  The fellowship can start any time in the academic year 2013/2014.  The salary is $56k to $62k per year depending on experience, plus a $15k research allowance. Applications received by January 2, 2013, will receive fullest consideration.  Applicants should submit a statement of research interests and proposed research, a curriculum vita, a list of publications and names of three potential referees, by email (as .pdf files, with the applicant name as part of the file name) to: thompsonfellowship “at” sesmail.stanford.edu

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity among its students, staff, and faculty. We welcome nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and service missions.
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[Sedi] Tenure-track faculty position at Case Western Reserve University

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at
Case Western Reserve University seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty
growth position. We seek outstanding candidates who will complement existing
departmental strengths in planetary sciences, geochemistry, and surficial processes.  It is anticipated that the position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level, but senior candidates are also encouraged to apply. Candidates at the Assistant Professor level should demonstrate promise for research and teaching excellence; Associate Professor candidates
should have established a significant professional reputation; candidates for Professor should be internationally recognized for leadership and scholarship in their discipline.  All positions require completion of the PhD degree by July 1, 2013 and a competitive record of research commensurate with rank. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students within the department, including
teaching both introductory and disciplinary courses, and to conduct a vigorous, externally-funded research program that involves post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students. The typical teaching load is 2-3 courses per year.

Although applications will be considered at any time, for guaranteed review applications should be received by November 15, 2012.  Applicants should send a CV, a letter that describes research interests and teaching experience, and contact information for three references to geosearch@case.edu.  Non-electronic submissions may be mailed to the
Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-7216 USA.   In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and World Class Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Case Western Reserve University is a past recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in Science and Engineering.  Additional information about the Department and its programs can be found at http://geology.case.edu/.

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Within the frame of an Interuniversity Attractive Pole, the Laboratoire G-Time (Université Libre de Bruxelles) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work in the field of isotope geochemistry applied to meteorites and/or early Earth. More information can be found in the attachment Job offer IAP ULB, and also on the website of the project:

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The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago is currently accepting applications for the T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship.  This is a fellowship offered by the department to support promising scientists at the beginning of their careers and allow them to develop a research program of their own design.  Research support funds are included as part of the fellowship.  The full advertisement is given below.

Application review process will begin on October 15th, and we aim to have our top candidates identified in early November.  Early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

 

T. C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowships in Geophysical Sciences

The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago invites applications for the T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowships. We are interested in outstanding scientists who probe the fundamental nature of Earth and other planetary bodies, their physics, biology, chemistry, and history, and who have a desire to participate in the broad intellectual life of the Department and the University. Start date is negotiable, but our target is 1 October 2013. The initial term of the Fellowships will be one year, renewable for a second year. Salary will be $53,500 per year, plus benefits. Research funds are also available. Consideration of applications will begin 15 October 2012. Please email a single pdf file containing a CV, research plans, and names and contact information for at least three references, to: chamberlin2012@geosci.uchicago.edu. The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Faculty position in Geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA seeks candidates for a tenured or tenure track faculty appointment in Geophysics.  Applicants from all sub-disciplines of geophysics are invited, but preference will be given to candidates in seismology or those who complement existing departmental strengths in geodynamics, tectonophysics, and mineral physics.  Applications for all levels will be considered, but appointment at the assistant professor level is preferred to fill the Leon and Joanne V. C. Knopoff Chair in Physics and Geophysics, an endowed chair focused on early career development of solid Earth geophysics faculty.  A possible joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will also be considered.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in geophysics or a related field.  Please include curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching, a complete list of publications, names and addresses of three referees, electronic or paper copies of up to five significant publications, and a cover letter addressing how your experience fits the job description.  We accept both mail and electronic applications.  Selection will begin on October 31, 2012.

For information about UCLA’s policies on hiring and academic diversity please see https://faculty.diversity.ucla.edu/.

Send applications to:  geophysics@ess.ucla.edu

Chair of the Geophysics Research Committee
Reference Job# 0995-1112-02, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
595 Charles Young Drive, East, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA  90095-1567

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Durham University and Imperial College London
Research Associate in Subduction Dynamics

Salary £30,122 per annum

Fixed term appointment for up to 3 years

The Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London and the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University wish to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research to improve our understanding of the interaction of subducting slabs and the mantle transition zone by combining numerical models of subduction with observables such as plate kinematics and seismic tomography.

This is a 3 year position funded by the UK Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC).  The post holder will be based for 2 years in Durham and for 1 year in London, with a preferred start date of 1 November 2012.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Geophysics, or a closely related field, with experience in numerical modelling of mantle and/or lithospheric dynamics. The project is supervised by Dr Jeroen van Hunen (Durham University), and Dr Saskia Goes (Imperial College London), and involves collaboration with Professor Trond Torsvik (Oslo University, Norway), and Professor Wim Spakman (Utrecht University, The Netherlands).

Further information can be obtained from Jeroen van Hunen jeroen.van-hunen@durham.ac.uk or Saskia Goes, s.goes@imperial.ac.uk.

Applications that include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and names and contact details of at least two referees are invited via www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/.

Closing date: Initially 15 October 2012; applications after this date will be accepted if the post remains unfilled
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FACULTY POSITION IN THEORETICAL ASTROPHYSICS – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University invites applications for a faculty position in the area of theoretical astrophysics. We seek outstanding individuals who will complement and expand the current activities of the physics and astronomy department (www.physics.northwestern.edu) and will become active members of CIERA, the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (ciera.northwestern.edu). Candidates from all areas of theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to apply. Areas of particular interest include stellar astrophysics, exoplanets, compact objects and gravitational-wave astronomy, and stellar dynamics. We are also interested in connections to upcoming observational efforts (e.g., ALMA, LSST, JWST) and in connections to related disciplines (e.g., planetary sciences, computer science, applied mathematics, or statistics). Applicants should have a strong record of achievement in astrophysics research and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and outreach in physics and astronomy. An appointment at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level is anticipated, but an appointment with tenure at the Associate Professor level might be possible for an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a  research statement and should arrange for a minimum of three reference letters to be sent in support of their application. The deadline for submission of all materials is November 30. All materials should be submitted electronically; see the submission instructions posted on the departmental web page www.physics.northwestern.edu.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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If you know any graduate students who would be interested in these travel grants, please pass the word:

Dear Colleague:
Please distribute this announcement to deserving undergraduate and graduate students in your department or your Space Grant programs.

The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the last 2012 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research.  The Fall 2012 Travel Grant application deadline is October 15, 2012.  Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits.  The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:
http://SoffenFund.org

Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:
info@SoffenFund.org

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UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD — DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Modeling of Magma Dynamics Forced by Glacial Cycles
Grade 7: GBP 29,249 — 35,938 per annum
Fixed Term 36 months

The Department seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research assistant in theoretical/computational modelling of coupled magma dynamics for a period of up to three years. The successful applicant will join the FoaLab — http://foalab.earth.ox.ac.uk/ – under the supervision of Dr. Richard Katz. The PDRA will investigate the coupling between glacial cycles, oscillations in sea level, and magmatism at mid-ocean ridges.

Candidates must have a PhD in Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a related discipline, or have a Bachelors/Masters and be close to completion of their PhD. Applications will be accepted from candidates who expect to obtain their doctorate before 1 June 2013. The post will involve the development and analysis of mathematical models of magma/mantle dynamics and geochemical transport that are forced by imposed variations of sea level.  Current, relevant experience of PDE-based numerical modelling is among the essential qualifications.

The successful applicant will have an option to engage in teaching. This may include lectures and small-group teaching of undergraduates and graduate students. There is also scope for the PDRA to supervise Masters projects.

The post is funded by the European Research Council and is based in the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford. It provides ample funding for equipment and conference travel.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. Visit http://bit.ly/R0XtTD for further information.

Applications must be received by midday on Thursday 1st November 2012.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity.

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6 Junior Research Positions in Experimental, Theoretical and Astrophysics The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Heidelberg University invites applications for 6 junior research group leaders in experimental or theoretical physics or astrophysics. The positions are open in the context of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics, granted in the framework of the “Excellence Initiative” of the German Federal and State Governments. The areas of research in fundamental physics at Heidelberg University encompass particle physics and cosmology, astronomy and cosmic physics, quantum dynamics and complex quantum systems, complex classical systems, mathematical physics and environmental physics. Applicants must hold a Ph.D and have a strong international research record in one of the six research directions of the school, to complement existing expertise. Successful candidates will be supported in building up independent research groups including associated doctoral positions and significant startup funding for experimental groups. They are expected to supervise doctoral projects in their field and contribute to the Graduate School’s teaching programme. Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from female scientists. The positions are limited to 5 years. Applications including the usual professional documentation should be sent until 15th October 2012 to the Spokesperson of the Graduate School, Prof. Dr. Markus Oberthaler, Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics, Central Office, INF 226, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.

Application deadline: 15 Oct 2012

Dr. Janine Fohlmeister Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI) Zentrum fuer Astronomie, Universität Heidelberg (ZAH) Moenchhofstr. 12-14 69120 Heidelberg, Germany Tel: +49 6221 54 1878 Fax: +49 6221 54 1888
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The Geological Survey of Norway is currently looking for a postdoctoral
researcher for a project that investigates the evolution of passive
continental margins. The full advertisement text is below and
applications have to be submitted through
http://www.ngu.no/en-gb/tm/About-NGU/Vacancies/Post-doc-fellowship-in-Geodynamics-for-3-years/

If you have any informal questions about the position or
working at the Survey, just send Susanne Buiter an e-mail at susanne.buiter@ngu.no
The advertisement specifies a starting date of 1 January 2013, but they
are somewhat flexible either way for an earlier or later start.

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), based in Trondheim, is the
central national institute for knowledge of bedrock, mineral resources,
surface deposits, and groundwater of mainland Norway and of the
near-surface geology of the Norwegian continental shelf. The Survey’s
tasks include geological, geophysical and geochemical mapping,
development and maintenance of databases, research, information
activities, and advice to governmental bodies and industry. NGU’s staff
of 220 includes representatives of 25 nationalities. 65% of the staff
are scientists. For general information about NGU, please see
www.ngu.no

The Geodynamics Team at NGU invites applicants for a:

Post-doc fellowship in Geodynamics for 3 years

The position is part of a project funded by the Norwegian Research
Council aimed at investigating the formation and evolution of
continental passive margins. The postdoctoral fellow will use and
develop numerical models to study the effects of oblique extension on
passive margin structures. Close collaboration with national and
international research groups is an essential part of the project.

The Geodynamics Team at NGU (www.geodynamics.no) investigates tectonic
processes and their effects on local to global scales using a
combination of geodynamic modelling, structural geology, geochronology,
seismic interpretation, and GIS analysis.

The successful candidate should preferably have a background in Earth
Sciences, ideally with experience in geodynamic computational methods
and/or with a solid understanding of passive margin evolution.
Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. education at the time the
position starts. NGU encourages applications from female scientists. We
can offer a favourable working environment, unique scientific
challenges, and good possibilities for international collaborations.

For further information, please contact Team leader Susanne Buiter (+47
73 904265, susanne.buiter@ngu.no) or the Director of the Geomapping
Division Øystein Nordgulen, + 47 73 90 4245, oystein.nordgulen@ngu.no).

Applicants should send (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a list of
publications, (3) a statement of research interests, and (4) the names
and e-mail addresses of two persons willing to write a reference in one
PDF-file, to www.ngu.no/vacancies. The position is open from 1 January
2013 and the deadline for applications is 31 October 2012.

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*Faculty Position in Solid Earth Geosciences*

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in solid-earth geosciences. We are seeking candidates interested in a range of topics that complement our existing strengths: tectonophysics, electric field methods, quantitative geomorphology, rock mechanics, physical petrology, seismology, geodynamics, geodesy, volcanology, and processes related to geologic hazards.  We are particularly interested in candidates that incorporate field-based research with numerical and/or laboratory studies. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level are sought, although outstanding individuals at all levels will be considered. We seek individuals who are interested in working in a dynamic interdisciplinary academic and research environment that includes geophysics, planetary sciences, geochemistry and geobiology, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, oceanography, and paleoclimatology.

Georgia Tech, consistently a top ranked educational/research institution, is undergoing growth in earth and planetary sciences. The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences currently has 29 faculty members and 93 graduate students, and has excellent facilities in the 265,000 square-foot Environmental Science and Technology Building. For more information about our School and academic programs, visit www.eas.gatech.edu. Applicants should send an application letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references. PDF applications should be emailed to facultysearch@eas.gatech.edu. Requests for information should be directed to Dr. Andrew Newman (anewman@gatech.edu). Applications will be considered beginning November 1, 2012 but the search will continue until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal education/employment opportunity institution.

Andrew V. Newman                anewman@gatech.edu
Associate Professor
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Drive               Office: 404-894-3976
ES&T, Room 2254                  Lab: 404-385-2050
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0340          Fax: 404-894-5638

http://geophysics.eas.gatech.edu/anewman

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The University of Hull, UK, is currently seeking applicants for 2 new academic positions in the Department of Physics and Mathematics – a lecturer in physics and a professor of physics.  Closing date is 31st August, further details are available in the advertisements below:

https://ig5.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_universityofhull01.asp?s=EXgIfLQnAyPBgDdPyv&jobid=76302,2387684749&key=57710575&c=724679218798&pagestamp=sedftimmgxvcpumrqm

https://ig5.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_universityofhull01.asp?s=FoQnTYvIgXJoLlXgd&jobid=76300,1248832183&key=57710575&c=724679218798&pagestamp=sedftimmgxvcpumrqm

General enquiries regarding the positions should be directed to Prof. Mary O’Neill (M.ONeill@hull.ac.uk), and enquiries regarding existing high-pressure capabilities at the University of Hull to John Proctor (John.Proctor@hull.ac.uk), Lecturer in Physics.

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Postdoc candidate at ISTO, in Orleans (France) to join research group focused on volatiles and melting of planetary materials.

The research area involves mantle melting and the role of volatile components; the objectives are petrological and geophysical. The framework is represented by two projects, an ERC and an ANR and other French institutions are involved in addition to Orleans (University of Brest; University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris; University of Clermont-Ferrand).

Several profiles will be considered, provided that the candidates have experience on mantle melting and/or mantle volatiles topics. The priority will be given to experimentalists with practice in using piston cylinders or any sort of high-pressure device. Candidates with skill/interest in geochemical modeling, or spectroscopy and microscopic structures of Earth materials, or mechanical processes involving two-phase flows are also encouraged.

The position is for 2 years (1 year renewable for 1 year). Salaries follow CNRS standards and depend on the research experience since the PhD defense.

The ISTO laboratories host one of the finest research groups in the field of experimentation and conceptual developments on the topics of magma and volatiles. The candidate will benefit of the contact with world-class young and experienced researchers and will be involved in the supervision of PhD students. A significant involvement in laboratory management is also demanded.

Interested candidates should contact Fabrice Gaillard: fabrice.gaillard@cnrs-orleans.fr

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Sagan Fellowships
deadline:  1 November 2012!

NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2013 Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  For more information visit http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml or e-mail saganfellowship@ipac.caltech.edu.

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What You Can Ask and What You Can’t During an Interview, info obtained from Michigan Tech Web site

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Open Postdoctoral and PhD Positions, Computational Materials Discovery Lab at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

We seek outstanding candidates for several PhD student and postdoctoral openings, available from October 2012. Applications can be sent at any time, preferably by 15 September 2012. The positions will be extremely competitive and filled when truly outstanding candidates are identified.

Our two main research directions are:
(1) development of new methods and codes for computational materials discovery.
(2) applications of novel computational methods to search for new functional materials, high-pressure physics, and studies of the mineralogy of planetary interiors.

Stony Brook is located in a very attractive part of Long Island. The University and our Laboratory have unique computing facilities. The University benefits greatly from its geographic proximity and close ties with Brookhaven National Lab. The newly established New York Center for Computational Science, to which our lab belongs, is aimed at creating a critical mass of computational research.

Our Laboratory benefits from close ties with and state-of-the-art experimental facilities at Mineral Physics Institute at Stony Brook, and close collaborations with a number of companies and research groups – in particular in the US, Switzerland, Germany, France, Russia, China. We offer excellent research facilities, an exciting scientific program, friendly atmosphere, and competitive salaries.

Candidates should demonstrate their excellence and valid degrees in any of these fields – computational science and programming, physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences. Strong background in theoretical physics/chemistry and/or simulation techniques is necessary.

Applications for any position should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names of two references to Artem R. Oganov (artem.oganov@sunysb.edu). Those applying for a PhD position should also apply online (http://www.grad.sunysb.edu/admissions/app_info.shtml) either to Geosciences or to Physics Departments. Stony Brook University is an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

Artem R. Oganov
Professor, Dept. of Geosciences and Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100.
Tel. (631)-632-1429.   Fax (631) 632 8240.
E-mail artem.oganov@sunysb.edu
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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan is seeking candidates for a position at the assistant professor level in the field of geochronology. The position description is as follows:

We seek applicants with expertise in the application and development of geochronologic methods. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to, application of geochronologic techniques to the growth, stabilization or thermal evolution of the lithosphere, time scales of magmatic and volcanic processes, calibration of the geologic time scale, early Earth and solar system history and evolution, Quaternary geology, landscape evolution, surface processes, paleoclimate and planetary evolution. Applicants with demonstrated achievement in geochronologic technique development are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates would ideally complement existing departmental strengths in isotope geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy, paleontology, tectonics, and/or geomorphology.

(Forwarded to Lindy Elkins-Tanton by Nathan Niemi )

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For further information, including application instructions, please refer to http://www.lsa.umich.edu/earth/tenuretrackfacultysearch_ci.

Theoretical & Computational Seismology, Department of Geosciences, Princeton Postdoctoral Research Positions

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astrobiology (Astrobiology_faculty_position_RPI), New York Center for Astrobiology, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.

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Below is the link for the STEM Postdoc career fair received from Michelle, Alycia Weinberger’s sister: http://postdocconference.org/ Please note that this event is this Thursday, July 12th. Each year, Schafer recruits and hires a number of people from this event. Please encourage the DTM postdocs to attend. It’s a great opportunity to come talk to Schafer reps (myself included) about technical consultant), what opportunities we have in the DC area, and generally talk about life and opportunities outside academia. I would also encourage your postdocs to upload their resumes to the career fair website in advance, as well as bring them in hard copy to the event. I’m happy to answer questions. Please feel free to share my contact information. Michelle Michelle B. Weinberger, Ph.D. Program Manager/Sr. Technical SETA Schafer Corporation and the Transformational and Applied Research Directorate DHS/Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 202-254-7022 (office) mweinberger@schafertmd.com ********************************

Three new permanent positions are available to contribute to research and teaching in Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University, Wales, UK – including in areas of Applied/Resource/Petroleum Geology, Metallogenesis, Applied Geophysics/Seismology, Geochemistry and Sedimentology.

For further details please see -
http://earth.subsite.cf.ac.uk/earth/news/2012/05/22/3-chairreadersenior-lecturerlecturer-posts-available/
equally at
http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/geoscience/cardiff12061.html

Salary:
Lecturer: £30,122 – £38,140 per annum
Senior Lecturer: £45,486 – £52,706 per annum
Reader: £54,283 – £55,908 per annum
Chair: A point on the professorial salary scale

NOTE closing date Thursday – 25 June 2012.

Dr. J. Huw Davies
President of Geodynamics Division, European Geosciences Union (2009-11, 2011-13)

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Cardiff University
CF10 3AT
Wales, UK

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Post-doctoral position at the University of Maryland:

The nonlinear dynamics and geophysics group at the University of Maryland,
College Park is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position. A Ph.D.
in Earth Sciences or Physics is desirable. This position would involve
research and operation of the three-meter liquid sodium geodynamo model.
Experimental skills involving fluid dynamics research, advanced
digital controls, and data analysis are useful.  The position is for one
year, with the extension to a second year contingent on progress and
available funding. Please apply by sending a CV with a list of references
to Daniel Lathrop (lathrop@umd.edu).

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NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships

If you have any questions please contact Program Director, Lina Patino (lpatino@nsf.gov); 703.292.5047

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Wits Geosciences Advert April 2012

VacanciesCLOSING DATE: 25 MAY 2012

Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer (3 Posts)

School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand

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Four posts (2 lecturer, 2 professor) are available at  UCL , Department of Earth Sciences.

PLEASE NOTE REVISED CLOSING DATE: 5th June 2012

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON*
Hours: Full time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance):

Professorial appointments – the salary will be negotiable on the
professorial scale but not less than £62,110 per annum. Lectureship
appointments will be at Grade 8 of the UCL salary scales (£39,818 -
£46,972 per annum).

Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for two
professorial posts and two lectureship posts from 1st October 2012 in
any area of the Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.Applicants
whose research will contribute to areas of strategic importance, and
complement and strengthen the current research portfolio within the
department are particularly welcome.We are seeking to appoint
outstanding individuals with academic standing, vision and proven
expertise who will provide leadership in their field of expertise,
develop world-class research programmes and contribute to advanced
teaching and knowledge exchange activities.

Key Requirements
Successful candidates will have an outstanding record of academic
research, a strong publications portfolio, a track record of success in
income generation from public and/or commercial sources, and will be
able to work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary approach.

Further Details
Job descriptions and person specifications for the posts can be accessed
at the link at bottom of this page. If you wish to discuss the post
informally, please contact Professor Philip Meredith, email:
es-hod@ucl.ac.uk <mailto:es-hod@ucl.ac.uk>, tel [+44] (0)20 7679 7824.
For enquiries about the application procedure, please contact Leisa
Clemente, email: l.clemente@ucl.ac.uk <mailto:l.clemente@ucl.ac.uk>.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic
minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

For further information and details of how to apply, please go to
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/./
Professorial posts can be found using reference 1248092.
Lectureship posts can be found using reference 1248077.

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Message sent to Dr. Elkins:

We are writing to enlist your help in encouraging outstanding candidates to apply to a search for tenure-track and tenured faculty at the newly established Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skolkovo Tech) just outside of Moscow, Russia.  We are searching broadly for faculty with disciplinary expertise in most areas of science, engineering, and innovation, with interest in or across the following focus areas:

  • Information Science and Technology
  • Biomedical Science and Technology
  • Energy Science and Technology
  • Space Science and Technology
  • Nuclear Science and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

We would very much appreciate it if you could bring this opportunity to the attention of highly qualified candidates. The full advertisement is given below and at http://web.mit.edu/sktech/download/sktech-faculty-positions-ad.pdf

Sincerely,
Duane Boning, Professor of EECS, MIT and Faculty Lead, SkTech/MIT Initiative
Edward Crawley, President, Skolkovo Tech

Faculty Positions in Science, Technology, and Innovation
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Moscow, Russia

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skolkovo Tech) seeks candidates for tenured and tenure-track positions to begin September 1, 2012 or thereafter.  Skolkovo Tech is an innovative, new, private university located just outside of Moscow, Russia.

Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Skolkovo Tech integrates strong foundational graduate educational programs and cutting-edge basic and applied research with an ecology of innovation and entrepreneurship to establish a new model for advancing knowledge, developing technology, and creating economic value to improve the Russian Federation and our world.

We encourage applications for positions in and across Skolkovo Tech’s five main focus areas: Information Science and Technology (including computer science, computational science and engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering), Biomedical Science and Technology (including biology, biological and biomedical engineering, biophysics, biochemistry, microbiology, cognitive and neuroscience, health science and technology), Energy Science and Technology (including chemistry and chemical engineering, physics, materials science and engineering, environmental science and engineering, power systems, mechanical engineering), Space Science and Technology (including aeronautical engineering, astronautics, earth and planetary science), and Nuclear Science and Technology (including nuclear engineering, chemical physics, high-energy physics, nuclear medicine, radiation biomedicine).  We also seek faculty whose intellectual field is Entrepreneurship and Innovation (including commercialization, product design/development, manufacturing, large scale systems).

Faculty will lead the development of a new curriculum and innovative research structure, with the opportunity to spend their first year at MIT to develop classroom materials and launch new research collaborations.  Teaching and research will be carried out in the English language.  Internationally competitive salary and benefits, startup packages, and opportunities for substantial research funding will be provided.

Please visit http://web.mit.edu/sktech/faculty-positions/ for more information and submit application materials to https://sktech-search.mit.edu/ by May 15, 2012.

Skolkovo Tech is committed to diversity and equity, and all are invited to apply without regard for gender, race or national origin.

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The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first of two 2012 Travel Grant application opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research.  The first 2012 Travel Grant application deadline is April 15, 2012.  Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits.  The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:

http://SoffenFund.org

Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:

info@SoffenFund.org

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Position open in Germany conducting research on the dynamics and thermodynamics of planetary atmospheres by means of theoretical and numerical methods.  Geowiss_01-05-2012

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From: “SMackwell” <smackwell@lpi.usra.edu>
Subject: Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Position at UCLA
Date: February 29, 2012 1:12:40 PM EST
To: <ltelkins@mit.edu>

Postdoctoral Position at UCLA

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of planetary science. The postdoc will be expected to participate in the analysis of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment observations of the Moon, and produce a set of improved mapped data products. See http://diviner.ucla.edu for more information. Applicants with a background in planetary surfaces, remote sensing, computer science, large datasets, parallel computing, Fortran, and Unix are encouraged to apply.

The initial appointment is a full-time 1-year appointment beginning as early as April, 2012 with an expectation of continuation depending on progress and availability of funding.

Applicants should send a CV with a list of publications, addresses and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references, and a one page summary of current research to Professor David A. Paige – dap@moon.ucla.edu.

The University of California is an Equal-Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

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Research Scientists: Mars Petrology and Organic Geochemistry

The Planetary Science Section at JPL, based in Pasadena, CA, is looking to fill two positions for researchers in areas relevant to future Martian sample return missions.

The first position is for study in the area of mineralogy, petrology and/or meteoritics. The research is expected to further knowledge of petrogenetic processes throughout the Solar System. Advanced scientific knowledge of petrology, mineralogy, and/or meteoritics is expected. The ability to use analytical and theoretical approaches to solving problems related to the origin and evolution of igneous rocks and/or extraterrestrial samples is essential.

The second position is for a researcher within the area of organic geochemistry with a strong focus on geobiological and/or astrobiological investigations. The researcher will possess expertise in those areas related to the origin and significance of organic material in terrestrial and extraterrestrial geological samples. Themes of study are expected to include the origin and evolution of life on Earth, the study of extraterrestrial organic compounds, and/or the recognition of biosignatures in returned Solar System samples.

It is expected that both positions will pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities through advocacy and outreach within the scientific and stakeholder community. This pursuit will involve working closely with science and engineering teams at JPL to design Solar System sample return and planetary exploration missions and instrumentation. The candidate is expected to have a PhD along with advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience in conceiving, defining, and conducting independent scientific research.  Both positions include significant start up packages. Both positions offer a competitive salary and impressive benefits with a renowned leader in Planetary Science.

To view the full job descriptions and apply to these positions, please visit: http://careerlaunch.jpl.nasa.gov, (see Requisitions #10654 and #10655).  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and should include a curriculum vitae, a career statement with research objectives and contact information for three professional references.  JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Postdoctoral Researcher in high-pressure mineral physics/geochemistry at Bayerisches Geoinstitut (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

This postdoc position, which can be filled for up to 5 years, is for a scientist who will investigate the partitioning of a range of elements between liquid Fe-alloys, silicate liquids and crystalline silicates up to the pressure-temperature conditions of the Earth’s core-mantle boundary. The position is funded by the European Research Council project “Accretion and Early Differentiation of the Earth and the Terrestrial Planets”. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team with expertise that covers planetary science, accretion modelling and cosmochemistry (see: http://www.accrete.uni-bayreuth.de).

Experience of one or more of the following experimental/analytical techniques is desirable: laser-heated diamond anvil and/or multianvil experiments, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), focused ion beam (FIB) sample preparation, laser ablation ICPMS analysis, nano-SIMS analysis.

Applcations, consisting of a CV, publication list, details of three referees and a statement of current and future research interests, should be sent to Prof. David Rubie (dave.rubie@uni-bayreuth.de), from whom further details can be obtained.

David C. Rubie                    email: dave.rubie@uni-bayreuth.de
Bayerisches Geoinstitut Tel:    +49-921-553711 (office)
Universitaet Bayreuth                     +49-921-553700 (secretary)
D-95440 Bayreuth                 Fax:      +49-921-553769
Germany
Bayerisches Geoinstitut Home page: http://www.bgi.uni-bayreuth.de
ERC Project “ACCRETE”: http://www.accrete.uni-bayreuth.de

ACCRETE Postdoctoral Researcher

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3 Year Research Associate Position in Mantle Geodynamics
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (Cardiff University)
Location: London, UK and Cardiff, UK

This Natural Environment Research Council funded project will investigate the interaction of subducting slabs with the mantle transition zone, using a parallel, unstructured, adaptive mesh geodynamic code. The overall aim is to understand, using these advanced numerical simulations, how the transition zone acts as a valve, letting some, but not all slabs pass through into the lower mantle.

It is led by Dr. Huw Davies (Cardiff University) who will oversee the modelling, with co-Investigators Dr. Rhodri Davies (Imperial College London), Dr. Saskia Goes (Imperial College London) and Dr. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni (University College London) leading model development, seismic constraints and mineral thermodynamics respectively.

We are looking for a motivated, experienced scientist with a strong track record in computational modeling and programming.  A PhD (or imminent award) or equivalent in a subject related to geodynamical modelling is essential.  A good record of publications in international journals is desired.

The successful candidate will reside in London, working at Imperial College, during year 1 and in Cardiff, working at Cardiff University, during years 2 and 3.  A contribution towards relocation costs is available.

This post is available immediately.  The position is fixed-term for 3 years.  This is a full-time position of 35 hours per week.

Salary: £30122 – £35938 per annum (Grade 6).  We do not expect the appointment to be made below £32901 per annum.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Huw Davies (daviesjh2@cf.ac.uk)
Email: vacancies@cardiff.ac.uk for an application form quoting vacancy: 2012/0016.

Closing date:  17:00GMT on Friday 10 February 2012.

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Postdoctoral Research Position at Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris

L’Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) announces a Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship financed by the French Research Agency for two years, beginning Fall
2012.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant field, such as geosciences, fluid
mechanics or related disciplines. Good experimental skills are highly required, but
applications from numerical modelling will also be considered. The candidate should
be able to work in an international team, since the research project involves the
Romanian National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular
Technologies, Cluj-Napoca.

The research project aims at a quantitative understanding of the Earth’s mantle
thermal history, through analogue laboratory experiments using fine controlled
microwave (MW) power deposition as internal heat source. The originality of the
project relies on the fact that volumetric heating produced by MW absorption is
related to a convecting volume phase incorporated into a larger volume. The
Romanian National Institute is prototyping the microwave heating system. The lab
experiments will benefit from coupled sub-projects in the two partner institutes.
Several tank geometries, the MW generator and the applicators first prototyped at the
Romanian institute will then be tested at IPGP in the Laboratory of Geological Fluids
Dynamics. The successful candidate will be in charge of a systematic study exploring
the diversity of experimental conditions (viscosity and density heterogeneities) and
spatial and temporal evolution of internal heating relevant to the Earth thermal
history. Furthermore, the successful candidate may conduct numerical models of
mantle convection.

L’Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) is a research institution associated to
CNRS and member of the PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité. At IPGP the candidate will
have the opportunity of interdisciplinary (e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, mineral
physics, quantitative geology, planetary science) collaborations.

Information and application:
Angela Limare, engineer: limare@ipgp.fr
Edouard Kaminski, professor: kaminski@ipgp.fr
Claude Jaupart, professor: jaupart@ipgp.fr
Cinzia Farnetani, associate professor: cinzia@ipgp.fr

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Barringer Grant Applications for 2012 Now Being Accepted

Graduate Students and Postdocs,

This year’s application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 6, 2012.  This program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2500 to $5000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide.  Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. Over the past 10 years, 34 research projects have been supported.  For additional details and an application, please go to

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/index.html.

For a flyer to post at your institution, please go to

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/Barringerflyer.pdf

The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research has been established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon, Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and the Barringer family’s strong interest and support over many years in research and student education. In addition to its memorial nature, the Fund also reflects the family’s long-standing commitment to responsible stewardship of The Barringer Meteorite Crater and the family’s steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique scientific research and education site.

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Postdoctoral Position at the University of Michigan

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate position in planetary science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Research will be on composition, origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres.

The successful candidate will be expected to assist with surface science operations of Mars Science Laboratory rover, analysis and interpretation of atmospheric trace gas and evolved gas measurements at Mars, and develop, refine or test algorithms for retrieving Jupiter’s water and ammonia abundance with Juno. Research on atmospheric chemistry of Venus is envisioned also, time permitting. Key software tools and data analysis and interpretation codes are in place, while others will need to be developed as needed. On the job training will be provided. Travel to Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center and science team meetings of MSL and Juno will be necessary.

The position is currently for one year with very good possibility of extension for the second year and beyond, subject to candidate’s performance and no unexpected change in funding profile. Please send (1) CV including highlights of recent relevant research publications (three-page maximum), (2) names and email of three individuals familiar with your research and abilities, and (3) your citizenship or permanent resident status, information required by JPL and GSFC for accessing their facilities. Email all material to Sushil Atreya at atreya@umich.edu, with “UMJob” in Subject line.

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Faculty and Postdoctoral Positions in Solid-Earth Geophysics, Nanjing University (Nanjing, China)
The School of Earth Sciences and Engineering (ESE), Nanjing University, China, invites
applications for several positions in Solid-Earth Geophysics. We seek outstanding
candidates who are interested in innovative research and teaching. Areas of interest
include but are not limited to seismology, exploration geophysics, geodynamics, and
seismotectonics. Positions are available at all levels: postdocs (2-years), and junior and
senior faculty positions. Nanjing University is one of the earliest Chinese Universities
with Geoscience programs. Recently, the University has established the School of Energy
and the School of ESE is in the process of establishing an Institute of Geophysics and
Geodynamics. We encourage strong interactions within the School and across the campus
and promote interdisciplinary collaborations in geophysics, geology, and geochemistry.
Ability to communicate in Mandarin is preferred but not required.
Applicants should submit a letter of application indicating the preference of the level of
the position, a curriculum vitae, a brief description of research plan, and contact
information for three or more referees. Review of candidates will begin on February 10,
2012 and will continue until the positions are filled. Offer package is commensurate with
experience. Inquiries are welcome and applications should be submitted to Ms. Yuqian
Mao by email: earthrs@nju.edu.cn.

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Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Science

The planetary sciences group in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver invites applications for a postdoctoral position in planetary geophysics. Candidates should have a Ph.D in geophysics or planetary physics. Areas of particular interest are characterization and modeling of planetary magnetic fields, interior structure of the terrestrial planets, geophysical studies of Mercury using MESSENGER data, and impact processes.

The initial appointment is for one year, but the appointment is renewable for an additional year. The position will be available beginning in May 2012 or as mutually acceptable. Review of applications will begin in January 2012 and the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants should send (1) a current CV with a list of publications, (2) a list of names, addresses and e-mail addresses of at least 3 references, and (3) a 1-2 page summary of current and proposed research to:

Professor Catherine Johnson
cjohnson@eos.ubc.ca
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of British Columbia
6339 Stores Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
CANADA
http://www.eos.ubc.ca/about/faculty/C.Johnson.html

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Please see

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/geosciences/research/chancellors-fellowships
for information on Fellowships, leading to permanent positions, at the University of Edinburgh. We are hoping to recruit at least 5 outstanding early career scientists in GeoSciences. The first deadline for applicants is 16 January 2012; thereafter, there are two further closing dates of 29th February and 16th April, but no guarantee of how many

positions will still be available then, so please apply early if you’re interested!

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Tenure-track position in Planetary Physics

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES) at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a full-time, tenure stream, position in Theoretical and Computational Planetary Physics. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence July 1, 2012.

As part of an expansion in the broad field of the evolution of solar and extrasolar planets, the Physics and Astrophysics Group within the Department especially welcomes applications from researchers working in the fields of Geodynamics and/or the Structure of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. Areas of interest include the early and subsequent evolution of rocky and/or icy planetary objects; including deep interior, lithosphere, and surface processes; planetary rotation dynamics; and planetary materials and deep interior structure.

Applicants working in analytical and modeling focused research areas are particularly sought. High performance computing will be supported through access to distributed and shared memory computer clusters accessed via SciNet (see www.scinet.utoronto.ca), and initiatives to construct a GPU-based computer cluster at UTSC.

Applicants should have a completed PhD. Demonstrated excellence in research and a commitment to excellence in teaching are essential. The successful applicant will teach courses in physics and/or astrophysics at undergraduate level and physics, geophysics or astrophysics at graduate level. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate appointment in one or both of the University of Toronto’s tri-campus graduate Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and will be expected to teach in its graduate programs and supervise graduate students. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Information about DPES can be found at the departmental website (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~physsci).

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2012. Applicants are asked to send a letter of application including a full curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, concise descriptions of current research activity and graduate student supervision experience, and future research plans. We strongly encourage you to submit your application online. If you are unable to apply online (or alternately have large documents to send), please quote file #1101091 when submitting your application and other materials electronically as a Word document or a PDF file to dyer@astro.utoronto.ca or send them directly to the Associate Chair at the following address:

Professor Charles Dyer
Associate Chair, Physics and Astrophysics
Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail Scarborough, Ontario CANADA M1C 1A4

Applicants should provide a list of three persons who can be contacted by the search committee for a letter of reference once the short list of candidates is established. All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others.

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Associate Scientist: “Experimental petrology at high pressure and high temperature”

Discipline : Earth Sciences
Specialty : Experimental petrology
Establishment : Université Blaise Pascal – Clermont Ferrand II
Unit : Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans LMV (UMR 6524)
Location : Clermont-Ferrand
Level: CR-2nd class

Context :

The experimental petrology team of the LMV has a reputable expertise in high-pressure, high-temperature (HP-HT) experiments. Its research activity tackles scientific themes ranging from the surface of the Earth to the base of the terrestrial mantle (i.e. from Magmatology to Mineral Physics).

In response to this diversity, the team has installed an ensemble of HP-HT instruments. These instruments are mutualized to the scientific community under the organization of a “National Platform for HP-HT experiments” including two multi-anvil presses and other HP-HT instruments (piston-cylinders, controlled atmosphere furnaces, autoclave gas-vessels and diamond anvil cells).

In the next few years, new state of the art equipment will be added to this “platform” within the scope of the “Laboratoire d’Excellence (LabEx)” ClerVolc. These new acquisitions will bring this HP-HT experimental instrumental facility to the level of the best international labs, particularly with additions of in situ measurements (i.e. data acquisition during experiments). This implies the new acquisitions of sample-preparation instruments, experimental instruments and enables the characterization of the physico-chemical properties of the experimental charges.

Qualification:

The candidate must – demonstrate his/her capacity to conduct research in the field of experimental petrology. The person will perform experiments and lead research projects; – Develop projects consistent with pre-existing research themes of the experimental petrology group of LMV. Such research topics tackle various aspects of physical and chemical phenomena influencing the terrestrial mantle; – Use high-pressure, high-temperature facility of LMV to conduct innovative research. Integration of in-situ experimental techniques in previous or future projects is strongly appreciated.

Administrative details:

- Application files should be submitted to the CNRS administration before January 5th. Prior to application, it is strongly recommended to contact Ken Koga <K.Koga@opgc.univ-bpclermont.fr> and/or Denis Andrault <d.andrault@opgc.univ-bpclermont.fr>.

- Selection between the candidates will be made by a National Committee. Interviews (~20min) will take place in Paris between March 26 and 30, 2012.

- Effective work at LMV is expected to start in September-October 2012.

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NORDIC-NASA SUMMER SCHOOL

The Nordic-NASA summer school “Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe”, which will be held in Iceland from 2 to 15 July 2012, aims to give participants a thorough high-level introduction into the role of water in the evolution of life in the cosmos, starting from formation of water molecules in space and ending with evolution of the first organisms. It will bring together students and researchers from a multitude of different subjects, making it a truly multidisciplinary event. The event will be organized by the Nordic Astrobiology Network

(http://www.nordicastrobiology.net) together with the NASA Astrobiology

Institute. Field studies on the colonization of lava fields and glaciers will complement the lectures.

The event is aimed for graduate students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph.D.)  in fields related to astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 31 January 2012) can be found at:

http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Iceland2012

Applicants accepted by the Scientific Committee as participants will receive free lodging, meals and excursions, but will have to organize financial means for their travel to and from Iceland.

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[NASA] POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, lunar science, or astrobiology.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U. S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.

An H-1B Visa status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program.

Stipends for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year, with moderate supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Funds are available for relocation expenses, up to a specified limit, and health insurance is available through the program. Fellows also receive $8,000 per appointment year to support travel to conferences, meetings, and other activities that directly support their research.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For further information and to apply, visit: http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm

Questions may be submitted by e-mail to nasapostdoc@orau.org

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Applications are invited for an immediate opening of a postdoctoral research associate position in planetary science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Successful candidate will be expected to support surface science operations of Mars Science Laboratory rover, assist with analysis and interpretation of atmospheric trace gas and evolved gas measurements at Mars, and develop, refine or test algorithms for retrieving composition of Jupiter’s atmosphere with Juno. Some research on atmospheric chemistry of Venus is also envisioned. Travel to Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center and science team meetings of MSL and Juno will be necessary. The position is currently for one year with good prospects of extension for the second year subject to candidate’s performance and availability of funds.

The following material is required:

(1) CV including highlights of recent relevant research publications (three-page maximum), (2) info on citizenship or permanent resident status (for using JPL and GSFC facilities), and (3) names and email of three individuals whom you have asked to send letters of reference directly to Sushil Atreya at atreya@umich.edu.

All material must be sent to the above email with “UM Job” in the  subject line.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP -  UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Applications are invited for appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Science in the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Hong Kong, from as soon as possible for two years, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance. The appointee will collaborate with Dr. Man Hoi Lee on research related to the origin and dynamical evolution of our Solar System, its satellites, and extrasolar planetary systems.

Further details can be obtained at:

http://jobregister.aas.org/node/40486

It would be appreciated if the applicant could e-mail Dr. Lee at mhlee@hku.hk to let him know that he or she is applying, in addition to applying online at the university website.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS – IPAG IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE

Two postdoctoral positions are offered at the Institut de Planetologie

et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), France, starting in February

2012. The successful applicants will work as members of an ANR funded

Chaire d’Excellence project about the dust evolution in molecular cloud

cores. The work ranges from data mining, the compilation of scattering

and extinction maps, modeling MIR images to the derivation of dust size

distributions and grain growth models for collapsing core structures.

The applicant should have a PhD in physics or astrophysics. Experience

in star formation research, observational data modelling, NIR/MIR/mm

observations, continuum and line radiative transfer, and/or cosmic dust

physics is an advantage. All applications will be reviewed carefully

starting December 1st 2011 and until the position if filled.

Applications should be sent in pdf format by e-mail to Jurgen

Steinacker (stein@mpia.de). They should comprise a scientific CV, a

description of research interest, a list of publications, and up to

two reference letters. The contract will run for 2 years. Questions

about IPAG can also be related to Francois Menard

(menard@obs.ujf-grenoble.fr).

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Origin of Life Research Award

An award of $50,000 is being offered for the best original proposal pertaining to the study of the origin of life on Earth. Multiple awards may be made. “Life” is defined as a self-sustained chemical system capable of undergoing Darwinian evolution. The proposal should take into account the conditions, materials, and energy sources believed to have existed on the prebiotic Earth. Submissions should provide a cogent hypothesis for how life first arose, including its plausible chemistry, and for how primitive life could have evolved to modern biological cells, including the present genetic material and metabolism. Submitters are encouraged to offer unconventional hypotheses that nonetheless can be subject to experimental validation. Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2011.

For further information and instructions on how to submit a proposal see http://www.originlife.org/ .

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PhD and post-doctoral positions available in Computational Modeling of Earth Materials at University College London

The appointments are part of Prof. Stixrude’s ERC Advanced Grant: MoltenEarth which aims to predict the material behavior of fluid silicates that drove the evolution of the magma ocean, the formation of the first atmosphere, and reaction with the core.  First principles molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory will be combined with advanced thermodynamic modeling methods to produce a global model of magma ocean materials physics and chemistry.  The posts are based in the Department of Earth Sciences where the successful applicant will join a strong and vibrant group studying Earth dynamics and evolution.

Applications are invited for the following immediate vacancies:

* Two 4-year Ph.D. studentships

* One 3-year post-doctoral position

* One 5-year senior post-doctoral position

For further details see the MoltenEarth website (www.es.ucl.ac.uk/people/stixrude/moltenearth.html) or contact Prof. Lars Stixrude (l.stixrude@ucl.ac.uk).  Deadline for application to post-doc positions is Jan. 15, 2012.  Ph.D. studentships will start no later than the beginning of the fall term 2012.

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Tenure-Track position in Planetary Physics

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES) at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a full-time, tenure stream position in Theoretical and Computational Planetary Physics.  The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence July 1, 2012.

As part of an expansion in the broad field of the evolution of solar and extrasolar planets, the Physics and Astrophysics Group within the Department especially welcomes applications from researchers working in the fields of Geodynamics and/or the Structure of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. Areas of interest include the early and subsequent evolution of rocky and/or icy planetary objects; including deep interior, lithosphere, and surface processes; planetary rotation dynamics; and planetary materials and deep interior structure.  Applicants working in analytical and modelling focused research areas are particularly sought. High performance computing will be supported through access to distributed and shared memory computer clusters accessed via SciNet (see www.scinet.utoronto.ca), and initiatives to construct a GPU-based computer cluster at UTSC. .

Applicants should have a completed PhD. Demonstrated excellence in research and a commitment to excellence in teaching are essential. The successful applicant will teach courses in physics and/or astrophysics at undergraduate level and physics, geophysics or astrophysics at graduate level. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate appointment in one or both of the University of Toronto’s tri-campus graduate Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and will be expected to teach it its graduate programs and supervise graduate students. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Information about DPES can be found at the departmental website (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~physsci).

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2012. Applicants are asked to send a letter of application including a full curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, concise descriptions of current research activity and graduate student supervision experience, and future research plans. We strongly encourage you to submit your application online. If you are unable to apply online (or alternately have large documents to send), please submit your application and other materials electronically as a Word document or a PDF file to dyer@astro.utoronto.ca. or send them directly to the Associate Chair at the following address:

Professor Charles Dyer

Associate Chair, Physics and Astrophysics

Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail

Scarborough, Ontario

CANADA M1C 1A4

Applicants should provide a list of three persons who can be contacted by the search committee for a letter of reference once the short list of candidates is established. All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others.

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[NASA] POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, lunar science, or astrobiology.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U. S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold Lawful Permanent Resident status or who are eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.  An H-1B Visa status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program.

Stipends for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year, with moderate supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Funds are available for relocation expenses, up to a specified limit, and health insurance is available through the

program. Fellows also receive $8,000 per appointment year to support travel to conferences, meetings, and other activities that directly support their research.

Applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program are accepted: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For information and to apply visit:

http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm

Send questions to nasapostdoc@orau.org

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POST-DOC OPPORTUNITY – AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University’s Department of Geology and Geography has a post-doctoral position to be filled by a planetary or impact geologist.  We have a small impact and planetary geology program and many other programs as well. If there are questions about impact/planetary,

contact David King, Professor of Geology (kingdat@auburn.edu).

Our department seeks a post-doc with a PhD in Geology or Geoscience-related disciplines beginning as early as January 2012. The appointment is for 1.5 years. The person will be collegial, teach two introductory geology courses per term, and have the ability to

collaborate on research projects with the largest group of departmental faculty as possible. See: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/cosam/departments/geology/research/

Area of focus is open. Required are exemplary communication, teaching, research, and interpersonal skills. Specific duties may include fieldwork, laboratory analysis, data assimilation, quantitative modeling, and other tasks as appropriate. The post-doc will help with the supervision of undergraduate, graduate students, or lab visitors.

Publication of work in peer-review journals is a requirement and the candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and bring in external funding. The candidate selected for the position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the US at the time of appointment.

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POSITION I:  RESEARCH SCIENTIST, COMETS AND SMALL BODIES, JET

PROPULSION LABORATORY, CALTECH

The Asteroid, Comets, and Satellites group in the JPL Science Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology has an opening available for a research scientist in comets, asteroids, or other small primitive bodies in the Solar System. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in planetary science or a related field,

a record of research in solar system primitive bodies science as demonstrated by publications, good computer and software skills, and expertise in modeling the physics and chemistry of primitive solar system bodies, or analysis of spacecraft and/or ground-based observations (optical, IR, or sub-mm) of these bodies. It is

anticipated that future work in connection with other small body missions will be possible and is encouraged.

To view the full job description and apply to this position, please visit:

http://careerlaunch.jpl.nasa.gov

(see Requisition #10483)

Candidates should submit a CV and a short statement (no more than 2 pages) of relevant cometary and small body research, and research goals.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

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POSITION II:  RESEARCH SCIENTIST, COMETS AND SMALL BODIES, JET

PROPULSION LABORATORY, CALTECH

The Asteroid, Comets, and Satellites group in the JPL Science Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology has an opening available for a research scientist in comets and small bodies in the Solar System. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field, a record of research in small body solar

system science as demonstrated by publications, good computer and software skills, and expertise in optical, IR, or sub-mm astronomy or thermal modeling of small bodies. The position is a staff position and it is primarily in connection with the MIRO experiment on the Rosetta spacecraft. The MIRO team is involved presently in the planning, and

analysis stage of the Rosetta mission, including theoretical modeling of the nucleus and coma of the target comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Thermal modeling of the comet nucleus as a boundary condition for the development of the coma is a primary area of research for which this position is being advertised. It is anticipated that future work in

connection with other small body missions will be possible and is encouraged.

To view the full job description and apply to this position, please visit:

http://careerlaunch.jpl.nasa.gov

(see Requisition #10484)

Candidates should submit a CV and a short statement (no more than 2 pages) of relevant cometary and small body research, and research goals.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Exploration postdoc fellowship at the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University.

Geophysicists who are interested in conducting interdisciplinary research by taking advantage of the full range of research interests of the faculty members at SESE (seismology, geodynamics, mineral physics, planetary science, geochemistry, geobiology, etc) may contact Edward Garnero <garnero@asu.edu>, Allen McNamara <Allen.McNamara@asu.edu>, or Dan Shim <SHDShim@gmail.com>.  SESE and ASU offer a broad range of research facility, including high-pressure mineral physics labs and Advanced Computing Center.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for the Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship Program . This program provides opportunities for postdoctoral research on cutting-edge topics with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary collaboration. Research areas within SESE encompass theoretical and observational astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary sciences, exploration systems engineering, astronomical instrumentation and science education.

Applications must include a brief research proposal that has been discussed with two prospective faculty mentors at ASU. Potential research topics span the full range of research interests of our faculty, http://sese.asu.edu/focus_areas. When a topic of mutual interest is identified, the applicant will prepare and submit a 5-8 page research proposal.

The complete application packet includes: (1) a cover letter identifying (a) research topic, (b) prospective postdoctoral advisors, and (c) a list of 3 references with contact information, (2) a current CV, (3) 2-3 papers exemplifying the applicant’s research, (4) letters of endorsement from the prospective postdoctoral advisors, and (5) the research proposal. Preference will be given to proposals that fuse research conducted through multiple focus areas within SESE and that involve new collaborations among our faculty. Please request that your referees submit a letter of recommendation via email (exppd@asu.edu) to the Exploration Fellowship Program Committee by January 5, 2012.

We expect to make 2 awards this year with salary ($50k/yr) and full benefits. Standard appointments are for 2 years, renewable for a 3rd year contingent on performance and funding availability. Typically appointments will start between July 1 and September 1, 2012.

Application materials (and any questions) should be submitted by email to exppd@asu.edu, addressed to the Exploration Fellowship Program Committee. Complete applications are due by December 31, 2011. Letters of recommendation from 3 references must be submitted by January 5, 2012. Evaluation of applications will begin January 1, 2012 and decisions will be announced in early February.

ASU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity among applicants and promotes a diverse workforce.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program (courtesy Dr. Elkins)

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2012-2013 academic year.  This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.  The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2012, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2012.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 12 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ - click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 12″ announcement.  Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 12 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system.  The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal.  To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register.  Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 12 solicitation index page listed above.  You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

For further information contact Ming-Ying Wei, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0771, E-mail: mwei@nasa.gov or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail: hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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We are forwarding the following message from the Embassy of Switzerland.

In an effort to promote European research programs, i.e., the ERC Starting Grants and the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships programs, the Embassy of Switzerland (2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 2008) is offering a Brownbag Presentation http://www.thinkswiss.org/ on Friday, November 4, from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (sandwich lunch and soft drinks provided), where you can learn more about European funding schemes in general and the ERC and Marie Curie Fellowships specifically.  Two experts from the EU GrantsAccess Office of ETH and the University of Zurich will present the programs and answer your questions. This event is organized by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, DC.

*ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants*

The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent researchers at the stage at which they are starting or consolidating their own research team. Eligibility: 2-12 years after PhD. Size of the Grant: Up to € 2 mio per grant; each grant for up to 5 years. This scheme is open to all fields of science.

*Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)*

The IIF aims to attract top-class experienced researchers active in non-European countries to undertake research projects in Europe with a view to developing mutually-beneficial research cooperation. The IIF consists of a financial support for projects of a period of 2 years.

Please rsvp, as seats are limited.  Send an email to was.scienceevents@eda.admin.ch(mailto:was.scienceevents@eda.admin.ch?subject=RSVP-Brown%20Bag%20Luncheon%20-%20Nov.%204)

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Astronomy Professor, San Francisco State University

It is open to all fields of observational

astronomy, but they are especially interested in exoplanetary science.

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Computational Geoscience

University of Illinois

The Department of Geology, part of the School of Earth, Society and the Environment (SESE), invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Computational Geoscience. A Ph.D. degree in geophysics, geology, or a closely related field is required. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a prominent, externally funded research program and to provide excellence in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.

We seek individuals who use computational methods to analyze and understand Earth processes, broadly defined. Possible specializations include but are not limited to geodynamics, geophysics (including seismology), mineralogy, geochemistry, tectonics, and surface processes. Preference will be given to those individuals able to contribute courses in geophysics to the department curriculum.

The University of Illinois is a world leader in computational science. It is the home of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the new Petascale Computing Facility. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration with other departments of SESE, NCSA, the College of Engineering, the Prairie Research Institute, the Mid-America Earthquake Center, and the Beckman Institute. More information about the department and community can be found at www.geology.illinois.edu.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by 11 November 2011. The anticipated starting date of this appointment is August 2012. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile through jobs.illinois.edu and upload your application letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and plans, teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for three or more references. Questions, requests for additional information or nominations may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Craig Lundstrom, [lundstro@illinois.edu].

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu)

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Two Postdoctoral Positions in Exoplanet Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, Hawaii

1. Searches for exoplanets: The successful applicant to this position will contribute to an ongoing Doppler and transit search for exoplanets around cool stars, and characterization of transiting planets using Mauna Kea and other observatories. Requirements: Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, or astronomy, and previous observing experience.

2. Exoplanet atmospheres and interiors: The successful applicant will conduct research into on one or more topics involving the incorporation of volatiles into planets, the formation and properties of primordial atmospheres, subsolidus convection and melting of the interior, and the exchange of volatiles between the interior and surface. Requirements: Ph.D. in a relevant field (astrophysics, planetary science, geophysics), and strong numerical modeling skills.

For more information, see:

http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/FACULTY/conrad/postdocs.pdf

or contact Eric Gaidos (gaidos@hawaii.edu) or Clint Conrad (clintc@hawaii.edu).

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L’ORÉAL USA FELLOWSHIPS for Women in Science. Each year the L’ORÉAL Foundation and UNESCO recognize five U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are in postdoctoral research positions.  Those recognized receive up to $60,000 for research support.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is involved in the annual selection of awardees and in the administration of the program.  The online application form will be available on 18 October.  If you are interested in applying for this fellowship support, please contact Susanne Garvey (sgarvey@carnegiescience.edu) at P Street.  For more information, click here.

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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Scientist in Computational Modelling of Coupled Magma/Mantle Dynamics

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The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Astronomy, Assistant Professor Position available.

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Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin

Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for its 2012-2013 school-wide postdoctoral fellows program. This highly competitive institutional award is open to recent doctorates (degree within the past 3 years) in geosciences. We welcome applicants with research interests across the full range of geosciences disciplines. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to pursue their own independent research interests. The appointment is for 2 years with a salary of $60,000 per year plus health and dental benefits. Research support of $10,000 per year is also provided. Successful applicants can begin their program as early as September 1, 2012, but no later than December 31, 2012.

To apply, submit a current CV that includes education, employment history, awards, publications, and extramural funding record, a short (2-3 page) statement of research interests and proposed research, and the names and contact information for 3 references. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2012. Applicants should send applications electronically as email attachment to PostDocJSG@jsg.utexas.edu. See the following website for details:

http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/people/postdoctoral-fellows-program/

Please contact Prof. Afu Lin if you are interested in applying for the program for mineral physics research.

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Astronomy/Planetary Sciences at the Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences of the Physics Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland.

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Museum Specialist (geology) position available at the Museum of Natural History:

http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=102153641&JobTitle=Museum+Specialist+(Geology)&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&x=78&y=15&jbf574=SM03&AVSDM=2011-09-02+00%3a03%3a00

Visit their website for more information about the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Museum of Natural History: http://mineralsciences.si.edu/ or contact Tim Rose (roset@si.edu), Analytical Laboratories Manager

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