UNOLS Research Training Cruise with Deep-Submergence Assets

Opportunity: A 2016 Deep Submergence Training Cruise on the R/V Atlantis is being proposed to include a 2-day pre-cruise workshop (26-27 July), 11 d at sea with telepresence (28 July to 7 Aug), with HOV Alvin (5 science dives) and AUV Sentry, plus a 1 d post-cruise follow-up (8 Aug); sailing Woods Hole MA to Morehead City NC. This is the first leadership training cruise with deep-submergence assets, and it will be the first ‘telepresence’-enabled leadership training program. Partway through the cruise, participants on R/V Atlantis will move to the Inner Space Center (ISC) at the University of Rhode Island ( and ISC-based participants will transfer to Atlantis.

Key objectives include providing experience in:

i. collaborative, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and proposal strategies for deep-submergence science
ii. leadership in cruise and dive/mission planning and execution
iii. integration of instrumentation with Alvin/Sentry/other deep-submergence assets
iv. telepresence research and communication: seafloor-to-ship-to-shore
v. data management, sharing, reporting
vi. science communication

Preference will be given to researchers who have significant potential to write proposals to use the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) assets Alvin, Jason, or Sentry in the next five years. We target postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors/scientists with less than 7 years since their PhD. A limited number of spaces may be available to advanced PhD students. More established researchers may be invited to participate if they have not used (NDSF) assets in the past. All disciplines of deep-submergence science are targeted, including biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography. Space is limited.

Small stipends are provided for participant travel costs, research supplies, and shipping. Space is limited. To apply you must be an employee or student (U.S. Citizen or permanent resident) at a U.S. institution or a U.S. citizen working abroad.

To be considered, applications must be received by 30 March 2016. The on-line application form is available at:

Call for submissions – GeoPRISMS related sessions to AGU Fall Meeting

Please consider submitting a GeoPRISMS (or MARGINS)-related session to the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. It is a great opportunity to promote GeoPRISMS Science and activities. The deadline to submit a session proposal is April 20, 2016( As every year, the GeoPRISMS Office will compile a list of AGU Fall Meeting special sessions that directly support the scientific goals of the GeoPRISMS (and MARGINS) Programs, or are of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community. This list will be advertised on the website and through the GeoPRISMS Listserv.

For more information about GeoPRISMS past activities and related sessions at AGU please visit the website at:/meetings/agu-townhall-and-student-forum/
The GeoPRISMS Office

Job Posting: Researcher, Lecturer, PhD and Postdoc Positions

1) Researcher in Fracture Mechanics – French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer, France)

2) Two Lecturer Position in Natural Hazards and Physics – The University of East Anglia, UK
3) Vacancy – Senior Research Fellow in Computational Geosciences – Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford
4) 1 PhD and 1 PostDoc position in Rock Physics – University of Oslo, Norway


1) Researcher in Fracture Mechanics – French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer, France) French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.

Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.

Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.

The «Marine Geosciences» (GM) Research Unit at Ifremer is one of the oldest of the institute. Since its creation, GM has improved its performances in fundamental and applied scientific research at an international level in nearly all domains of marine geosciences. The Laboratory of “Sediment Dynamics and Geohazards” (LAD), is one of the 3 research laboratories of GM. LAD is a multidisciplinary laboratory which conducts applied and fundamental research in the fields of geotechnics, geophysics (including seismology), geology and sedimentology in order to characterize the intensity, the distribution in time and space of marine geological hazards and their association to a variety of external key factors (earthquakes, fluid migration, gas hydrates…).

General areas of responsibility (principal missions)

In recent years, LAD has led research on geohazards by initiating theoretical, technical and methodological development. These developments were often made by decoupling deep geological processes from the more shallow ones. The LAD laboratory aims to develop an integrated approach, coupling surface processes (in relation to fluid circulation, sediment deformation, near-surface creeping, etc) and deep processes (fault rupture, deep crustal creeping, etc) using field observations, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling techniques.

The successful candidate will be working in the LAD laboratory and will develop numerical modelling techniques in the domain of fracture mechanics. He/she will analyze the interactions between deep mechanical processes and shallow sedimentary deformations.

Principal activities


  • will develop theoretical methods necessary for the understanding of the relationship between mechanical loading, fluid migration, thermicity and seismicity in the marine environment.
  • will conduct theoretical and numerical analysis of rock fracture analysis and will compare theoretical data with observations and laboratory experiments.
  • will have completed a Ph. D. in the field of rock mechanics and will have detailed knowledge in the field of seismology.
  • will work on the optimization of new instruments (seismometers, deep towed seismics) as well as existing ones (penetrometer, piezometer).

Collaborative work environment

The position requires close collaboration with researchers in the field of geology and sedimentology from the other laboratories of the “Marine Geoscience” Research unit as well as researchers from the technical research units at Ifremer.

The successful candidate will deepen and develop national and international collaborations with research institutes as well as with industrial partners.

Required knowledge, skills, and characteristics

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Rock mechanics
Numerical modelling in fracture mechanics
Fluid flows in porous media
  • Human qualities:
Excellent English language skills
Proven capability to present and publish research results
Capability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
Strong motivation to exchange with specialists from other fields
Capacity ot work at sea
  • Required education and experience
PhD in fracture mechanics and/or structural geology with strong analytical and numerical skills.
Professional experience (post-doctoral or industrial) appreciated

Specific working conditions

Sea expeditions

How to apply for this position

Deadline for applications: April 4, 2016

All applications are processed exclusively via our website. For more information about this position, pleaseemail us at


2) Two Lecturer Position in Natural Hazards and Physics – The University of East Anglia, UK

The University of East Anglia is seeking applicants for two positions that will be suitable for recipients of this list.

 Lecturer in Natural Hazards

The University of East Anglia will soon invite applications for a Lectureship in Natural Hazards in the School of Environmental Sciences.  Candidates will have developed strong expertise in a field of geophysical hazards research and will feel excited by the opportunity to develop their research interests in the rich interdisciplinary environment the School offers. They are expected to develop an innovative and internationally recognised research programme, making an important contribution to the physical understanding of natural hazards. They will also have a keen interest in deploying this knowledge in an applied context and the societal impacts associated with hazardous events.  The further particulars outline areas of research focus particularly attractive to the School.

In addition, skills in mathematical modelling and/or spatial information systems and the analysis of spatial data are desirable.  With a keen interest in developing excellent teaching the post holder will contribute to advanced level teaching in geophysics. This will include field teaching and support the School’s BSc programmes in Environmental Geophysics, Environmental Earth Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Meteorology and Oceanography.

You must have a PhD in Geophysics, Earth Sciences or a closely allied and appropriate subject and fulfil all essential elements of the person specification.

This position will be posted soon and is available from 1 August 2016, on a full-time indefinite basis.

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 8th April 2016 (GMT).

Lecturer in Physics

In 2017 the Science Faculty will launch a Physics degree with a range of subjects that will make the course unique in the region and in the UK. The combination of strengths in chemical, environmental and computational physics at UEA will introduce a multidisciplinary modern degree that will meet the needs of graduates in today’s society.

This is an exciting time to be joining UEA in this new faculty appointment. While initially focussed on assisting with the development of the new course, the successful candidate will aspire to develop an independent research group. Current research interests in physics across the Faculty range from theoretical physics to environmental physics, including geophysics, meteorology and oceanography, alongside ultrafast spectroscopy, optics and computational physics. Candidates from any of these areas or others are invited to apply. Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Physics or other relevant discipline, evidence of successful research activity in the field of Physics, an active interest and potential to grow and attain a senior position, and will be able to meet all the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

The post is available on a full time, indefinite basis from 1 July 2016.

Closing date: 12.00 noon on Friday 18 March 2016 (GMT).

Further particulars and an application form are available on our website: or Tel. +44 1603 593493.

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver


3) Vacancy – Senior Research Fellow in Computational Geosciences – Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford

The Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, is looking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow in Computational Geosciences. This is a full time, open ended position at a senior grade.

We are looking for a postholder to support computational geoscience across the department by bringing modern standards of software engineering, distributed development, code maintenance/documentation, interoperability, and open-source distribution to the research groups. The postholder will be expected to collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students to develop new software that is efficient, accurate, and scalable on evolving computer architectures.

The postholder will lead research in geophysical computing in the department, and will be responsible for co-supervising and supporting research in this field for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. S/he will also contribute to development and grant preparation for new computational projects in collaboration with members of the department, the University, or more broadly, and be responsible for managing a small network of Linux workstations, including 2-3 shared, multi-core machines.

For more details see the full job advert, and further particulars –

Closing date – 21 March 2016


4) 1 PhD and 1 PostDoc position in Rock Physics – University of Oslo, Norway

Dear colleagues,

Please, forward among your colleagues and students these propositions

for 1 PhD position and 1 Post-doctoral position at the University of Oslo, with collaborations with the Universities of Grenoble Alpes, Copenhagen, and Maryland.

These positions are in the framework of the research project “Unravelling the spatio-temporal nature of rock deformation using 4D X-ray tomography” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. This project will bring together a collection of junior and senior investigators who are at the forefront of their field, in the domains of rock physics, flow in porous media, geophysics, and mechanics.

See the two web links below for both job descriptions, from which candidates can apply. The deadline for application is May, 31st, 2016, and the successful candidates will be recruited no later than September, 30th, 2016.

PhD (3 years) in Rock Physics
Post-doctorate (3 years) in Numerical Modelling of Rock Deformation

Best regards,

François Renard
Karen Mair
Dag Dysthe


Please note, new job announcements (usually) will be distributed to the GeoPRISMS Listserv on the 1st and 15th of each month.

New submission deadline 31st Dec 2016 – American Mineralogist’s Centennial Vo. (2015-2016) Special Section: “New advances in subduction zone magma genesis”

Dear colleagues,

There is a new submission deadline of **Dec 31, 2016** for the Special Section: “New advances in subduction zone magma genesis” in the American Mineralogist ‘s Centennial Volume (2015-2016) to align with other sections in the volume. Please see the original email given below for further details.

Kind regards,

Heather Handley
Susanne Straub
Dear colleagues,
The American Mineralogist has opened a Special Section in its Centennial Volume (2015-2016) on the theme of “New advances in subduction zone magma genesis”.
The Special Section is now open for submission (see details below), and will remain open until a new deadline of Dec 31 2016. Editors for this special section are Susanne M. Straub and Heather Handley.
An important aspect is that American Mineralogist is set to become a more general journal for Earth Sciences, as reflected in the subtitle of “A Journal of Earth and Planetary Materials”. This means that manuscripts are now accepted that could go to Geochim CosmochimActa, Contrib Mineral Petrol, G-cubed, Earth Planet Sci Lett, J Volcanol Geotherm Res, etc.
Here are some facts that to assist your decision to contribute to this volume:
– American Mineralogist offers print-on-demand which means that papers are published online as they are accepted, without waiting for the closure date for the Special Section. Once the section is closed, a journal-formatted collection of all the papers will be printed. The online publication date of the paper will be retained.
– Shorter papers are encouraged. While American Mineralogist accepts long papers as well, the regular articles have a 30 printed page limit (or a rough limit of 100 manuscript pages, when text, figures, tables etc. are taken together).
– American Mineralogist offers unlimited color in the on-line version of the journal is free to all MSA members ($80/year, and that includes Elements and American Mineralogist subscriptions).
– Color in the print version is $450/paper – not per page, but per an entire paper. However, if a paper has a huge amount of color maps, the fee may increase.
– American Mineralogist is cited in ISI and Scopus
How to submit a paper to the special section of American Mineralogist:
1. Go to – be sure cookies are on and Java enabled. Use the most recent version of Netscape, Explorer, Safari, etc. Register and then log in.
2. Full manuscript preparation guidelines are available at and include a handy list of abbreviations and other style information available on the web site.
Please feel free to send questions to the volume editors (Straub/Handley) any time, and also a short notice of intent and preliminary paper title any time, even if your manuscript will be submitted at some future date.
Best wishes,
Susanne Straub, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (
Heather Handley, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (

Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on Rock Deformation

Dear colleagues –

Please consider applying for the upcoming Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation: From Slow to Fast Rock Deformation and Back, scheduled for August 16-21, 2016 at Proctor Academy, NH. This conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore the breadth of scientific disciplines relating to rock deformation, including rock physics, geology, geophysics, seismology, mechanics, and civil engineering.

The conference will bring together a collection of junior and senior investigators who are at the forefront of their field, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. The collegial and open atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons, evenings and during the meals, provides a venue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

There will be an associated Gordon Research Seminar for early career investigators, before the Conference, August 20-21. We expect there to be some funds to help support student travel and registration fees.

See the two weblinks for both events, from which you can also apply (separate applications are required for each event):

Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation
Gordon Research Seminar on Rock Deformation (for early career investigators)

Attendance is limited for both conferences, so early registrations are encouraged!

Hope to see you there!

François Renard, Juli Morgan, Betsy Madden, Suzanne Hangx