GeoPRISMS Photo Contest – submit your photo before November 28

Share what your GeoPRISMS-related research looks like with the GeoPRISMS Community, whether you are working in the field, or in the lab. Submit your picture at before November 28!

The winner of the contest will be announced at the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting and will receive a framed print of the photo. The winner’s photo will be highlighted on the GeoPRISMS Website and in the Spring Issue of the GeoPRISMS Newsletter.

The GeoPRISMS Photo Contest is open to anyone whose research is related to GeoPRISMS. The submitted photo should be focused on the entrant’s research, and must be related to the GeoPRISMS Science and Objectives.

What should be submitted:
  • Contest limited to one photo per entrant
  • A complete and accurate caption (max 100 words)
  • Entrant’s personal information
  • A complete and signed release form

All information and release form should be sent in an email along with the photograph to with the subject header “GeoPRISMS Photo Contest” before November 28, 2016

For more information about the contest and guidelines, please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: /geoprisms-photo-contest/

Job Posting: Faculty & Postdoc Positions

1) Canada Research Chair – Tier II, Coastal Zone Processes – Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada

2) Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions – Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

3) Faculty Position in Solid Earth Geoscience – Georgia Tech

4) Faculty Position Marine Geophysics – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

5) Postdoctoral Investigator – Department of Geology & Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


1) Canada Research Chair – Tier II, Coastal Zone Processes – Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada

Dalhousie University is recognized internationally for our world-class academic programs and as one of Canada’s leading research institutions. With our 200th anniversary on the horizon in 2018, Dalhousie welcomes talented scholars to our home by the ocean and to join our mission to make a lasting impact through the discovery, advancement and sharing of knowledge.

Dalhousie is also home to the headquarters of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI; As an international hub for ocean science focused on the Northwest Atlantic and Canada’s Arctic gateway, OFI will bring together elite researchers and institutes from across the globe to understand our changing oceans and create safe, sustainable solutions for ocean development. Including a $93.7M award through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund program (CFREF;, government, private and partner contributions, the OFI is a $220M enterprise.

This Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) is one of a cluster of CRCs to coincide with the establishment of the OFI. The appointment is tenure stream and will be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Earth Sciences. The priorities of the appointment are the excellence of the candidate and the ability to grow an externally-funded, world-class research program.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in the Earth Sciences, with the ability to develop and employ leading-edge geophysical or sedimentological methods to advance geoscientific understanding of the coastal zone in the broadest sense. The geophysicist shall have expertise in both the collection and interpretation of marine geophysical data. The sedimentologist shall have strengths in terrestrial or marine clastic or carbonate sedimentology and the proxy records included within them. Candidates must have demonstrable capacity to establish a research program in modern coastal zone processes.

The Canada Research Chair Program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research in the global and knowledge-based economy. Contingent on final approval, the CRC is tenable for five years with the option to renew once. The CRC is expected to engage in teaching within their specialties at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supervise graduate and undergraduate research.  At the end of the appointment, the candidate will be a regular faculty member. CRC Tier II candidates are exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.  Applicants should consult for more information regarding eligibility criteria.

The complete application should include: CV, list of publications, a summary of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and experience, a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which can be found at, and the contact information for at least 5 referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognised expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee and should not be sent with the initial application. Assessment of applications will begin January 5, 2017, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The application should be sent to: Search Committee, c/o Ann Bannon, Department of Earth Sciences. Dalhousie University, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2; tel. (902) 494 2358, fax (902) 494 6889, or e-mail: Ann.Bannon@Dal.Ca.

The appointment will be effective 1 July 2017 or as negotiated.

The Department is ranked 4th among Earth Sciences departments in Canada by MacLean’s Magazine and is currently in a faculty growth phase. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its youthful spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront.

This Tier II CRC is reserved for external recruitment. Only candidates who are external to Dalhousie University may apply. Dalhousie is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.  The university encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Information about the Earth Sciences department, current faculty, and research and teaching programmes can be found at:


2) Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions – Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

(1) Fresh Water. We are especially interested in applicants who will develop a world class research program involving the physics and/or chemistry of hydrologic systems and processes and will complement and potentially collaborate in areas such as hydrogeology, geomorphology, atmospheric science, climate dynamics, glaciology, and/or biogeochemistry. We welcome applicants who conduct research using laboratory, field, remote sensing, and/or modeling tools. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including supervision and mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in applicants who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UCSC academic community through research, teaching, and/or service. This position is part of a cluster hire in support of the new Environmental Sciences undergraduate program at UCSC.

Learn more and apply at:

(2) Global Biogeochemistry. We are especially interested in applicants who integrate and apply computer modeling and/or field and laboratory observations to investigate the interactions of biogeochemical systems/processes across or at the interface of marine and terrestrial environments on regional to global scales, and on human to geologic time scales. The candidate will be expected to interact with a diverse community of Earth, Atmospheric, and Ocean scientists, develop an externally funded, leading edge research program, advise graduate students, and maintain a strong commitment to teaching. This position will complement existing programs in geochemistry, climate dynamics, paleobiology, paleoceanography, hydrology, and surface processes, as well as in chemical, biological, and physical oceanography. This is part of a cluster hire and will contribute to a new undergraduate degree program in Environmental Sciences and our growing interdisciplinary research focus on coastal science and policy. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and/or service.

Learn more and apply at:


3) Faculty Position in Solid Earth Geoscience – Georgia Tech

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in solid-earth geosciences, broadly defined. This includes, but is not exclusive to, research focuses in tectonophysics, electric field methods, quantitative geomorphology, rock mechanics, physical petrology, hydrology, seismology, geodynamics, geodesy, volcanology, glaciology, marine geophysics and processes related to geologic hazards. 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 environment that includes geophysics, planetary sciences, geochemistry and geobiology, atmospheric science, oceanography, and paleoclimatology.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, located in the comfortable, diverse, and thriving metropolis of Atlanta, is consistently a top ranked educational and research institution. Georgia Tech prides itself on its engineering resources and collaborations, and its quantitative and rigorous undergraduate student body. The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences currently has 29 faculty members, 11 post-doctoral fellows and 96 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 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. Application materials should be submitted as PDF files to . Requests for information, including pre-application enquiries from senior candidates, should be directed to  Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2016 but the search will continue until the positions are filled. An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment. Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal education/employment opportunity institution.


4) Faculty Position Marine Geophysics – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California San Diego ( invites faculty applications for the position listed below. We seek a motivated, broad-thinking scientist-educator to establish a vigorous research program and provide intellectual leadership in his or her field while complementing existing expertise at Scripps and other UCSD departments. SIO is a world renowned center of marine research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs on all aspects of earth, ocean, biological and atmospheric sciences. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, and service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

We invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in marine geophysics. We seek candidates whose research interest is in using geophysical methods to study any region of the Earth beneath the sea, including its geological history, structure (thermal, seismic, electrical, magnetic, or petrological), past and current movements, fluid behavior, tectonics, volcanology, seismic history and processes, or mineral resources. This includes the development of methods and instruments to study any of these topics.

The position requires a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant field, a competitive record of publication and service, as well as evidence of ability or strong potential to secure extramural funding and conduct an active research program. We are hiring at the level of Assistant Professor and salary will be consistent with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and with University of California pay scales.

For full consideration, please apply by 11/20/16 deadline:

The University of California San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please also see for the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.


5) Postdoctoral Investigator – Department of Geology & Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The department of Geology & Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation and is a one-year position renewable to a maximum of three years.


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Investigator position at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) in the Geology and Geophysics department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA (http://www.nosams

The successful candidate will play a key role in the continued development of novel technology for 14C Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and in its application to problems in ocean and environmental sciences. NOSAMS operates two AMS systems. One of the AMS systems is based on a 3 MV Tandetron and has been recently upgraded with a gas-accepting, hybrid sputter ion source. The other AMS system utilizes a 0.5 MV Pelletron in combination with a unique, gas-accepting microwave ion source. In combination with on-going development of sample-to-source interfaces for both systems, the candidate is expected to develop methods for new lines of inquiry into the global carbon cycle including studies of the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, the detection and tracing of pollutants in natural systems, and paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic investigations of all kinds. The analytical capability developed by the candidate, would form the basis for novel oceanographic and environmental research that may be conducted individually or collaboratively with other members of the scientific and technical staff at the Institution.

The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation and is a one-year position renewable to a maximum of three years.


The preferred applicant would have a recent Ph.D. and interdisciplinary research interests related to the objectives described above, and have experience with instrumentation. Applications are invited from applied physicists, analytical chemists, geochemists, biologists, and oceanographers. It is desirable that applicants have experience in one or more of the following: AMS, ion-source development, isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and/or chromatographic systems.


In addition to the application form, the following are required: a current CV or resume; a brief synopsis of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation; and a concise (two page) statement of research interests and indication of their relevance to the objectives noted above, as well as more general career plans. Please ensure that you include the contact information for three references under the reference section of the application form. We welcome you to contact Mark Kurz at ( and/or Mark Roberts at ( with any questions about the position.


Physical duties for this position are mostly sedentary. The occupational requirements for this position are the ability to work with and around other individuals as well as alone. Physical duties are subject to change.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC – for more information.WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F.

We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially.

Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.


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

GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at AGU Fall Meeting 2016 – Register now!

Register now to attend one or more GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at AGU Fall Meeting 2016

Registration Deadline: November 28, 2016

All mini-workshops are free of charge and open to all. However, attendance and food may be limited so register early for fullest consideration. For more information and registration visit the GeoPRISMS website at: /agu2016-registration/

* EarthScope-type Canadian Cordillera Seismic Array and GPS Network
Sunday December 11, 2016, 8am – 1pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor
* Volcanoes in Extensional and Compressional Settings
Sunday December 11, 2016, 1:30pm – 5pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor

Questions? Contact the GeoPRISMS Office at


EarthScope-type Canadian Cordillera Seismic Array and GPS Network

Sunday December 11, 2016, 8am – 1pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor

     Rick Aster (Colorado State)
     Roy Hyndman (Pacific Geoscience Centre)
     Pascal Audet (University of Ottawa)
     Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University)
     Julie Elliott (Purdue)
     Michael Schmidt
     Derek Schutt (Colorado State)

Dear Colleagues,

As you begin to make plans for AGU, we encourage you to consider attending our GeoPRISMS mini-workshop on an “EarthScope-type Canadian Cordillera Seismic Land and GPS Network,” from 8am-1pm on Sunday. This is a rapidly evolving topic, and we wish to discuss a new initiative called the CCArray, which would be a land/sea instrument deployment that bridges the GeoPRISMS focus areas in the Gulf of Alaska and Cascadia and links to the Earthscope Transportable Array and Amphibious Array instruments in the Yukon and Lower 48 States.

Our workshop will discuss science targets, potential funding sources, and present the results of several workshops and whitepapers. We will include short keynote talks and encourage vigorous community discussion.

Best regards,

Rick Aster (Colorado State), Roy Hyndman (Pacific Geoscience Centre), Pascal Audet (University of Ottawa), Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University), Julie Elliott (Purdue), Michael Schmidt, Derek Schutt (Colorado State)


Volcanoes in Extensional and Compressional Settings

Sunday December 11, 2016, 1:30pm – 5pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor

     Cindy Ebinger (Rochester)
     Christelle Wauthier (PSU)
     Cliff Thurber (Wisconsin)
     Maya Tolstoy (LDEO)
     Einat Lev (LDEO)
     James Muirhead (Syracuse)
     Josef Dufek (Georgia Tech)

Understanding the interaction between magmatism/volcanism and tectonics at plate boundaries calls for communication and collaboration between many disciplines, including geochemistry, geodesy, seismology, geodynamics, and volcanology, and between groups that traditionally focus on different plate boundaries. The GeoPRISMS mini-workshop “Volcanoes in Extensional and Compressional Settings,” to be held in conjunction with AGU the Fall Meeting, aims to foster new connections and collaborations through a focus on break-out discussions of recent findings, open questions, and potential for comparative studies of volcanism at different tectonic settings.

Report on Future Directions in Tectonics – status update & community survey

Dear Colleagues,

This email serves as a status update on and request for participation in a community effort to produce a report on “Future Directions in Tectonics” (supported by NSF-EAR-1542001). It includes an introduction to the process and link to our website (, which contains (1) a presentation from GSA 2016 Town Hall meeting describing the process, (2) the Draft report framework, and (3) a Survey where we hope you will provide input by Oct. 23.

Another Town Hall will be held at AGU (Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016, 12:30-1:30, Moscone West 2011), and the target date for the report is May 2017.

The introduction to the process described on the website is summarized below:

The report will explain examples of our science and its importance to many potential audiences (e.g., your colleagues, dean, provost, legislator, NSF and other government agency administrators), to serve as a platform to increase our impact and attract resources that can benefit the community as a whole. 

Such reports have benefitted other successful communities, and the time is right for us to assess how our relevance, opportunities and needs have changed in the nearly 15 years since the last report on tectonics.

The community effort and report will:

(1) identify grand challenge themes and opportunities for the science, not as a comprehensive, exclusive or prescriptive list of topics, but as examples that resonate broadly with the community, illustrate the kind of work we do, and showcase where we are poised to make advances;

(2) articulate what our community needs to make scientific progress (e.g., resources, technologies, partnerships and infrastructure, educational needs); and

(3) develop a vision to build and strengthen our community and maximize the educational and societal benefits of our work.  

The process has been designed to be as inclusive and transparent as possible. One group obtained NSF funding for a workshop to solicit community input, and a different group is leading the report writing. Efforts have been organized by multiple committees of volunteers and people selected to represent the diverse perspectives of our community. A workshop was broadly advertised and held in May 2016 with >90 participants, and community input has been and will continue to be solicited in Town Hall meetings and online.

We want everyone to have a voice and contribute ideas. The report will focus on the subset of ideas that resonate most broadly with the community, speaking with one voice to provide context and organize our diverse perspectives into unifying themes that emerge from the community input/data.

The report framework has been drafted and is posted online along with more details about the process []. This information is explained in a presentation from the GSA Town Hall. The draft framework has been vetted extensively, and it accurately reflects the themes that emerged from the workshop and community input. It focuses on part 1 (science challenges); the framework for part 2 (including needs to make scientific progress, community building, education) will be drafted late fall 2016.

Your input is needed. We invite you to read the draft framework and complete a survey by October 23, 2016 [see website for link]. Please stay involved by joining the report listserv [see link on website or email] and/or looking for updates on the website.

Please share this message broadly, and we look forward to hearing from you!

— Writing co-chairs, Kate Huntington (U Washington) and Keith Klepeis (U Vermont)

GeoPRISMS Student Prize at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016 – Applications now open!

Students, apply now to the GeoPRISMS Prize for Outstanding AGU Student Poster and Oral Presentations!

Application Deadline: November 19, 2016


GeoPRISMS Student Prize 2016

The GeoPRISMS Program is offering two $500 prizes for Outstanding Student Presentations on GeoPRISMS- or MARGINS-related science at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 12-16, 2016. The two prizes, one each for a poster and an oral presentation, will be awarded to highlight the important role of student research in accomplishing MARGINS- and GeoPRISMS-related science goals, and to encourage cross-disciplinary input. Any student working on science topics related to the objectives of MARGINS or GeoPRISMS is eligible to participate. Students do not have to be working on a MARGINS- or GeoPRISMS-funded project to enter the competition. Students from the international community, as well as from the U.S., are encouraged to apply. Please note that previous GeoPRISMS Student Prize winners are not eligible.

Presentations will be judged throughout the AGU meeting. Students will also have an opportunity to display their posters (or poster versions of their AGU talks) at the GeoPRISMS Student and Community Forum, beginning at 6:00 pmMonday, December 12th at the Park Central Hotel (formerly Westin Market Street, 50 Third St., between Mission and Market).

GeoPRISMS Student Prize winners and honorable mentions will be notified after the meeting and highlighted in the GeoPRISMS newsletter and website. Their institutions will also be notified of their achievement.

Students who wish to participate in the GeoPRISMS Student Prize at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016 need to apply before November 19, 2016 at: /meetings/agu-student-prize/

Job Posting: Faculty Position, Postdoc Fellowship & Geochemistry Research Associate 2 (LA-ICP-MS)

1) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geophysics – Carnegie Institution for Science, DTM, Washington, DC

2)  Geochemistry Research Associate 2 (LA-ICP-MS) – Western Washington University
3) Faculty Position in Geochemistry – Cornell University, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
4) Assistant Professor in Geophysics – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences


1) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geophysics – Carnegie Institution for Science, DTM, Washington, DC

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship to conduct independent research in geophysics. The Geophysics group in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism currently consists of researchers working in the fields of mantle and core geodynamics, seismology, and volcanology. Related research fields on our campus include geochemistry, cosmochemistry, planetary astronomy, and mineral physics. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with those of the Geophysics group, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

Our fellows have access to a wide range of facilities. Scientific computing resources include the Carnegie Memex cluster in addition to local computing resources. DTM fellowships provide support for conference and meeting travel, computing, and the publication of results from postdoctoral work.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment and a promising record of research and publication. Fellows are expected to begin in Fall 2017.  A C.V., list of publications, short description of thesis research, brief (2-3 page) statement of research plans during the postdoctoral fellowship, and three letters of recommendation by those familiar with your work should be submitted online at by 1 December 2016.  Creativity in the proposed research figures heavily in the evaluation of the application. Fellowships are for one year and are normally renewable for a second year. Address any questions you have to

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.


2)  Geochemistry Research Associate 2 (LA-ICP-MS) – Western Washington University

Western Washington University invites applications for a professional staff position, with the primary role being to train, supervise, and assist students, faculty and visitors in the operation of the LA-ICP-MS for geoscience applications. We expect the person we hire to collaborate with faculty and students on research projects, to develop and pursue projects and proposals for external funding, and to refine and develop laboratory methods and procedures for geoscience applications of geochemistry. Required qualifications for the position are 1) M.S. in geoscience or physical science 2) Minimum 1 year of experience maintaining LA-ICP-MS instrumentation and performing data reduction for geological samples 3) Computer skills (e.g. Glitter, or other LA-ICP-MS data reduction software) 4) Demonstrated commitment to work effectively with a diverse student body 5) Good oral and written communication skills. For full position announcement, including all required and preferred qualifications, and to apply, see Review of applications begins Oct 19, 2016; position is open until filled.  To apply, submit a letter of application that specifically addresses the listed job qualifications, a current vita, and three professional references to WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (linked to electronic job posting). Questions regarding this position should be directed to Bernard Housen ( or Susan DeBari (

WWU is an EO/AA employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


3) Faculty Position in Geochemistry – Cornell University, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Cornell University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) seeks to fill a tenure track faculty position in the general area of geochemistry, with an emphasis on magmatic and/or metamorphic processes. This is expected to be one in a series of faculty renewal hires. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to subduction-related processes; formation, evolution and recycling of the oceanic and/or continental crust; fluid-rock interactions at hydrothermal, metamorphic and magmatic conditions; and volatile recycling. Approaches can be theoretical, observational and experimental.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute intellectually to our broad program in solid earth processes, and to interact with other research programs and units at Cornell. Additional desirable attributes of the candidate include the potential for interactions with EAS programs in atmospheric and/or ocean sciences, and with other programs at Cornell including planetary sciences. The successful candidate will have access to a wide variety of campus facilities including those associated with Cornell’s Center for Materials Research, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, and the Center for Advanced Computing.

Applicants must hold a doctorate in an appropriate field, have a demonstrated ability to conduct outstanding research, and show promise for attracting external research support. The successful candidate will also be a committed educator, enthusiastic about teaching and supervising student research at all levels. We anticipate filling the position at the Assistant Professor level, but applications for Associate level will be considered; salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Cornell seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.

Applicants should submit: a cover letter addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Geoff Abers, a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and complete contact information for three references. Statements should include teaching experience and interests, leadership efforts, and contributions to diversity.

All materials must be submitted on-line at Inquiries only should be sent to Review of applications will begin November 20, 2016.

Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


4) Assistant Professor in Geophysics – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track position in the broad area of Geophysics, including theory, observation, and experimentation.  We seek an outstanding scientist with the potential to conduct innovative research and excel in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field by the start of employment. A complete application must include a curriculum vitae, one- to two-page descriptions of research and teaching plans, and three letters of recommendation.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by December 15, 2016. Search Contact: Ms. Karen Fosher, HR Administrator, EAPS, 54-924, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, email:

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.


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

2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative – Apply now!

The Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) for the Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) initiative is now open for applications. The TEI will be held over three full days from February 8-10, 2017 and is intended to summarize progress and recent scientific advances related to the RIE initiative, and to identify high-priority science for future GeoPRISMS RIE efforts. (Please see the Science and Implementation plan available at /research/science-plan/). Applicants do not need to have worked on projects funded by GeoPRISMS. We expect a broad and diverse audience drawn from domestic and international research communities, including graduate students and early career scientists, who are interested in the initiation and evolution of rifts.


The TEI is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at The Pennsylvania State University. There is no registration fee. We will be able to cover most on-site expenses (venue costs, hotel expenses based on double occupancy, and breakfast & lunch) for approximately 80 participants. Most participants will have to cover their travel to and from the meeting; partial funding for travel is available for students and postdocs. We will not be able to provide dinners on-site, but there are several restaurants nearby. Confirmed participants whose on-site expenses are covered are expected to arrive on Tuesday evening and leave on Saturday morning.

Organizing Committee

Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico), Donna Shillington (LDEO/Columbia University), Estella Atekwana (Oklahoma State University), Rebecca Bendick (University of Montana), Juliet Biggs (University of Bristol), Esteban Gazel (Virginia Tech), Liz Hajek (Pennsylvania State University), Luc Lavier (University of Texas, Austin). Ex officio: Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Office/Pennsylvania State University).

Important Dates

October 4: Applications are invited via the meeting webpage at : /tei-rie-2017/
November 7: Application deadline
December 9: Successful applicants are invited to confirm participation
December 22: Deadline for confirmation of attendance
Late January: Final meeting agenda is released


The Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM ( The hotel is located 8 miles from Albuquerque airport. Cab service is available.

Student and Postdoc symposium

On Tuesday before the TEI we will hold a student and postdoc symposium which will feature short presentations by attendees and discussion with the conveners and NSF program managers. The symposium runs from 1:00 – 5:00 and will be followed at 5:00 – 7:00 by student posters and cash bar. We encourage all students and postdocs to attend and to arrange their travel accordingly, after confirmation of attendance.

Draft agenda

The agenda will develop as the list of participants is completed. We will have four sessions focused on different aspects of rift initiation and evolution (each featuring keynote speakers and invited and contributed presentations). There will also be a session on international collaborations and opportunities. There will be several break-out sessions for discussions of current science and data gaps and strategies to address these. We will have dedicated poster sessions in the afternoons.

Planned Sessions

Rift evolution from initiation to post rift architecture
Magmatism and Volatile Exchanges
Faulting and Strain
Climate and surface processes
Geohazards at rifts and rifted margins
Geodynamics of rifting

Saturday: Field trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

We will organize an optional field trip to the nearby (~1 hour drive from Albuquerque) Kasha-Katuwe National Monument in the Jemez Volcanic field to look at pyroclastic volcanic deposits and get an overview of the Rio Grande Rift. This trip will involve some light hiking. There will be no additional cost for participating in the trip. In the event of too much snow cover in the Jemez Mountains, we will organize a trip to the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field (~ 1.5 hours from Albuquerque). We will return to Albuquerque by 5 pm.

Job Posting: Faculty Positions & Postdoc Opportunities

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information about the Exploration Fellowship can be found at:

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


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

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

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

Alternatively, submit above materials to:

Faculty Search Committee

Department of Geosciences

Earth and Space Sciences Building, Room 255

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100

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

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

Apply Here:


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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