Young scientist support for Subduction Interface Processes (SIP) conference, Barcelona Apr. 19-21

Subduction Interface Processes (SIP)

An international conference zooming on subduction zones
April 19-21, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain
More information

Dear all,

Attached is an announcement of a funding opportunity for students and early career scientists/post-docs to attend the Subduction Interface Processes (SIP) conference in Barcelona on April 19-21 (just before the EGU meeting). The deadline is tomorrow (Feb 1), but decisions will be made on Feb. 15, so there is a little flexibility in the deadline. Interested parties should apply as soon as possible.
Philippe Agard
Professeur, UPMC (Univ. PM Curie), Sorbonne Universités
Dir. Licence Géosciences
Lab. ISTeP (T46-0, 3è) / 4 pl. Jussieu 75252 Paris
T: 0033144275235 / M: 0033-673370427

Sessions of interest at the 2017 Goldschmidt & IAG-IASPEI Meetings

Please see below for sessions of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community, taking place at the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris, France (August 13-18) and the IAG-IASPEI 2017 in Kobe, Japan  (July 30 – August 4)

Goldschmidt abstract deadline is April 1 (23:59 CET)
EGU abstract deadline is February 8, 2017

Please contact the GeoPRISMS Office at if you wish to advertise your sessions of interest on the GeoPRISMS Listserv.


2017 Goldschmidt Conference

06L: Subduction processes: Evidence from high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic rocks

Conveners: Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Alberto Vitale Brovarone. Keynote speaker Matthias Konrad-Schmolke

This session focuses on constraints on the conditions and processes of subduction as reflected in the record from exhumed high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) metamorphic rocks of subducted crust. We invite contributions focusing on all aspects of subduction including thermal histories, thermal gradients, processes of deformation, geochemical cycling, and exhumation. We especially welcome perspectives on the evolution of subduction over geologic time.

Best Regards

Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Alberto Vitale Brovarone



J06 The spectrum of fault-zone deformation processes (from slow slip to earthquake)

Conveners: Hitoshi Hirose (Kobe University, Japan), Yoshihiro Ito (Kyoto University, Japan), Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

The aim of this session is to bring together the latest, cutting-edge work on the spectrum of fault-zone deformation processes and slip behaviors. We welcome contributions on slow deformation and fast fault slip that will improve our understanding of fault creep, slow slip events, tectonic tremor, episodic tremor and slip, very low-frequency earthquakes, and ordinary earthquakes. The session will highlight linkages between slow and fast fault slip (earthquakes) and explore scaling relationships for the observed spectrum of fault slip behaviors. Contributions from all areas are welcome, including geophysical and geodetic observations, studies of fault zone structure, laboratory experiments, geological surveys, theoretical works, and numerical studies.

Best regards,

Hitoshi Hirose (Kobe University)
Yoshihiro Ito (Kyoto University)
Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University)

Invitation to Seismology Student Workshop 2017

5th annual Seismology Student Workshop

March 13-14, 2017 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York
Application deadline: February 3, 2017

Hello fellow students!

We are writing to invite you to participate in the upcoming fifth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 13th-14th at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.  This workshop is completely student-run and organized with the aim of bringing together graduate students who conduct research in seismology and earthquake-related fields. We intend to build on the success of our previous workshops in providing a friendly environment that fosters in-depth scientific discussion.

Topics related to the scope of this workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Seismic imaging of tectonic processes
  • Tomographic/inverse techniques
  • Earthquake source processes
  • Rock mechanics
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Seismicity and tremor

The format will be a series of 25-minute talks and poster sessions that take place over the course of the two days. Registration will be $75. This fee will cover three nights of hotel lodging for the nights of Sunday March 12th, Monday the 13th, and Tuesday the 14th, as well as all meals and refreshments during the workshop. Registration is limited to 55 participants, with preference given to those who submit abstracts.

The facebook page for the workshop can be found here:

If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the online application form:

A title, abstract, and an optional figure must be submitted to be considered for an oral or poster session.

The application deadline is February 3, 2017. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of the following week. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Celia, Helen, Kira, Genevieve, Rachel, and Tierney

IODP-ICDP Workshop Announcement: New England Freshwater Resources

Onshore-Offshore Drilling and Sampling to understand Freshwater Resources along the New England Continental Shelf: An IODP-ICDP Workshop

May 22-23, 2017; Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA

To understand the dynamics of onshore-offshore shore hydrologic systems, this IODP- and ICDP-sponsored workshop will focus on the coupling between glacial dynamics, sea-level variations, and groundwater flow for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA and the U.S. Atlantic continental shelf offshore Martha’s Vineyard. The overall goals of the workshop are to develop a new operational plan for IODP Proposal 637 and establish an amphibious component of the project to accomplish its science objectives. These goals will be accomplished by (1) developing ideal sampling and measurement plans for geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and microbiology across the shoreline and the shelf; (2) prioritizing onshore and offshore scientific operations including site order and target depths; and (3) formulating specific plans for pursuing external funds for the drilling project.

The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants and the deadline to apply is February 17, 2017. Travel support is available for a limited number of participants through USSSP (for U.S.) and ICDP (for international). For more information, visit the workshop website:

Job Posting: Research Associate, Faculty & Postdoc Positions

1) Assistant Professors in geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography – The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, Ecuador

2) Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – Purchase College, SUNY
3) NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate active-source seismology – Imperial College London
4) Research Associate in Geodynamics – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University


1) Assistant Professors in geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography – The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, Ecuador

The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech invites applications for tenure-track assistant professors in the following fields: geophysics, geochemistyr, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography.

Yachay Tech faculty will develop active research programs, direct PhD students, involve undergraduate students in collaborative research projects, and teach (in English) undergraduate and graduate courses in their fields of specialty.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three references to Maria del Carmen Alvarado (, assistant to the Dean. Employment will begin as early as March 2017.

Yachay Tech is a public, research-intensive university, located in the Inter-Andean valley of Ecuador about two hours north of Quito. Since opening in March 2014, the undergraduate student population has grown to a total of approximately 1000 undergraduates. Our School is only one-year old but already has a diverse, international, dynamic faculty of 11 full-time, PhD scientists. We are in the process of developing the first geosciences doctoral program in Ecuador.


2) Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – Purchase College, SUNY

Purchase College, SUNY invites applications for a tenure-track position in Environmental Studies at the Assistant Professor level, beginning September 1, 2017. We seek a broadly trained environmental scientist committed to field-based instruction and individualized student mentorship. While the research specialization is flexible, it should complement those of the current faculty. The most attractive research fields include geology, conservation biology, and wildlife ecology. With an emphasis on community engagement and environmental sustainability, the College prioritizes hiring scholars who conceptualize the application of their research within environmental justice and socially conscious contexts.

Excellence in teaching will be expected. Instructional responsibilities include five courses per year, plus supervision of senior projects. The senior project is a college-wide requirement and signature feature of the college’s curriculum. The selected candidate will develop a diverse suite of courses serving Environmental Studies majors as well as the general student body including introductory and advanced courses in his/her area of specialization.

The Environmental Studies Board of Study is an engaged academic partner with and resource for communities, non-profits, and agencies addressing environmental issues along Long Island Sound, the Lower Hudson River, and New York City’s historic Croton Watershed. Opportunities abound for the successful candidate to capitalize on this existing network of local study sites to develop a robust, dynamic, and student-focused research program.

Purchase College is primarily an undergraduate institution located 25 miles north of New York City. The college’s president demonstrated a dedication to environmental issues and sustainability by joining 151 other U.S. colleges as an original signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.


Candidates must have a PhD by Sept. 1, 2017. Strong teaching experience is preferred.

To apply for this position, visit the Purchase College Job Vacancy website at and complete an on-line application. You must attach the following documents: (1) A cover letter describing research and teaching interests; (2) a CV; (3) evidence of teaching ability; (4) sample syllabi; and (5) three letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on January 16 with a January 22 deadline for submission.

Any questions about the position can be directed to Ryan Taylor


3) NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate active-source seismology – Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a PDRA to join the NERC Large Grant project VOILA. The aim of this consortium, consisting of the Universities of Southampton, Liverpool, Durham, Bristol and Imperial College London is to understand the relationship between volatiles and arc magmatism at the Lesser Antilles.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with expertise in active source seismology to invert OBS data to be collected onboard the RRS James Cook in April-June next year in order to constrain the pattern of hydration on the incoming plate.

Further details about the position are available here:


4) Research Associate in Geodynamics – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Applications are invited for a European Research Council (ERC) funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position, forming part of the ERC Starting Grant Action MICA – ‘Mechanics of slow earthquake phenomena: an Integrated perspective from the Composition, geometry, And rheology of plate boundary faults’ (PI: Ake Fagereng).

Working with Ake Fagereng and Huw Davies at Cardiff University, and Susan Ellis at GNS Science (Lower Hutt, New Zealand), the role of the Research Associate is to develop realistic, geologically-constrained, numerical models of fault zones – including heterogeneity in composition and active deformation mechanisms. These models will be based on field observations in exhumed plate boundary scale fault zones, and incorporate laboratory-derived flow laws. The Research Associate will form part of a team that will also include a number of PhD students, collecting field and microstructural data to constrain models. Experience with numerical modelling is crucial, but the Research Associate will also be invited to participate in fieldwork, at a level depending on prior experience.

In addition to these duties, the Research Associate will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international meetings and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants. The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). The post is available from 1st February 2017 and is a fixed-term appointment for 3 years.

Closing date: Friday, 13 January 2017

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Ake Fagereng, email:


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