Job Posting: Faculty position, communication associate position

1) Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Mineral Resource Systems/Economic Geology –  The University of Arizona

2) UNAVCO Communications Associate – Remote Work Options Available


1) Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Mineral Resource Systems/Economic Geology at The University of Arizona

The Department of Geosciences at The University of Arizona seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member with a commitment to interdisciplinary work in mineral resource systems at the Assistant Professor level as the Lundin Family Endowed Chair in Economic Geology. The Department seeks applicants focused on any combination of economic geology, tectonics, geochemistry, geophysics, and/or surficial processes related to mineral resources systems.

Areas of interest are very broad, and examples include: aqueous geochemistry; fluids in crustal processes; structural geology; surficial processes related to the natural and anthropogenic concentration and dispersion of mineralized materials; reclamation (including all environmental aspects of sustainable mining); geothermal or active magmatic or metamorphic systems; isotope geochemistry or petrology; and the biogeochemistry of metal systems. Approaches can be field, lab, and/or theoretical and could involve settings from surficial to magmatic, scales from microscopic to global, and topics from basic science to applications and policy. The successful candidate is expected to actively engage in multidisciplinary research and teaching through the Department of Geosciences and related professional programs.

Applicants should apply at and include

  1. curriculum vitae;
  2. cover letter explaining research interests and accomplishments;
  3. statement of teaching interests and qualifications;
  4. vision statement describing how the candidate would develop their research program;
  5. statement describing the candidate’s accomplishments or plans to work with diverse students and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion

Inquiries regarding this position may be addressed to the committee chair, Professor Jon Pelletier (

The Department of Geosciences at UA has been a world leader in mineral resource systems since its founding and is a key partner in campus-wide programs related to sustainability and mineral resources. The successful candidate has the opportunity to engage in those programs, which involve the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources as well a proposed new transdisciplinary school. The successful candidate is expected to begin in Fall of 2021. Review of applications will begin December 1 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


2) UNAVCO Communications Associate – Remote Work Options Available

Are you looking to blend your love of geoscience with your awesome communication skills? Come work with UNAVCO! We are seeking a Communications Associate who will lead community communications and informal education and outreach efforts. While the job position is based in Boulder, CO we are open to remote work options. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in both geosciences and communications. Please see the posting for full details. Application review begins November 2.


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Job Posting: Postdoc, Research Staff Positions

1) Post-Doctoral Fellow Carbon Utilization and Seismic Characterization – Colorado School of Mines

2) Research Staff Positions – The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)

3) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth and Environmental Sciences – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

4) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University


1) Post-Doctoral Fellow Carbon Utilization and Seismic Characterization – Colorado School of Mines

Seeking a Post -Doctoral Fellow in the area of Carbon Utilization and Seismic Reservoir Characterization. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will be in two areas (half-time each) consisting of: 1) Support CCUS Project tasks: Assess existing geological data for potential CO2 storage reservoirs within Colorado including saline format ions, associated storage in EOR operations, and stacked storage. Identify critical data needs and assess, verify, and augment existing data in Colorado. Assess, verify, and analyze existing data on CO2 infrastructure and transport systems within Colorado. General technology transfer and dissemination of knowledge and collected data. 2) Research on Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) topics: RCP is a well known (over 36 years) energy industry consortium with research topics ranging from fiber optics, machine learning, seismic acquisition, conventional and unconventional resources reservoir characterization (see There will be opportunities to work on different project inside RCP. Good programming skills will be beneficial.

ABOUT MINES – Colorado School of Mines – Colorado’s oldest public university — is located in Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21miles south of Boulder. The school’s proximity to Denver and Boulder provides opportunities for significant collaboration with government labs and industry, as well as other universities in the U.S.


2) Research Staff Positions – The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG, seeks to hire three Research Staff members in the following broadly defined areas: (1) Coastal Processes and Geohazards; (2) Solid Earth-Cryosphere Interactions; and (3) Crustal Deformation, Earth Surface Change, and Geodesy. We seek colleagues who creatively use theoretical, computational, observational and/or experimental approaches to address fundamental problems in understanding processes on Earth or other planets. Current areas of research at UTIG include, but are not limited to: ice sheet and ocean dynamics, marine geology and geophysics, plate tectonics, earthquake seismology, planetary geophysics and habitability, climate dynamics, and paleoclimatology. We are interested in candidates who will bring new research expertise and perspectives to UTIG, and who have the potential to build bridges between existing areas of research strength. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to a dynamic and diverse research community at the University of Texas at Austin through the development of a vigorous, internationally-recognized, and externally-funded research program, and through engagement with colleagues, postdoctoral scholars, and students. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., or be near completion of this degree in Earth Science or a related field. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from nontraditional research backgrounds and from scientists who understand the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education and research.

We anticipate hiring at the Research Associate rank. Research Associates are part of the research staff at UTIG and receive six months of institutional salary support, with the rest obtained from externally-funded research programs. Research appointments at UTIG follow a career track similar to that of academic faculty, in which the rank of Research Associate is approximately analogous to that of Assistant Professor. Research staff at UTIG can advise or co-advise postdocs, and both graduate and undergraduate students.

UTIG is part of the Jackson School of Geosciences, which houses top research programs across all areas of the Earth Sciences. UTIG is also closely allied with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (, and it is involved in several research centers and programs at UT focused on emerging Earth Science problems, such as the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability (, the Center for Space Research (, and the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences ( UTIG employs both computational- and field-based technical support staff, and operates a variety of field equipment and lab facilities.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, a one-page diversity statement, up to three recent peer-reviewed publications, and the names and contact information of three qualified persons who can provide the search committee a reference letter upon request. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1, 2020. You can view and apply for the position on the University’s job page (  For any further questions, please contact the search committee chair: Harm Van Avendonk (e-mail:


3) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth and Environmental Sciences – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the fields of Earth and environmental sciences. Candidates should have recently completed their Ph.D. or should expect to complete their degree requirements by September 2021.

Researchers at the Observatory work to understand the dynamics of the Earth’s chemical, physical and biological systems, from the core to the upper atmosphere, including Earth’s interactions with human society.  Our scientists lead research in the fields of solid Earth dynamics; ocean, atmospheric and climate systems; cryospheric dynamics; paleoclimate and biogeoscience.

The principal selection criteria for Fellows are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed plan to investigate problems at the forefront of Earth science. Applications from all related fields are welcomed.

Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months, include a $7,500 research allowance, and carry an annual salary of $66,000. Successful candidates will be encouraged to apply for external funding and may be eligible for further internal awards and positions. LDEO is especially interested in qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the Observatory’s scientific personnel.

The deadline for applications is November 9, 2020

To apply for the fellowship, read the instructions below and click the “Apply for Fellowship” link.

Contact:  The Office of the Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY 10964

Tel: 845-365-8546 • Fax: 845-365-8162 • Email:


Note: Related postdoctoral opportunities are available at the Earth Institute at Columbia University,

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is committed to diversity. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action – Race/Gender/Disability/Veterans Employer.


4) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department and who contribute positively to the diversity of the department through outreach or other means. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment, but candidates must have received their Ph.D. no more than 3 years before their start date at Rice.

The research fellowships will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500.

Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, research synergies with at least one faculty, and a commitment to fostering diversity in their field of research. The proposed research should encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.

The application is due on 1 December, 2020 at 

application should include the following documents:
* A current CV, including a list of publications
* A brief synopsis of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation (no longer than one page).
* A brief diversity statement that explains the applicants’ interest in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their field of research (no longer than one page)
* A concise research proposal (no longer than three pages, including figures, excluding references) describing the applicants research interests, specifically the research that the applicant would like to pursue at Rice
* The names of potential Rice faculty who could serve as postdoctoral mentors for the
* “Applicants are responsible to ensure that three letters of reference are submitted to Rice University (via Rice Works). The deadline for letters is one week after the application deadline.

Following acceptance, the appointment may begin any time before 1 January, 2021. Questions, including regarding reference letters, can be addressed to

Rice University is located in Houston, Texas, and is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university that aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. Rice fulfills this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


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Job Posting: PhD and Postdoctoral Positions

1) Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology – the University of South Florida
2) Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting – RWTH Aachen
3) Multiple PhD positions –  Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University
4) USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Opportunities

5) Tenure-track Position Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environment – Dalhousie University


1) Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology at the University of South Florida

The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Scholar position to join the seismology group. This is a full-time 12-month position with a starting date expected no later than January 4th, 2021. Initial funding is for one year with possibility for annual renewal. The selected candidate will join the seismology group to work on the project “Improving Small Event Characterization and Determination of Moment Tensor Uncertainties.” The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a large dataset of broadband seismic waveforms, as well as synthetic waveforms generated from 3D seismic wavefield simulations. The project will involve applications and also methodological developments for estimating moment tensors. The candidate is also encouraged to develop her/his own research agenda.

Minimum Qualifications

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar requires a doctoral-level degree preferably in geophysics, seismology, physics, or computational sciences involving data analysis and programming. Candidates with a non-US degree will be required to provide proof of degree equivalency. The successful candidate must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Postdoctoral Scholar.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in geophysics/seismology, be a highly motivated, independent researcher, and have experience in seismic moment tensor analysis and/or seismic waveform modeling. The project is computationally intensive, and part of the analyses will be conducted using the High-Performance Computing facilities at USF and other project partner institutions such as the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Additional Information for Applicants

To apply, please visit and submit the application material as a single pdf. The Job ID is 25788. The material consists of 1) a cover letter outlining current research accomplishments and goals for the Postdoctoral position, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) three (3) letters of recommendation. For questions and more information about the position, please contact Jochen Braunmiller ( and/or Glenn Thompson (
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by October 16th, 2020.


2) Postdoc position in numerical modelling of continental rifting – RWTH Aachen

Dear all,

I am looking for someone interested in numerical modelling of continental rifting for a three-year postdoc position. Please find more information on the position, and how to apply, at the link below, but a short description is that the position will focus on numerical experiments of the initial stages of continental rifting, aiming to investigate interplays between inheritance, rheology and plate tectonic setting. Development of new numerical software is explicitly foreseen. Involvement in teaching and student supervision is expected – both of course to reasonable degree. I am only happy to answer questions about the position and suggest e-mail ( or phone as detailed in the pdf at the link.

I expect to be conducting interviews online, to limit travel in Corona times, but would like to reassure interested candidates that we will do what we can to provide them with relevant information about working at RWTH Aachen University and living in Aachen. There is equally some flexibility regarding the start date.

Postdoc in numerical modelling of continental rifting

Unit for Tectonics and Geodynamics
RWTH Aachen University
Jobnumber: 32537, Institutskennziffer: 531220

With best wishes,

Susanne Buiter


3) Multiple PhD positions –  Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University

We are seeking Ph.D. students to work on the following projects to begin in the Fall of 2021 in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.  Please contact the faculty listed below for more information.  Details on applying to Cornell are available here:

  • Atmospheric Sciences: Prof. Natalie Mahowald ( is seeking students interested in the modeling of the interactions of insoluble particles (dust, ash) with climate and biogeochemistry.
  • Precipitation, extreme events, and climate change: Professor Angeline Pendergrass ( is seeking at least one PhD student to join her team working on the Earth’s hydrological cycle, climate dynamics, variability and change in the field of atmospheric sciences.
  • Climate science: Professor Flavio Lehner ( is looking for at least one PhD student to work on global to regional climate variability and change using global climate models and observations, with an eye on understanding large-scale drivers of impact-relevant phenomena such as heatwaves, drought, wildfires or compound events.
  • Geospace science: Prof. David Hysell ( is seeking multiple students to work on theory and observations of phenomena in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere related to space weather. Projects will involve the use of large international facilities as well as instruments made in our lab together with numerical simulations and forecast models.
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry: Prof. Matthew Reid is seeking a PhD student to examine impacts of sea level rise and storm surges on sulfur speciation in estuarine and coastal wetlands, with a focus on couplings between cycling of organic sulfur and elements including arsenic and selenium. (
  • Evolution of Southern Hemisphere Paleofloras: I am looking for a student interested in working on K-Pg paleofloras from Patagonia. For further information, please contact Prof. Maria A. Gandolfo (
  • Experimental petrology/geochemistry: Potential areas of research include investigations of planetary redox, trace element thermobarometry and diffusion speedometry. For more information, please contact Prof. Megan Holycross (
  • Geothermal: Professors Patrick Fulton, Jefferson Tester, Teresa Jordan and others seek PhD students to participate in geoscience and geothermal engineering projects based on an exploratory borehole to be drilled in 2021 at Cornell. The borehole data and ongoing monitoring data and analyses will underpin refinement of plans to develop a deep geothermal heat-extraction well field, and to investigate basic hydrogeological and mechanical features of the crust. A broad range of geosciences and geothermal engineering student opportunities exist, spanning hydrogeology, geomechanics, seismology, reactive transport chemistry, and heat-chemical-mechanical-fluid interactions.  (Contact;; or for more information).
  • Seismology and rock mechanics: Prof. Greg McLaskey ( is looking for a PhD student to work on the mechanics of earthquakes and the generation of seismic waves by means of large-scale laboratory experiments.
  • Seismology: Prof. Geoff Abers ( is seeking a PhD student interested in imaging and earthquake processes in subduction zones, integrating many recently-collected onshore and offshore datasets in Alaska, Japan, Cascadia and elsewhere.
  • Geophysics, volcanology, and remote sensing: Prof. Rowena Lohman ( is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on satellite observations of ground surface change, including innovative measurements of soil moisture from space.  Prof. Matt Pritchard ( is looking for a Ph.D. student to work on combined ground and satellite observations of volcanic activity involving potential fieldwork in Bolivia and/or Chile and developing an inter-disciplinary global synthesis of volcano remote sensing observations.


4) USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Opportunities

Our annual cycle of opportunities are now open! Individual opportunities are also advertised throughout the year, so check back often to look for new positions! Please communicate with individual Research Advisor(s) to discuss project ideas and answer specific questions about the Research Opportunity. General inquiries can be sent to the Mendenhall Program email box:

Open Research Opportunities will be filled depending on the availability of funds. All application materials must be submitted through USAJobs by 11:59 pm, US Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date.

Opportunities available at:


5) Tenure-track Position Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environment – Dalhousie University

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie University invites applications for the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health, an endowed tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science provides a dynamic setting for innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses important societal challenges related to the interaction of earth system processes and human development.
We are seeking an exceptional emerging scholar whose academic activities in research and teaching are focused at the intersection of earth systems science, human use of resources and sustainable development with consequences for human population health. We are particularly interested in applicants who have established scholarship in the area of One Health and/or Exposure Science, who employ or have experience in the application of spatial methods, and who can contribute expertise to departmental and university-wide geospatial information science and technology certificates and programs. Finally, we are especially interested in candidates whose research aligns with at least one of the Dalhousie University priority research areas (Ocean Studies; Advanced Materials and Clean Technology; Health and Wellness; and Governance, Society and Culture)

Eligible applicants must hold a doctoral degree, must demonstrate research excellence and productivity, have the potential to attain external grant funding for their research program, and have a strong interest and aptitude for the teaching and mentoring of students. Ideally candidates will have training in the environmental sciences, public or population health science and demonstrate competency in the application of epidemiologic principles and associated analytical methods required to explore associations between environmental conditions and health outcomes.

The successful candidate will contribute to innovative, interdisciplinary environment and health research and will be expected to cooperate and work with other researchers, drawing on and building research strengths and capacity, ideally in alignment with Dalhousie’s Research and Innovation Strategic Direction, and the Strategic Plan for the Faculty of Science. Ultimately, the Chair will provide leadership and inspiration through collaborative research, outreach, student engagement, and the development of relationships with communities and cultures within and external to Dalhousie University.
Please submit the following information via PeopleAdmin:

a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;
a curriculum vitae;
a maximum two-page document describing the candidate’s proposed research program;
sample publications (a maximum of two);
a one-page statement describing teaching philosophy and teaching interests; and
the contact information for at least three referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognized expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee for long-listed candidates and should not be sent with the initial application.

Assessment of applications will begin on 13th November 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The appointment will be effective 1st July, 2021 or as negotiated.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University is recognized internationally for our world-class academic programs and as one of Canada’s leading research institutions. 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. The Department represents the recent merger between the Environmental Sciences Program and the Department of Earth Sciences, and is currently in a faculty growth phase. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its vibrant spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront. Information about the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, current faculty, and research and teaching programmes can be found at:

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