Job Posting: NSF Section Head, Museum Director, USGS Mendenhall Fellowships, Assistant/Associate Positions, Postdoc and Grad Student opportunities

1) Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Director – Penn State University

2) Assistant Professor Structural Geology – Northern Arizona University
3) Assistant Professor in Earth-Surface Process Modeling – University of Colorado Boulder
4) Three Assistant or Associate Professor Positions in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy /  Geodynamics / Geology/Geophysics – University of Houston
5) Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology – University of New Mexico
6) Assistant or Associate Professor position – University of Utah, Salt Lake City
7) Graduate position in Experimental Petrology – University of Utah, Salt Lake City
8) Two PhD positions in Surface Processes – Colorado School of Mines
9) Chaired position – SMU Dallas
10) NSF Section Head for Marine Geosciences – National Science Foundation (NSF) Alexandria, VA
11) Grad student & Post-doc Opportunities –  University of Hawaii
12) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunities 


1) Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Director – Penn State University

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at Penn State’s University Park campus is seeking a Director who will promote the mission of the EMS Museum and Gallery, namely “to preserve and promote the diverse collections of Penn State’s College of Earth & Mineral Sciences by serving as an informed resource for science and art education.”

The EMS museum possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The museum is currently in the process of applying for accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The responsibilities for this position include: oversight of the collections; development of exhibits that reflect the expertise and research innovations of the College’s five departments and three institutes; writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects; partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate development and revenue-generating activities to foster the museum’s growth; supervision of museum staff and volunteers; maintaining up-to-date web content; participation in the teaching and research mission of the College; creation of K-12 educational materials and programs; and community outreach.

The directorship is a fixed-term multiyear academic position open to all ranks, with excellent prospects for renewal beyond the initial appointment. The Director is expected to hold a terminal degree appropriate for their field of expertise at the time of appointment. Faculty appointment in one of the College’s academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) is possible. To apply, please upload 1) a cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information of at least three referees.

We will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2018 and will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering excellence in diversity and equity as well as engagement in creating an inclusive workplace environment.


2) Assistant Professor Structural Geology – Northern Arizona University

Job Description

  • Tenure-track assistant professor in structural geology.
  • Study deformational processes and structures within the Earth with potential applications to tectonic processes.
  • Mentor PhD, MS, and undergraduate students in geosciences.
  • Provide excellent instruction in undergraduate- and graduate-level lectures and labs, particularly related to structural geology (GLG-435 and GLG-542) and field courses (GLG-240 and GLG-440C).
  • Contribute to a positive working environment with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide service to NAU as appropriate for a new assistant professor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned PhD in geosciences conferred by start date of August 19, 2019.
  • A minimum of one peer-reviewed publication in the broad field of structural geology.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Research experience in structural geology at the post-doctoral and/or assistant professor level.
  • A publication record and extramural funding commensurate with time since PhD.
  • Interdisciplinary focus that supplements traditional field-based structural geology research with additional analytic, computational, and/or statistical techniques.
  • One or more of the following
  •      – University teaching experience
  •      – Evidence of effective teaching of upper-division undergraduate- and graduate-level courses Training in educational pedagogy.
  •      – Experience mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate level in research.
  •      – Research interests complementary to current SESES faculty.
  •      – Experience working with and interacting with people from culturally and academically diverse backgrounds.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on 11/9/2018.

How to Apply

To view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ links, locate vacancy 603767, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the new page. Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


3) Assistant Professor in Earth-Surface Process Modeling – University of Colorado Boulder

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The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) at the University of Colorado invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Computational Earth-Surface Process Modeling, with an August 2019 start. CSDMS is an NSF-sponsored facility that supports modeling and prediction of erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment in landscapes and sedimentary basins over a broad range of environments and time and space scales. The candidate will join a team at INSTAAR at the University of Colorado, Boulder, responsible for promoting the growth of CSDMS by developing multidisciplinary and international collaboration in support of earth surface processes modeling. We seek a scientist who takes advantage of new opportunities in computing and remote sensing to advance understanding of landscape, coastal, and/or seascape geomorphology and sediment dynamics. Disciplinary areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: modeling of terrestrial, coastal, cryospheric, and/or marine processes; use of high-resolution topographic data to test process models; earth surface interactions with the climate system; modeling human impacts; high-performance computing; and community scientific software development.

CSDMS is hosted at INSTAAR. The new assistant professor would be rostered in the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and also become a tenure-track professor in one of INSTAAR’s affiliated academic departments and programs that best suits their training and interests (Geological Sciences; Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences; Computer Science).

A strong commitment to teaching, and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to outreach activities, is expected. The candidate is expected to engage in development of coursework in his or her area of research expertise, and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in the home department. Incorporation of computing skills in undergraduate and graduate curricula is desirable.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in geosciences, engineering, or related field at the time of appointment. We seek a strong team player with excellent communication and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research goals. We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to CSDMS and the University of Colorado campus community.

Applications received by 26 November 2018 will receive full consideration.


4) Three Assistant or Associate Professor Positions in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy /  Geodynamics / Geology/Geophysics – University of Houston

The University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is hiring three faculty at the assistant professor level. The department seeks any applicant who can enhance the departmental research and teaching strengths in Earth and planetary dynamics, energy and Earth resource exploration, and Earth surface and atmospheric systems. In particular, we are focused on hiring in the general fields below.

Position in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (Assistant Professor)

We invite applications in the general field of sedimentology and stratigraphy. We are interested in applicants who can address significant questions in Earth science including those related to sea-level change, coastal resiliency, carbonate systems, evolution of the oceans, and climate change. Candidates with skills integrating field, lab, numerical, and/or physical modeling approaches are especially sought. Apply at:

Position in Geodynamics (Assistant or Associate Professor)

We invite applications from scientists who bridge conventional geological and geophysical disciplines to research dynamic processes in the solid Earth and/or planets. We are interested in candidates whose cross-disciplinary research will enhance or expand departmental strengths that include deep-Earth structure, thermal evolution, crust and mantle dynamics, orogenesis, planetary evolution and dynamics, and/or basin evolution. Apply at:

Position in Geology/Geophysics (Assistant or Associate Professor)

We invite applicants in the general field of sedimentary basin analysis who bridge geological and geophysical disciplines. Areas of desirable research include, but are not limited to, structure, stratigraphy, rock mechanics, seismicity, geohistory, and fluid/rock interactions. We encourage individuals who integrate surface and 3D subsurface data sets to answer fundamental questions concerning linked tectonic and sedimentary processes and their relationship to natural resources. Apply at:

The successful candidates are expected to build active collaborations within and outside the university, to develop externally funded research programs that are internationally recognized, to teach graduate and undergraduate level courses that bridge theory and practical applications in the geosciences, and to use their research to enhance experiential learning at UH. Consideration of candidates at the Associate Professor level will be considered in exceptional circumstances. The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Furthermore, we welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Our institution is located in the energy and space capital of the world with potential collaborative opportunities in the nearby academic, federal, and industrial sectors. More information about the department can be found at

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth Science or a related field at the time of the appointment. Candidates should submit: 1) a statement of teaching and research interests, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of at least 3 possible references and their contact information. Applications should be submitted online through A background check is required prior to interviewing. The application deadline for each position is December 5th, 2018.


5) Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology – University of New Mexico

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the broad field of Sedimentary Geology with demonstrated research expertise that complements existing departmental strengths (see The position is a full-time, probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. We are interested in candidates who use field, laboratory, and/or quantitative methods to understand sedimentary geology and/or sedimentary systems.

A complete application must include 4 items all combined as a single document: (1) a cover letter, (2) three statements that illustrate prior experience and interest in: a) teaching, b) research, c) commitment to supporting diversity, equity & inclusion in a highly diverse campus community; (3) a curriculum vitae; and (4) the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three references. Items must be submitted electronically to UNM Jobs ( For best consideration, all materials must be received by January 7, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding the application process please contact Paula Pascetti (, Search Coordinator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (505 277-1633).

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body. In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. The University of New Mexico is the largest and most comprehensive of the state’s institutions of higher education and is both a Carnegie Very High Research University and a federally designated Hispanic- Serving Institution. Located in Albuquerque, the largest metropolitan area in the state, UNM features a growing campus that reflects the cultures and diversity of the Southwest and fosters an excellent work and learning environment for its faculty and students. For more about Albuquerque, visit The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences has a faculty of 19 and offers undergraduate degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences.


6) Assistant or Associate Professor position – University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in geodesy or remote sensing beginning fall 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally visible, externally funded research program and teach departmental courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. We will consider candidates in a broad range of specialties in geodesy and remote sensing. Example specialties include: GPS, InSAR, gravity, Lidar, multi-band and hyperspectral imaging. We particularly welcome candidates who contribute to the existing departmental strengths, especially in one or more of three broad topical areas in which future growth is envisioned: (1) Surface Processes and Hazards, (2) Sustainable Resource Science and Engineering, and (3) Earth and Planetary Evolution. The Department of Geology & Geophysics is housed in the state-of-the-art Sutton Building, a sustainably-designed building with modern research and teaching facilities. Related campus research infrastructure includes the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, the Global Change and Sustainability Center, the Center for High Performance Computing, the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and the Department of Geography. Opportunities also exist within the college for collaboration with the Departments of Mining Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, and Metallurgical Engineering. Evaluation of applications will begin on December 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, candidates should submit (1) statement of interest, (2) summary of current research activities and future research and funding plans, (3) teaching statement describing teaching philosophy and proposed courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the University of Utah, (4) diversity statement describing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the mentoring of diverse students and junior colleagues, (5) curriculum vitae, and (6) names and contact information for five referees. Research and teaching statements should be limited to four pages each. All documents must be upload and submitted via the University of Utah’s employment porthole: Specific questions about the position should be directed to M. Thorne []. More Information about the Department of Geology and Geophysics can be found at:


7) Graduate position in Experimental petrology – University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at University of Utah in Salt Lake City seeks a highly motivated student with an interest in pursuing graduate studies in experimental petrology.

The student will join a recently established high pressure – high temperature laboratory. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, magma genesis in the upper mantle, role of mantle heterogeneity, magma migration and melt-rock reactions.

Detailed program information and application procedure can be obtained from the department website ( Application Deadline is Jan 15th, 2019.

Come join us and enjoy Utah’s Life Elevated!

For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Lambart (


8) Two PhD positions in Surface Processes – Colorado School of Mines

Hi all,

I am recruiting one to two PhD students to join my new surface processes research group at the Colorado School of Mines this coming Fall, 2019. Possible project ideas include the following, but I am also happy to discuss other topics with interested students.

Examining the effects of vegetation, land use and lithology on hillslope sediment transport after wildfire.

Combining experimental field data with numerical modeling, high resolution topographic analysis and theory development to refine our understanding of the statistical representations and underlying physics of long distance particle motion and interactions with topographic roughness.

Examining the relative contributions and timescales of post-fire sediment transport processes and landscape response using short-lived radionuclides (e.g., Be-7 and Cs-137).

Developing the use of seismic and acoustic techniques to study stochastic or ‘patchy’ geomorphic processes (e.g., rock fall and bioturbation by trees or animals) and to measure substrate characteristics relevant to the effects of biota on sediment transport (e.g., root density, soil saturation and cohesion).

Characterizing seismic wave attenuation properties at geomorphically active field settings and examining how attenuation may evolve over individual sediment transport or mass movement events.

I welcome applications from highly motivated students who possess or are committed to developing strong quantitative and/or computational skills. I am also dedicated to promoting diverse perspectives and an inclusive culture in both my research group and the broader STEM community. Students with non-traditional or underrepresented backgrounds and/or a passion for advancing equity and accessibility in STEM are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Interested students should contact me at to discuss application details, project ideas, and any other questions. I will also be at the 2018 AGU fall meeting and am happy to meet potential students in person. More information can be found at


Danica Roth
Assistant Professor (Starting January, 2019)
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines


9) Chaired position – SMU Dallas

The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences announces a search to fill a named tenured professorship honoring C.W. Matthews. We are seeking mid-career applicants with active research programs in the area of the dynamics of fluid-rock interaction. The cross-disciplinary nature of fluid-rock interaction is such that the successful candidate may apply techniques from petrology, hydrology, general geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, or economic geology. The successful applicant will exhibit the ability to (1) maintain programs with external funds obtained from a diverse portfolio of funding agencies, (2) oversee professional staff, and (3) mentor students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The successful applicant will have a commitment to full participation in the educational mission of the department, which is to provide professional training in the Earth Sciences in a liberal arts environment. As the third holder of the Chair, which was established in 1979, the successful candidate must demonstrate strong potential to strengthen and expand the existing departmental research focus. The current focus includes research on problems in the national interest such as natural hazards, earthquake seismology – including induced seismicity, nuclear test ban treaty monitoring, natural resources such as geothermal energy and problems in global environmental change.

Applications can be submitted electronically to Applicants should include a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and contact information for three references. To insure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2019, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its decisions after the position is filled. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.


10) NSF Section Head for Marine Geosciences – National Science Foundation (NSF) Alexandria, VA

Position Announcement – Section Head, Marine Geosciences Section, Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation (NSF) Alexandria, VA

NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) seeks candidates for the position of Section Head, Marine Geosciences Section in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE). The Section Head serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal spokesperson in the areas of marine geology, marine geophysics, and chemical oceanography research. Accountable to the Division Director, Division of Ocean Sciences, for successful performance of the Marine Geosciences Section in meeting NSF, GEO, and OCE organizational goals. Specifically, this entails the overall planning, management, and commitment of budgeted funds for the Section, which includes the Chemical Oceanography and Marine Geology and Geophysics Programs.

For full details of the position announcement please see:


11) Grad student & Post-doc Opportunities –  University of Hawaii

Volcano construction and lithospheric flexure along the Hawaiian-Emperor hotspot track: A POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER in seismology is sought to work on projects involving wide-angle, active-source seismic data collected on arrays of ocean bottom seismographs, including tomographic analyses for imaging the crust and upper mantle. The successful applicant will integrate results and interpretations with those of a companion multi-channel seismic reflection study led by collaborators at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Skills and experience in active-source seismology are desired. Contact Robert Dunn: See more details at:

A GRADUATE STUDENT interested in geodynamic modeling is sought to study the the time-dependent growth of the volcanic loads and resulting mechanical response of the oceanic lithosphere. This student will the incorporate seismic results with computer simulations of lithospheric flexing under the load of the volcanoes to address issues related to geomagnetic observations as well as lithosphere rheology. Applicants should have a strong background in math and physics; experience in computer modeling and programming is desirable. Contact Garrett Ito & Paul Wessel

Absolute plate motion over moving hotspots: A GRADUATE STUDENT is sought to work on new methodologies to constrain absolute plate motion (APM) models, using a variety of geophysical data, and investigate the range of plume motion and true polar wander allowed by current data. Applicants should have good preparation in math and physics; experience in computer programming and data analysis is desirable. Contact Paul Wessel Apply via:

Tectonic reorganizations of the North Atlantic south of Iceland: A GRADUATE STUDENT is sought who is interested in participating on a marine geophysical research cruise in Summer 2019 and working on magnetic anomaly, gravity and multibeam data to understand the tectonic evolution of the seafloor spreading system south of Iceland (the Reykjanes Ridge). A focus will be on how transform faults and other ridge axis discontinuities form, evolve and are eliminated. Applicants should have a good understanding of plate tectonic theory and background in math and physics; experience in computer programming is desirable. Contact Fernando Martinez:

Prospective students should apply via:


12) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunities

  • USGS Mendenhall Post-doctoral Fellowship to study “Earthquake-related land-level changes and their cascading consequences in Cascadia and elsewhere”.

Within seconds to minutes, megathrust earthquakes may cause land-level changes along hundreds of kilometers of coastline and inundation equivalent to hundreds of years of sea level rise. These perturbed coastal lands will continue to evolve over many decades, while adjusting to coseismic slip, secondary faulting, shallow material responses, and mantle processes. The plate convergence and interface locking that lead to megathrust earthquakes also cause slowly evolving surface uplift and subsidence. These often-overlooked land-level changes will affect tidal and tsunami runup, stream and river gradients, surface and groundwater drainage, flooding potential, coastal ecosystems, sedimentation and erosion, and coastal and off-shore infrastructure. The USGS seeks a post-doctoral Fellow to conduct research needed to assess and prepare for the hazards and risks associated with earthquake-generated land-level changes and the cascade of phenomena they initiate.

This Fellow would be stationed at the USGS’s Earthquake Science Center field office at the University of Washington in Seattle. Info about Mendenhall Fellowships generally is at, about this opportunity is at, or contact Joan Gomberg, (206) 616-5581, Fellowship proposals are due January 18, 2019.

  • USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunity – Cascadia Marine Geohazards

We are currently recruiting Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow for our project on Marine Geohazards of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, with three general areas of interest: the relationship of Quaternary sediment distribution and stratigraphy to seafloor processes and earthquake history; links between tectonic geomorphology, upper plate structure, and deeper subduction processes; and the influence of fluids and 3D structural interactions on the mechanics of subduction zone forearcs.

A full description of the opportunity is available here:
General information about the Mendenhall Fellowship program:
An info flyer about our Marine Geohazards project:

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact me or one of the other research advisors associated with this project prior to putting together their research proposal.


Dr. Jenna C. Hill
Research Geologist
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
Santa Cruz, CA


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