Jobs, jobs, jobs! Recent job offers (PhD and PostDoc) in earth sciences

Several mails with job offers reached me during the last days, so here’s the collection.

Doctoral Fellowship in Geochemistry or Geophysics at Utah State University

The Department of Geology at USU seeks outstanding PhD applicants for a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship pursuing research in geochemistry or geophysics/geodynamics, starting fall 2013. This highly selective fellowship provides four years of support in the form of a competitive stipend, tuition and health benefits.

Potential research in geochemistry includes geologic CO2 sequestration, origin and history of crustal fluids in active tectonic settings, unconventional fuels, and geothermal energy. Contact Dr. Dennis Newell (

Research in geophysics/geodynamics of the lithosphere may include thermal transfer by fluids and melts; imaging of subsurface mass and composition; mapping of lithospheric strength and rheology; and GPS measurement and modeling of fault slip and earthquake cycle deformation. Contact Dr. Anthony Lowry (

The Department of Geology at USU is field oriented with a dynamic and growing faculty and graduate program. We are located in Logan, Utah with close proximity to a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities.

Please visit for more information about our program, and to apply before February 15, 2013.

OPEN: call for post-doctoral fellowships, deadline 15 Dec 12 OT-Med

The OT-Med project is announcing for 4 post-docs: that may be interesting for some of you.
Deadline is 15th December. It is expected that the applicant interacts downstream with scientists of OT-Med before sending its application.

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Geophysics

The University of Cambridge has advertised the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Geophysics. The closing date is 3 Dec 2012, and details can be found on

Funding is available for a maximum period of three years.
All Fellowships are to be held from 1 October 2013 or otherwise by negotiation. Fellowships are available for between two and three years and provide an opportunity for independent research, although the holders will usually work in close collaboration with established research groups in one of the Departments in the School. For geophysics, this would be the department of Earth Sciences
In accordance with Dr Smith’s will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard.

The stipend will be on the University’s Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £27,578 to £35,938 per annum, with a research allowance of £13,000 in the first year and £11,000 thereafter.

For geophysics related queries, please contact:
Professor Bob White, Department of Earth Sciences, email or Professor Peter Haynes, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,

Two postdoctoral fellows – Earth System Modelling Project, Department of
Earth Science, University of Bergen

The Earth System Modelling (ESM) project is a five-year collaborative
research effort by the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for
Climate Dynamics, and is funded by Statoil. The project investigates links
and feedbacks between geodynamics, source to sink studies, and
paleoclimate and involves in total 12 postdoctoral fellows and senior
researchers at the Department of Earth Science and the Bjerknes Centre for
Climate Research.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates with proven research potential
for the following positions:

1. Postdoctoral fellow. Geodynamics of conjugate North Atlantic rift and
passive margin formation.
Details on this position can be found at:

2. Postdoctoral fellow. Coupled geodynamic – surface process modeling of
dynamic topography of Africa and opening of South Atlantic conjugate
margins. Details on this position can be found at:

The deadline for application is 31 December 2012.
Please follow the links indicated for specific information on each
position and for application details. For information about these positions contact Professor Ritske Huismans: phone +47 55 58 81 17; email:

Postdoctoral fellow (2 positions) Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI), Okayama University

Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI), Okayama University would like to invite applications for postdoctoral fellow positions.

1) Job title: postdoctoral fellow (2 positions)

2) Field of study: Applicants working in any fields related to the earth
and planetary materials sciences may be considered.

3) Start of assignment:  As soon as possible

4) Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, and should not possess any job position during this postdoc period. People of any age, race, nationality or gender are encouraged to apply.

5) Period of employment: One year (extension is possible for another year, up to three years)

6) Closing date: Applications must be received by 15th January, 2013

For more details, please visit following web site.

Faculty Positions in the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University

Three Faculty Positions in the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University (two open rank and one endowed professor)
The Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for three tenure track faculty positions: 1) an Endowed Professor of Solid Earth Geoscience; 2) an open rank position in Hydrologic Sciences, and 3) an open rank position in Geomicrobiology.
We are a rapidly growing department with over $12 Million in committed endowment funds.  The latter two of these positions are linked to the new Global Water Initiative at MSU in which 16 faculty are being hired.  We expect these positions to be filled in Fall 2013. We seek dynamic individuals who will complement existing strengths in the sponsoring departments. MSU has an excellent culture of research collaboration across a range of departments and programs.  See  for more information.
Vogel Endowed Professor in Solid Earth Geosciences (Associate or Full Professor) We are seeking an outstanding faculty candidate with research experience and background that fall broadly in the field of geodynamics.  The successful candidate will fill the Thomas Vogel Endowed Professorship in Solid Earth Geosciences at the associate- to full-professor rank with tenure. This endowed Professorship is part of an initiative to enhance the Solid Earth program at MSU.  Our priority as part of this initiative is to expand on our existing strengths and continue to build an internationally-recognized program that is consistently competitive for research funding, top-quality graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers.  We invite applicants with broad areas of expertise including, but not limited to, crust/mantle dynamics, geochemistry/geochronology, and/or geophysics.  The successful applicant for this position will be expected to: (1) develop and maintain an externally-funded research program, (2) mentor and advise graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, (3) teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their research focus, and (3) contribute to a collegial, cohesive, and collaborative departmental environment. Questions about this position can be sent to Dr. Kaz Fujita at .
Hydrologic Sciences (Open Rank) The appointment for this position will be in the Department of Geological Sciences and applications are encouraged from all areas of the Hydrologic Sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates with research expertise in: 1) quantifying how changes in climate and land cover impact solute transport and water flux through landscapes; 2) predicting fluid, solute, and heat fluxes at the basin scale; and 3) modeling interactions between climate, water, and ecosystems. Questions about this position can be sent to Dr. Bruno Basso at  with hydrology in the subject line.
Geomicrobiology (Open Rank) The primary appointment for this position is in the Department of Geological Sciences with a partial appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Applications are encouraged across a broad research context that includes the interface of Earth, environmental, and microbiological processes. Specific research areas could include: 1) quantifying the spatial and temporal interplay between bio/geo/chemical and hydrologic processes; 2) advancing understanding in microbial evolution; 3) assessing the role of microbes in aquatic and terrestrial environments; and 4) understanding microbes in extreme environments. Questions about this position can be sent to Dr. Mike Gottfried  with geomicrobiology in the subject line.
We are seeking candidates for these positions that will develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program, teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students, contribute to a collegial and cohesive departmental environment, and seek collaborative linkages with different units across campus. Review of applications will begin in mid-December, 2012, but will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research interest, teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references to   Faculty will be available at the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco to meet with select candidates about these positions; please indicate your interest in the AGU career center.   MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; applications from women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

IODP-Info: South Alaska IODP Expedition 341: Deadline December 4, 2012

Für die Expedition 341 „South Alaska“ werden noch dringend Teilnehmer mit folgenden Expertisen gesucht:

Inorganic porewater geochemistry
Radiolarian biostratigraphy
Petrophysics/Physical Properties

Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am 4. Dezember 2012. Weitere Einzelheiten entnehmen Sie bitte der beigefügten Anlage.

Ihre Bewerbung senden Sie bitte direkt an ESSAC mit einer Kopie für IODP Deutschland.

For further information or questions please contact:
ESSAC Office ECORD Science Support & Advisory Committee
Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, IACT (CSIC-UGR), Avda. de Las
Palmeras nº 4 , 18100, Armilla, Granada, SPAIN
tel: +34 958 23 00 00 + 190130/1900219 fax +34 958 55 26 20 Web Page:

Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan

Applications are currently being solicited for the Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan. The fellowship is open to researchers in any field of the Earth Sciences, with a strong preference for candidates who have identified and have the support of a faculty mentor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The application deadline is January 15, 2013.

Candidates from the geo-tectonics community interested in applying for this position may wish to consider current research directions in tectonics and structural geology and in geophysics within the department.

A full description of the program, with application instructions, is included below.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship is open to all fields within Earth Sciences.
The Department is interested in innovative research proposals that can be pursued in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact prospective hosts ahead of the application deadline to discuss areas of common interest and potential collaborations.
Turner Postdoctoral Fellows receive an annual salary of $55,000, discretionary research funds totaling $10,000, and a generous benefits package. The fellowship is awarded for a one-year period, with an anticipated extension for a second year.
Application:  Interested applicants should send a single pdf file with the following: a curriculum vitae, research proposal (5 pages maximum), and the names and addresses of at least three references.

Deadline:  Applications are due January 15, 2013.

Submit applications to:


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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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