Jobs – recent open positions in Geoscience

Wow, it seems like there are hundreds of geojobs out there. Here are the ones that I got to know about last week:

3 PostDocs, some PhDs in the STAR project, London

Two Postdoctoral Research Assistants (Analogue Modelling) will undertake research in physical modelling of fault and fold systems in sedimentary basins, with a focus on rift basins, passive margins and on fold belts.  Candidates with a PhD and expertise in analogue modelling, fault analysis and/or brittle deformation tectonics are encouraged to apply. (Ref: X1112-7128 & X1112-7129)

The Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Numerical Modelling) will undertake research in numerical modelling of fault and fold systems in sedimentary basins, with a focus on fault systems and folds in both extensional and contractional terranes.  Candidates with a PhD and expertise in numerical modelling, fault analysis and/or brittle deformation tectonics are encouraged to apply. (Ref: X1112-7130)

These are full time posts, available from 1st February 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term period of 2 years.

For an informal discussion about these posts, please contact Professor Ken McClay ( or Professor Chris Elders (

To view further details of these posts and to apply please visit

The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 41 4241.

Please quote Ref: X1112-7128, X112-7129 or X1112-7130, depending on the role you are applying to.

Closing Date for applications: Midnight, 15th January 2013

The PhD studentships are available immediately to work in the STAR project.  They are 3 year scholarships with NERC equivalent PhD stipends and full fee payments.  Possible PhD research projects include:

  • 4D evolution of multiphase rift systems and inverted rift systems.  Scaled analogue modelling and 3D seismic interpretation of rift systems – particularly North Sea rifts. Supervisors  Professor Chris Elders & Professor Ken McClay
  • Structural evolution of the East African rift system.  Scaled analogue modelling, remote sensing and field studies. Supervisors  Professor Ken McClay & Professor Chris Elders
  • Structural evolution of the deepwater fold belts.  Scaled analogue modeling, 2D & 3D seismic studies. Supervisors  Professor Ken McClay & Professor Chris Elders
  • Structural evolution of Sub-Andean fold and thrust belts.  Field studies, remote sensing studies, & scaled analogue modelling. Supervisors  Professor Ken McClay & Professor Chris Elders

For an informal discussion about these projects and/or to submit an application (CV, Covering Letter) please contact Professor Ken McClay (, Professor Chris Elders ( or Ms Kathryn Hardy (

Assistant Professor, Neotectonics/Thermochronology, New Mexico

The Department of Geological Sciences seeks applications from neotectonicists/thermochronologists who are interested in teaching and research in a geologically and culturally diverse environment in the Rio Grande rift of southern New Mexico.  The Department values a balance of teaching and research.  We seek individuals interested in building a department that will meet geoscience challenges of the 21st century.  We offer the BS and MS degrees in geology.  The successful candidate will participate in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise undergraduate and graduate research projects, develop and maintain a dynamic research program, contribute service to the department, university, and geologic community, and may participate in outreach programs.

Submit the following in a single pdf file to Dr. Jim Murphy, Chair of the Search Committee at  cover letter, CV (including publication list), statement of research interest, statement of teaching philosophy, list and contact information for at least three references.  The prior closing date of November 12, 2012, has been extended to December 14, 2012, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, including application procedures, see the department web site at and the advertisement on the NMSU job web site at  NMSU is an EEO/AA employer.

Requirements: PhD in geology in the field of neotectonics or thermochronology.  Field-oriented research program preferred.  Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

99 Summer 2013 GeoCorps positions, US NAtional Parks

Summer 2013 positions are now posted!
Applications can be submitted starting 12/1/12 at 12:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). The application deadline is 2/4/13 at 12:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). All of the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 positions are now full, except for the GIS Specialist position with the NPS in Washington DC. That position is now entering the review and selection process and is no longer accepting new applications.

This list includes GeoCorps America Positions, Guest Scientist Positions, and Diversity Internship Positions.

Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) – Neumayer Station personnel – Antarctica

Die Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI) führt an der Neumayer Station in der Antarktis ein langfristig angelegtes Forschungsprogramm durch, das meteorologische, luftchemische und geophysikalische Beobachtungen umfasst. Darüber hinaus dient die Station im Polarsommer (Dezember bis Februar) als logistische Basis für Flugzeugeinsätze über dem antarktischen Kontinent und Feldexpeditionen, die weit über das Inlandeis führen.

Für den wissenschaftlichen Betrieb der Station werden in jedem Jahr diplomierte oder promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (Überwinterer) aus den Bereichen

Geophysik, Meteorologie, angewandte Physik und/oder Chemie

gesucht. Sie sollen in enger Zusammenarbeit und fachübergreifend die Betreuung

–     des geophysikalischen Observatoriums (Seismologie, Geomagnetik, Infraschall-Station) der Station sicherstellen. Vorausgesetzt werden fundierte Kenntnisse in den Betriebssystemen Unix/Linux inkl. Kenntnisse in Netzwerktechnik sowie eingehende Programmiererfahrung (Perl, C, Fortran). – Kennziffer 2/G/ÜWI

–    des meteorologischen Observatoriums (Synoptik, Aerologie, Strahlungsmessungen, Satellitenbildempfang) – Kennziffer 3/G/ÜWI

–    des luftchemischen Observatoriums (Spurengase, Aerosole) – Kennziffer 4/G/ÜWI

der Station sicherstellen.

Die Bewerber/innen müssen bereit sein, neben den Fachaufgaben andere für den Stationsbetrieb wichtige Tätigkeiten zu übernehmen. Sie müssen fachlich gut ausgebildet und den besonderen Belastungen eines ununterbrochenen, fünfzehnmonatigen Aufenthalts in der Antarktis physisch und psychisch gewachsen sein. Es werden auch Bewerber/innen berücksichtigt, die ihr Diplom erst im Sommer des laufenden Jahres erwerben.

PhD opportunities in Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Seismology at the University of Colorado-Boulder

PhD student opportunities involving deep crustal deformation, metamorphism, and seismic anisotropy are available for Fall 2013 in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Projects approaching these topics from both the geology (field geology, structural and microstructural studies, petrology) and geophysical perspectives (seismic observations and modeling) and using areas throughout North America (Canadian shield, Cordillera, Rockies, and across the U.S.) are available. Applicants with interests in blending geologic studies with seismology are particularly encouraged to apply.

If interested please contact:

Dr. Kevin Mahan ( or

Dr. Vera Schulte-Pelkum (

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2013. CU Geological Sciences website:

Ph.Opportunity in Structural Geology and Tectonics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at University of Tennessee, Knoxville solicits applications for a Ph.D. student to conduct research on shear zones and detachments that formed during syn-convergent extension in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.  The project integrates microstructural and kinematic analysis, EBSD, electron microprobe, and fieldwork in the Western Cordillera, Peru.  The project is NSF-funded and will start in the Summer/Fall 2013.  Laboratory work will utilize the Cameca SX-100 electron microprobe facility at the University of Tennessee and the Zeiss Supra 55VP scanning electron microscope/EBSD system at Montana State University in collaboration with Dr. Colin Shaw.  Knoxville offers educational and recreational opportunities in the nearby Cumberland Plateau and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Applications must be submitted online:

If interested please contact:

Micah Jessup (

Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology at Royal Holloway University of London

We seek to appoint a new member of academic staff at Reader, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer level in the general field of Sedimentary Geology to join a thriving teaching and research team in a leading UK Earth Science department.
The successful appointee will make a significant contribution to the delivery and development of internationally recognised Petroleum Geoscience teaching programmes and be able to work with growing research groups in continental margin processes, regional petroleum system analysis and numerical modelling of depositional systems, as well as develop her or his own funded research programme.
Suitable areas of expertise include, but are not restricted to, process-based siliciclastic and/or carbonate sedimentology, provenance analysis, diagenetic processes, seismic and sequence stratigraphy, source rock geochemistry and basin modelling. Ability to apply these research interests to the exploration for and development of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources will be considered important. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working with or for the hydrocarbon industry.
This is a full time and permanent post, available from September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is based in Egham, Surrey, near to Windsor and within commuting distance from London.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact the Head of Department, Prof Jason Morgan on or +44 (0)1784 443606 or Prof Peter Burgess on or +44 (0)1784 414083.
To view further details of this post and to apply please visit The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 41 4241.
Please quote the reference: X1212-0517
Closing Date: Midnight, 27th January 2013
Interview Date: Thursday 28th February 2013

University of Brighton Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geology – SV3111

University of Brighton  Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geology – SV3111

from £31,948 to £38,140 per annum at Lecturer level

from £39,257 to £45,486 per annum at Senior Lecturer level

The School of Environment and Technology wishes to appoint a geologist who can enhance our applied research activities and support teaching in numeracy/statistics. Applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply: structural geology, hydrogeology, neotectonics, remote sensing and engineering geology. The appointment is for two years in the first instance. You will have or be near to completing a PhD/DPhil and have or be developing a research profile that will enhance the internationally-rated research undertaken within the School.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of School, Professor Callum Firth (Tel: +44 [0]1273 642289; Email: or the Head of Geography and Geology, Dr Chris Joyce (Tel: +44 [0]1273 642422; Email: Job sharers welcome.

For details of how to apply, visit or telephone +44 (0)1273 642849 (24 hours). Please quote the appropriate reference number.

Closing date for applications: 11th December 2012

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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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  • Deng Hongdan | 2013-02-25|06:40 (UTC)

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