Recent jobs in Geoscience

I do not have the time for nice Friday links today, I am very sorry. But as a Christmas gift, here are some more job offers that I have heard about recently.

Happy Holidays!

PhD opportunity in low-temperature thermochronology and tectonics at the University of Colorado at Boulder

The Dept of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking a PhD student to work on an NSF-funded project aimed broadly at using low temperature thermochronology to decipher the history and causes of unroofing, uplift, and landscape evolution in the southern African Plateau. Start date will be summer/fall 2013. The project will include fieldwork and use of the new (U-Th)/He thermochronology lab at CU-Boulder. Applicants with research experience who are interested in tectonics and geochronology are especially encouraged to apply.
If interested please contact: Dr. Rebecca Flowers (rebecca.flowers@colorado.edu)
The application deadline is January 10, 2013.

Postdoc Fellow in Tectonics and Structural Geology , Utrecht, Netherlands

Job description
Rapid changes in subduction polarity in time and space along strike of the European mountain belts were detected by teleseismic tomography and field studies. Such studies suggest the existence of large-scale zones of interaction between individual orogens. However, existing models of orogenic growth are merely two-dimensional and cannot handle 3D geometries that form in areas where major subduction zones interact.
Project title: Interfering subduction zones: a new mechanism for mountain building? The most striking changes in subduction polarity in Europe are those from the Alps (Adria as upper plate) or the Carpathians (Europe as lower plate) polarities to the Apennines and Dinarides/Hellenides polarity (Adria as lower plate or Europe as upper plate). In the same time a number of lateral subduction step-overs are recorded along the strike of these orogens, such as the one recorded between the Hellenides and Dinarides, where the transition between oceanic and supposedly continental subduction took place during the recent geological past. We aim to understand the kinematic evolution and the mechanics of such changes in subduction systems. The postdoc will study a) which factors control the localization of intense deformation within the upper plate versus the lower plate in orogens that result from continental collision; b) the possibility that the interference between different subduction zones, typical for many European mountain chains, exerts a major influence on the localization of deformation and c) the topographic expression of such interferences. The project is part of a larger initiative of the Tectonics group and is focused in key areas in which the deformation is conditioned by lateral changes in subduction polarity or in which the subduction system steps laterally. The focus area is in general the Alps-Carpathians-Dinaridic-Hellenidic system, with a first specific target in the transitional zone between the Dinarides, Hellenides and Balkanides. The research methodology includes at first kinematic field data acquisition (both lowand high-temperature) that may be combined with absolute age and/or low-temperature exhumation dating performed in the group or collaborating partners. This study will be subsequently used by lithospheric-scale analogue and/or numerical models able to simulate largescale processes. The postdoc will be in a prime position to use the extensive analogue and numerical modeling expertise and facilities available in the Tectonics group or ollaborating partner institutions. The position is financed through the Netherlands Top Research Centre for Integrated Solid Earth Sciences (ISES).
Qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a PhD degree in geology or geophysics. We require experience in structural geology and (large scale) tectonic and geodynamic processes.
Experience in analogue and/or numerical modeling is a distinct advantage. He/she should communicate easily in English, both verbally and in writing, evidenced by a track record. Candidates should be able to work independently but are part of a team. The postdoctoral fellow must be able and willing to help in supervision of BSc- MSc-PhD students in a number of ISES related projects.
Offer
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time postdoc position for 3 years. Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
The gross monthly salary is dependent on experience and will start between € 2,744.- (scale 10, line 3) and € 3,755.- (scale 10, line 12) per month. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year of 8.3% per year. We also offer a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance and flexible employment conditions.
About the organisation
Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a population of 2,500 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Innovation, Environmental & Energie Sciences, and Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning. The Department of Earth Sciences conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The Department hosts an international group of over 100 PhD’s and postdoctoral researchers. It hosts a range of excellent laboratory facilities.
An important part of the department is the Tectonics group and the associated Tectonics Laboratory, a state-of-the-art analogue modeling facility equipped, among other things, with laser and CT scanning facilities. The Tectonics group is devoted to the quantitative understanding of deformation processes in the Earth from the deep lithosphere to the surface and in their interaction with other phenomena such as climate. Members of the group are active in field data acquisition with different methods ranging from fieldwork to seismic acquisition. Research in the group is both process- and regional oriented in the conviction that the understanding of regions is of crucial importance for societal needs and to constrain models. The Tectonics group ascribes major importance to the education of Master as well as PhD students. There is a very international environment in the group with students, post-docs and staff members coming from several European and non-European countries
Additional information
For informal enquiries, contact dr. Liviu Matenco (liviu.matenco@uu.nl) or dr. Ernst Willingshofer (ernst.willingshofer@uu.nl).
You may also wish to visit the websites of the Institute of Earth Sciences Utrecht at http://www.geo.uu.nl/ivau.
Apply
Applications should include a motivation for the position, a statement of your research interests and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees (with e-mail contact addresses). The position will be open until filled, but we plan a first evaluation of applications on February 1, 2013. The preferred starting date is April 1, 2013 or soon thereafter. Ideally, the successful candidate will participate in fieldwork planned in May 2013. To apply, please click the link below. Apply until 31/01/2013

PostDoc Position in Marine Geophysics/Hydroacoustics, Kiel, Germany

The Institute of Geosciences at University of Kiel (CAU), Germany, is offering a PostDoc Position in Marine Geophysics / Hydroacoustics starting on April 1st 2013. The position will be awarded for three years. A prolongation for additional three years is possible after successful evaluation. The salary corresponds to the level of TV-L E13 of the German public service salary scale.

Research topics include the development and application of high-resolution marine geophysical techniques for hydroacoustic and seismic imaging in order to investigate sediment dynamics from coastal areas to the deep-sea. It is expected that the successful applicant will develop and realize own research projects supporting and extending ongoing research activities of the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Kiel. Teaching of 4 hours per semester is integral part of the announced position.

Requirements are:

  • PhD in Geosciences, Geophysics or Physics (or related field)
  • Experience in marine acoustic methods
  • Good knowledge of sedimentary processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Willingness to participate at research expeditions

The University of Kiel is an equal opportunity employer, aiming to increase the proportion of women in science. Applications by women are particularly welcome. Given equal qualifications applicants with severe disabilities will be given priority consideration.

Interested candidates should send an application letter including curriculum vitae, statement of research interest including specific ideas for projects, copies of transcripts, and names and contact information of at least two referees via e-mail to: skrastel@geophysik.uni-kiel.de

Evaluation of applications will start at February 1st 2013 and will be continued until the position has been filled.

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Geochemistry at University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France

Subject: Formation of calcified roots in terrestrial sediments

Terrestrial sediments are commonly used for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. However such reconstructions may be biased by the presence of calcified roots (rhizoliths). These objects, which may be rather abundant (up to 20 000 per m²), are usually not syngenetic to the embedding sediment. A better knowledge of their formation mechanism appears crucial to better use terrestrial paleoenvironmental archives.

To this aim, the Environmental Geochemistry group of the Biogeochemistry and Ecology lab (BioEMCo) from UPMC and the Mineralogy and Cosmochemistry lab (LMCM) of the French National History Museum (MNHN) seek applications to a postdoc position in an interdisciplinary, young and dynamic team of organic geochemists and mineralogists.

The position will be funded through a Labex Matisse (Paris) fellowship for one year, with a starting date in mid-2013.

During the funded year, natural rhizolith samples will be characterized at a multiple length scale using a combination of organic geochemistry and mineralogy techniques, involving gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry, Raman microspectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron-based X-ray absorption microspectroscopy.

The ideal candidate should thus have a solid background in organic geochemistry and/or biogeochemistry and be interested in using recently-developed analytical techniques. Applicants must have the ability to work in a team, have good communication skills and should be highly motivated and committed to pursuing such interdisciplinary research. They must also have demonstrated record of presenting and publishing research results.

The post-doctoral fellow will benefit from the widely recognized expertise of the two involved labs in their respective area. The project will also rely on collaborations with Guido Wiesenberg (University of Zurich) and Martina Gocke (University of Bayreuth).

Applications including a detailed CV and a motivation letter should be sent by email to Dr. Arnaud Huguet (arnaud.huguet@upmc.fr) or Dr. Sylvain Bernard (sbernard@mnhn.fr).

The position will be funded through a Labex Matisse (Paris) fellowship for one year, with a starting date in mid-2013.

During the funded year, natural rhizolith samples will be characterized at a multiple length scale using a combination of organic geochemistry and mineralogy techniques, involving gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry, Raman microspectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron-based X-ray absorption microspectroscopy.

The ideal candidate should thus have a solid background in organic geochemistry and/or biogeochemistry and be interested in using recently-developed analytical techniques. Applicants must have the ability to work in a team, have good communication skills and should be highly motivated and committed to pursuing such interdisciplinary research. They must also have demonstrated record of presenting and publishing research results.

The post-doctoral fellow will benefit from the widely recognized expertise of the two involved labs in their respective area. The project will also rely on collaborations with Guido Wiesenberg (University of Zurich) and Martina Gocke (University of Bayreuth).

Applications including a detailed CV and a motivation letter should be sent by email to Dr. Arnaud Huguet (arnaud.huguet@upmc.fr) or Dr. Sylvain Bernard (sbernard@mnhn.fr).

Postdoc and graduate positions in the Earth Surface and Tectonics Group at Syracuse University

There is an immediate postdoc opening in the Earth Surface and Tectonics Group at Syracuse University. The successful candidate would split their time between projects in South American and China. Experience in tectonic geomorphology, soils, cosmogenic nuclides or low temperature thermochronology is preferred. In addition to research, this postdoc has the potential for the candidate to gain teaching experience in either a large lecture or a smaller majors course. The position would be for 1 to 1.5 years with an extension possible contingent upon the availability of funding.

In addition to the postdoc, there at at least two graduate positions (one Ph.D. and one M.S. students) available for the fall of 2013. One of the graduate students projects is working on soil carbonates and clumped isotopes in the Andes and the lowlands of Argentina and Chile. The MS student work work on stable isotopes in modern rainfall and rivers of the SE Tibetan margin. The Syracuse University graduate application deadline is 15 January 2013, however later applications will be reviewed.

Please contact Greg Hoke (gdhoke@syr.edu) for more details.

Who was it?

Christoph Grützner
works at the Neotectonics and Natural Hazards Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He likes the Mediterranean and uses geophysics to search for ancient earthquakes.