Monday, October 24, 2016

U.S. Geological Survery: Senior Science Advisor

The U.S. Geological Survey is looking for a Senior Science Advisor for Science Applications who will serve as the principal staff advisor to the USGS Director, Deputy Director, and the USGS Executive Leadership Team for major national Earth science programs that cross Mission Areas and involve substantial external coordination with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, private industry, and public interest groups. The vacancy announcement, qualifications requirements, and instructions can be found here:

This isposition open Government-wide.  The closing date is 11/10/16.  

Monday, October 3, 2016


Cornell University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) seeks to fill a tenure track faculty position in the general area of geochemistry, with an emphasis on magmatic and/or metamorphic processes. This is expected to be one in a series of faculty renewal hires. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to subduction-related processes; formation, evolution and recycling of the oceanic and/or continental crust; fluid-rock interactions at hydrothermal, metamorphic and magmatic conditions; and volatile recycling. Approaches can be theoretical, observational and experimental.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute intellectually to our broad program in solid earth processes, and to interact with other research programs and units at Cornell. Additional desirable attributes of the candidate include the potential for interactions with EAS programs in atmospheric and/or ocean sciences, and with other programs at Cornell including planetary sciences. The successful candidate will have access to a wide variety of campus facilities including those associated with Cornell’s Center for Materials Research, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, and the Center for Advanced Computing.
Applicants must hold a doctorate in an appropriate field, have a demonstrated ability to conduct outstanding research, and show promise for attracting external research support. The successful candidate will also be a committed educator, enthusiastic about teaching and supervising student research at all levels. We anticipate filling the position at the Assistant Professor level, but applications for Associate level will be considered; salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.
Applicants should submit: a cover letter addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Geoff Abers, a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and complete contact information for three references. Statements should include teaching experience and interests, leadership efforts, and contributions to diversity.
All materials must be submitted on-line at Inquiries only should be sent to Review of applications will begin November 20, 2016.

University of Arkansas - Full-time Research Associate

The Department of Geosciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for a Research Associate. The full-time Research Associate will operate, manage, and maintain a new plasma mass spectrometry and laser ablation facility. This position will be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting an iCAP Q quadrupole ICP-MS, nuPlasma MC-ICP-MS and an associated 193 nm ArF laser ablation system.
Responsibilities will include maintenance and troubleshooting of the equipment and associated software, training of undergraduate and graduate students on the use of the systems, sample and standard preparation, analysis, sample correction and quality control, purchasing of lab consumables/equipment, and analytical methods development. It is expected that the researcher will work closely with members of the Geosciences faculty as well as other University users from physical, engineering, biological and materials sciences. Opportunities for professional growth include participation in publications and conferences as well as expansion of the applicant’s research goals.
Required qualifications include a master’s degree in geosciences, geology, geochemistry, earth science, or other natural sciences field and experience operating complex analytical mass spectrometry. Preferred qualifications include a Ph.D. in geosciences, geology, geochemistry, earth sciences or other natural sciences field and At least two years of experience operating and maintaining ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS, or laser ablation systems.
For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit
Applicants must submit a curriculum vita and a cover letter/letter of application highlighting relevant technical experience, managerial skills, and career goals.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Monday, September 26, 2016

University of Colorado Boulder: Positon in Sedimentology

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of Sedimentology. We seek a scientist who will integrate field, laboratory, theoretical, modeling and/or applied approaches to sedimentology and stratigraphy. The focus and research direction can be in any aspect of sedimentology, and in either ancient or modern systems.
The successful candidate is expected to build collaborations with our existing faculty, and complement one or more of our strengths in petroleum geology, paleoclimatology, geomorphology, paleontology, geobiology, geohydrology, tectonics, and organic and inorganic geochemistry. The successful candidate will need to develop an externally funded, innovative and impactful research program, and contribute to departmental teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
This 9-month tenure-track position is at the Assistant Professor level with a start date as early as July 1, 2017. A PhD in Earth sciences or a related field is required at the time of appointment, and post-doctoral, industry, or current faculty experience is advantageous. The Department of Geological Sciences is affiliated with several research centers and institutes (EMARC, INSTAAR, CSDMS, CIRES, LASP) and offers a diverse set of resources for teaching and research. The department has an ongoing GeoEnergy initiative that the successful applicant can help shape. Visit to learn more about the Department, these affiliations and resources.
Applications are accepted at (job posting #06670).
Applications must include statements of research and teaching interests; a curriculum vitae; reprints of three papers; and names and contact information of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. Research statements should include a description of what the applicant considers to be the important problems in their field, and how their research contributes to these questions. Teaching statements should address goals and approaches to instruction. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016, and will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information, contact the Chair of the search committee, David Budd (
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

Northwestern University: Position in Geodynamics

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in geodynamics, to begin fall 2017.
We seek a creative and innovative scientist to develop an active research program in the broad range of dynamic processes of the solid Earth and/or planets. Areas of specialization are open, but candidates whose expertise complements that of existing faculty in solid Earth geophysics, planetary science and habitability, natural hazards, seismology, and mineral physics are especially encouraged.
The successful candidate is expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses and develop a vibrant, externally funded research program. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. 
Review of applications will begin October 15th and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to visit Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, description of research and teaching objectives and accomplishments, selected reprints/preprints, and the names and email addresses of at least three references. 
AA/EOE.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

National Science Foundation: Division Director for the Division of Undergrade Education

National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, Virginia 22230
NSF 16-111
Dear Colleague Letter: Nationwide Search for Division Director for the Division of Undergraduate Education
July 7, 2016
Dear Colleague:
The Directorate for Education and Human Resources announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The mission of EHR is to provide the research foundation to develop a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-literate public and a workforce ready to advance the frontiers of science and engineering for society. To support this mission, the DUE embraces a comprehensive approach to strengthening STEM undergraduate education by investing in research, development, institutional capacity building and change, and financial and co-curricular support to students at two- and four-year colleges and universities.
The successful candidate will have managerial and oversight responsibilities for organizational goals and objectives by building teams and coalitions for the effective use of division staff expertise and resources within EHR and across NSF. This includes leading the activities of the Division of Undergraduate Education, assessing emerging needs and trends in undergraduate education, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting. He or she will supervise and provide leadership to senior executive-level DUE staff, program officers, and administrative and support personnel. The DUE Division Director is a key member of the senior leadership team of the EHR Directorate and works collaboratively with counterparts across NSF’s Directorates for the improvement of undergraduate STEM education. Additional responsibilities include: (a) overseeing the management of the DUE funding portfolio, (b) preparing and justifying budget estimates to support EHR plans and vision,
(c) understanding the DUE funding portfolio and its impacts on undergraduate STEM education, and overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. Also, the DUE Division Director represents NSF nationally on issues regarding undergraduate STEM education and is key in fostering partnerships with other divisions, directorates, Federal agencies, the academic higher education community, and scientific and educational organizations in the US and internationally.
The successful candidate will possess a highly accomplished record of achievement and leadership in academe, or government or not-for-profit research and education endeavors directed at the enhancement of undergraduate STEM education. It is most desirable that she or he have experience in successfully studying and shaping innovations for improvement of undergraduate education in higher education with impact at the national level. In addition to having a strong record of research and education accomplishments, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial, and administrative management. He or she must work well with people from all administrative and programmatic areas, be an effective communicator, have excellent team-building skills, and act as a mentor to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of his or her colleagues at all levels. The Directorate seeks an individual with administrative experience at the level of department chair or equivalent, with demonstrated success in team-building and supporting professional growth of staff.
The qualification requirements of the position are listed below:
Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
Results-Driven Leadership. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal
agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign
governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Ph.D. or a combination of education and equivalent professional experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and/or STEM education.
Recognized professional standing in the STEM and/or STEM education communities, as evidenced by a sustained exemplary record of research and professional leadership activities.
Knowledge of trends, issues, current research and evidence-based practices in undergraduate STEM education, including current efforts in a variety of STEM disciplines to strengthen and transform undergraduate education and to promote inclusion and diversity, and the impacts and outcomes of particular approaches.
Skill in building on and growing the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in multiple disciplines to develop and implement approaches and programs that address important crosscutting challenges in undergraduate STEM education.

Appointment to this Senior Executive Service position may be on a one- to three-year limited-term basis, with a salary range of $160,300 to $179,800. Alternatively, the incumbent may be assigned to the position under Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) provisions. Information about the IPA program is described below.
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of state and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period of up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. As an IPA, the individual remains an employee of the home institution, and NSF provides funding toward the assignee’s salary and benefits. Further information regarding IPA positions is available at
Application Instructions: You may view the vacancy announcement (DUE-2016-0006) for this position at USAJOBS: The position is scheduled to close on 7/28/2016. Please submit a current CV accompanied by a cover letter or supplemental statement that addresses the qualification requirements of the position. Be sure to reference the job announcement number: DUE-2016-0006. Applications should be transmitted electronically to or mailed or delivered to the following address:
National Science Foundation Executive Personnel and Visiting Personnel Branch Division of Human Resource Management 4201 Wilson Boulevard Room 315 Arlington, VA 22230
General inquiries, questions about the position, and nominations, including self-nominations, may be directed to the search committee via this email address:
Members of the search group include:
Rory Cooper, University of Pittsburgh
Lesia Crumpton-Young, Tennessee State University
Michelle K. Smith, University of Maine
Gail McClure, Independent Consultant
Celeste Rohlfing, AAAS
NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Assistant Professor in the Energy Cluster at the University of Pennsylvania

As part of a larger investment to create the new Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to add faculty to our newly formed Energy Cluster spanning the natural sciences. We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, or Physics & Astronomy. Exceptional senior candidates will also be given consideration. The successful candidate will mount an innovative program of fundamental scientific research that impacts our societal energy challenges, broadly defined, and in doing so will forge collaborative links with other Penn scientists and engineers involved in energy research. Applicants must apply online at . Required application materials include: curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a research statement that includes the candidate’s perspective on how she or he fits into one of the four departments and identifies potential collaborative links with other natural science departments, and a teaching statement. Applicants should also submit the names and contact information for three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will start on October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The School of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: ). The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.