Thursday, October 30, 2014

PhD research in metamorphic petrology and tectonics, southeastern Yukon Territory, Canada

PhD research in metamorphic petrology and tectonics, southeastern Yukon Territory, Canada

Supervisor and institution: Dave Pattison, University of Calgary (
Collaborating partner: David Moynihan, Yukon Geological Survey (

Start dates: Summer 2015 (field work), September 2015 (academic term)

Project: Applications are invited for a PhD study focussing on the metamorphic and tectonic history of the upper Hyland River area of southeastern Yukon. The aim of the study is to understand the extent, origin and significance of a large region of amphibolite-facies, low-pressure metamorphism centred on the Logan and Mt. Billings batholiths. Questions to be addressed include: the nature and extent of amphibolite-facies metamorphism; the nature of deformation associated with amphibolite-facies metamorphism; the relative and absolute timing of metamorphism, plutonism and deformation; and the structural relationships between amphibolite-facies regions and adjacent low-grade domains. Metamorphic petrology will be combined with structural analysis and modern geochronological techniques to provide a tectonic synthesis of the area and elucidate its significance for the development of the northern Cordilleran orogen. The project will have a large field component, which will be carried out in collaboration with the Yukon Geological Survey. In addition to documenting and interpreting regional geology, it is anticipated that the student will use the information obtained to address process-oriented questions in metamorphic petrology.

Activities: 1:50,000-scale bedrock mapping, isograd mapping, metamorphic petrography and petrology, phase equilibrium modelling, structural and microstructural analysis, U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology.

Expectations: In addition to producing a thesis, the student will be expected to present their work orally/in poster form at relevant workshops and meetings during their program, contribute to annual reports for the Yukon Geological Survey, and have published or submitted approximately three peer-reviewed papers upon graduation. The student may also be asked to contribute to applications for external research and travel support. The student will be expected to work as a teaching assistant in support of University of Calgary undergraduate classes and field schools.

Support: Teaching assistantship during academic year, YGS summer salary, research and travel expenses.

Requirements:  MSc or strong BSc. Background in petrography, metamorphic petrology and structural geology.Applicants should have an interest in field geology and previous bedrock mapping experience. They should be physically fit as well as being comfortable traversing rugged terrain and camping in remote locations (2-person fly-camps) for extended periods of time. Some GIS experience would be beneficial.  Above all, self-motivation, a real interest in petrology and geology, and a desire to pose questions and solve problems independently. Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada by March, 2015, have a valid driver's licence, and be eligible to obtain a firearms possession and acquisition licence (PAL).

Application materials: CV; summary of academic record (transcript); statement of interest (including qualifications, motivation); names and contact information for three references.

Deadline to apply: January 19, 2015
Contact details and link to web site for information about Pattison’s research group:
Dr. David Pattison
Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2N 1N4

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Global Young Academy Call for Applications 2014

The 2014 call for new members to join the Global Young Academy in 2015 is now open. Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

Research fields: The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Excellence: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline.

Impact: The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programs around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Age/career point: Applicants should be in the early years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA’s members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 5-10 years. Applicants falling significantly outside these ranges may be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Diversity: We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. Applications from women, researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, scholars working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors, and from candidates in regions where the GYA has no current representation are particularly welcome.

Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and must be accompanied by a letter of support.Application forms should be emailed to

For questions about the selection process please see also our FAQ.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 11 pm UTC, Sunday 28 September 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships: Application Deadline November 1

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellowships. Policy fellowships provide the unique opportunity to apply your  knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm. Fellows share an interest and commitment to public service, a desire to learn about science and technology policy, and a willingness to apply their scientific and engineering backgrounds in new arenas.
Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the federal government in Washington. Candidates who demonstrate strong scientific and technical credentials, a commitment to public service, strong communication skills, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities, are encouraged to apply.
For more than 40 years, scientists, social scientists, engineers, and health professionals have applied their knowledge and technical expertise to policymaking while developing valuable career-enhancing skills in the process. Join a network of more than 2,800 current and alumni fellows impacting policy, contributing to public service, and forging new careers. 
FELLOWSHIP YEAR: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016

-Doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc, etc.) in any scientific, social science, health/medical or engineering discipline Master’s in engineering with 3 years of engineering related professional experience.
-US citizenship.

- $75,000–$100,000.
- Health insurance, travel/training and relocation allowances.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Postdoctoral position: Hydrothermal atomic force microscopy development (position #4791)

Carrick M. Eggleston, Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis at the University of Wyoming, seeks a postdoctoral research scientist with expertise in AFM and development of new AFM technology. The goal of the NSF-funded project is to develop a pressurized fluid cell system enabling in-situ AFM imaging at 200°C and 20 bars pressure in support of materials stability and properties studies. The system will use photothermal cantilever drive. We seek creative, self-motivated individuals with the ability and interest to pursue challenging interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research and development environment. Requirements for consideration include:
-A Ph.D. degree in Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related field.
-Strong academic and research background in physics/materials science (or related field) applicable to design and implementation of pressurized in-situ AFM.
-Preference for candidates with hands-on experimental experience with AFM and AC imaging modes.
-Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
-Demonstrated aptitude for critical thinking, good judgment, self-motivation, attention to detail, and accountability.
-Candidates must be legally able to work in the United States at the time of application.
Please direct inquiries and applications in electronic form to Carrick M. Eggleston, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming, Department 3006, Laramie, WY, 82071; Applications referencing position #4791 must include a CV, a statement of research interests and experience addressing the criteria listed above and giving a date of availability, and the names and contact information of at least 3 referees who can provide a letter of recommendation upon request. We will begin to review applications immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Three year PhD position in metamorphic petrology at the University of Potsdam

We are seeking motivated candidates for a three year PhD position (75%, equal to about 34k€ pa) in thermodynamic and geochemical modeling of porphyroblast growth in metamorphic rocks. The project involves state of the art micro-geochemical investigations (EPMA, LA ICPMS, SIMS, X-ray tomography) and combines observations in natural samples with thermodynamic-geochemical growth models. The aim is to simulate and quantify texture development in metamorphic rocks and compositional growth zoning in minerals in order to extract information about element transport mechanisms and –rates in metamorphic rocks. Candidates should have a masters degree or equivalent in geosciences or any related natural science. The successful candidate should have knowledge and experience in the fields of in situ geochemical methods and/or thermodynamic modeling and should be interested in computational methods involving skills in computational languages.
The candidate will be working with colleagues from the University of Potsdam in collaboration with the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, which provide an excellent analytical infrastructure as well as a number of experts in the fields of microanalytical methods, metamorphic petrology and numerical simulation of rock-forming processes.
The project is funded for three years by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and can start immediately. The advertisement will be open until the position is filled.

Applications with a cover letter indicating the motivation of application and a CV should be sent to Matthias Konrad-Schmolke, email:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

econd Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities"

Second Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities"
21-24 October 2014
Brest, France
Deadline: Abstract submission and registration by 11 August 2014
Registration and Call for Abstracts for the Second Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities" (ISTAS) under:
The second international ART science workshop ( about "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities" (ISTAS) aims at discussing the integration of spatial and temporal scales to better understand the changing Arctic system as a whole, by including various Arctic research fields such aspermafrost land-ocean interactions, physical oceanography, sea-ice, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems functioning, marine biodiversity, ocean-atmosphere exchanges and ocean acidification, paleo-reconstruction and biological archives, and social sciences. During the workshop, in parallel sessions and discussion groups future Arctic research priorities from an early career perspective will be elaborated. Results of this workshop will feed into the larger ICARP III (3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning) meeting in Toyama, Japan in April 2015 (
This international workshop is open to any scientist who share a common interest in improving our understanding of ongoing and past changes in the Arctic and developing dialogues on interdisciplinary Arctic research approaches and future directions.
The workshop is jointly organized by the Arctic in Rapid Transition initiative (ART,, an official IASC network (, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS,, and the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM, France,
The Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Initiative is an integrative, international, interdisciplinary, Pan-arctic network to study the spatial and temporal changes of the Arctic Ocean. In order to better understand and forecast the impact of recent changes on the Arctic, ecosystems and biogeochemical features, variations in sea ice cover, ocean circulation and associated physical drivers are investigated over multiple timescales.
Limited funding will be available for early career scientists. More information on the preliminary agenda, venue, preliminary list of invited speakers can be found on our webpage For questions you may
Please register and submit your abstract by August 11.
Best regards,
Michael Fritz
(on behalf of the Organizing Committee)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Geoscience in YOUR language!

The YES Network Communications Support Team is launching the initiative "Geoscience in YOUR language" to invite the YES membership world wide to share their geoscience experiences in their native languages. 

This initiative aims to break the language barrier and encourage young earth scientists around the world to communicate their science in their own languages. We believe it is crucial for the young and early career geoscientists to develop Geoscience Communications skills in their own language to help innovation and promotion of Geosciences in their respective countries. 

With a membership of more than 3000 members from more than 123 countries, the YES Network will dedicate a new page on the website and blog to publish chronicles of young earth scientists in their native languages. 
This initiative will be carried out with the help of the YES National Chapters who will participate in gathering and reviewing the items received. 

Articles, pictures and videos are welcome. So, we will be looking forward to receive your contributions!

Also interested in Geoscience Communications and would like to join the official YES Bloggers team? Write us at

Geoscientifically yours,

Amel Barich
YES Communications Support Team