Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Northeastern Illinois University Earth Science Faculty Position Advertisement

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Earth Science.  Appointment begins August 2014. We seek a new faculty member with strengths in fieldwork with expertise in structural geology or geotectonics to provide students with important and necessary training in this area, and to complement and enhance the department’s focus on environmental geosciences.  The successful candidate will be responsible for revision and implementation of our field geology course to encompass our focus on environmental geology, while also providing a strong foundation in the basics of field geology.   Broadly trained structural geologists who can contribute to a variety of courses in the curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will have a solid background in geology and will teach courses in support of the department’s degree requirements, as well as courses for the general education program and First-Year Experience program, as appropriate.  The department encourages the use of innovative and effective pedagogies, and candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in classroom, laboratory, and field settings.  The new faculty member will be expected to participate in student advisement, curriculum development, and service at the department, college, and university level.  The new faculty member also will be expected to develop a research program that will actively engage undergraduate students. A Ph.D. in geology or related field at the time of appointment is required; post-doctoral research or related work experience is desirable.
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving more than 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of teaching, learning and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, STEM disciplines, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  NEIU’s main campus is located on a 67-acre campus in a residential neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago.  The University also has four satellite locations in the Chicago area including the Caruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, Chicago Teachers’ Center, and the University Center of Lake County.  For more information on NEIU, see

To apply for this position, send letter of application, transcripts, curriculum vitae with current e-mail address, statement of teaching philosophy and research plan in a single pdf file to Dr. Kenneth Voglesonger (  Also arrange to have three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness) sent to Dr. Kenneth Voglesonger at the same email address.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Position is pending budgetary approval.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Invitation to Submit Manuscripts: "Petroleum Geosciences: Indian Contexts" (Springer)

An edited volume on all aspects of petroleum geosciences in Indian context has been envisaged and Springer has expressed interest to publish the volume.
The book will incorporate both original and review articles on all aspects of petroleum geosciences from Indian terrains, both onshore and offshore, case histories including diverse geological (structural geological, tectonic, sedimentological, organic geochemical, palaeontological, stratigraphic, modelling and various others), petrophysics, and geophysical (seismic and other) methods, policy aspects, latest techniques in exploration, development, production etc.

Springer is a leading publisher of scientific articles and has a strong global market. Therefore, this book will be an international platform for authors to showcase their research works.

Please forward this message to others who might be interested to contribute manuscripts.

Dr. Soumyajit Mukherjee

My new book:

 Associate Editor: "International Journal of Earth Sciences"
Guest Editor: "International Journal of Earth Sciences"
                     "Geological Society, London"
Book Editor:   Wiley-Blackwell

Assistant Professor
Geodynamics Lab (Room Number: 101, 1st Floor)
Department of Earth Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai- 400 076, Maharashtra, INDIA
Landline: +91-022-2576-7281 (Office)
Fax: +91-022-2576-7253
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Postdoc position available in numerical modeling of melt and fluid flow


Migration of low-fraction melts and fluids in seismically active regions: numerical simulation and mechanical consequences of reactive flow

Magma-derived fluids are considered to be a possible triggerring mechanism of earthquake sequences.  Various geodynamic settings are characterized by recurrent seismic activity that occurs in coincidence with abundant fluid degassing. This is also the case of West Bohemia/Vogtland earthquake swarms that suggest causal relationship to the formation of high-pressure fluids in the lithosphere. Current models, however, do not account for the effects of volume changes or phase transformations such as boiling or immiscibility, while these are associated with the largest mechanical energy release.

The postdoctoral project will concentrate on the seismogenic effect of low-fraction intergranular partial melts or aqueous-carbonic fluids, which represent the main factors responsible for hydraulic weakening of high permeability zones in the continental lithosphere. It will target the causal links between the fluid and melt migration, their mechanical and rheological consequences for initiation of mechanical instabilities, that is the seismic activity. In particular, the feedback relationships between reactive fluid flow, porosity formation and destruction, and mechanical consequences of fluid expansion and separation will be investigated in detail. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for: (1) the implementation of pressure-volume-temperature equations of state for aqueous-carbonic fluids applicable to high temperatures and pressures, and algorithm development for equilibrium partitioning in two-phase mixtures, pressure changes and tension effects; (2) the preparation of the two-dimensional hydrodynamic model for porous and fractured media and (3) application of the model to the seismicity of West Bohemia/Vogtland earthquake swarms. This project is expected to contribute to our understanding of seismicity triggering in the presence of two-phase fluids in the fractured lithosphere and various geodynamic settings, and the successful applicant will become part of a vibrant scientific team bridging two areas of geosciences at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague and involving additional international collaborators.

The position is funded from January 1, 2014 or later for two years. Applications will be reviewed on incoming basis and the selection procedure will close on September 3, 2013.

Contact persons

Assoc. Prof. Tomáš Fischer
Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics

Assoc. Prof. David Dolejš
Institute of Petrology and Structural geology