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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking candidates for Program Director in both the Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program (GLD) and the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program (SGP) within the Division of Earth Science (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Arlington, VA. EAR supports proposals for research that will improve understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution and behavior of the Earth's materials. More information about EAR and its programs can be found at The individual selected for these positions will be knowledgeable in the scientific areas covered by the respective programs and will help identify emerging opportunities in the Geosciences. In addition, the incumbent will undertake the design, development, analysis, documentation, management and implementation of programs and activities within the program and across disciplinary boundaries. Program Director responsibilities include long-range planning for the areas of science represented by the program; administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations; preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported; and coordination with other NSF programs as well as those at other Federal agencies and organizations.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. Appropriate fields include Sedimentary Geology, Paleobiology, Geomorphology, and Land-use Dynamics.

Individuals interested in applying for these vacancies should submit their materials to the appropriate announcement:

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Position requirements and application procedures are located on the NSF Home Page at Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-5090. Applications must be received by July 31, 2015.

NSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


West Virginia University Department of Geology & Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position in geology at the Assistant Professor level. This position, related to the stewardship of freshwater resources, is one of several university-wide, research-focused initiatives ( Research on freshwater is an area of growth across campus and includes a new interdisciplinary Water Center.

Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Geology or related field at the time of appointment. We seek applications from individuals with interests in basic and applied aspects of groundwater flow in the critical zone and/or deeper regimes. The successful applicant will possess demonstrable expertise in study of subsurface water flow and/or transport processes that may be applied to competitively-funded research problems. Specialties may include, but are not limited to, flow modeling in porous media; hyporheic or vadose zone processes; groundwater-surface water interaction; flow in fractured media; hydrogeology of energy-related activities; water supply and sustainability; contaminant and solute transport; and/or karst hydrogeology. The position will begin in January or August 2016.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their potential to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program, publish scholarly work, mentor graduate students, and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Qualified applicants should submit the following items to (1) a single PDF file including a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, and curriculum vitae; and (2) pdf files of up to 4 publications. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same email address.

Review of applications will commence on September 15, 2015 and continue until a successful candidate is identified. For additional information, please see or contact the search chair Dorothy J. Vesper at WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan anticipates an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor in the areas of geology or geophysics for a university-year appointment starting September 1, 2016. The Department intends to pursue additional hires in this direction in future years, and we are particularly interested in candidates whose strengths will complement existing research programs within the Department.

Geology: We encourage applications from candidates whose research interests encompass the origin, evolution, or dynamics of the continents. The successful candidate will develop a strong field-based research program, complemented by expertise in modern analytical techniques or in numerical or analogue modeling. Candidates with an interest in understanding continental evolution in deep geologic time are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Geophysics: We encourage applications from candidates who will develop an observationally based research program using geophysical methods (e.g. seismology, geodesy, or potential fields) to study the Earth at the crustal or continental scale. We are particularly interested in those applicants whose work is relevant to societal concerns including natural hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanism, and associated hazards, or environmental change to the hydrosphere or cryosphere.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program and contribute to both undergraduate and graduate teaching. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, and should submit a CV, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence (if any), and names and contact information of at least four persons who can provide letters of recommendation.

Information about the Department and instructions for submitting an application can be found at

To apply please go to, complete the online form and upload the required application documents as a single PDF file. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email message to

The application deadline is September 15, 2015 for full consideration, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


As part of a larger investment to create a new Center for Energy Research, 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. Following a first hire in Chemistry, we now invite applications for tenure-track assistant professor whose primary research and teaching affiliation will be in one of the following departments: Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, or Physics & Astronomy. Exceptional senior candidates will be given consideration. The successful candidate will mount an innovative program of fundamental scientific research with impact on our societal energy challenges, and in doing so will forge collaborative links with Penn scientists and engineers involved in energy research. Applicants must apply online at Required application materials include: curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a research and teaching statement that includes the candidate’s perspective on how she or he fits into one of the three departments and identifies potential collaborative links with other natural science departments. Applicants should also submit the names and contact information for three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin no later than September 1st, 2015 and will continue as long as the position remains open. 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: http://www.upennledu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.



The Department of Geological Sciences at Bridgewater State University invites applications for a one-year, benefited, full-time temporary position in Sedimentary Geology to begin September 2015, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The successful applicant will teach a comprehensive, upper-level undergraduate course in Sedimentary Geology that includes depositional environments, sedimentary petrology, and stratigraphy. Additionally, the individual will also teach an upper-level undergraduate course in Earth Systems History, as well as introductory-level geology courses to support the university-wide core curriculum. The candidate is also expected to develop and mentor undergraduate research activities and participate in department-led field trips.

Required Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the geological sciences should be completed at the time of appointment, but ABD candidates will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous teaching experience in the geological sciences.

Bridgewater State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce.

Please apply online at Email questions to


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EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is an opportunity for select students and inexperienced writers to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story about recent scientific research, and to get professionally edited and published clips. Most of our externs have backgrounds studying science — particularly geoscience-related fields relevant to EARTH's typical content — and are interested in potentially pursuing science writing as a part- or full-time career option. But EARTH welcomes applicants of all backgrounds who are interested in sharing what's new in earth science with a broad audience. We typically work with three or four externs at any given time, but we regularly rotate in new writers as positions come open.

If you are selected as an EARTH extern, the position is essentially an as-you're-available writing opportunity. In any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write." Then, either we can assign you a story or you can pitch stories to us — it's up to you. If you've got a great idea for a story and would like practice pitching your idea to an editor, you're encouraged to do so. On the other hand, if you'd prefer that we provide you with an assignment — as is the case with many first-time externs, for example — that's fine too.

Our extern-written stories typically cover a recent, peer-reviewed scientific study or report, and include quotes about the study from multiple expert sources — obtained via first-person interviews — just as a professional news story would. Before your first assignment, we'll provide guidance about the general style, tone and structure of the news stories we publish in EARTH to help get you started. And then we'll work with you through the writing and editorial process. You're encouraged to ask questions, and you're welcome write as frequently or infrequently as works for you and the magazine's editorial staff.

The externship is a remote position; you can work from any location and at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll generally have one to two weeks to research, report and write it before turning it in. (We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when determining your availability to write.) Once edited and finalized, extern-written stories are posted on EARTH's website as soon as possible. Select extern-written pieces may also appear in a print issue of the magazine. Publication, either online and/or in print, is subject to the discretion of the editorial staff and is not guaranteed. The externship is unpaid.

If you're interested in the experience, email a cover letter discussing your interest in the geosciences and why you'd make a great extern at EARTH, your resume or CV, and at least one writing sample to to apply.