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The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has an immediate opening for a Program Associate to work in our innovative Critical Issues program making impartial geoscience information more accessible to decision makers, particularly at state and local levels. This is a full-time position based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about promoting the importance of the geosciences to diverse audiences. The Program Associate will be the lead organizer for Critical Issues Forums, which are a key component of the program. S/he will work closely with the Critical Issues team to plan, organize, and publicize Critical Issues webinars, create geoscience-based content for the website, build strong audience participation in the program, and to serve all the needs of a developing program.

Candidates must be able to work collaboratively and tactfully with AGI staff and many external stakeholders; have superb organizational skills including scheduling time, tasks, and other people effectively, and paying careful attention to detail; have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; have strong computing skills (Word, Excel, Twitter essential; graphics and web page content management desirable); and candidates should understand the scope, content, and value of the geosciences.

Master’s or higher degree in geoscience, science communication, or science policy strongly preferred. Experience in outreach, event management, and/or science communication desired. Candidates must already be eligible to work in the United States.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, names and contact information for three references to, listing “Critical Issues Program Associate” in the subject line. Review will begin on 8 September 2015; the position will remain open until filled. AGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information on the Critical Issues program, see Enquiries only to

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other geoscientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.


The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.  

The Illinois Lake Michigan coast is a dynamic environment that hosts high value natural and anthropogenic resources. The ecological value of near shore and near coast terrestrial areas ranks high in diversity, uniqueness, and importance. The economy of coastal activities such as commerce, tourism, recreation, and transportation underpins the financial sustainability of northeast Illinois communities. Therefore, we are seeking an individual to conceive, plan, coordinate, and conduct basic research and applied studies related to Illinois Lake Michigan coastal geology and communicate results of those studies in a variety of formats and venues. This position will be stationed in the Chicago area within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program office or another PRI Chicago area facility. For more information about this program please visit

Master’s degree in geology, geological engineering, civil engineering, or related discipline (Ph.D. degree preferred) with 4 years of coastal geology related industry or research experience post master’s degree. Must understand the need for specific applied science needs to solve fundamental coastal issues along the Illinois shoreline. Demonstrated scientific leadership qualities. Ability to write or prepare high quality sponsored research proposals, scientific reports and publications and give oral presentations. 

Applications must be received by November 13, 2015. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered. An incomplete application will not be reviewed. 

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at or 217-244-2401.

The University of Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled



The geological sciences department at Salem State University seeks applicants for a tenure track position beginning September 2016. The ideal candidate is a field geologist with expertise in structural geology and a secondary focus on igneous and metamorphic petrology who is committed to undergraduate teaching and research. Teaching assignments will include: Structural Geology for majors, summer field course in Montana, introductory general education courses in the geosciences and serving as senior thesis advisor.

To view full posting and apply please visit Please apply online and attach curriculum vitae, cover letter and transcripts. Completed application materials submitted by October 15, 2015 will receive full consideration. Selected candidates will be met at the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.



The Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University seeks to fill two tenure track assistant professor positions: one in paleontology/sedimentary geology and another in exploration geophysics. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2016. The successful applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in geosciences or related field at the time of appointment.

For the paleontology/sedimentary geology position, we are seeking a geoscientist with research and teaching interest in paleontology as well as sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. Desired areas of specialization may include invertebrate paleontology, biostratigraphy, ichnology, micropaleontology, and paleoecology.

For the geophysics position, we are seeking a geoscientist with expertise in basic and applied energy exploration, and who is able to teach courses in seismic exploration and earthquake seismology, as well as providing other teaching activities to prepare students for the oil and gas industry. Specific areas of specialization include, but not limited to, seismic interpretation, reservoir characterization, and microseismicity-passive seismic.

The successful candidates are expected to work across disciplines within the Boone Pickens School of Geology and collaborate with faculty specializing in petroleum geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, tectonics, and geophysics. We are seeking to fill the two positions with individuals who will develop vigorous and innovative externally funded research programs and who will contribute to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidates should be able to supervise MS and Ph.D. students.

The School has state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with analytical instruments and computer hardware and software to facilitate teaching and research in the School’s areas of specialization. The School has a wealth of equipment for field acquisition of geological and geophysical data. The School also hosts the Devon Visualization Laboratory and operates a field camp facility near Cañon City, Colorado.  

The application package for the positions should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; three peer-reviewed publications; contact information for three references; and separate statements of research and teaching vision that include a brief description of how the applicant’s research will interface with that of the School’s faculty. In your cover letter, specify if you are applying for the paleontology/sedimentary geology position or the geophysics position. The application package should be submitted to: Assistant Professor Search, Boone Pickens School of Geology, 105 Noble Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-3031. Screening of candidates will begin on October 31, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Position is approved for active recruitment; however, appointment is contingent on available funding. More information about the Boone Pickens School of Geology can be found at Inquiries about the positions may be directed to Dr. Estella Atekwana ( or Dr. Jack Pashin (

Oklahoma State University is an AA/EEO/E-Verify employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.


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.


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.



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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.


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