2000 Spring Meeting Career Center

Employment Opportunities

Below is a list of employment opportunities submitted by prospective employers for the 2000 Spring Meeting Career Center.


The University of Alabama Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in geodynamics beginning in August 2000. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field, experience in numerical modeling of geodynamic processes at lithospheric scale, and experience with UNIX and C or FORTRAN programming. The position is funded for two years, with a possibility of continuation contingent on availability of funds. The candidate will conduct finite element modeling of extensional and/or compressional tectonic processes. Emphasis is on understanding melt production and emplacement on rifted continental margins and on understanding displacement histories of high grade metamorphic rocks exposed in compressional orogens. The research may focus on either the North Atlantic rifted margins or on the Coast Mountains orogen of southeastern Alaska, depending on the qualifications and interests of the applicant. Applicants should send a vita, statements of research interests, copies of transcripts, and contact information for references to: Dr. Dennis Harry, The University of Alabama, Department of Geological Sciences, Box 870338, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0338. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15, 2000. Further information is available via email at dharry@wgs.geo.ua.edu.

The University of Alabama is an Equal-Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Employer. Applications are solicited from women and minority candidates.

Dennis Harry
University of Alabama
Department of Geological Sciences
Box 870338
Tuscaloosa Alabama 35487-0338
Tel (205) 348-1880
Fax (205) 348-0818
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The primary responsibility for the Science Director will be to expand
the laboratories current scientific capabilities into an internationally
recognized center for conducting subsurface environmental science. This
research will be in support of the Department of Energy's multi-disciplined
subsurface science programs as well as the Department's broad and varied
customer base. It is expected that the selected candidate will be a Science
Fellow at the laboratory.

The preferred candidate will be nationally recognized with a Ph.D in an
environmental science discipline and have an extensive track record in
developing and managing significant research programs related to subsurface
science. Disciplines of interest include geology, geophysics, hydrogeology,
vadose zone geology, geochemistry, and subsurface microbiology. An additional
benefit would be the applicant's experience in applying their subsurface
expertise in the area of environmental management. The successful candidate
will have a distinguished record of scientific publications, aptitude for
administration of an integrated research program, demonstrated leadership
and organizational skills, and the ability to facilitate research with
organizations outside of the INEEL.

Melinda Hamilton or Bob Smith
PO Box 1625
Idaho Falls Idaho 83415-2203
Tel 208-526-0948
Fax 208-526-0828
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The INEEL is seeking nationally or internationally recognized experts
in each of the following core scientific disciplines. It is expected that
the selected candidates will be hired as Science Fellows and will have wide
latitude to develop research programs within the context of the overarching
goals and vision of the program. Candidates will hold a Ph.D, have an
extensive peer reviewed publication record in fundamental or applied research,
demonstrated success in securing external funding through peer reviewed
competition, and experience managing large, collaborative programs.
candidates must also have demonstrated success in assembling and directing
interdisciplinary research teams. Responsibilities include developing strategic
and tactical plans for building and maintaining business in their area of
responsibility; developing and maintaining strong working relationships,
and facilitating partnerships and support from the Department of
other Federal and State agencies, industry, and academia; assisting the
INEEL Lab Director, DOE, and the Subsurface Science Initiative Director
in pursuing and maintaining line item actions; and managing interdisciplinary,
multi-institutional subsurface science research with the goal of attaining
national and international recognition in subsurface science R&D.


The overarching research focus in geosciences will be to understand and
quantify, at the field scale, transformation rates in the subsurface. This
will necessitate pursuing research at multiple scales of investigation
including micro-scale, meso-scale, and field scale to 1) understand and
quantify the relationship of water and contaminant movement in the subsurface
using non-invasive techniques, 2) evaluate biological transformations using
stable isotope geochemistry, 3) understand spatial variability in the
subsurface, 4) apply scaling theory to environmental problems, 5) understand
and conceptualize hydrologic and soil physics phenomena, and 6) understand
biogeochemical interactions and spatial heterogeneity. The ideal candidate
will hold a Ph.D in hydrology (with emphasis in vadose processes), soil physics
geochemistry or closely related field. The candidate should have extensive
experience in research dealing with physico-chemical processes in the vadose
zone, with particular emphasis on understanding water and contaminant movement
and the processes affecting such interaction.


Subsurface environmental research in the biological discipline will focus
on the interactions between microbes, surface minerals and contaminants.
This will require development of in-situ molecular biology approaches to
evaluate organisms in the subsurface, their metabolic capabilities, and
their rates of metabolism. In addition, this research component will
require the development of instrumentation/analytical capabilities to
assess chemical signatures of microbial transformations.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D degree in microbial ecology,
microbial physiology, geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, or closely related
field. The candidate should have extensive experience in research dealing
with microbial processes under natural conditions. Background and experience
working in ground water, soil, geologic systems, or extreme environments
is desired. In addition, the preferred candidate will have extensive
training and experience in molecular microbiology with demonstrated
application of molecular approaches to understanding microbial processes
in natural environments.


The subsurface modeling effort will focus on; developing analytical
(mathematical) expressions for coupled processes that are being investigated
in the subsurface, using finite element code development to utilize the
mathematical models, and implementation of parallel processing of the
mathematical models and codes.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. degree in computational hydrology,
geostatistics, stochastic hydrology, or closely related field. The candidate
should have extensive experience in research dealing with scaling issues
associated with subsurface processes and demonstrated knowledge in development
of analytical expressions, finite code development, and parallel code development.
Background and experience working in soil or geologic systems and an understanding
of biologic interactions with geochemistry and fluid dynamics is required.


Subsurface environmental research in chemistry will focus on the mechanisms of
accumulation of inorganic species on mineral surfaces. Of particular interest
are surface reactions of fission product and actinide ions, colloids, and particles
on silicate surfaces similar to those found in the vadose zone. Research will include
1) characterization of actinide and fission product species on mineral surfaces,
2) measurement of binding energies between mineral surfaces and fission product
and actinide ions and colloidal particles, 3) computational chemistry and modelling
to aid in the understanding of the mechanism of surface contamination and transport,
and 4) subsurface barriers and filters for migrating subsurface chemical contaminants.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D in geochemistry or a related branch of chemistry
and must have extensive experience in research on the chemistry of mineral processes.
Background and experience with fission product and actinide ion binding to mineral
surfaces is highly desirable.


Subsurface environment research in the physics discipline will focus on the characterization
challenges associated with multiple scales of investigation that will complement traditional
field based geoscience and laboratory based biochemistry investigations. Characterization
technology development needs range from subsurface fluid flow to interfacial biochemistry.
A materials science emphasis will be placed on characterization of geologic media such as
geomedia fracture mechanics and developing an understanding of the effect of microscopic
properties on macroscopic transport.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics, geology, chemistry, or engineering,
with background and experience working with subsurface environments.

Melinda Hamilton or Bob Smith
PO Box 1625
Idaho Falls Idaho 83415-2203
Tel 208-526-0948
Fax 208-526-0828
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Interviews can be arranged with this employer.


The Space Physics Group at the University of Alberta has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN). The successful candidate will help organize and develop the SuperDARN research program at the University of Alberta and will be encouraged to collaborate with members of the group on a variety of research topics including polar cusp dynamics, numerical simulation of space plasmas, auroral arc formation, substorms, plasma waves, and space weather. The candidate will have access to a massively parallel SGI supercomputer for advanced data visualization, analysis and modeling.

Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Frances Fenrich, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2J1; Email: frances@space.ualberta.ca. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

Dr. Frances Fenrich
Dept. of Physics, University of Alberta
Department of Physics
University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta T6G 2J1
Tel 780-492-2149
Fax 780-492-0714
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Interviews will not be conducted by this employer at the AGU Career Center.

Research Hydrologist GS 12/13

Everglades National Park seeks a scientist for with an interest in pursuing research in one or more of the following fields: restoration of hydrologic function in natural environments, soil formation in wetland environments, remote sensing related to wetland characterization, or modeling of hydrologic processes. Individual will also work on related resource management questions within south Florida national parks.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in soil physics, hydrology, engineering, or a related field. Experience related to wetland environments is highly desirable. Salary range is $51,684 to $79,712. U.S. citizenship is required.

Dr. Thomas Van Lent
Everglades National Park
South Florida Natural Resources Center
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead FL 33034
Tel (305)-242-7804
Fax (305)-242-7836
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