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Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions – Marine Geochemistry

Department of Oceanography

University of Hawai`i at Manoa

The Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, invites applications for two full time, tenure-track faculty positions. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) Sediment Geochemistry / Biogeochemistry, Global Geochemical / Biogeochemical Cycles, Paleoceanography, Physical-Biogeochemical Interactions, Land-Ocean Dynamics, and Marine Atmospheric Chemistry. Appointments are expected to be at the Assistant Professor level, although candidates with suitable qualifications may be considered for appointment at the Associate level, subject to position clearance and availability of funds. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2014. The level of State support for each position will be equivalent to nine (9) months per year, with the remaining three (3) months to be raised through extramural funds. The successful candidates will be expected to develop and sustain outstanding research programs and contribute to the department’s educational mission (including classroom instruction) at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The latter will include teaching in the Department’s Global Environmental Science Bachelor of Sciences degree program.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in oceanography or another relevant discipline received by 1 June 2013; excellent communication skills; demonstrated capability for creative, high quality research; and the demonstrated capability/experience and desire to contribute to teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. At the Associate level, the minimum qualifications are as stated above, with four years of experience at the rank of Assistant (or equivalent). Applications should include a curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, three representative publications, and the names and contact information for at least three references. Questions should be directed to Dr. Kathleen Ruttenberg, chair of the search committee, at kcr@soest.hawaii.edu. More information about the Department can be found at www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography.


Submit application by mail or email to:


Chair (Geochemistry Faculty Position Search)

Department of Oceanography

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

1000 Pope Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Email: ocnsrch@soest.hawaii.edu.


Electronic submissions are preferred. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2013. The University of Hawai`i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Past Entries

UW FHL Welcomes Dr Gonzalo Giribet

UW Friday Harbor Laboratories
welcomes the
2013 Illg Distinguished Lecturer
Dr. Gonzalo Giribet
Harvard University
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and
Curator in the Museum of Comparative Zoology


Scientific Lecture
“Understanding the Animal Tree of Life--
from Morphology to Genomes”
Wednesday, June 19 - 4:00 pm - Friday Harbor Commons

Public Lecture
“Around the world in search of invertebrates for
species discovery, biogeography and systematics”
Thursday, June 20 - 7:30 pm - San Juan Community Theater

Graduate Student Innovation Awards Call for Proposals

The University of Washington School of Oceanography is pleased to announce a request for graduate student proposals to support research that enhances innovation and creativity  in the School. A total of $10K is available to fund one-year projects to further the  research potential of students. Up to $2K is available per student-led individual proposal;  collaborative proposals that include more than one student will be scaled according to number of student participants. All students in or beyond their third year OR who have  successfully defended their master’s research at UW Oceanography are eligible to apply. Students may be involved in one proposal only.

Proposals are limited to no more than 2 pages and should include 1) concept and
motivation, 2) proposed work including enough technical details to allow evaluation, 3) timeline of activities, and 4) budget description and rationale for the requested funding and why funding is not available through other means. Proposals could include support for such things as supplies, development of a new instrument, a day of Barnes or Robertson ship time, or travel to a cruise opportunity or conference. A brief letter of support from the student’s advisor is required.

Those funded will be required to write a brief synopsis of the proposed research to be highlighted on the School web site. At the completion of the project, a synopsis of reslts will be similarly highlighted on the School web site.

Time line:
Due date for proposal: March 15, 2013
Submit to: Su Tipple (tipple@u.washington.edu), subject line: Innovation Grant
Notice of funding: April 1, 2013
Funding period: all funds must be expended by June 1, 2014.

Part-time Oceanographic Lab Assistant Needed - UW APL Wave Chasers group

The UW Applied Physics Lab Wave Chasers group (wavechasers.uw.edu) is in need of a part-time lab assistant. 10-20 hours per week at $14 per hour, with occasional participation in research cruises. Work hours flexible around class schedule. Long-term (year+) applicants preferred. The position includes wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to:

* organization and documentation of lab assets
* transportation and care of oceanographic equipment
* assembly of oceanographic moorings and components
* web site updates and maintenance
* instrument programming and data organization
* purchase of lab supplies
* occasional heavy lifting (oceanographic gear is rarely light!)
* regular tool use and work outdoors

Sea-going experience preferred but not necessary. Great opportunity for hands-on ME/EE/oceanography experience!

E-mail 1-page résumé to jmickett@apl.washington.edu by February 15th if interested.

DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium II

DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars

Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA


The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science. For an overview of recent symposium scholars, visit: http://disccrs.org/files/DISCCRS_VII_Symposium_Scholars.pdf

Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between September 1, 2010 - February 28, 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.

Symposium Application Instructions: http://disccrs.org/application_instructions


WEBSITE: http://disccrs.org
Includes information about DISCCRS symposia, as well as a searchable Ph.D. dissertation registry, career resources, and other information for climate researchers.

Ph.D. Dissertation Registry:

http://disccrs.org/search - Browse this fully searchable database for an overview of recent climate change research and researchers, or to identify specific topics.
http://disccrs.org/register - Join over 2800 climate change researchers by registering your Ph.D. dissertation citation and abstract. You will automatically receive the DISCCRS e-newsletter after you register.
Career Resources:

http://disccrs.org/career - Includes resources for finding jobs, developing professional skills, locating funding opportunities, crafting grant proposals, and more.
With weekly climate change job listings, news stories, funding opportunities and more, our weekly e-newsletter is automatically provided to anyone who registers their Ph.D. at http://disccrs.org/register. Others may subscribe at http://disccrs.org/subscribe.

DISCCRS Sponsoring Societies


U.S. National Science Foundation Collaborative Grants: SES-0931402 to the University of Oregon and SES-0932916 to Whitman College
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Grant NNX10AJ53G to Whitman College

DISCCRS Organizers
Ronald B. Mitchell (University of Oregon)
C. Susan Weiler (Whitman College)
Jennifer R. Marlon (Yale University)

Contact: info@disccrs.org

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is offering a competitive $10,000 scholarship for University of Washington students who are in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) disciplines. Awardees will receive funding for their 2013-2014 academic year.

All motivated STEM students, who have demonstrated success in both their course work and research projects, are encouraged to apply. Space Grant must receive all materials by 5pm on March 1, 2013. Furthermore, Space Grant will notify applicants of their application status by March 5, 2013.

Student Eligibility and Application process:
-Must be a United States citizen

-Application must include a letter of reference and cover sheet completed by at least one faculty member who has worked closely with you

-Must hold either junior or senior status at the beginning of the
2013-2014 academic year

Nomination documents and details may be downloaded from:

All application materials must be sent to the Space Grant main office at:
WA NASA Space Grant
Attn: Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Johnson 141
Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195

As general advice, be proactive by downloading the application materials and set-up a meeting with a faculty member to discuss your application. Ensure that your application is complete by ensuring that all documents are included and double check for typos, grammar and such.

I am here to help, so please feel free to contact me regarding this opportunity at jcc5@uw.edu. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions may be found at the provided link above.

Oceanography summer study abroad program in Pohnpei, Micronesia

The Oceanography summer study abroad program in Pohnpei, Micronesia will take place June 22-July 20, 2013. This class is focused on coastal ecosystems in a changing climate, and will provide students with first hand field experience studying coral reefs, mangrove forests, estuaries, and atolls, and the ways that human activities are affecting those ecosystems.

The application deadline is February 15th, 2013. Some foundation in the natural sciences is useful, but students from a wide range of backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply. More information and the online application is available at http://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11114

NASA Opportunities II

1.2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The 2013 Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium - SURP application is now
open for application, details may be found at the following link:

SURP is a paid 9 week STEM summer research experience for University of
Washington and Space Grant Consortium eligible undergraduates. The
full-time internship pay is $4,000 and part-time positions are paid at the
$2,000 level. Space Grant co-funds internships with hiring labs and aims
to match SURP selected students with a lab working on projects that are
closely related to the students' interests. Space Grant also provides
co-funding for SURP selected students who have prearranged to work in a
STEM lab during the summer.

If you have any questions, please contact nasa@uw.edu.

WSGC Staff
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium
University of Washington
Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195-1310
Phone: 206 543-1943
Fax: 206-543-0179



2. 2012 NASA / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) application

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2012 NASA / Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) application. It is online and available
at http://www.APLapp.com.
Since 2004, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
has offered summer projects to students interested in working on NASA
missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students
participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and
will make critical contributions to current and future missions or grants
during their assignments in the Space Department. The Applied Physics
Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and
development. APL is a division of one of the world's premier research
universities, Johns Hopkins. The 399-acre campus, 20 miles north of
Washington, DC, is home to 4,100 men and women who work on more than 400
programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation's vision in
research and space science. http://www.jhuapl.edu/ourwork/default.asp or

Below are relevant deadlines.
* December 10, 2012 - Application Launched
* January 28, 2012 - Application Deadline
* End of February - Selections Complete

Students participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program must:
* have a demonstrated interest in the space program
* be a sophomore, junior, senior, or first or second year
graduate student in Fall 2012
* be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or greater)
* be a U.S. citizen

Recruitment and Posters
Space Grants act as one of our primary recruitment sources. Your
connection to STEM students serves as a vital source for the NASA/APL
internship. Would you be able to continue to advertise these programs to
your universities and student groups? To assist, I have attached posters
suitable for email recruitment. Additionally, you may find larger version
of these posters, suitable for print, at http://www.APLapp.com/media.

Autumn Quarter Study Abroad Opportunity at the UW Rome Center

Rome and the Sea: Exploring Environmental Management Through Science and Culture
Minimum of 15 credits

This full quarter program gives students the opportunity to investigate and learn about the relationship between science and culture through an immersion in both at the foundation of western culture in the Mediterranean. The Rome and the Sea Program is an interdisciplinary approach to studying marine environmental management that both humanizes environmental problems and explores technical solutions that find strength in the social values and attitudes that are expressed in literary, visual, and cultural values from the past and the present.

All UW students are welcome to apply. The program will be of great interest to students in Aquatic and Fisheries Science, Oceanography, Environmental and Forest Science, Environmental Health, and the Program on the Environment.

The Program goal is to enrich student’s knowledge while providing courses that help fulfill student's College General Education Requirements. The program is designed to encourage critical interdisciplinarity, with faculty members collaborating on the design and teaching of the courses, including ongoing coordination to allow sustained interaction among program elements inside and outside of the classroom. The Rome and the Sea program contributes to the College of the Environment’s goal of exploring the human dimensions of the environment, the University Honors Program goal of promoting interdisciplinary study, and the College of Arts and Sciences goal to promote rational, creative, and critical thinking among students.

Apply through IP&E: http://tinyurl.com/romeandsea
Program details at: http://tinyurl.com/uwhonors
University of Washington Rome Center: http://tinyurl.com/uwroma

Friday Harbor Labs - Graduate Student Fellowship

I would like to call your attention to the availability of graduate student fellowship funding to support independent research at UW-Friday Harbor Laboratories in 2013. These fellowships derive from philanthropic gifts by generous donors and are intended to support graduate research projects only. Those students who require financial aid to take FHL courses should apply for financial aid when submitting their student application.

The application deadline is February 1. Application procedures can be found at:


Please don't hesitate to send along your questions and fellowship applications to Scott Schwinge (schwinge@uw.edu)