Volume 23 No. 44

September 17, 2019

Employee Opportunities

BCGS Director, Cordilleran Geoscience

An excellent opportunity to lead public government geoscience through the British Columbia Geological Survey.

The British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) links government, the minerals industry, and communities to the province’s geology and mineral resources. The BCGS generates, disseminates, and archives British Columbia’s geoscience data to stimulate investment and provide knowledge to society’s decision makers for responsible land and resource management. The BCGS is a leader in public government geoscience, providing geological and geomorphological information to all through traditional reports, maps, and databases, which can be freely accessed online.

The Director, Cordilleran Geoscience is responsible for the activities of the Cordilleran section of the BCGS and establishes a high performing, professional geoscience organization through strong leadership. The Director is accountable for delivering field, laboratory, and office based projects, planning, coordinating and implementing geoscience programs to identify and document the geology, geochemistry, geophysics, surficial geology and mineral deposits of British Columbia. The Director provides vision and leadership for the Cordilleran Geoscience section to ensure a motivated and safe, productive, professional staff that is committed to scientific excellence.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Adrian.Hickin@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you. 

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Graduation from a university with an MSc or PhD degree in geology, geological engineering, Earth Sciences or other equivalent geosciences program from a recognized university and experience in applied geoscience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered;
  • Ten years of experience in geology and mineral exploration including implementing geoscience programs;
  • Registered or immediately eligible* for registration as a fully qualified Professional Geoscientist with the Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC);
    • *Note: Immediately eligible is defined as being registered as a professional in another Canadian jurisdiction or another BC professional association referred to above, and able to transfer that membership to a BC professional association within 6 months of employment. It is the responsibility of the applicant to have their qualifications reviewed by the appropriate body to ensure they have the necessary requirements for registration.
  • Experience in senior level management of 5-10 professional geoscientists including the assignment of work, designing projects, developing proposals, evaluating performance, approving leave, responding to grievances and initiating disciplinary processes;
  • Experience publishing peer-reviewed and government reports and papers that demonstrates a strong understanding of independent research and scientific methods;
  • Experience establishing and reconciling program and project objectives, priorities and budgets;
  • Experience with corporate contract procurement, administration, and contractor management; 

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

Tenure Track Position in Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan solicits applications and nominations for the position of Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). The UMBS, located in northern Michigan about 20 miles south of the Mackinac Straits and 230 miles from Ann Arbor, encompasses a protected site of more than 10,000 acres of mostly forested land, lakeshores, wetlands and riparian ecosystems that has been largely undisturbed since its establishment in 1909. The UMBS is an NSF Experimental Ecological Reserve, a U.N. International Biosphere Reserve, and a US Department of Energy Ameriflux Core Site. It has hosted research in recent years supported by as many as 39 agency grants from the NSF, the Department of Energy, the US Forest Service, EPA, and various other sources. The UMBS has staff, facilities, a year-round field campus, a modern analytical chemistry laboratory, and a budget to support its mission of teaching and environmental research. It is also the site of several well-established longitudinal studies. Although the Director resides in Ann Arbor during the academic year, she/he will normally occupy the Director’s residence at UMBS during summers.

We seek an individual with a distinguished research record and credentials suitable for a tenured
academic appointment as Professor in an LSA Department such as Ecology & Evolutionary Biology or Earth & Environmental Sciences. The Director will play a central role in promoting interactions nationally and with University of Michigan units, such as the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, the College of Engineering, and the School of Public Health, as well as with LSA departments and programs, and will foster and maintain relationships with communities local to UMBS. The successful candidate will have a record of intellectual and administrative leadership, experience in obtaining grant support from public and private sources,
and a record of excellence in teaching.

The Director is also charged with sustaining the Biological Station’s diverse course offerings, broadening participation of under-represented groups among UMBS students, faculty, researchers and staff, and fostering an inclusive field station community. She/he will also be
responsible for managing and expanding the range of UMBS research, and the continued development of major research initiatives. As a tenured faculty member, she/he is also expected to contribute to teaching in the academic unit of tenure.

Applicants should submit a letter of application that includes a statement of prior leadership and management experience and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through scholarship/research, teaching/mentoring, or service/engagement; a research statement; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information for at least three references at: webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/BioStn. The search committee will begin consideration of applications on September 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2020.

Assistant Professor, Old DOminion University, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) at Old Dominion University seeks candidates with research interests in coastal geology, hydrogeology or coastal geomorphology for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in Fall 2020. Research interests can include wetland hydrogeology, coastal sedimentology and geomorphology, and landscape evolution. Expertise in either observational measurements or numerical modeling techniques is required. The preferred candidate will be comfortable working across research disciplines in geology and oceanography, including field-based studies, and potentially collaborating with faculty involved in ODU’s climate change, sea level rise and coastal resilience initiatives. Excellence in oral and written communication is required. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Earth or Ocean science or a related field as well as one or more years of postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an independent and externally funded research program, contribute to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to interdisciplinary research activities. Exceptional candidates may be considered for appointment at the Associate Professor level.

Applications must be submitted online and include: a cover letter describing the individual’s qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, names and contact information of at least three references, and an unofficial graduate transcript. When called for, the system will solicit letters from your references. Application must be made through https://jobs.odu.edu/ Review of applications will begin on 21 October 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Our intent is to hire the successful candidate to begin in Fall 2020. All materials will be held in confidence until the finalists are invited to visit campus.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

Msc/PhD Project(s): Influence of Climate Variations on Soil Formation During the Hot Paleogene Period, University of Ottawa

Clemente P. Bataille (University of Ottawa) is seeking a motivated MSc/PhD student to join his research group beginning Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 to investigate the interactions of soil properties and climate in the early Paleogene subtropics.

Significance: Soils sustain biodiveristy and play important regulatory roles in biochemical cycles.  However, the response of soils to climate variations are not well understood limiting our ability to reconstruct ancient terrestrial environments.  The variable and hot greenhouse climate of the early Paleogene is ideal to study climate and soil interactions across a range of timescales.

The project(s) will involve sedimentological and geochemical work to assess the interactions of climate and soil proprieties in Paleogene fluvial strata of the subtropical Tornillo basin (TX, USA).

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have a BSc in geosciences with a strong interest in sedimentology, stratigraphy and/or geochemistry.  French proficiency is a plus.

Contact information: if interested contact Clement Bataille ( ).  Please include a motivation letter and your CV.  Applications sent by December 1st will be given first consideration.