Volume 22 No. 25

February 13, 2018

Employment Opportunities

Postdoc Opportunities, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

Four postdoctoral researcher opportunities to participate in analysis and interpretation of several data sets are available with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle. At least two years of funding is available for each of these positions.

Horizontal restratification of the surface mixed layer. Data were collected at 3 sites in the North Pacific Subtropical Front during March 2017 using O(1 km) arrays of chi-augmented EM-APEX profiling floats collecting repeated profiles of temperature, salinity, horizontal velocity and temperature microstructure, larger-scale repeated shipboard tow-yo and ADCP surveys and an air–sea flux buoy. Each site was sampled continuously for roughly one week. Results of this project aim to improve modeling of air–sea fluxes in coupled climate models.  Scientists include James Girton ( ) and John Mickett ( ).

Storm-forced inertial waves and turbulent mixing in forcing regions in the western North Pacific. Measurements were taken with EM-APEX floats during the 2016 and 2017 fall and winter storm seasons. These measurements are aimed at quantifying the dissipation of near-inertial waves at the near-field.  A participating scientist is Ren-Chieh Lien ( ).

Instabilities, internal waves, mixing and entrainment at the base of the mixed layer near Ocean Station P in the Northeast Pacific. Two neutrally buoyant Lagrangian floats will be placed within the entrainment zone and measure shear and stratification on scales of cm’s to many 10’s of meters during the fall 2018 entrainment season. Results will be compared with LES model results with the aim of understanding the processes of entrainment. There will be opportunities for seagoing work. Scientists include Eric D’Asaro ( ), Andrey Shcherbina ( ) and Ramsey Harcourt ( ).  See https://tinyurl.com/TLpostdoc

The horizontal wavenumber spectrum of water-mass tracers on isopycnals. Submesoscale shipboard CTD chain and ADCP surveys to determine controlling dynamics will be conducted during July 2018.  These measurements will also be used to test a recent spectral model for anisotropic stratified turbulence.  A participating scientist is Ren-Chieh Lien ( ).

Interested qualified candidates are encouraged to contact any of the relevant scientists with questions, CVs, published and submitted articles, and references.

Programs and Events

Call for Applications: Workshop - Modeling Past Climate Change and Human Adaptation

We invite applications to participate in a workshop on modeling and historical studies, with a focus on past climate change and human adaptation. The workshop has three aims: (1) to acquaint researchers in history and archaeology with state-of-the-art climate and human adaptation models; (2) to give modelers a better understanding of how historical and archaeological research can be incorporated into model development and analysis; and (3) to consider best practices for the development and application of computational models in history and archaeology.  Participants will get hands-on experience developing a historical climate and migration model.

Funding is available to cover travel and lodging costs of a limited number of participants, with preference given to graduate students and early career researchers. Those interesting in participating please send a CV and brief (200 words max) description of research interests to:

Alvaro Montenegro (montenegro.8@osu.edu) and Samuel White (white.2426@osu.edu)

Please indicate in your message if you are interested in receive travel support funds.

Applications Due: March 1, 2018

Where: The Ohio State University STEAM Factory, in downtown Columbus, Ohio

When: May 4-5, 2018

The Association for Women Geoscientists Chrysalis Scholarship - Deadline to apply is March 31, 2018

What is the Chrysalis Scholarship?
The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by recent life circumstances. Awarded funds are intended to cover costs associated with the final completion phase of her thesis/dissertation, beyond what is traditionally covered by primary research funding.

Award Amount:
Up to $2,000 and a one-year student membership with AWG Eligibility.

A qualified applicant must be:
- A graduate student who has had a recent interruption in her academic progress due to life circumstances, which are currently serving as an impediment to her degree completion.

- Approaching the completion phase of her geoscience degree (within 1 year of application for Master’s; within 1.5 years of completion for Doctorate).

- Someone who has contributed to, and will continue to contribute to, both the geosciences and the larger world community through her academic and personal strengths.

Required Application Materials:
1. A letter of application in which the applicant describes her background, career goals and objectives, how the scholarship will be used, and the nature and length of the interruption to her education.

2. Letters of reference from the applicant's thesis/dissertation advisor and another scientist of her choice.

Both letters should specifically address the eligibility criteria and the topics in #1 above.

All application materials should be clearly labeled with the applicant's name, physical mailing address, and phone number. Application materials, or questions about the Chrysalis Scholarship, should be sent to chrysalis@awg.org, with "Chrysalis Scholarship" in the subject line.

Use of funds guidance:
Chrysalis Scholarship funds may be used for costs such as, but not limited to:

- drafting or defense-presentation expenses

- dependent care

- defense travel

- late-stage research and analyses unexpected at the time of primary project proposal

- up to 1 credit hour of tuition for defense only

- other costs necessary to assist a candidate during those critical, final days

30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge

The next 30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenges begin October 19th and February 16th

Registration is now open!
The 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge is an online training program offered to the UBC community annually. Past participants have found that the challenge helps reduce stress, while increasing joy and peak performance in all areas of life including leadership, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and decision-making in the workplace.

Developed using evidence-based curricula, this innovative training is geared towards UBC faculty and staff looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace. Content is delivered via any device, anytime and anywhere and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives.

After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, you will become healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team.

View MindWell-U’s Orientation Webinar to learn more about mindfulness, the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge, and the Mindfulness@Work Program.