Volume 21 No. 10

November 29, 2016

Positions Available

Curator of Geology and Paleontology - New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick

The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is seeking an individual to join the Natural Sciences Department of the New Brunswick Museum (NBM), located in Saint John, NB, as the Curator of Geology and Paleontology. Reporting to the Head of the Natural Sciences Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing curatorial affairs and the care and development of the provincial geology (mineralogy and petrology) and paleontology collections of the NBM. Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 9, 2016. For more information, see here.

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a Lectureship-level appointment from outstanding individuals who utilize field-based research to address fundamental questions about Earth System behaviour and evolution. The closing date for applications is December 20, 2016. For more information, see here or contact Dr. Tony Prave.

Professor - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a Professorial-level appointment. We welcome individuals whose research spans one or more of tectonics, structural and metamorphic geology, volcanology, Earth system modelling, Earth resources, paleontology, sedimentary geology, and stratigraphy. The successful candidates will complement our vibrant research groups in Global Change, Solid Earth and Planetary Science, Geobiology, Economic Geology and Energy, and Earth Surface Processes. The closing date for applications is December 20, 2016. For more information, see here or contact Dr. Toy Prave.

Faculty Position in Environmental Science and Engineering - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL's School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a faculty position in the Institute of Environmental Engineering. Appointment at all levels (i.e. Tenure Track-, Associate-, and Full Professor) will be considered. The Institute of Environmental Engineering currently covers a diverse portfolio of research and teaching in areas such as climate change adaptation, biogeochemical cycles, cryosphere, and hydrology. Applicant screening will start on February 1, 2017, and the search will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please see here.

Three Faculty Positions - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University

Do you want to conduct relevant research and train the next generation of scientists and engineers to address our nation's critical water problems? The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University seeks talented applicants for a cluster hire of three tenure eligible positions at the assistant or associate level whose research will yield more holistic approaches to solving water problems across natural, built, and/or agricultural environments. We seek bright, creative, and interdisciplinary researchers who can increase Utah State University's (USU) capacity to lead and develop the next generation of resilient solutions to water problems in these linked environments. A review of applications will begin on December 17, 2016 and will continue until all three positions are filled. Please see here for more information, or contact the search committee chair David Tarboton with specific questions.

Student Positions Available

PhD Position in Ocean Energy Pathways - Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (located near Hamburg, Germany) is investigating energy transfers in the near surface of the ocean.  We therefore invite applications for a Ph.D. position in the area of “ocean energy pathways”. The duration of the position is 3.5 years. We search for a qualified scientist to investigate the small-scale energy pathways of submesoscale structures in the ocean surface mixed layer. Closing date for applications is December 7, 2016. For more information, see here.

MSc and PhD Positions - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), University of Iowa

The University of Iowa was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NSF NRT) grant, which will establish a new graduate program in Sustainable Water Development (SWD) within our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).  The program is now open for applications at both the MS and PhD level, and we'd like to encourage students to apply. In the SWD Graduate Program, students will become highly trained water professionals ready to meet the resource challenges of communities most in need (e.g., rural America, the urban poor and developing world) as a professional engineer, researcher, or educator. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2017. For more information, see here or email the Program Director Professor David Cwiertny.

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EOAS Greater Vancouver Food Drive - November 15 to December 15, 2016

EOAS is organizing another food drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB). We will be collecting non-perishable food items from November 15 - December 15. A box will be stationed in the EOAS main office (ESB 2020 - 2207 Main Mall) and we are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM -4:30 PM. Your donation will go a long way in helping our community in need.

Most wanted items:

  • Canned fish or meats
  • Canned beans, kidney, black bean, chickpeas
  • 100% nut butters
  • Pasta and rice
  • Canned vegetables, pasta sauces
  • Canned fruit, packed in its own juice or water
  • Whole grain breakfast cereals
  • Hearty soups, stews and chili

Due to health and safety issues we are not able to accept the following items:

  • Homemade items
  • Expired food
  • Products containing alcohol
  • Open packages of food

More information can be found here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the EOAS organizer, Alicia Warkentin.

Female Speakers for Quantum Leaps Science Conference 

Hello! We are Quantum Leaps Burnaby and we are hosting a science conference which promotes the STEM field to girls in grade 10-12. We are in search of female speakers interested in spreading their knowledge and experiences as a workshop leader or panelist. This conference will be held on April 2nd, 2017 and if you would like to be a part of this, please contact Lana Whyte.

Biodiversity/Climate Change Speaker for Kirkbride Elementary School 

Kirkbride Elementary School is looking for a skilled and passionate presenter to speak about the issues affecting our planet in order to inspire students and move them from passive to active responders at a key point in their lives. Please see here for more information about this opportunity. If you are interested please contact Chuck Kosman

Western Inter-University Geosciences Conference  - University of Alberta, January 11-14, 2017

The WIUGC will be hosted this year by students from the University of Alberta from January 11-14, 2017. The conference experience will include networking opportunities, mixing and mingling with over 200 students, 17 industry speakers over a diverse range of geosciences, field trips, and short courses. For more information about this event and registration instructions, see here and the WIUGC website

Educational Opportunities

Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop: Writing Assignment and Assessment Design

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This three-hour workshop introduces best practices for designing more effective science writing assignments, including the importance of context, active thinking and learning strategies, and assessment (e.g. rubrics). During the workshop, participants have the opportunity to assess the design of their own assignment and receive feedback from peers. To register for this workshop, or to express interest in a future offering, please visit our website

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate Research Opportunity with Mitacs and DAAD in Germany

Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have partnered to offer the RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI), which offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities the opportunity to undertake research at eligible German institutions. RISE-GRI pairs Canadian students with 10- to 12- week projects supervised by PhD students in Germany. This opportunity is open to full-time undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field) who have completed at least two years of a four- or five-year program. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2017. For questions about the application procedure, matching process, and internship placement, please contact RISE Germany. For any questions regarding the funding, please contact Mitacs International. More information about this opportunity can be found here.

External Seminars and Events

UBC IRES Professional Development Seminar

Title: "Getting Real" About Jobs in Academics
Panel: Navin Ramankutty, Jiaying Zhao, and Mark Johnson 
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

For more information about this event, see here

SFU Earth Sciences Seminar Series

Title: Measuring Ground Displacement Hazards from Space with Synthetic Aperture Interferometry
Speaker: Bernhard Rabus, SFU School of Engineering Science
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: SSB 7172