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Dr. Bruce Doddridge from NASA's Langley Research Center visited OEAS and talked to graduate students and post-docs about the research and employment opportunities NASA has to offer. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

ASLO (Advancing the science of limnology and oceanography) has a listing of more opportunities.

More opportunities are also listed at Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Title Description Post Date Deadline

Field Operations Specialist, US-MD-Silver Spring

Field Operations Specialist
Job ID: 2012-2537
Location: US-MD-Silver Spring
Experience (Years): 3
Category: Consulting/Functional Roles - All other Consultant Openings

Overview: In an effort to meet the needs of our client, our firm is seeking candidates for a Field Operations Specialist. This position involves supporting a large federal government client and will be based at our client site in Silver Spring, MD. Responsibilities: •Planning and coordinating exploration operations •Developing media and data products from information gathered on exploration operations •Assisting in organizing field activities to best meet project, specific science, education, outreach and data management goals •Providing program planning and support for data management efforts related to sponsored expeditions •Supporting data management working groups to help test, integrate and evaluate data management requirements • Developing and refining operations models and procedures for field operations and the research vessel •providing program and planning support for the research vessel program and related activities in Silver Spring including but not limited to shore-based exploration via satellite-based broad band connections to the ship •Communicating and collaborating with other programs and offices and outside agencies and organizations involved in ocean exploration and research, ship data collection, management, education and outreach 

More information and a description of the position can be found online at:



Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organization

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps year-long paid program, you'll get intensive training in the skills you'll need to make a difference in the world. You'll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems ‹ global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others ‹ with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, w'll help you find a career with one of the nation¹s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, visit http://www.greencorps.org or contact Aaron Myran, Recruitment Director, atjobs@greencorps.org.



PhD opportunity at the Univeristy of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is advertising a funded PhD studentship for a UK or EU candidate (other nationalities may apply but have to cover the shortfall in fees from their own sources) entitled "Reconstructing variations in the timing and intensity of past climate perturbations in Northern Europe during the 'Little Ice Age' (LIA) or Younger Dryas (YD)". It forms part of the inter-disciplinary programme "Fragility, Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in the North".The student will be a member of both the Cryosphere and Climate Change and Palaeoecology Research Groups.

Please follow the link below for further details on the project

and how to apply http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Brice Rea b.rea@abdn.ac.uc or Ed Schofield j.e.schofield@abdn.ac.uk



Virginia Space Grant Undergraduate STEM Bridge Scholarship for Federally Recognized Minority Group

 For more information please see the flyer.



PhD opportunity at the Scottish Association for Marine Science

PhD title: Ocean-Glacier Interactions: Developing models for high latitude fjordic systems http://www.sams.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ocean-glider-interactions



Projecting Global Sea Level Change Project

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

David Holland (PI)

NYU Abu Dhabi, through its NYU Abu Dhabi Institute seeks to be a world-class center of cutting-edge research, scholarship, and cultural activity. The institute offers outstanding facilities; research funding at a significant level and with exceptional continuity of support; and a vigorous, cohesive, and interactive intellectual environment. Further details about the institute are found at http://nyuad.nyu.edu/institute/

The Institute has recently award a five-year research grant to the PI to develop a research group focused on advancing key observational and modeling aspects relating to global sea-level change. The substantive grant is renewable for a second five-year period. The research group will work in various areas of sea-level change science areas ranging from meteorological, oceanographic, and glaciological observations, both in situ and remote sensing, as well as component and coupled models of the atmosphere, ocean, and glacier system. The research group will also support sea-level and coastal environment change-focused scientific exchange and educational outreach in the Middle East.

Positions are available for several research scientists and postdoctoral researchers with expertise in the broad spectrum of scientific activities pertaining to global sea level change research. All positions are based in Abu Dhabi, but researchers may spend up to two months per year at the Courant Institute in New York City.

Research Scientists will collaborate directly with the PI, develop their own research agenda in accordance with the overall goals of the project, help supervise postdoctoral associates, and develop a long-term relationship with other sea-level change research activities worldwide. Appointments are made for an initial two-year period, and are renewable, pending positive annual review. Postdoctoral Research Fellows will work closely with the PI and Research Scientists. Positions are offered for two-year periods, pending positive annual review.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications. NYU Abu Dhabi offers substantial benefits including allowances for housing, transportation, and home visits, in addition to health insurance and an attractive retirement plan. Exceptional candidates may be considered for joint appointments as tenure-track professor at the NYU Abu Dhabi college. http://nyuad.nyu.edu/

Applicants should send a CV and the names of three professional references via email to david.holland@nyu.edu. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2012, and continue until suitable candidates are hired.



Ph.D. Positions: Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo

Two PhD positions are available at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo:

(1) PhD Research Fellowship in Glacier Remote Sensing.

(2) PhD Research Fellow in Geosciences - Geomatics in Geocryology, Glaciology, Hydrology or Geohazards

For more information see: http://www.mn.uio.no/geo/om/jobb/ The application deadline has been extended until 17th August 2012.



Lecturer in Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London

One Year Fixed Term Lectureship in Physical Geography



The School of Geography is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Physical Geography. The post is fixed term for one year with a start date of 1st September 2012. Applicants must have demonstrable teaching experience in Physical Geography and a developing reputation for geographical research. Preference will be given to candidates with research and teaching expertise in areas of Physical Geography aligned to the School of Geography's Earth Surface Science Research Theme, including Quaternary science, glaciology, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.



Post-doc Positions Modeling - Naval Research Laboratory Stennis Space Center

For more information on positions offered by the Naval Research Laboratory Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, please visit the following ads:

Modeling/Data Assimilation

Ocean Modeling/Prediction




University of Toledo (Ohio), Department of Environmental Sciences

We are looking for a Visiting Assistant Professor for one year to teach a variety of introductory and environmental geology courses. Possibly renewable.

Completion of a Masters' Degree in Earth Sciences or related field required; a Ph.D is strongly preferred

For more Information contact Timothy Fisher

The Department of Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo invites applications for a full time, one-year position (AY 2012-2013) with the possibility of annual reappointment. We seek a broadly-trained geoscientist who studies physical processes that operate on the Earth's surface. Primary teaching responsibilities include introductory physical and environmental geology and possibly upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's specialty. The Department has over 30 geology majors as part of its 200 majors. Completion of a Masters' Degree in Earth Sciences or related field required; a Ph.D is strongly preferred. We seek an enthusiastic individual dedicated to teaching, who integrates classroom, field, and laboratory approaches to teaching students.

Review of applications will begin on July 16 but the position will remain open until filled. Starting date is August 13. Applications in a PDF format should include: cover letter, CV, statement of teaching interests and goals, and names and contact information of at least three referees. To apply, please login to https://jobs.utoledo.edu. For any questions, please contact Dr. Timothy Fisher, Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo ([timothy.fisher@utoledo.edu], 419-530-2009). Further information about the department and university can be obtained at www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.



Research on the impacts of climate change on ocean circulation, biogeochemistry, and ecology in the Program in Atmospheric
and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) at Princeton University

The AOS ocean biogeochemistry group seeks energetic and enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to participate in modeling and observational studies of climate impacts on ocean circulation and how these affect ocean biogeochemical cycles and ecology. This effort is part of a broad modeling and observational study of ocean circulation, the global carbon cycle, ocean ecology, and the impact of climate change on all of these. Areas of particular current interest include the Southern Ocean, and the detection and attribution of biogeochemical and ecological change in the ocean.

Individuals will join a vigorous interdisciplinary research group under the direction of Prof. Jorge Sarmiento and will be able to take advantage of a wide range of related research at Princeton University and NOAA/GFDL.

Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in the earth sciences, applied math, or the physical, biological, or chemical sciences within three years of the starting date for the appointment. Training in oceanic sciences is strongly preferred, and strong modeling, quantitative, and/or statistical skills are a must. Postdoctoral appointments are initially for one year with the renewal for subsequent years based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. A competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants must apply online at http://jobs.princeton.edu, Req # 1200308, and submit vitae, a statement of research experienc e and interests, and names of at least 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.



Nippon Foundation Fellow Postdoctoral Position in  Climate Modeling and Fisheries at Princeton University

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Biogeochemistry group at Princeton University is seeking energetic and enthusiastic applicants for a postdoctoral position in the area of modeling climate impacts on global fisheries. The position is part of a long-term multi-institutional effort, the Nereus Program, established in collaboration with the Nippon Foundation and University of British Columbia to improve multi-decadal scale predictions of global ocean fisheries.

The individual will join a vigorous interdisciplinary research group under the direction of Prof. Jorge Sarmiento and collaborate with climate and ecosystem modelers at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. He/she will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of related research at Princeton University and at Nereus partner institutions: The University of British Columbia, Duke University, University of Cambridge, and Stockholm University. Areas of particular interest for this position include: improving biogeochemical climate-change projections, expanding these projections to improve their utility for fisheries and living marine resource impact assessments, and developing more mechanistic and integrated representations of climate-fisheries interactions.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. within three years of the starting date for the appointment, in biological oceanography, fisheries science and management, earth sciences, applied math, or the physical, biological, or chemical sciences. An ability and interest to work across these disciplines is a must, as are strong modeling, quantitative, and statistical skills.

Applicants are asked to submit vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references to http://jobs.princeton.edu, Req.# 1200309.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and continue until the position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.



Environmental Organizer Intern

Job Description: Do you want to incorporate the environment into your everyday life through environmental activism, advocacy, social justice and event planning? Interning for Terra-Scapes Environmental Consulting is a unique opportunity for a student with a passion for the environment. Engaging the community through educational initiatives about current environmental concerns will be your goal. The Environmental Organizer will work on several pertinent environmental campaigns ranging from protecting our oceans and fisheries to the prohibition of additional chicken farms on the Eastern Shore. The Environmental Organizer will have the opportunity to gain experience and forge connections in the environmental and green business communities. The position entails working with the following prominent environmental organizations: Pew Environment Group, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River Now, Nature Conservancy, and more.


  • Research, organize, and execute logistics for environmental workshops and events.
  • Recruit and communicate with new and existing volunteers.
  • Strengthen and build coalitions with new and existing groups, scientists, students, elected officials, and businesses.
  • Work with the media on press releases, advisories, letters to the editor, and opinion editorials.
  • Schedule and participate in meetings with local, state, and federal legislators regarding environmental policy initiatives.
  • Database organization and entry using Google docs and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Research and preparation of reports, documents, and memorandums using Microsoft Office.
  • Assist in creation of materials for Terra-Scapes and its coalition partners.
  • Develop plan to reach goals with each individual campaign.


  • Grasp office-related computer (Mac and PC) and internet applications.
  • Have a passion for the environment and the growth of the green economy.
  • Ability to prioritize, work independently, and follow through on concurrent projects and goals.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to communicate easily with a diverse range of people.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently.
  • Owns a vehicle and willing to travel throughout VA for specific workshops or conferences.
  • Willingness to meet with Congressional members in Washington, D.C.
  • Ability to work from your home/dorm.

Location: Primarily in Hampton Roads, but requires some travel throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to terra@terrascapes.org 



Postdoctural position at University of New South Wales

Postdoctoral position in ocean circulation and global biogeochemical cycles. The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales seeks a postdoctoral scholar to participate in research on ocean biogeochemical cycles. The successful candidate will work with Mark Holzer (UNSW), in collaboration with Francois Primeau (UCI) and Richard Matear (CSIRO), on the modelling and analysis of the transport of biogeochemical tracers, with an emphasis on nutrients and anthropogenic carbon. The position is initially for one year, renewable for a second year. The nominal start date is October 2012, but negotiable. The successful candidate should have a PhD in oceanography or a related field (e.g., physics or applied mathematics). Experience with ocean general circulation models is desirable. Applications including a CV, a statement of research interests, and a list of three referees should be emailed to mholzer@unsw.edu.au.



AGI Policy Internship Opportunity

The American Geosciences Institute's Government Affairs Program offers summer and semester internship opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and/or Masters students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies while enhancing their writing, research, and web publishing skills. The deadline for online submission of application is March 15, 2012 for the summer interns, April 15, 2012 for the fall intern and October 15, 2012 for the spring 2013 intern.

The American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, the American Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society offer similar internships that may be of interest to geoscience students. Please visit their web sites or contact AGI at govt@agiweb.org for more information.


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