Job Openings and Graduate Opportunities

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Post-doctoral position in Geochemistry Instrumentation

Applicants are invited for a two year postdoctoral position, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The University of Alabama, under the supervision of Dr. Alberto Pérez-Huerta in the Department of Geological Sciences. The successful candidate will be involved in the development of atom probe tomography (APT) for applications in Earth Sciences, in collaboration with the UA Central Analytical Facilities (CAF) where specific instrumentation training will be provided. The candidate will also help the PI in the organization of logistics for the research and managing activities in the Biomineralization/Paleobiology lab. Minimum qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in Geosciences, Material Sciences, Physics or a related scientific field; 2) Previous research with focus in geochemistry and/or instrumentation development, with preference for experience in focused ion beam (FIB) microscopy and/or atom probe tomography (APT); 3) strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Details regarding existing research programs, equipment and facilities, and departmental/laboratory activities can be found at www.geo.ua.edu and www.caf.ua.edu. Questions should be directed to Dr. Alberto Pérez-Huerta ( aphuerta@as.ua.edu). Applicants should go to http://facultyjobs.ua.edu/ (specific job requisition # is 0808218 – “FY 14 – Postdoc Pool, Geological Sciences”) to electronically apply for this position. When submitting an application, candidates must provide a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests including background and experience, and contact information for at least two referees.  In addition, a copy of the application materials also has to be sent to aphuerta@as.ua.edu.  Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15, 2014, and the expected starting date for the position is August 16, 2014. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and Actively Seeks Diversity in its Employees.

Tenure Track Position: Computational/Quantitative Hydrogeologist

The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Hydrogeology, beginning August 2014. The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates must have a strong record of research and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology or a closely related field, preferably with specialization in computational and numerical approaches, by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong, externally-funded research program and to attract high-quality Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students. The successful candidate also will be expected to teach introductory geology courses and undergraduate and graduate courses in groundwater modeling and quantitative hydrogeology, advise graduate students, and contribute to the Department’s research program in hydrogeology and environmental geology. Opportunities for research collaboration also exist with the Geological Survey of Alabama, the newly established NOAA National Water Center, and the Center for Freshwater Studies, all located on The University of Alabama campus. The Department has a broad range of resources and existing facilities, including modeling and computational resources, field and laboratory equipment, and chemical and stable isotope analytical facilities. Details regarding existing department research programs, equipment, and facilities can be found at: www.geo.ua.edu. Questions should be directed to Dr. Geoff Tick (gtick@ua.edu), Chair of the Hydrogeology Search Committee. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and names and contact information for at least three referees through the UA Jobs Website at: facultyjobs.ua.edu. Review of applications will begin December 2, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks diversity in its employees.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position:  Sedimentology/Stratigraphy

The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in sedimentology and stratigraphy, beginning August 2014. The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates must have a strong record of research and teaching, and must have received their Ph.D. in Geology, or a related field, at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory geology courses and undergraduate and graduate courses in sedimentology and stratigraphy, attract and supervise graduate students, and establish a vigorous externally-funded research program in sedimentology and/or stratigraphy. The department has a broad range of geophysical, modeling, isotopic and geochemical research facilities available, in addition to University shared facilities at CAF (www.caf.ua.edu). Details regarding existing research programs, equipment and facilities, and departmental activities can be found at www.geo.ua.edu. Questions should be directed to Dr. Alberto Pérez-Huerta (aphuerta@as.ua.edu). Applicants should go to http://facultyjobs.ua.edu to electronically apply for this position. When submitting an application, candidates must provide a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and a list with the contact information for at least three referees.  Applications will be reviewed beginning January 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and Actively Seeks Diversity in its Employees.

Graduate Student Opportunities

M.S. student position, Earthquake Seismology: The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama seeks a motivated student who is interested in pursuing graduate studies in earthquake seismology. Support for one student research position (M.S.) is available starting Fall 2014 through an NSF-funded CAREER grant. Research projects will focus on characterizing the seismic structure beneath the northern Transantarctic Mountains. Prior research experience and computer programming skills are beneficial. The student must be willing and able to participate in several seasons of Antarctic fieldwork. For more information, please contact Dr. Samantha Hansen ( shansen@geo.ua.edu).

Lindahl Ph.D. and M.S. Scholarships: The University of Alabama, Department of Geological Sciences (DGS) seeks highly qualified Ph.D. and M.S. students with specializations in topics that complement faculty research interests. Exceptional Ph.D. students will receive Research or Teaching Assistantships and a Lindahl Scholarship totaling $22,000 for a nine month appointment. The University of Alabama covers the cost of non-resident tuition and fee waivers, and health insurance. Funding is renewable for at least 4 years if expectations are met. The DGS also offers M.S. Research or Teaching Assistantships and a Lindahl Scholarship totaling $19,500 for a nine month appointment. The University of Alabama covers the cost of non-resident tuition and fee waivers, and health insurance. Funding is renewable for at least 2 years if expectations are met.

Details of additional financial support options, including the Graduate Council Fellowship and McNair Graduate Fellowship are listed at: http://graduate.ua.edu/financial/index.html. Applicants will automatically be considered for these opportunities on applying to The University of Alabama’s Graduate School ( http://graduate.ua.edu/). Applicants must contact potential advisors directly (see http://geo.ua.edu/faculty-staff/) to ensure that research interests are aligned. Review of applications for Fall 2014 admission will begin January 15, 2014.

From Dr Yuehan Lu: “I am seeking M.S. or Ph.D. students to work on a variety of projects in biogeochemistry and organic geochemistry. Please contact me at yuehan.lu@ua.edu if you are interested.”

From Dr. Alberto Pérez-Huerta: “I have several Ph.D. and M.Sc. projects for potential graduate students in Biomineralization and Paleoecology. Please contact me aphuerta@as.ua.edu if you are interested.”