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Post Doctoral position at the University of Colorado/NOAA

Post Doctoral position at the University of Colorado/NOAA

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory/Physical Sciences Division (ESRL/PSD) on understanding causes of climate variations and change that contribute to tipping points in marine ecosystems. This is a two-year position (subject to renewal after the first year) based at NOAA/ESRL/PSD in Boulder, Colorado.


The position responsibilities include diagnosing and explaining climate variability and change that can impact marine ecosystems. The focus will be on understanding changes in the physical system that lead to “tipping points” or abrupt changes in the structure, function and services of marine ecosystems. The position involves working with a team at NOAA ESRL/PSD and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The candidate will apply observations, global climate models (GCMs), Earth System Models (ESMs), and other tools necessary for understanding where, when, and how marine ecosystems may reach a tipping point, such as thermal stress that is lethal to organisms within an ecosystem. Key topics include: application of GFDL’s current ESMs to assess past and future climate and marine ecosystem variability including abrupt shifts at regional scales and the development of indices that provide early-warning of possible climate and ecosystem tipping points. Responsibilities include diagnosing observations and model runs.

The applicant will have a PhD degree with detailed knowledge of climate dynamics, physical oceanography, and atmospheric science. Specific expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired: (i) climate and geophysical fluid dynamics; (ii) nonlinear dynamics; (iii) climate and earth system models and their applications; and, (iv) statistical techniques. An interdisciplinary background with knowledge of marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics will be beneficial for contributing to the full scope of the project. Experience analyzing large datasets and/or model output is critical, and the ability to design and conduct GCM and/or ESM experiments is a plus.

The position will be filled as a Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year.

For more information about the position please contact Michael Alexander at Michael.Alexander@noaa.gov

To Apply http://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/80214
Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the required documents:
1- CV a complete resume including any publications, and salary history
2- Cover letter
3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)
4- List of 3 references with all contact information
5- One-to-two page statement of research interests should be submitted by July 1, 2014 for full consideration, though evaluation will be ongoing.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.


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Deadline for Student Ocean Awareness Contest is June 15

Plastics may last forever but the Student Ocean Awareness Contest does not. There is less than a month left in From the Bow Seat’s 2013-2014 contest! Nearly 200 entries have already been received. The submissions are showcasing students’ voices and addressing the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. While the contest is coming to a close, there is still time to submit entries in the form of an essay, art, or an advocacy video.


High school students:  Do you have some time after AP exams? Are you looking for a weekend activity to do with friends before finals? Want to do something creative among all of your studying? Create an entry!


Contest entries will be accepted through 15 June 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded this Fall in each category to winning students and their schools.  See www.fromthebowseat.org/contest for rules and submission requirements.

Sara Ellis

Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association

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OSTP Internship Program ­ Fall 2014

Dear Colleague:

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm, Friday, Jun 20. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2014 semester are welcome to apply.

More information and application instructions are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/.

About OSTP.  The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the Federal Government.

About the Internship Program.  Interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall), which each last no more than 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Grimm rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov<mailto:rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov>.

Rebecca Grimm
Policy Advisor
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President
Phone: 202-456-6097

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Postdoctoral Associates in Sustainability of Food and Bioenergy Systems at the University of Minnesota


Postdoctoral Associates in Sustainability of Food and Bioenergy Systems

University of Minnesota
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Science and Engineering

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Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. To=
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projects concern the sustainability of food and bioenergy systems. Respon=
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grant reporting materials. Positions are funded by grants from the United=
States Department of=20
Energy (DOE), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Uni=
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Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE), Institute on =
the Environment (IonE),=20
and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFAN=
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applications will begin immediately.

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gy, agricultural or=20
environmental sciences, economics, engineering, or a related field. Stron=
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communication skills are essential, as are the ability and desire to work=
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setting and to travel. Proficiency in statistical analysis is also requir=
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modeling, MATLAB, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, and computer programming are=

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Appointments are for one year with renewals possible for a second and thi=
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performance and availability of funding.

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curriculum vitae with undergraduate and graduate GPA and GRE scores, unof=
ficial undergraduate=20
and graduate transcripts, a letter of interest detailing research experie=
nce, and the names and=20
contact information for three professional references. Any offer of emplo=
yment is contingent upon=20
the successful completion of a background check.

Contact: Prof. Jason Hill <hill0408@umn.edu>

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have equal access to its=20
programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed=
, religion, national origin,=20
sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran s=
tatus, or sexual orientation.


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Research Geologist, Holocene Paleoclimate, Reston, Virginia

Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, Reston, Va.


The USGS invites applications for a permanent research position in the field of Holocene paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental studies. The position will be filled at the GS 12 (salary is $75,621 to $98,305 per annum).


The successful candidate for the position will synthesize, generate, and interpret data from new and existing Holocene sedimentary records from North America and adjacent oceans to facilitate understanding of regional and continental-scale climate variability and change over the last 15,000 years. The successful candidate will also be an expert in one or more of the following to analyze and interpret data from sediment cores collected in terrestrial, estuarine, or marine settings: palynology, micropaleontology, geochemistry, geochronology, sedimentology. Experience with statistics, data synthesis, and assimilation techniques also is preferred.


Detailed vacancy requirements and applications procedures can be found in our online vacancy announcement at the links listed below. This position will be filled as a Research Geologist, with a full promotion potential of GS-15. The vacancy announcement can be found on the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov or you may directly link to the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS using one of the links below.

Applications must be submitted online by midnight Eastern time, June 13, 2014, to be considered. It is important that candidates view the Vacancy Announcement in its entirety to be sure that all required documents are submitted. Incomplete application packages cannot be considered. U.S. citizenship is required. The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Debra A. Willard, PhD
US Geological Survey
Coordinator, Climate and Land Use Change Research & Development Program
926A National Center
Reston, VA 20192
phone:   703-648-5320
e-mail:  dwillard@usgs.gov

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2-year Post-doc position at CNRS, Paris

>  2 year post-doc position at CNRS – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
> Title:  “Characterization and 14C dating of ultra-small bone collagen samples »
> Gross salary : € 30 000 per annum
> Radiocarbon (14C) dating is one of the most accurate dating methods for the past 50,000 years, and certainly the most accurate for the Holocene. Limiting the amount of sample needed for 14C dating is crucial for archaeologists and conservators, and constant efforts have been made in this area. The new generation of accelerators (Compact Radiocarbon System, or CRS), paves the way for dating small quantities of bone samples, in the order of 100 mg of bone or less. The main challenge in employing micro-samples is the increase in the risk of contamination and thus efficient sample preparation protocols need to be developed. The reliable application of these protocols to micro-samples thus requires a biochemical (and/or chemical) characterization of the collagen extracted. New developments in mass spectrometry enable efficient analysis of the bone proteins and it is now possible to confirm the purity of the collagen samples and also to characterize the presence of organic contaminants and/or micro-organisms. This project aims to evaluate the following points:  (1) collagen from very small bone samples can be efficiently extracted and chemically characterized, (2) soil pollution (humic acids, fungi) can be identified and eliminated, (3) reliable 14C ages can be measured on these very small samples.
> The post-doc will be responsible for sample analysis in the laboratory and for the interpretation of results. He/she will test several collagen extraction protocols, and choose the best suited to the dating of micro-samples depending on the biochemical characterization of the organic residues by mass spectrometry (MALDI, Py-GC-MS, LC-MS) with different partners. He/she will be responsible for the preparation of the micro-samples for 14C dating on the collagen extraction line and subsequent measurement using CRS located in Gif–sur-Yvette (Ile de-France) which would be accessible from 2015. The validated analytical protocol will be implemented in collaboration with collaborators from bioarchaeology to several projects for which dating using small quantity of samples is crucial (e.g., micro- vertebrates, human remains or artifacts of high cultural heritage value).
> Applications (in French or in English) are invited from candidates with a PhD degree or expected to obtain the degree at the start of the project (1st of September 2014). Candidates from any of the following specialization are welcome to apply: geochemistry, geochronology, bio-analytical chemistry, bioarchaeology. Previous research experience in radiocarbon dating, mass spectrometry or proteomics will be evaluated positively. Fluency in either English or French is required and basic level French is recommended for non-French speakers. Candidates are requested to send a full CV, minimum one letter of recommendation and a letter of motivation in a single pdf file to Antoine Zazzo (zazzo@mnhn.fr) and Séverine Zirah (szirah@mnhn.fr). The closing date for the position is on 30th May 2014.
> The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early July. The successful candidate will be expected to commence in the beginning of September. Salary is € 30 000/year (gross) and the post-doc will hold a fixed term contract with the CNRS.
> —
> Dr. Antoine Zazzo
> CNRS – Mu:séum national d’Histoire naturelle
> UMR 7209 “Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique : Sociétés, Pratiques et
> Environnements”
> USM 303 – Département Ecologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité
> case postale 56 (bâtiment d’anatomie comparée)
> 55, rue Buffon
> F-75231 Paris cedex 05
> France.
> tel: 33 (0)1 40 79 33 13   fax : 33 (0)1 40 79 33 14
> Site web  http://www2.mnhn.fr/archeozoo-archeobota/

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PhD studentship Indo-Pacific Warm Pool hydroclimate

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Enno Schefuss” <schefuss@uni-bremen.de>
Date: May 26, 2014 5:12 PM

> Dear colleagues,
> I would like to bring the following opening for a PhD studentship under
> your attention (see below).
> Although the methodology is intentionally left broad in the
> advertisement, depending on quality and prior experience of candidates
> the possibility exists to (at least partly) work on lipid biomarkers and
> compound-specific isotopes for reconstruction of hydroclimatic changes
> in this interesting region.
> The job offer can be found here:
> http://www.marum.de/en/Jobs__Open_Positions.html
> More info on MARUM here: www.marum.de
> Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Mahyar Mohtadi
> (mmohtadi@marum.de).
> Please forward the advertisement to interested candidates.
> Cheers,
> Enno
> ——————————

> MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
> The overarching scientific goal of the Research Center / Cluster of
> Excellence “The Ocean in the Earth System” (MARUM) at the University of
> Bremen, Germany, is to achieve a better understanding of key processes
> in marine environments. The research areas are: Ocean and Climate,
> Geo-Biosphere Interactions, and Sediment Dynamics.
> MARUM is offering a PhD position in the project “Land-ocean
> interaction and climate variability in low latitudes” within the MARUM
> research area “Ocean and Climate”.
> Deep convection over the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool (IPWP) is a fundamental
> driver of Earth’s atmospheric circulation with far reaching climate
> impacts. On longer timescales, changes in insolation, land-sea, zonal,
> and meridional temperature gradients, sea level, and the intensity of
> the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation are supposed to
> influence the IPWP hydroclimate. Yet the interaction between different
> forcings and the extent to which the IPWP climate feedbacks were
> involved in past abrupt climate events remain unclear owing to scant
> spatial and temporal coverage of the hitherto available reconstructions.
> In this project several geochemical parameters recorded in rapidly
> accumulating sediments from the eastern and western IPWP will be
> analyzed in order to assess past zonal and meridional gradients in
> temperature and precipitation, and to isolate the relative influence of
> different potential forcings for different scenarios. Results from this
> research project will advance our knowledge on the climate sensitivity
> of the IPWP and enable more reliable projections of low latitude climate.
> We are searching highly motivated and skilled candidates with the
> following requirements:
> ·A completed academic degree (M.Sc. or equivalent), preferentially in
> Earth Sciences or Climate Sciences with a strong background in
> chemistry, sedimentology and geophysics
> ·Excellent English language skills
> ·The ability and willingness to communicate across disciplines and
> perform collaborative, interdisciplinary research
> ·Experience in geochemical laboratory methods is advantageous
> Please address enquiries to Dr. Mahyar Mohtadi (mmohtadi@marum.de, Tel.
> 49-421-218-65660).
> The position is available under the condition of job release and is
> limited to a term of 3 years and funded by the German Science Foundation
> (DFG). Salary and benefits are commensurate with the federal German
> employee scale TV-L 13 (66.6%). Applications should include a CV, a
> statement describing research interests, the applicant’s research and
> technical background as they relate to the position, and letter of
> reference/contact information for three referees.
> More information on research and technology at the MARUM is available at
> www.marum.de
> As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female
> employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply.
> In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be
> given to disabled persons.
> The University of Bremen expressly invites persons with migration
> background to apply.
> Initial deadline for the application is *July 15, 2014*. The position
> will remain open until filled. Applications should preferably be
> directed electronically as _a single PDF file_ with the reference number
> A108/14 to Dr. Mahyar Mohtadi (mmohtadi@marum.de
> <mailto:mmohtadi@marum.de>) or by mail to
> Dr. Mahyar Mohtadi
> University of Bremen
> Postfach 330 440
> D-28344 Bremen
> Germany
> ———————————————————————
> —
> Dr. Enno Schefuß
> MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
> University of Bremen
> 28359 Bremen
> Germany
> www.marum.de
> Tel ++49-(0)421-218-65526