The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) invites the international community to provide comments and input on the recently released draft proposal guidelines. These guidelines were developed from the recommendations provided in the JRFB Working Group on Science Framework Proposal Requirements and Assessments (WG-SFP) Report and build on the current IODP proposal guidelines. They are aimed at science proposals to use a future U.S. globally ranging, non-riser drilling platform to address the 2050 Science Framework. The comment period will be open until August 31, 2022.
Dr. Laurie Barge, JPL Research Scientist in Astrobiology, is seeking a postdoc to work on astrobiology and geochemistry research in the Origins and Habitability Laboratory at JPL. The candidate will work with Dr. Barge on analysis of hydrothermal vent chimney samples that were retrieved from a recent cruise to an ocean world analog field site, and conduct laboratory simulations of prebiotic chemistry in hydrothermal vents on early Earth.
NOAA Ocean Exploration invites the science and management communities to identify priority areas for mapping and remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) operations for Okeanos Explorer as it makes its way along the U.S. West Coast and Alaska. This survey tool will allow you to submit mapping requests and dive targets for use in the design of Okeanos Explorer operations along the U.S. West Coast and Alaska in 2022/2023. Okeanos Explorer is expected to be operating in the region from October 2022 through 2023. Operations will focus on unmapped and/or unexplored deepwater (>200 m) areas, and the priorities received through this survey will help define expedition plans as well as specific targets. Due dates for exploration recommendations: U.S. West Coast priority area July 1, 2022 and Alaska priority area August 1, 2022.
The ocean drilling program in the U.S. stands at a critical junction. Not only does the drilling program need to be renewed in October 2024, but the D/V JOIDES Resolution is reaching the end of its utility, and a new vessel needs to be designed and built. Leaders from thirteen U.S. oceanographic institutions have come together in the US – Scientific Ocean Drilling Alliance (US-SODA) to express their strongest support for continuing to fund scientific ocean drilling and for the lease or acquisition of a newly built global-ranging riserless U.S. drilling vessel. At this moment, there are three immediate actions where you can provide help and support: 1) sign the petition and get as many of your colleagues/peers to sign as well; 2) work with your institution’s leadership to consider sending in a letter to NSF expressing strong support for scientific ocean drilling; and/or 3) join US-SODA as a supporting institution by July 1, 2022.
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) newly established Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) announces the NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) program. This program is a bold new initiative aimed at significantly expanding our Nation’s innovation capacity by investing in key areas of national interest and economic promise in every region of the United States. The NSF Engines program provides up to 10 years of funding to establish each Engine, with up to an additional two years of development funding even before the official launch of an Engine. Each NSF Engine can receive up to $160 million to support the development of diverse regional coalitions to engage in use-inspired research and development, translation of innovation to society, and workforce development — with the goal of growing and sustaining regional innovation ecosystems throughout the U.S. Prior to submission of proposals, teams are required to submit a Concept Outline, which is due: June 30, 2022.
Friday June 3, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
The Many Ways to Use Anvi’o, a Platform for Microbial ‘Omics
Iva Veseli (University of Chicago)
Cheaper, higher-quality sequencing technologies have made ‘omics analyses – metagenomics, pangenomics, phylogenomics, and more – central to investigations of microbial ecology and evolution. Anvi’o is a community-driven software platform enabling integrated analyses and interactive visualization of these multi-’omic data. It offers a versatile set of programs for working with sequence data that researchers can mix and match according to their research questions. While this can present a steeper learning curve than a simple data-in-results-out pipeline, it is not as difficult as you might think. We will discuss the various ways to learn and use anvi’o, and how these strategies fit different research needs and users with different levels of computational experience.
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The Department of Oceanography in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Marine Geology & Geochemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor, with 9 months of State funding annually. We seek an Oceanographer who will expand the expertise of our department and integrate cutting-edge research with undergraduate and graduate education. UH is the only recognized Native Hawaiian-serving R1 university and draws students from a diverse population including Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian ethnicities. The Department is committed to serving and affirming our unique community and culture in the center of the Pacific Ocean and to continued support of research excellence. The successful candidate will conduct research that addresses central problems in global ocean biogeochemistry, including, but not limited to, large-scale cycles of nutrients, organic matter or trace elements, organic and/or isotope geochemistry, paleoceanography, or biogeochemical modeling. Application review begins: July 1, 2022.
The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) manages and operates the scientific drillship, JOIDES Resolution, on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). IODP is an international research collaboration that coordinates seagoing expeditions to study the history of the Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. Qualifications: Ph.D. in geosciences or related field; Demonstrated on-going research experience is required; Experience as a seagoing scientist, especially in scientific ocean drilling, is preferred. Skills: Serve as the Expedition Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of pre-cruise expedition planning, sea-going implementation, and post-cruise activities; Provide scientific expertise and leadership to the improvement of shipboard science activities and laboratory developments; Duties include sailing as the IODP scientific representative on a two-month IODP expedition approximately once every 1 to 2 years. Closing date May 25, 2022.
NOAA Ocean Exploration announced the Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Opportunity for proposals for interdisciplinary ocean exploration in waters under U.S. jurisdiction that support national priorities in three thematic areas: ocean exploration and discovery, maritime heritage and technology. The deadline for the pre-proposals, which are required, is May 24, 2022. Full proposals are due by September 29, 2022.
The Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C-CoMP) Bridge-to-PhD program supports the transition of post-baccalaureate students into ocean science graduate programs. Each year, 4-5 new B2P fellows will be placed in C-CoMP research groups. The 2-year, paid fellowship program will provide sufficient time for students to establish core competencies in their relevant fields while benefiting from tailored mentoring and professional development. Fellows will be chosen through an application process that prioritizes applicants from backgrounds traditionally excluded from the sciences. They will be placed in science disciplines ranging from marine chemistry to microbial ecology to data science by matching student interest with C-CoMP faculty, and their research experiences will be aligned with science objectives of the Center. Through virtual platforms, B2P Fellows will engage in peer mentoring and professional development, including: (1) fellowship and proposal writing, (2) ethics in research, and (3) science communication. Fellows will engage in C-CoMP outreach/education activities, participate in the C-CoMP annual meeting, travel to national meetings, and attend a week-long capstone experience at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS). Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2022, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Apply to host an Ocean Discovery Lecturer! Note C-DEBIer Andreas Teske (UNC Chapel Hill) is one of the lecturers presenting “From Magma to Microbe: The Deep Hot Biosphere of Guaymas Basin”! Open to any U.S. college, university or nonprofit organization. For over 20 years, the Ocean Discovery Lecture Series (formerly the Distinguished Lecturer Series) has brought the remarkable scientific results and discoveries of the International Ocean Discovery Program and its predecessor programs to academic research institutions, museums, and aquaria. Deadline is May 27, 2022.
Friday May 6, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
Living at the Extremes: Extremophiles and the Limits of Life in a Planetary Context
Nancy Merino (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Diana Bojanova (University of Southern California)
Michael Wong (Carnegie Institution for Science)
In the context of prokaryotic life, extremophiles are microorganisms that thrive under harsh conditions, including pH, temperature, salinity, and pressure. In fact, many extremophiles persist under multiple extremes and are known as polyextremophiles. Research on extremophiles has revealed key microbial adaptations to extreme environments and enabled us to hypothesize about the origins and evolution of life on Earth. This research also has implications for assessing the feasibility and the search for life on other planetary and celestial bodies. In this virtual meeting, Nancy Merino (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Diana Bojanova (University of Southern California), and Michael Wong (Carnegie Institution for Science) will discuss their paper titled “Living at the Extremes: Extremophiles and the Limits of Life in a Planetary Context” (written with co-authors Heidi Aronson, Jayme Feyhl-Buska, Shu Zhang and Donato Giovannelli) in which they review the biospace that life operates on Earth and the potential for life elsewhere.
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The Rowe lab at the University of Cincinnati is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of microbial physiology and genetics, with a special focus on non-model systems. Essential Functions: Primarily focus on a funded project aimed at characterizing the genetic basis of electron uptake in Shewanella, and uncovering physiologic basis of this process using coupled electrochemistry, microscopy and molecular biology approaches; and Opportunities to work on developing new systems biology tools for Shewanella, performing self-directed projects in microbial electrophysiology, and investigating new microbe-electrode technologies with novel microbial electrochemical systems.
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research scholar to work in collaboration with the Trembath-Reichert lab in extreme environment microbiology (https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/modlab/). The Trembath-Reichert lab uses cutting edge techniques to tease out signals of life in the most extreme environments on Earth to better understand limits to life and the microbial role in global biogeochemical cycles. Our laboratory offers a highly interdisciplinary, welcoming, and inclusive environment with the opportunity to collaborate with other labs at ASU and beyond. On-going projects are focused on studying life at the polyextremes of temperature, pressure, salinity, low water activity, and low nutrient availability. Specific opportunities are available to extend previous work on marine hydrothermal or Antarctic ecosystems. Opportunities to develop new projects and lead proposals along the theme of extreme environment microbiology are also available. Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be April 22, 2022.
On behalf of the US InterRidge Selection Committee: Ross Parnell-Turner (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Zach Eilon (UC Santa Barbara), Laurent Montesi (University of Maryland), Joyce Sim (Georgia Tech), Jessica Warren (University of Delaware), we are happy to announce that the U.S. is now once again a ‘Regular’ member of InterRidge. InterRidge is an international, non-profit organization supported by fee-paying member nations, concerned with promoting all aspects of ocean floor research (its study, use, and protection), administered by a rotating office that is currently hosted by Korea. Membership of InterRidge will allow U.S. scientists to more easily identify research opportunities and collaborations with international partners, participate in working groups, and gain access to support for spare berths on cruises and student fellowships. We encourage members of the US Ridge community (broadly defined, including but not limited to geologists, geophysicists, marine chemists, biologists, and physical oceanographers) to fill out this short form to join the US InterRidge mailing list and indicate your interest in serving on the US InterRidge Steering Committee by April 1, 2022.
Friday March 4, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
Sampling Oceanic Crustal Fluids: Some Options
Rika Anderson (Carleton College)
Julie Huber (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Susan Lang (University of South Carolina)
Michael Rappé (University of Hawaii)
The fluids that circulate through the oceanic crust can provide valuable windows to the microbiology and geochemistry of the subseafloor, but can be challenging to collect in sufficient volume and without contamination. We will discuss the many different types of samplers including those available for sampling hydrothermal fluids with submersibles, and the costs and benefits of the different approaches.
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The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) invites applications for the position of Associate Professor to Full Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Marine Science Institute (MSI) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be broadly trained with interdisciplinary experience in areas including but not limited to oceanography (biological, chemical, physical or geological); marine ecology; marine biogeochemistry; or the ocean’s role in climate and have teaching interests that are aligned with the curriculum of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS). UCSB is particularly interested in applicants who have made and will continue to make significant contributions to marine science and who have demonstrated successful leadership and development skills. As the MSI Director, the candidate is expected to foster an environment that inspires collaborations across a broad spectrum of researchers and departments and participate in outreach and fundraising activities. Applications received by March 19, 2022 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.
The University of Washington School of Oceanography seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the broad theme of the Changing Ocean. The successful applicant will be expected to expand the school’s research and teaching efforts related to ocean change. Research and teaching could fall within a wide range of coastal or open ocean topics, including but not limited to biogeochemistry, ecology, ocean climate interaction, paleoceanography, geobiology or sedimentology. We welcome the full range of approaches in applied and/or basic science, from field observations and data analysis to laboratory or numerical simulations and theoretical modeling. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2022.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) seeks an experienced, engaging, and mission-driven Director of the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL). UMCES is committed to leveraging our research infrastructure and intellectual expertise to address some of the most pressing environmental problems facing society. The Director is responsible for the well-being of the Horn Point Laboratory community and inspiring excellence and growth of HPL and UMCES. The Director plans and implements program directions for research, public outreach and education; administers facilities; oversees personnel; leads fundraising activities; and develops and manages the Laboratory budget. Review of applications will begin on February 21, 2022 and the position will be open until filled.
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) facilitates international and interdisciplinary research on transformative and societally relevant topics using the ocean drilling, coring, and down-hole measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu, and Mission-Specific Platforms (MSP). Investigators are reminded that the interval from the first proposal submission to expedition scheduling is on the order of 4-5 years due to the science and safety review process and required lead time for scheduling, and that adequate site characterization/site survey data are critical for success. Proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the facility’s science operator to discuss platform-specific operational and fiscal constraints before developing proposals. The IODP Proposal Manager can answer questions about eligibility to submit. Full proposal deadline: April 1, 2022.
The GRS application deadline is February 28, 2022 (for Speaker Abstracts) or April 30, 2022. The GRC application deadline is May 1, 2022.
The NSF has asked the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) for assistance in developing Science Mission Requirements, or SMRs, for a globally-ranging riserless U.S. drilling vessel to address high priority scientific objectives outlined in the 2050 Science Framework: Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling. The SMR effort will begin with an online community survey, which will be accessible through March 15. All survey responses provided by March 15 will be used to guide the virtual forums and in-person workshop. Completion of the survey will serve as one part of your application for attending the in-person workshop. The survey has 28 questions and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. During the survey period, we will hold open, online sessions to provide answers to any questions you may have about the survey. The first session is scheduled for February 8, 2022 at 3 PM Eastern.
Friday February 4, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time)
METABOLIC Bioinformatics Tool
Karthik Anantharaman, Zhichao Zhou, and Patricia Tran (University of Wisconsin)
In the recent decade, metagenomics and single-cell genomics have significantly changed our understanding of the microbial world, especially uncultured microbial taxa. While advanced genomic approaches have allowed scientists to discover a rich diversity of microorganisms from diverse settings, bioinformatic tools which could help us to interpret and organize genomic blueprints into metabolism and biogeochemistry at the individual and community scales are necessary to facilitate research in diverse fields. METABOLIC is a newly developed scalable metabolic and biogeochemical functional trait profiler to comprehensively study microbial metabolism and interactions using genome data.
In this talk, we will present the capabilities of METABOLIC that can enable (1) Metabolic and biogeochemical analyses for genomes and microbial communities, and (2) Visualization of biogeochemical cycling potential and community-scale functional networks.
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The limits of microbial life and the exploration of the biological demand for energy is the focus of the International Workshop on Microbial Life under Extreme Energy Limitation, held 5-9 September at Sandbjerg Manor near Sønderborg, Denmark. We invite researchers and students from different relevant disciplines to participate in the workshop in order to discuss microbial energy requirements and stimulate new thinking and new approaches. Deadline for abstract submission and application: April 1, 2022.
The application for the National Science Foundation-supported training for principal investigators leading collection of marine sediment samples utilizing the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF) is now open! This training will consist of two five-day workshops bracketing a ten day participant-led cruise (8/23/22-9/1/22) aboard the R/V Roger Revelle, during which participants will gain hands on experience via planning and executing a successful sampling program. Training will cover the capabilities of the various ARF platforms/facilities and utilizing the UNOLS Marine Facilities Planning (MFP) System, site selection including use of legacy core and geophysical data, selection of appropriate sampling equipment to meet scientific goals, shipboard site survey, sample collection, physical properties logging, and core description, core curation and archival techniques and ingesting of recovered materials into the NSF Marine Geology Repository system. Application review begins on February 1, 2022.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is seeking to grow its scientific, tenure-track staff (Tenure-track staff are positions equivalent to ladder-rank professorial posts and tenure-track group leader positions) with up to 10 new hires to join the Institution. We are seeking candidates at all ranks with potential to complement or diversify our existing strengths in any of our six academic departments: Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering, Biology, Geology & Geophysics, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Marine Policy, and Physical Oceanography. We invite expansive interpretations of our research, teaching, and scholarly pursuits and welcome interdisciplinary approaches. Applications will begin to be reviewed on January 18, 2022.
The University of Washington School of Oceanography seeks applications for a full time, 9-month faculty position at the level of tenure-track Assistant Professor in the broad field of active geological processes on continental margins. The successful applicant will be expected to expand the School’s research and teaching efforts in marine geology and geophysics, contributing to an improved understanding of tectonic, sedimentary, and geochemical cycles between the Earth’s oceans, lithosphere, and deep interior. Research and teaching could fall within a wide range of areas, including but not limited to geophysical imaging, earthquake seismology, marine geodesy, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, subduction zone modeling, and geohazards. Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2022 until the position is filled.
Now entering its 19th year, the International Geobiology Course is an intensive, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and it’s biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the roc4 record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques, learn from a broad team of eminent scientists in the field, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions. Applications are due by February 7, 2022.
Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. The next Goldschmidt Conference will take place in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA and online from 10-15 July 2022. The abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2022.
Building from the foundation of C-DEBI, a new NSF-funded network-of-networks started this fall called COBRA – the Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator. The goal of COBRA is to generate new knowledge on the structure, function, resilience, and ecosystem services of the crustal ocean biosphere – life attached to the rocks at the bottom of the ocean – to inform decision-making relating to emergent industrial uses of the deep ocean, such as deep-sea mining and subseafloor carbon sequestration, and decrease the likelihood of serious harm to the environment while maintaining the broad benefits that society currently enjoys. COBRA will help to close knowledge gaps by bringing together stakeholders through virtual workshops and supporting cross-coordination and collaboration. As a global community of experts in deep sea and subseafloor deep biosphere science, the C-DEBI community is uniquely poised to make great contributions to COBRA efforts. Join this virtual meeting series to hear from COBRA Director Dr. Beth Orcutt and COBRA Associate Director Dr. Julie Huber (also both C-DEBI scientists) to learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of opportunities. Register in advance of this meeting on January 7, 2022 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time).
Ocean Exploration Trust is live streaming the current E/V Nautilus expedition Luʻuaeaahikiikapapakū. Returning to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) after an expedition in 2018, this team is conducting ROV surveys on a chain of seamounts, and documenting whether these underwater mountains support vibrant coral and sponge communities like others in the region. Watch the live stream through December 6, 2021, and you might catch C-DEBIer Beth Orcutt waving to the camera at 7:30AM Hawaii / 9:30AM Pacific / 12:30PM Eastern!
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for scientific participants on Expedition 399: Building Blocks of Life, Atlantis Massif, aboard the JOIDES Resolution. The Atlantis Massif (AM) Oceanic Core Complex (30°N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge) is one of the earliest sites recognized for the extensive exposure of ultramafic and mafic rocks at the seafloor caused by an oceanic detachment fault. The Lost City Hydrothermal Field (LCHF) is hosted in peridotite on its southern wall and vents alkaline fluids rich in H2 as a by-product of serpentinization. The AM is therefore an ideal natural laboratory for studying tectonics, magmatism, and the interaction between the ocean and lithosphere, as well as their combined influence on ocean chemistry and the subseafloor biosphere. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including but not limited to sedimentologists, petrologists, micropaleontologists, paleomagnetists, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, igneous geochemists, inorganic geochemists, organic geochemists, and microbiologists. Application deadline: February 1, 2022. To learn more about the scientific objectives of Expedition 399, life at sea, and how to apply to sail, register in advance for the webinar on January 5, 2022 (11:00 AM EST).
Field work is often viewed as a career highlight, shaping the trajectories of graduate students and early career researchers. Negative experiences in the field, intimidating behaviors (including hazing, bullying), harassment, discriminatory behaviors, gendered division of labor, and assault, can have severe consequences for victims and their careers. In this event, Dr. Ivona Cetinić (NASA Goddard) will discuss ways to create a safe and productive field climate, focusing on the role that PIs play in setting expectations for (and rules of) behavior, and the accountability for violations. Register in advance of this meeting on December 3, 2021 (9:30 – 11:00AM Pacific Time).
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is accepting applications for either an Associate Research Scientist or Research Scientist role within the Marine Geology and Geophysics department. The incumbent scientist will serve as Technical Director for the R2R data facility, serving as primary point of contact with the marine operator community and leading all technical developments for this 4 institution collaborative effort. Design, develop, implement and maintain software solutions to scientific problems and applications for R2R. Represent R2R at science and geoinformatics community meetings and lead other outreach efforts. Participate in proposal writing and reporting to agencies and stakeholder communities. Contribute to the design and operations of R2R cyber infrastructure including maintaining the R2R cybersecurity plan. Ability to write code in a variety of languages including shell scripting and for example PHP, Python, and deal with legacy code in other languages (PERL) will be needed. Must exercise high level of responsibility, independence and expertise in the normal performance of duties. This position will remain open until filled.
The Biological Oceanography Program within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), U.S. National Science Foundation, announces a nationwide search for a Program Director (Rotator) with experience and expertise in any area of biological oceanography or marine ecology. The program anticipates filling multiple rotator positions over the next year. The Program Director’s core duties and responsibilities will be administering the merit review process, making proposal recommendations, working to balance the award portfolio across the broad range of disciplines supported by the Program, supporting a diverse science community and coordinating, and working with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. We will begin consideration of candidates on December 1, 2021 and position(s) will remain open until filled.
The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education. Preliminary Proposal Due Date: February 1, 2022.
The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from the core through the critical zone. The project may focus on all or part of the surface, continental lithospheric, and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales. FRES projects should have a larger scientific scope and budget than those considered for funding by disciplinary programs in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). FRES projects may be interdisciplinary studies that do not fit well within EAR’s disciplinary programs or cannot be routinely managed by sharing between disciplinary programs. Full proposal deadline: February 2, 2022.
The MATE Center and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) are accepting applications for the 2022 Internship Program from undergraduate students and recent graduates. This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard research vessels and be exposed to a wide range of marine technologies, equipment and marine technical professionals. The National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) hosts interns to work with autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry, remotely operated vehicle Jason, and Human Occupied Vehicle Alvin through the MATE program. The MATE Center and the UNOLS fleet will sponsor 1 long-term (~ 6 months) and 10-12 short-term (4-16 weeks each) marine technical internships, some starting as early as January 2022. Application deadline: December 3, 2021.
This Research Opportunity (#20-10) is specifically aimed at deciphering the role of blue carbon associated with manganese nodules and host sediments, including determining the provenance of organic matter in these settings. This will enable differentiating bioavailable components of deposited organic matter, which are known to sustain diverse benthic communities, from recalcitrant components, which contribute to long-term carbon burial in the deep sea. Sediment samples will be collected as part of an ongoing systematic box core sampling program that will take advantage of ship time opportunities provided to USGS and BOEM by federal, industry, international, and academic partners. Ultimately this research will contribute to answering questions regarding how much blue carbon is in critical marine mineral environments and what deep-water habitats contain the blue carbon, to evaluate potential impacts of sea-bed mining to blue carbon storage in critical marine mineral environments and what ecosystem management goals are needed to maintain blue carbon ecosystems. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Research Advisors early in the application process to discuss project ideas. Closing date: January 6, 2022.
Stockton University (Galloway, New Jersey, USA) is seeking to fill a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Marine Science for September 2022. Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in teaching marine science courses in a liberal arts environment, and a willingness to foster undergraduate research. All research areas will be considered, but particular consideration will be given to candidates whose research area complements those of the Marine Science program. Diversity is a key (though under-realized) component of our program’s mission. Thus, we seek candidates who are dedicated to improving intercultural proficiencies and working across differences via engagement of diverse audiences in higher education, advisory services, and the community. Lastly, we seek a colleague who is versed in active learning — a pedagogical approach that plays a key role in our curriculum, which is designed to support all incoming students regardless of academic preparation. Applications received by December 1, 2021 will receive full consideration.
With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) offers the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program. The BRC-BIO program aims to a) broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to BIO, and b) expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those serving at under-resourced institutions. Submission window date: January 3-31, 2022.
At this year’s AGU Fall Meeting, three hybrid Deep Biosphere sessions – two oral and one poster – will be presented on Friday December 17. Conveners Beth Orcutt, James Bradley, Julie Huber, and Maggie Osburn are delighted to have many early career scientists in these sessions, sharing the latest-and-greatest from continental and marine subsurface investigations. Check the links to see who and what is being presented! I: Oral Session (B53B) Friday 17 Dec 13:45-15:00 CST (UTC-6); II: Oral Session (B54A) Friday 17 Dec 15:30-16:45 CST (UTC-6); and III: Poster Session (B55J) Friday 17 Dec 17:00-19:00 CST (UTC-6). Early bird registration ends November 3, 2021; regular rates are due afterward until the session December 17, 2021.
The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) at the Florida State University (FSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Aqueous Trace Element Biogeochemistry/Chemical Oceanography. The ideal candidate will examine the role of trace elements in the oceans or other aquatic environments, their role in biogeochemical cycles, and/or their impact on the biosphere as toxins. This research may include but is not limited to processes within the air-sea interface, water-column, bottom waters, and/or pore fluids. Review of applications commences November 1, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled.
The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) at the Florida State University (FSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Earth-Life Interactions. The ideal candidate will investigate the coevolution of life and environment with potential interests in planetary habitability of Earth and exoplanets, biosignatures for life (radiations and extinctions), and implications for modern climate change. Research areas of interest include but are not limited to: paleobiology, geobiology, extinction dynamics, paleoecology, paleontology, biotic responses to global change, geomicrobiology, and biogeochemistry. Review of applications commences November 1, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled.
The University of Southern California Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for a position in Geobiology at the level of Associate or Full professor. At USC, Geobiology is interpreted broadly, including geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, carbon cycles and proxies, ocean acidification, astrobiology, source to sink processes, earth-atmosphere-biosphere co-evolution, global change, carbon sequestration, paleoenvironments/paleoclimate, paleobiology and other areas that relate to these topics. Located in central Los Angeles, USC serves a transnational student body and provides unique opportunities to engage in research, teaching, and service within an urban sphere, as well as easy access to the broader Southern California environment. The position offers opportunities to interact with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Application review will begin on November 1, 2021.
The Marlow Lab at Boston University is seeking candidates for a two-year Postdoctoral Scholar position to advance the study of microbe-microbe and microbe-mineral interactions in complex communities through the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to pinpoint the “hot spots” and “hot moments” of metabolic activity. Research efforts will advance recent progress in the lab on mapping complex microbial communities in their native habitats by incorporating highly multiplexed FISH methods and spatially-resolved metabolic modelling. In the process, this research effort will get ever closer to seeing how microbes truly operate in the real world, and how their largely inscrutable activity can be seen on the microscale and connected with biogeochemical fluxes. Applicants should send questions and application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2021 for full consideration.
The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for an Oceanographer (Program Director) position for the Integrative Programs Section (IPS), in the Division of Oceansciences (OCE) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. This is an excellent opportunity to help guide the OOI. The application deadline is October 25, 2021.
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale University invites applications for a tenure track faculty appointment in the broad area of geochemistry at the Assistant Professor level. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) global biogeochemical cycling, paleoclimatology, atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, planetary evolution, and Earth surface processes. We seek candidates who will develop outstanding research programs, have strong prospects for exceptional scholarly impact and teaching excellence, and who will enhance the existing strengths of the Department and University. The successful applicant will develop and implement externally-funded research programs, teach and advise students, and facilitate interdisciplinary research. Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. For this position, we seek outstanding applicants studying fundamental processes related to the molecular and cellular biology of bacteria or archaea, or their viruses, including but not restricted to host/viral interactions, microbial interactions, biofilms, toxin/antitoxin systems, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, or microbial communities/ecosystems. Within a multidisciplinary, collaborative research environment in the department and across the university, the successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, participate in the department’s Ph.D. program in biology, and contribute to the department’s excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Initial review of applications will begin on October 11, 2021.
The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington D.C. Carnegie Science emphasizes interdisciplinary observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology. Carnegie scientists conduct research in these and related fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and planets, including the fundamental physics and chemistry of materials. The deadline for application materials, along with the names of three references familiar with the applicant’s work who will upload letters of support, is November 1, 2021.
Our next virtual meeting features Marisela Martinez-Cola (Morehouse College) who will present “Collectors, Nightlights, & Allies, Oh My! : Advice for Strengthening Cross-racial Mentoring Relationships” on Friday, October 1, 2021 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific Time). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on October 1, 2021.
The Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Assistant Professor Faculty position. We seek candidates from all areas of earth and planetary science, with an emphasis on either (1) earth and/or planetary surface and sedimentary processes in the present or past; (2) climate science including oceans, the cryosphere, and atmosphere on all time scales. Candidates whose research falls into one of these broad areas or their disciplinary interfaces are especially encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is October 14, 2021.
The curators of the four NSF Marine Geological Samples Repositories (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Core Repository, Oregon State University Marine and Geology Repository, University of Rhode Island Marine Geological Samples Laboratory, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Seafloor Samples Repository), invite the community to a virtual Town Hall. Join the curators for an introduction and discussion of the sample repositories, and complete our survey to help shape our conversation on September 8, 2021 at 3:00-4:30 PM EDT.
The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique research resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program is intended to provide beginning investigators of significant potential with experiences that will establish them in positions of leadership in the scientific community. During tenure, Fellows affiliate with a host research organization(s) and conduct research on topics supported by OCE. Fellowships will include participation in a professional development program that emphasizes development of mentoring skills and that coordinates the involvement of Fellows in conferences and activities that are focused on increasing the engagement of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full proposal deadline: November 12, 2021.
Mark your calendars for the first Digital Roundtable featuring MacArthur Fellows in the sciences. Moderated by MacArthur’s Jay Goodwin, stay tuned for C-DEBIer Victoria Orphan (Geobiologist, Class of 2016), Jerry Mitrovica (Theoretical Geophysicist, Class of 2019), and Damien Fair (Cognitive Neuroscientist, Class of 2020) on August 25, 2021 at 12 PM CST.
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to conduct an integrated program of independent research and professional development. Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplinary programs and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Full proposal deadline: November 3, 2021.
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) invites members of the U.S. IODP community to submit proposals for novel projects and activities that will enhance and advance the goals of scientific ocean drilling. With this request for proposals, USSSP aims to foster innovative, out-of-the box projects that may address elements of the current IODP Science Plan or focus on the future of scientific ocean drilling (2050 Science Framework). Novel Projects proposals may explore a range of topics, including (but not limited to): Legacy Data and Cores, Outreach and Communication, and Career Development. This Novel Projects RFP is intended to stimulate new ideas, foster opportunities for unique projects and collaborations, and encourage community engagement related to scientific ocean drilling. Proposal deadline: October 15, 2021.
AGU will be offering grants (averaging $1,000 or less) to scientists around the world to encourage and jump-start outreach and engagement activities that will share science and its value with wider communities, from journalists to policymakers to students to members of the public. The deadline is October 11, 2021.
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) explores Earth’s climate history, structure, mantle/crust dynamics, natural hazards, and deep biosphere as described in the IODP Science Plan: Illuminating Earth’s Past, Present, and Future. IODP facilitates international and interdisciplinary research on transformative and societally relevant topics using the ocean drilling, coring, and down-hole measurement facilities JOIDES Resolution, Chikyu, and Mission-Specific Platforms (MSP). The deadline is October 1, 2021.
A postdoctoral position in molecular microbial ecology is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. This NSF-funded collaborative project with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to identify the nature of microbial predator-prey interactions using laboratory chemostats combined with RNA stable isotope probing, sequencing, and trait-based modeling. We are seeking an individual with expertise in molecular microbial ecology, including those with interests in microbial, viral, and eukaryotic dynamics, microbial food webs, and theoretical ecology. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the Postdoctoral Scientist will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project. Please email Joe Vallino (email@example.com) or Julie Huber (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the position.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California San Diego invites applications for one or more full-time Researcher positions to be funded by extramural research grants and contracts in any of the research areas listed below. We seek one or more candidates in all areas relevant to the Oceans and Atmosphere Section, broadly including physical oceanography, atmospheric science, climate science, ocean acoustics, and geochemistry, with particular interest in machine learning, coastal ocean-atmosphere interactions, hydrology, and marine robotic sensors. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2021.
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for research and education (LUMCON) seeks to hire two new Assistant Professors in the third phase of multi-year faculty expansion. We are interested in interdisciplinary scientists whose research addresses a wide range of fundamental questions in ocean and coastal sciences. For the first position, we invite qualified coastal or marine scientists, regardless of discipline, whose research uses observation, modeling, theory, and/or laboratory experiments to address these questions, to apply. For the second faculty position, we invite qualified coastal or marine scientists who either primarily focus on engineering/technology or incorporate considerable engineering/technology into their research to apply. This faculty position specifically will both leverage and build programs at LUMCON’s new Blue Works facility. Review of applicants will begin September 20, 2021, and continue until the positions are filled.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF101 has five tips from a program officer to help you with your application. Full proposal deadlines vary by discipline: October 18-22, 2021.
With the hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, we are planning to host an on-site Course in Bioinformatics of Microbial Single Cells at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on April 3-9, 2022. This course will provide hands-on training in computational techniques for the integration of single amplified genome (SAG) data in studies of microbial ecology and evolution. The intended audience is faculty, postdocs, graduate students and other professionals planning to work with SAG data. The application deadline is December 3, 2021.
Do you have questions about how deep biosphere/microbiology sampling is part of the international scientific ocean drilling program (the International Ocean Discovery Program, IODP), and how subseafloor samples are collected? Have you wondered how you can get more involved with IODP, or how proposals for drilling are handled? Are you curious about the future of IODP beyond the current program, and how deep biosphere/microbiology science can be part of that future?
This Virtual Meeting Series event will feature a panel of deep biosphere scientists highlighting these topics and answering your questions. Everyone is welcome to join – from experienced IODP users to those who have never been involved with IODP. Panelists will include Jennifer Biddle (University of Delaware), Stephanie Carr (Hartwick College), Steven D’Hondt (University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography), Jessica Labonté (Texas A&M University Galveston), Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences), and Jason Sylvan (Texas A&M University).
Register in advance for the meeting on September 3, 2021.
Our next virtual series meeting features plenary speakers Roman Barco (University of Southern California) and Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez (University of Pennsylvania) who will present on Friday August 6 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on August 6, 2021.
We invite applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Microbiogeochemistry Lab at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST) at the University of Lausanne. The newly launched research group headed by Prof. Berg specializes in the application of interdisciplinary approaches – borrowing methods from the fields of biology, geology and chemistry – to solve complex environmental questions related to biogeochemical cycling. Steady-state concentrations of certain redox species may arise from the balance between continuous oxidation and reduction reactions, and although concentration changes cannot be measured, their rapid turnover can play a key role in the environment and sustain highly active and diverse microbial communities. This project will focus on hidden or “cryptic” microbial processes and their impact on Fe, S, and O cycling on ancient earth to modern-day ecosystems. The deadline for applications is August 20, 2021.
Our next virtual meeting features plenary speakers Roman Barco (University of Southern California) and Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez (University of Pennsylvania) who will present on Friday August 6 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on August 6, 2021.
The ECORD Summer School this year (September 13-17, 2021) will combine in-person sessions with asynchronous teaching, group activities, and exercises from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) world. The Summer School introduces the interpretation and applications of downhole logs and physical property data primarily from the IODP. The School explores the relevance and unique insights of these data for a range of fields, including paleoclimatology, sedimentology, hydrogeology, and broader geological and ecological processes such as sediment provenance and water column productivity. The Summer School is open to applicants from all career stages and geoscience backgrounds. However, the course is tailored for individuals who are early in their career and/or would like to introduce and make use of more physical properties data in their research and/or; would like to get more involved in IODP in some capacity, either through accessing and using data or sailing on an IODP research expedition. Applications due August 2, 2021.
The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search for a Program Director (Rotator) with experience and expertise in the general fields of paleoceanography, sedimentary and/or nearshore processes, or marine geochemistry. The MG&G Program supports research on all aspects of the geology and geophysics of ocean basins and margins and those of the Great Lakes. The person selected for this position will work with the other Program Directors who oversee the MG&G Program to balance the award portfolio across the broad range of disciplines supported by the Program. The Program Director’s core duties and responsibilities will be administering the merit review process, proposal recommendations, and coordinating and working with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. The deadline for applications is August 2, 2021.
#AGU21 is the leading forum for advancing Earth and space science and leveraging this research toward solutions for societal challenges. Submit an abstract (or two now) to #AGU21 to contribute to these goals and to share your science in-person (New Orleans, LA) and online with >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries representing the global Earth and space sciences community. Most sessions will be recorded and available to this global community of researchers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers, partners, science enthusiasts, journalists and communicators. Abstracts should focus on new scientific results, enabling Earth and space science or its application, and/or the contribution of Earth and space science to society. Submit your deep biosphere abstract to Session B037 – Geomicrobiology of the Deep Biosphere convened by Beth Orcutt, Maggie Osburn, James Bradley, and Julie Huber; or to Session P034 – Tapping the Rhythms of Potential Life on Extraterrestrial Planets and Moons convened by Chui Yim Maggie Lau Vetter, Frederick S. Colwell, and Rosalyn Fey. Abstracts due August 4, 2021.
Our next virtual meeting features plenary speaker Jackie Goordial (University of Guelph) who will present “Squeezing DNA from a rock: DNA extractions from low biomass settings” on Friday July 9 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on July 9, 2021.
The Department of Earth Science at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), a Hispanic-serving Institution in Chicago, IL, invites applications for a full-time Instructor position beginning Fall 2021. An M.S. degree in geology or a closely related field is required, Ph.D. preferred. Broadly trained geologists who can contribute to a variety of courses in the curriculum, including Introduction to Earth Science, Environmental Geology, Historical Geology, and Sedimentology-Stratigraphy, while providing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of geology, are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching in both face-to-face and online delivery. Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Persons with Disabilities, as well as other qualified individuals. Applicants should send a cover letter that includes information on their teaching philosophy and interest in the position, a curriculum vita, and 3 references, at least one of which addresses the applicant’s teaching ability, to: Elisabet Head, Coordinator, Department of Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625-4699. Electronic applications to email@example.com are encouraged.
The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct fundamental research in the area of microbial metabolic networks in the Macalady Lab beginning Sept.-Dec. 2021. A successful candidate will have experience in metagenomics / metatranscriptomics and aqueous geochemistry and/or microbiology. Responsibilities include generation and analysis of environmental omics datasets, overseeing the operation of microbial bioreactors, and mentoring students. The candidate will also be expected to prepare project reports, manuscripts, and research presentations in collaboration with team members and thus good technical writing and presentation skills are essential. The postdoc will have the opportunity to join the Astrobiology Research Center and/or the Microbiome Center at Penn State, and will be provided with mentorship and professional development opportunities tailored to their career goals. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. Interested applicants should submit the following pdf documents: (i) a cover letter detailing scientific interests, qualifications, future goals, (ii) a CV including contact information for three references and (iii) 1-2 representative publications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) is seeking scientists to participate on a variety of IODP panels, boards, and committees. There are three open calls for participation, on the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC), the Science Evaluation Panel (SEP), or the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB). Deadline to apply: July 23, 2021.
The hackweek model has emerged in the data science community as a powerful tool for fostering exchange of ideas in research and computation by providing training in modern data analysis workflows. In contrast to conventional academic conferences or workshops, hackweeks are intensive and interactive, facilitated by three core components: tutorials on state-of-the-art methodologies, peer-learning, and on-site project work in a collaborative environment. OceanHackWeek is a small hands-on, interactive hybrid in-person and virtual workshop focused on data science and oceanography that will be held during August 3-6, 2021. Join us for four days of tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking! The in-person event will take place at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, Maine, as an all-day workshop. For the virtual event, formal daily activities will take place over a period of up to 3 hours per day. Application deadline: June 14, 2021.
Our next virtual series meeting features plenary speakers Rika Anderson (Carleton College) who will present “Conducting research with undergraduates at a small liberal arts college” and Terry McGlynn (California State University Dominguez Hills) who will present “How to develop an undergraduate research lab with long-term sustainability”. Register in advance of the meeting on Friday June 4 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop contains about 90 minutes of programming, including plenary presentations by invited speakers, a community building breakout session, and a plenary Q&A session.
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), also known as NOAA Ocean Exploration, is soliciting proposals to conduct or support ocean exploration resulting in outcomes that provide or enable initial assessments about unknown or poorly understood regions of U.S. waters. Proposals should support the ocean exploration topical priorities or spatial priorities in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) identified in the “Report on the Workshop to Identify National Ocean Exploration Priorities in the Pacific”. Proposals should also support the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. Proposals for the ocean exploration and marine archaeology themes must be for projects in unknown or poorly understood areas as referenced in the national strategy’s implementation plan and within the U.S. EEZ in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific priorities workshop report stresses the active awareness of the cultural context in which ocean exploration is often conducted. Recognizing the unique and numerous Pacific communities as partners and stakeholders enhances the overall impact of the ocean exploration enterprise through wider public support, a more diverse workforce and community of practitioners, and incorporation of traditional knowledge systems throughout the process. Applicants should consider including the interests of tribal nations and Indigenous peoples within targeted exploration areas and engaging these communities in a meaningful way. OER is soliciting proposals focused on any one of the following three themes: ocean exploration, marine archaeology, and technology. Register for a webinar about the funding opportunity on May 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. EDT. Required pre-proposals are due June 21, 2021.
From May 14-27, 2021, NOAA Ocean Exploration will lead the 2021 Technology Demonstration on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Norfolk, Virginia. The expedition provides an opportunity to test several technologies that will allow the ocean exploration community to explore deeper, farther, and more comprehensively than previously possible. Expeditions like this are vital for the advancement of ocean exploration technologies that will benefit partners and the broader field of ocean exploration alike in our collective mission to explore, map, and understand the vast ocean realm. During the 2021 Technology Demonstration, 24-hour-a-day operations will focus on field engineering trials of WHOI’s new Orpheus class of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), piloting NOAA Ocean Exploration’s environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling protocols, regular CTD rosette casts, and acoustic mapping of the seafloor and water column with the new EM 304 multibeam and deepwater sonar suite. Watch the live stream May 14-27, 2021.
The Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF program officers will be providing up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions. Registration is now open, and the webinar is free of charge.
Our next virtual meeting features plenary speakers Rika Anderson (Carleton College) who will present “Conducting research with undergraduates at a small liberal arts college” and Terry McGlynn (California State University Dominguez Hills) who will present “How to develop an undergraduate research lab with long-term sustainability” on Friday June 4 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on June 4, 2021.
As part of the HOV Alvin 6500m upgrade, the deep submergence science community is seeking applicants to participate in the NSF sponsored HOV Alvin Science Verification Expedition (SVE). The primary objective of the SVE is to test and validate the submarine systems used for science operations. Opportunistic science will also be accomplished on the expedition, including the operation of a night program using an autonomous CTD/lander for water sampling, acoustic monitoring, and imaging at hadal depths. The SVE will take place in October following Navy certification of the submarine for diving to 6500m depth. The expedition will depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico and will conduct ~5 dives at targets that may include seaward and landward trench surfaces, potential methane seeps, and fault exposures in the trench. The expedition will then transit to the Mid-Cayman Spreading Center, where ~5 dives will be conducted on targets that may include high-temperature hydrothermal vents, volcanic features, detachment fault surfaces, and transform faults. We are seeking a diverse group of participants that span disciplinary fields, both with and without previous Alvin experience. Because the at-sea participation may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, the SVE will have both ship-based and shore-based, via a high-bandwidth ship to shore connection, participation. The deadline for applications is May 28, 2021.
During the summer of 2021, we are running a series of workshops engaging three communities in envisioning broadening the impact of scientific ocean drilling in the coming decades. These workshops will strive to chart the future course of science communication and outreach for scientific ocean drilling. The series of workshops will explore STEM education and science communication, engaging workshop participants as collaborators, while paying special attention to issues related to diversity and inclusion. This effort is in direct support of the 2050 Framework for Scientific Ocean Drilling and its call to “communicate far-reaching scientific ocean drilling knowledge to the broader community.” We are seeking a diverse group of participants across many demographics, experience/levels, geographic locations and career areas for the three workshops “Engaging the Public”, “Informing Policymakers, and “Preparing the Next Generation.” Deadlines to apply are May 17, June 21, and July 1, 2021.
The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University is seeking applications for one full-time tenure-track faculty position with a 9-month academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate should apply observational, experimental, theoretical, analytical, data-science, or modeling methods to make new and innovative oceanographic discoveries. We welcome applications from individuals with expertise in any area of oceanography, including those that would enhance interdisciplinary initiatives. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with disciplinary interests in biogeochemical/Earth system modeling, marine ecology, or marine sedimentology/geophysics, and/or who can leverage existing TAMU Geoscience Centers of Excellence. Initial review of applications will begin on September 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
The Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG) Program within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation has announced a nationwide search for a permanent Program Director with experience and expertise in marine geophysics. The MGG Program supports research on all aspects of the geology and geophysics of ocean basins and margins and those of the Great Lakes. The person selected for this position will work with the other Program Directors who oversee the MGG Program to balance the award portfolio across the broad range of disciplines supported by the Program. The Program Director’s core duties and responsibilities will be administering the merit review process, proposal recommendations, and coordinating and working with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. The deadline for applications is June 28, 2021.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), in collaboration with the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), seeks to promote interdisciplinary research that enables novel mathematical and computational approaches that capture and explore the full range of mechanisms and biological variability needed to better understand complex and nonlinear behavior across multiple biological systems and scales. The development of replicative or descriptive models for complex biological systems remains a challenging task, yet models that move beyond replication into the realm of prediction and ultimately becoming indispensable tools for discovery-driven biology are severely lacking. A paradigm shift in the current approach to interdisciplinary mathematical biology is needed to promote the realization of modeling platforms that facilitate discovery of novel biological phenomena, rules, and theories. As part of the effort, funding opportunities are available in fiscal years FY2021 and FY2022 to provide support for proposals from interdisciplinary teams comprised of mathematical, computational, and biological scientists to develop MODels for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS). This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage researchers involved in the biosciences and the mathematical sciences to collaborate in a substantive manner in biological investigations using novel mechanistic mathematical models to guide biological exploration and discovery of new rules, phenomena, and theories in living systems.
To continue expansion and scaling efforts from NSF’s Geosciences Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) Program and related activities to broaden participation in the geosciences, and to develop unique approaches for greater inclusion in the geoscience education and research community, NSF welcomes submission of the following types of proposals: Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Proposals, Conference Proposals, and Research Coordination Networks (RCNs). Proposals must be received by June 1, 2021.
C-DEBI finalist Sabrina Elkassas (MIT-WHOI) will tell her story live in the Reach Out Science Slam Finals on May 4 (7-8 PM Eastern) to a panel of expert science communicator judges. Check out her inspirational promo video, then watch her and 5 other early career researchers from around the country compete to tell the best science story in just 3 minutes and cast your votes for the Audience Choice Winner! Register for the Finals May 4, 2021.
The School of Geography is seeking a high-calibre Lecturer in any area of physical geography or environmental science that complements and enhances existing research strengths in the School’s Earth Surface Science research theme. The School is particularly interested to grow our expertise in contemporary climate science and/or climate change mitigation and adaptation. The successful applicant will benefit from our world-class field, laboratory and geospatial computing facilities. The successful candidate will have an excellent research record with a developing international reputation; teaching experience appropriate to career stage, including experience and enthusiasm for field-based teaching; and passion and commitment to delivering an outstanding student experience to a diverse student population at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate level. The closing date for applications is May 12, 2021.
How curious are you about the deepest depths of the ocean? Within months the human-occupied submersible Alvin will be able to explore 99% of the ocean floor. Learn about what could be discovered from the latest Alvin upgrade. Hear from speakers Bruce Strickrott (Alvin program manager), Patricia “Trish” Gregg (marine volcanologist), and Peter Girguis (marine biologist) about how the iconic sub enables scientific discovery in the far reaches of Earth’s ocean. Register in advance for the webinar on April 28, 2021 (7:30PM Eastern).
Our next virtual meeting features plenary speaker Roland Hatzenpichler (Montana State University) who will present “Next-generation physiology: Why and how to measure microbial phenotypes under (close to) in situ conditions” on Friday May 7 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on May 7, 2021 (10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific).
This one-hour gathering is a Q&A session to inform the IODP community. It’s your chance to ask questions about IODP and JR through 2024! Panelists Clive Neal (JRFB), Brad Clement (JRSO), Marta Torres (USAC), Jamie Allan (NSF), and Carl Brenner (USSSP) will answer questions about scheduling and operations of the JOIDES Resolution through 2024, and provide information about the outlook for activities and support within the current IODP (to 2023/2024). We welcome questions from everyone in the IODP community and anyone interested in IODP. All topics related to the JR through 2024 are fair game – and you can send a question even if you can’t attend the live event by emailing the USSSP Office at email@example.com,. A recording will be posted on the USSSP page. Register in advance for the meeting on April 28, 2021 at 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern Time.
A key aspect of Convergence Accelerator projects is the innovation curriculum that requires a significant time investment and frequent participation of all partners such as academia, industry, non-profit, government, and other sectors under the guidance of coaches. The curriculum includes a team science and human-centered design approach that rapidly moves projects towards deliverables in both Phase I and Phase II that will have broad scale national impact. This solicitation for FY 2021 invites proposals for the following Track Topic among others: Networked Blue Economy (Track E). This track aims to create a smart, integrated, connected, and open ecosystem for ocean innovation, exploration, and sustainable utilization. Letter of Intent Due Date for Phase I Full Proposals: May 5, 2021.
Apply to host an Ocean Discovery Lecturer for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Ocean Discovery Lecture Series (formerly the Distinguished Lecturer Series) brings discoveries of the International Ocean Discovery Program to academic research institutions, museums, and aquaria. The 2021-2022 lecturer topics range from climate history, ocean circulation, ice sheet dynamics, marine magnetics to geomicrobiology and more; including C-DEBIer Karen Lloyd (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) on “The mysterious deep subsurface biosphere: What sustains one of the largest, slowest ecosystems on Earth?”. Application deadline: May 15, 2021.
The University of Southern California will host the first virtual Southern California Geobiology Symposium on May 20-21 (through Zoom and Gathertown). The SoCal Geobiology Symposium is an annual student-organized symposium for scientists interested in astrobiology, climate science, ecology, geochemistry, geology, microbiology, oceanography, and paleobiology. We welcome scientists from all levels of academia and both those living in Southern California and from around the world. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs are encouraged to submit abstracts for posters or talks to share their research; selection will prioritize those from the rotating SoCal Geobio host institutions (USC, Caltech, and UC Riverside). Registration and abstract submission deadline: April 23, 2021.
Submit a proposal for general scientific sessions, Union and special sessions, town halls, and scientific workshops to help shape discussions at the AGU Fall Meeting 2021 and within the Earth and space sciences community. This year’s Fall Meeting (December 13-17) is planned to be a hybrid in-person (New Orleans) and online meeting. Deadline: April 14, 2021.
The Bioinformatics Virtual Coordination Network (BVCN) presents “Holistic Bioinformatic Approaches used in Microbiome Research”, a step-by-step open access conference showcasing state-of-the-art bioinformatics pipelines for microbiome research to be held June 7-11, 2021. This online conference will bring together early career researchers from across the globe who are equally committed to reducing entry barriers into bioinformatics for researchers, and who would like to exchange and share their research and bioinformatics experiences in a step-by-step format with a global and interdisciplinary audience. The BVCN was established to facilitate entry of researchers in environmental and biomedical sciences into computational biology. To further this goal, this upcoming conference is designed to provide a platform for showcasing bioinformatic projects from inception to publication. The holistic analysis of data intensive projects may contain many steps that are not covered in the tutorials or documented in the methods section of publications – our speakers will try and capture these elements in their presentations. Registration is due April 14, 2021.
C-DEBI semi-finalists Sabrina Elkassas (MIT-WHOI) and Rachel Weisend (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) will tell their stories live in the Reach Out Science Slam Semi-final Round #2 on April 13 (7-8 PM Eastern) to a panel of expert science communicator judges. Watch them and 17 other early career researchers from around the country compete to tell the best science story in just 3 minutes and cast your votes to help decide who will make it to the Finals Event on May 4. Register for the Semifinals April 6, 13, and 20.