Faculty Position in Experimental Earth Science, Columbia University, USA

Faculty Position in Experimental Earth Science in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Job Announcement:

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in experimental laboratory approaches to understanding Earth materials and processes. We are open to a broad set of research topics relating to the application of chemical thermodynamics and reaction kinetics over a wide range of conditions, from the Earth's surface to its interior.  The ideal candidate will conduct research that complements existing and strategic priorities of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, and Columbia University, including but not exclusive to: carbon capture and storage and other climate solutions, magmatic and volcanic processes, hydrothermal systems, marine and environmental geochemistry, fluid-rock interaction, climate-life-solid-earth interactions, and natural resources.

The successful applicant is expected to develop a high-impact research program at LDEO, Palisades, NY, and demonstrate potential for strong teaching abilities at undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statements of teaching and of research interests, and names of at least 3 references using our online site:

Review of applications will commence on December 18, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, dedicated to the goal of teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

First GEOTRACES Summer School: Just Excellent!

The first GEOTRACES Summer School was held from 20th to 26th August 2017 in Brest, France. The summer school aimed at teaching the skills and knowledge necessary for a good understanding of the biogeochemical cycles of trace metals. It brought together 60 students and 26 world-leading international scientists.

Throughout the week, a combination of lectures, practical sessions in the laboratory, poster and drop-in sessions were held. The practical sessions included: mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS, MC TI-MS and HR-ICP-MC), modeling, Ocean Data View, voltametry, flow injection analysis, and sampling and sample handling. The programme is available to download here

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The summer school was an absolute success allowing PhD students and early career researchers to see how their work fits within the international community of GEOTRACES, as well as, permitting them to build a network of collaborations that will help them in their careers. 

THANKS to the organising committee, Hélène Planquette, Thomas Gorgues, Geraldine Sarthou, Aurélie Pinna and Nadine Reniers, the Scientific Committee, the sponsors (LabexMER and SCOR) and all the lecturers who made this summer school possible!

GEOTRACES plans to organise another summer school in 2019... More information will be available in due time.

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 2017 GEOTRACES Summer School Participants

Four IMPORTANT announcements linked to IDP2017


Dear colleagues,

We have four important announcements linked to the recently released Intermediate Data Product (IDP) 2017, some of which may affect your data, so please read carefully:

1. During the preparation of IDP2017 the names of GEOTRACES parameters and cruises were formalised. These are available at the following link:  We ask for investigators to use these conventions during the future submission of data and intercalibration reports where possible to facilitate activities associated with the management of GEOTRACES data.

2. GEOTRACES has decided to release an update to its recent 2017 Intermediate Data Product in conjunction with a Townhall on Wednesday the 14 February 2018 at the 2018 Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland (USA). This version of the IDP2017 v2 will be focused on including data approved by the standards and intercalibration committee but not processed in time for inclusion in the IDP2017 v1.

3. The release of IDP2017 v2 provides an opportunity to fix any errors/omissions in the v1 of IDP2017. To facilitate this, we ask all investigators to examine the IDP2017 v1 and report any errors or omissions to  and  by the 15th of December 2017. We draw attention to the fact that users should focus on the actual IDP2017 digital datasets (available at: or the webODV extractor (available at:, rather than the web-based site, which only presents a subset of the IDP2017 data.

4. There may be errors in IDP2017 associated with the data quality flags that we would like you to check in your data. Data sets that were processed at GDAC “mapped” the flag schemes you might have used to the IODE flag scheme that is used in IDP2017:

1 Good:  Passed documented required QC tests

2 Not evaluated, not available or unknown: Used for data when no QC test performed or the information on quality is not available

3 Questionable/suspect: Failed non-critical documented metric or subjective test(s)

4 Bad: Failed critical documented QC test(s) or as assigned by the data provider

9 Missing data: Used as place holder when data are missing

Since your IDP2017 data passed the S&I review, it should have flag 1, unless you specified a flag that would correspond with flag 2, 3, 4, or 9. Because the IODE scheme does not have a flag for “Below Detection Limit” (BDL), data that were reported as BDL were mapped in IDP2017 to appear as zero values with flag 2. Please check that any data you reported as BDL shows in IDP2017 as zero values with flag 2. Please also check all other flags in your data to make sure they were mapped as closely as possible to the IODE flag scheme.

Thank you for your support of the GEOTRACES program,

Andrew Bowie, William Landing and Alessandro Tagliabue
Co-chairs, GEOTRACES Data Management Committee

GEOTRACES Town Halls at 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting

Release of new GEOTRACES Data Product

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
Oregon Convention Center - D137-D138

2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
(Portland, Oregon, USA,

GEOTRACES, an international study of the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes, has released its second data product (IDP2017).  The new data product expands greatly on the first collection of results released in 2014 in two important ways: 1) by adding a substantial body data from new cruises and 2) by adding additional datasets not available in the 2014 data product from cruises across the five world Oceans (e.g. aerosols, isotopes and biological parameters that support the emerging BioGEOTRACES initiative). This expanded set of parameters available in the IDP2017, ranging across micronutrients, contaminants, radioactive and stable isotopes and a broad suite of hydrographic parameters used to trace water masses provides an unprecedented means to understand the role of trace elements in shaping the functioning of the Ocean system.  We invite everyone to this town hall to learn about accessing IDP2017 and how it can be used for interdisciplinary research and teaching applications:

Organizers: Robert F Anderson, Columbia University of New York; Alessandro Tagliabue, University of Liverpool; Gregory A Cutter, Old Dominion University and Maria Teresa Maldonado, University of British Columbia.

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Developing a framework for trace element, isotope, and other biogeochemical research in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D137-D138

2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
(Portland, Oregon, USA,

In addition to their dynamical influence on the formation of the Gulf Stream, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are strongly affected by continental margin processes such as major river inputs and significant submarine groundwater discharges. GEOTRACES studies have increasingly demonstrated the importance of ocean margins in affecting trace element and isotope (TEI) fluxes to the open ocean. Given the importance of these marginal fluxes for cycling of carbon and nutrients, the Gulf of Mexico has been a regional focus for recent OCB activities. However, these activities, as well as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, have revealed major gaps in our understanding of how inputs to the shelf influence biogeochemical and biological processes in open waters, especially with regard to TEIs. Most such Gulf studies have focused on the Louisiana and West Florida shelves, with little attention to open waters and interactions with the Loop Current. The steering committees of US GEOTRACES and OCB are beginning a conversation devoted to TEI research in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. We invite GEOTRACES, OCB, and other ocean scientists interested in these marginal seas to discuss processes of interest, existing programs and data sets, and potential steps forward.

Organizers: Alan M Shiller, University of Southern Mississippi; Heather M Benway, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.; Robert F Anderson, Columbia University & Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Angela N Knapp, Florida State University; Benjamin S Twining, Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences and Kristen N Buck, University of South Florida.


Visiting Professorship position in Oceanography at Federal University of Rio Grande-FURG, Rio Grande-RS, Brazil

Number of Vacancies: 01

Area: Oceanography/ Integrated Oceanographic Processes

Post-Graduate Program: Physical, Chemical and Geological Oceanography Research

Priority topics (but not restricted to):

1) Physical and biogeochemical proxies and tracers to investigate marine elements cycles in the modern and past ocean;
2) Marine bio-optics;
3) Turbulence and mixing process in the oceans and atmosphere interface;
4) Marine geophysics.


- The hiring of Foreign Visiting Professors will be given initially for 2 (two) years, which may be extended up to a maximum of 4 (four) years.
- The hiring of Brazilian Visiting Professor will be given initially for 1 (one) year, and may be extended up to a maximum of 2 (two) years.
- Application deadline: 30th November, 2017



Assistant Professor in Chemical Oceanography, University of South Carolina-Columbia, USA

We seek an individual with outstanding research and teaching capabilities and broad interests related to the ways in which marine geochemical and biogeochemical processes mediate chemical exchange between the hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere to begin August 16, 2018. Areas of interest of the successful candidate are likely to include — but are not limited to — one or more of the following areas: trace element geochemistry, biogeochemical cycling, air-sea fluxes, land-sea fluxes, and ocean acidification. The SEOE houses excellent analytical facilities and is committed to enhancing the research infrastructure available to faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the SEOE and to direct an active, externally funded research program. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate core course in chemical oceanography as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses related to the candidate’s specialty. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. For full consideration application materials (full vita, statement of teaching interests, statement of research interests, and the names, affiliations, and emails of at least three references) should be submitted on by December 1, 2017.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

Please contact Howie Scher ( with any questions.

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