Forwarded: USGS Earth Sciences Intern, Project

Magnus mlj2 at
Thu Feb 26 14:15:05 EST 1998


The program is open to all qualified U.S.
citizens and permanent resident aliens.
Applicants must have received a doctoral
degree in an appropriate discipline within the
past 12 months or must complete all such
requirements prior to starting the
appointment.   Current or former employees of
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are not

Potential applicants may discuss project
proposals with USGS technical staff.
Potential  applicants should direct any
administrative questions to Oak Ridge
Associated Universities (ORAU) rather than
the USGS.   ORAU administers internship
opportunities for USGS.  ORAU and USGS
contacts are listed on the information sheet
following the project description.

Project Description for
Petersburg, Florida; Menlo Park, California;
Woods Hole, Massachusetts -- Project
Number 000633

postdoctoral intern project seeks to establish
collaborative research efforts with new research
scientists who will bring innovative perspectives
and fore-front technologic skills to link with, and
learn from, research projects and senior
research staff of the Coastal and Marine
Geology Program of the USGS.

The Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the
USGS is seeking postdoctoral guest
researchers at its  St. Petersburg, Florida,
Menlo Park, California, and Woods Hole,
Massachusetts Field Centers to undertake
collaborative studies on marine, coastal and
onshore/offshore earth science problems.  The
basic mission and long-range research
directions of the Coastal and Marine Geology
Program are summarized in the Program*s
National Plan (on web at --  Fields of expertise
include, but are not limited to, geology,
geophysics, geochemistry, geobiology,
oceanography, information science, remote
sensing, and related technology and
engineering specialities.


OBJECTIVES: The objective of the internship is
to provide postdoctoral scientists and engineers
of unusual promise, excellence and ability,
opportunities for research on earth-science
related problems, LARGELY OF THEIR OWN
CHOICE, that are compatible with the interests
of the sponsoring Coastal and Marine Geology
host Center and/or host.

1.    We seek research proposals that are
coupled with our projects and programs, but will
afford the candidate wide latitude in designing
their research topic and activity.  Proposals may
describe project tasks that utilize existing project
data or may require the acquisition of new data.

2.    Topics must have clear relevancy to our
stated project or program mission so that an
effective mentor/intern relationship can be
developed.  We encourage research proposals
that have a multi-project, inter-disciplinary focus
and that foster links with university and/or
industry researchers.

3.    We seek candidates who will interact with
and learn from our research or technological
base by bringing expertise that complements
and enhances that of the Coastal and Marine
Geology Program Staff.  Proposals can address
aspects of problems already under investigation
by Coastal and Marine Geology Projects at the
three Centers or, define new directions of
research with clear links to the longer-term
objectives of the Marine and Coastal Surveys
Program, or address technological and
engineering problems that facilitate or enhance
these research efforts.

4.    The Coastal and Marine Geology Program
expects that candidates will devote their full-time
effort to the research program proposed in their
applications and that they will be in residence at
the facilities of the Geological Survey during the
entire period of the postdoctoral appointment.


We are seeking excellent marine geologists,
geochemists, geophysicists, oceanographers,
and engineers with the following expertise to
work on fundamental problems they develop:

Geological and morphological characterization
of the sea floor: Employ acoustic techniques,
mapping, sampling, and shallow coring to
diverse problems of sediment and pollution
transport, biological habitats of fish and corals,
and sand and gravel resources.

Seismic stratigraphy and seismic refraction:
Work on applications to diverse problems of
sediment transport, gas hydrate, climate
change, tectonic framework, and earthquake
and landslide hazards, perhaps using modeling
applied to tectonic framework problems, gas
hydrates, and physical properties of sediments.

Coastal geologic assessment for hazard
prediction: Work with ongoing projects to
develop approaches to inter-regional syntheses
and national assessments of hazards associated
with, for example, earthquake, tsunami, and
coastal erosion based site specific studies of
coastal geology and geologic processes.
Requires data integration and GIS skills as well
and knowledge of coastal processes.  Field and
laboratory geotechnical characterization of the
properties of rocks and mud in support of
earthquake hazard mitigation and gas hydrate
risk assessment.

Geologic interfaces with biologic habitats:
Develop understanding of sea-floor and lake bed
morphology and geology in terms useful to
fisheries and benthic biologists.  Work with
USGS and NOAA projects on determining
geologic aspects of Essential Fish Habitats.

Geologic aspects of offshore ground water
hydrology: Work with ongoing projects and with
USGS Water Resources Division to develop
understanding and approaches to offshore
geology framework and processes useful to
models of offshore aquifers.

Geologic aspects of coastal and marine
engineering: Develop analysis of coastal and
marine sedimentologic systems that incorporate
the prevalence of engineering structures and
practices (e.g. structures, beach replenishment,
offshore mining of sand and gravel).  Work with
USGS projects focused on natural systems to
expedite the translation of knowledge to
engineering systems along the oceanic and
Great Lakes coasts.

Synthesis and modeling of data pertaining to the
coastal and marine studies: Work with ongoing
projects to apply modern shallow-water marine
sediment transport models to problems in
specific geographic regions.  Requires
experience in sediment dynamics, handling of
marine data, and computational skill.
Measurements of water-column oceanographic
properties in support of sediment transport
Wetlands/Estuarine Geology: Investigation of
wetland sedimentary processes,
geomorphology, and recent stratigraphic
history.  Requires familiarity with principles of
wetland geology and ecology and understanding
of sediment transport; field experience in
sedimentolgic and stratigraphic sampling useful.

Quantitative Marine and Coastal
Geomorphology: Evolution of seafloor and
coastal morphology through quantitative
investigations.  Ability to deal with large data
bases in combination to solve problems in
deciphering geologic processes and interpreting
seafloor and coastal geology and its structural,
sedimentary and tectonic underpinnings.
Specialization in computer methods in remote
sensing, image processing, high resolution
seismic data processing, statistics, and GIS
data bases.  Ground and aerial surveys of
beach erosion and cliff retreat.

Geochemistry applied to pollution transport and
accumulation in estuaries and the continental
margin: Partner with USGS investigations of the
geological and chemical processes controlling
the distribution of organic and inorganic
contaminants in marine and coastal.  Develop
multidisciplinary approaches to integrating
organic and inorganic chemistry with geology.

Coastal and marine instrumentation in support of
the above studies.

Proposals for research in the Great Lakes are

BENEFIT: The Coastal and Marine Geology
Program has a staff of more than 200 led by
about 50 senior research scientists.  The
Program goal is to develop a better
understanding of the fundamental geologic
processes that create and modify marine and
coastal systems along the Nations oceanic and
Great Lakes Coasts.  The postdoctoral
appointee will benefit most from direct
interactions with this broadly trained and broadly
experienced staff working on research projects
directed at these goals and from involvement
with other research segments of the USGS and
associated federal and academic cooperators at
our Field Centers.

The Program maintains near state-of-art
capability for studies involving sediment
dynamics, coastal monitoring and mapping,
geomorphic analysis of acoustic imagery, field
and lab analysis of gas hydrates, marine
geotechnical properties, marine seismic
reflection and refraction, geophysical data
processing; as well as facilities for routine
geologic and sedimentologic analysis.  Access
to offshore field areas is typically achieved
using UNOLS or charter vessels and small
coastal USGS vessels owned by the Field
Centers.  The Program also has access to a
wide variety of support facilities available
elsewhere within the Geological Survey.

The Coastal and Marine Geology Program will
incur the following expenses: stipend; meeting
expenses; basic computer and communication
support; limited publication expenses.
Miscellaneous expenses for each Post Doctoral
Intern will be established at about $2000 per
year.  Additional funds are entirely at the
discretion of the Program*s Chief Scientists,
Program Coordinator, and Project Chiefs.

Postdoctoral appointments at the Regional
Centers of the Coastal and Marine Geology
Program, USGS, are awarded to persons who
have recently received their doctorate degree
(within the past 12 months).  Awardees must
hold the Ph.D., Sc.D., or other earned research
doctoral degree recognized in US academic
circles as equivalent to the Ph.D., or must
present acceptable evidence of having
completed all the formal academic requirements
for one of these degrees before the postdoctoral
appointment may begin.  Applicants must have
demonstrated superior ability for excellent
creative research.
Internships are for two years with extension to
the second year subject to funding at the
discretion of the Team Chief Scientists.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration
without regard to the following: race, creed,
color, age, sex, political preference,
labor-organization affiliation or non affiliation,
marital status, or non disqualifying handicap.
Research opportunities are open to U.S.
citizens and permanent resident aliens (PRA

Applicants would benefit by a review of the
current projects conducted at the Field Centers
of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program and
are encouraged to e-mail or write projects
chiefs and staff scientists to better formulate a
research topic that has relevancy to the
Program goals.  Abbreviated project
descriptions and contact information for Project
Chiefs are available from the Program Office in
Reston, Virginia (703-648-6069) and at the
Program website ( and
related sites of the three Centers via the same

Applicants should supply the following:
1.    Current CV with publications
2.    Proposed plan of research
3.    Transcript from doctoral degree institution
4.    Abstract from dissertation
5.    Letter of endorsement from the doctoral
degree institution
6.    Letters of recommendation from three
associates familiar with applicants* research
7.    Up to three recent publications

SELECTION PROCESS: A national committee
appointed by the Program Council, constituted
to reflect the research breadth of the Coastal
and Marine Geology Program, shall narrow the
pool of candidates to 10 applicants.  These
candidates will be offered an opportunity to
present a seminar talk at one of the Field
Centers, and be interviewed by the selection
committee, Center Chief, and the sponsoring
project staff scientists.  Travel expenses will be
paid by the Program.  The national committee
will incorporate the comments of the team
members in selecting the final candidates.
Consideration of balanced Center and project
needs as well as excellence may be included
during the final selection from highly-qualified


LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Florida, Menlo
Park, California, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

STIPEND: $38,950 per year

OVERTIME: - All are possibilities for the
post-doctoral interns:

1.    Data gathering (onboard research vessels
or field work away from site)
2.    Field party experiences (fieldwork for
extended number of days)
3.    Day trips away from site requiring
extended hours in excess of eight hours
4.    Lab experimentation where nature of
experiment requires continuous monitoring
resulting in hours in excess of eight hours.

USGS contacts for more technical information
and how to contact project chief:
    USGS Program Office in Reston, Virginia:
(703) 648-6069)
    USGS Program

ORAU contacts for more administrative
Ernestine Friedman: (423) 576-2358    or
friedmae at
Deborah McCleary: (423) 576-4813    or
mccleard at

Send all application materials to:

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Attention: Ernestine Friedman
200 Badger Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Attention: Ernestine Friedman
P.O. Box 117, MS 36
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-011

Magnus L. Johnson, Department of Biology, University of Leicester,
Leicester, LE1 7RH,  U.K.

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email : mlj2 at
Tel   : 0116 252 3353/2

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