Position Available: InterRidge Coordinator

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                Position Available: InterRidge Coordinator 

                Application Deadline: October 20, 1998

InterRidge is a non-governmental, international and interdisciplinary
initiative concerned with all aspects of mid-ocean ridge research
to geophysics).  It is designed to encourage international scientific
logistical coordination, with particular focus on scientific problems
cannot be addressed efficiently by nations acting alone or in limited
partnerships.  Its activities range from dissemination of information on
existing, single-institution experiments to initiation of fully
multi-national projects. 

InterRidge has an international Steering Committee and a published
Plan.  It has 5 Principal Members (France, Germany, Japan, UK and USA),
Associate Members (Canada, Italy, Norway and Portugal), and 14
Members (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Iceland, India, Korea, Mexico,
Russia, South Africa, SOPAC, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).  

The InterRidge Office acts as an information center and clearing house
ridge-related matters.  It convenes symposia and workshops and publishes
reports of these meetings as well as a semi-annual newsletter.  The
newsletter is distributed free to members of the ridge crest research
community and contains: reports on recent ridge crest cruises, updates
international cooperative research projects, news from national and
international research programs, various announcements and notices
pertaining to ridge crest research and an up to date schedule of ridge
cruises.  The InterRidge Office also maintains a World Wide Web Home
with updated information and announcements, a directory of international
research platforms, updated cruise schedules, links to other programs,
an international directory of ridge crest researchers.

InterRidge is presently chaired by Dr. Mathilde Cannat at
CNRS-Université de
Paris VI and the InterRidge Office in Paris is run by Dr. Cara Wilson
(Coordinator), who will be leaving InterRidge in March 1999.  The
applicant should be able to start work in Feburary 1999 to have overlap
Cara Wilson before she leaves.   The Coordinator has the help of a part
assistant (Dr. Corinne Fleutlot). The Office will stay in Paris until
December 1999, at which time it will rotate to an office in one of the
principal InterRidge countries.  The post will last until Dec. 1999,
there is a good possibility for continuation, dependent upon the
approval of
the next Chair.  The starting salary will be about 27K$/yr with full


*Assist the InterRidge Chair in coordination and administration of the
InterRidge Office
*Write, edit and produce InterRidge program documentation, including
reports, science plans and proposals.  
*Edit and produce the semi-annual newsletter.  
*Write and edit other items, e.g. news or information articles for
scientific journals.   
*Respond to requests for information.  
*Maintain the InterRidge WWW Home Page.  
*Interact with national funding agency personnel and researchers at
universities and research institutes in InterRidge countries and
*Coordinate and provide on-site support for several meetings per year in
various locations. Specific tasks may include developing agendas and
participant lists; overseeing arrangements for meeting logistics, travel
arrangements, and reimbursements; taking minutes at meetings; handling
follow-up documentation and meeting products.    
*Other administrative duties include budget management, and supervision
*Some travel is required to meetings in other InterRidge countries.

This will be a full-time coordinating position.  It will have the
of introducing the holder to a very wide range of active researchers
world-wide.  The job does not carry a component of scientific research. 
Office is hosted on the Jussieu campus, with a large number of active
ridge-scientists.  The Chair's laboratory specializes in slow spreading
ridge geophysics and geology, and in the petrology and geochemistry of
basalts, peridotites and gabbros.

The applicant should have the ability to interact effectively with a
range of scientists, administrators and support staff. A Ph.D. or
substantial research experience in some aspect of mid-ocean ridge
science is
highly desirable. Fluent English, excellent writing and editing ability,
computer literacy (Word processing, use of electronic mail) are
Some experience in the management of a WWW home page is desirable.
Experience in budget administration and proposal writing would be

Please send a CV, statement of interest and the names of 2 referees
October 20, 1998 to:

Mathilde Cannat
Laboratoire de Pétrologie/C.N.R.S. URA 736
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
4 place Jussieu, Tour 26, 3ème étage
75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
Tél: +33 1 44-27-51-92
Fax: +33 1 44-27-39-11
E-mail: cannat at ccr.jussieu.fr

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