Department: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES)
Research Assistant Professor- Pliocene Geochemistry and Paleoceanography
The George Mason University Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES) in the College of Science invites applications for a term research faculty position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
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We seek to hire a research faculty member that can lead an NSF-funded project on Pliocene paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and geochemistry with the goal of understanding ocean circulation in a future warming world. The role involves geochemical analysis of International Ocean Discovery Program sediment cores, development of new geochemical redox proxies for paleoceanographic research, and integration of empirical data with climate models. It requires specialized laboratory, analytical, and computational skills, as well as unique knowledge of both Pliocene Earth history and the modern climate system. Experience digesting geological samples in a clean laboratory environment is required, as is knowledge of various redox proxy systems and their interpretation in a paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic context. An eagerness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds is essential. A Ph.D. is required by the time of employment.
Ph.D. in natural sciences or related discipline;
Clean laboratory experience;
Experience with various geochemical proxies for oceanic redox conditions;
Knowledge of Pliocene Earth history;
Ability to integrate geochemical data with modern climate models; and
Relevant research and publication background.
Experience with trace metal proxies for oceanic paleo-redox;
Experience with foraminifera-based proxies for paleo-redox; and
Experience with Pliocene climate model simulations.
In line with Mason's Carnegie classification as a Research I university, our department focuses on being a prominent center for translational research. Faculty and students in our department conduct high quality, rigorous research on pressing problems, and work to disseminate knowledge in both academic and non-academic circles. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Geology and Atmospheric Sciences, M.S. degrees in Earth Systems Science and Climate Science, and a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics. Our faculty includes geologists, atmospheric scientists, paleontologists, and oceanographers. Additional information about the department may be found at: https://science.gmu.edu/academics/departments-units/atmospheric-oceanic-earth-sciences
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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