C-DEBI Newsletter – November 16, 2015
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URI: Assistant Professor of Oceanography
The Graduate School of Oceanography seeks an Assistant Professor with research interests in the chemistry or biogeochemistry of seafloor hydro-thermal vent and/or seep systems for a nine-month tenure track position. Opportunities exist to collaborate with ongoing ocean exploration programs by the Ocean Exploration Trust and NOAA and to utilize the telepresence facilities of URI’s Inner Space Center. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 7, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Harvard: Postdoctoral position available in crystal growth and geobiology
The Clarke and Girguis labs at Harvard University are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to characterize microbially-mediated pyrite deposition in laboratory systems. The project is focused on identifying both abiotic and biotic factors that contribute to the growth of crystalline pyrite films in aqueous solutions and their physical properties. The ideal candidate should be well versed in one or more of the following areas: mineralogy/materials science/geobiology,. The ideal candidate would also have experience in conducting extensive and detailed materials analyses (e.g. Raman and optical spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, SEM), and should be comfortable with analytical instrumentation. Experience with anaerobic microbiology, in particular culturing anaerobic microbes, is also of value. The candidate is expected to have a strong work ethic as well as excellent communication and time management skills. The position is open immediately and will remain open through December 31, 2015. A PhD in a related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should send application materials (resume, publication list, statement of research interests) and the names and contact information for three references to Stephanie Hillsgrove (

BOEM: Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for managing environmentally and economically responsible development of the Nation’s offshore resources. Its functions include offshore leasing, resource evaluation, review and administration of oil and gas exploration and development plans, renewable energy development, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and environmental studies. The incumbent serves as the BOEM Chief of the Branch of Environmental Consultation. The Branch maintains subject matter experts (SMEs) for the development and oversight of all environmental analyses done by the Bureau, and coordination and consultations with outside agencies on BOEM issues. This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Environmental Programs, Division of Environmental Assessment, Branch of Environmental Consultation, in Sterling, VA. Application period closes Monday, November 30, 2015.

Texas A&M University at Galveston: Assistant Professor in Marine Microbial Ecology
Applications should be received by November 30, 2015 for full consideration.

UC Berkeley: Two faculty positions, Earth and Planetary Science
All applications should be submitted online by December 04, 2015.

Bigelow: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Review of applicants will begin on December 15, 2015.

USC: C-DEBI Seeks a Diversity Program Specialist
The full-time Program Specialist will serve as Diversity Specialist, helping to create, coordinate, and lead our education, outreach, and diversity efforts to serve our students, postdocs, faculty, and other participants at USC and across the nation. For more information and application instructions, please visit the USC careers website, job ID 1004620.

USC: Open-Rank, Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geobiology
For further information, please contact the Chair of the search committee, Jan Amend ( Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015.

Georgia Tech: Postdoc in Environmental Microbiology and Genomics
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

UCSC: C-DEBI Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Marine Hydrogeology
More information on Fisher's research group, projects, and specifications for preparing an application for this postdoctoral position can be found here. Please contact Fisher ( with questions and/or to submit an application. Review of applications will occur in Fall 2015.


Special Issue of Frontiers in Microbiology: manuscript submission deadline extended
Deep biosphere researchers: please note that the deadline for submitting a manuscript to the special issue of Frontiers in Microbiology, Recent Advances in Geomicrobiology of the Ocean Crust (topic eds. B.N. Orcutt, J.B. Sylvan, C.M. Santelli), has been extended to January 04, 2016.

Workshops & Activities
25th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, August 27-September 4, 2016: IODP Symposium call for abstracts
This symposium appears under the Marine Geosciences and Oceanography theme. The abstract submission is now open until January 2016

Education & Outreach

UNOLS: 2016 Chief Scientist Workshop Aboard the R/V Thompson
To be considered, applications must be received by November 30, 2015

The Rolex Scholarships
Application deadline: December 15, 2015.

Proposal Calls
BISAL: Biology and Planetary Exploration in the Deep Subsurface - Call for Experiments
Experiments that cover any area of deep surface biology and astrobiology or planetary exploration are of potential interest.

IODP-USSSP: Proposals for Pre-Drilling Activities and Workshops
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) accepts proposals on a rolling basis for pre-drilling activities and semi-annually for workshops (next deadline: December 01, 2015), related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

NSF: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR) Proposal Solicitation
Full proposal deadline: December 11, 2015.

NOAA: Ocean Exploration 2016 Funding Opportunity
Closing date for applications: January 8, 2016.

NSF: Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
Full proposal deadline: January 12, 2016

IODP-USSSP: Apply to Sail:Expeditions 367 and 368, South China Sea Rifted Margin
The deadline to apply is January, 15 2016.

National Academies: Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes February 01, 2016.

NSF: Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program Solicitation
Proposals accepted anytime.

Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! You are what makes our deep biosphere community!
Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
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Phone: 708-691-9563, Fax: 213-740-2437

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