Monday, October 3, 2011

Some Earth Science/Geology Teaching Positions Announced

Several notes crossed my desk concerning openings. See below for details...

First, from Dirk Baron at Bakersfield State:

The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University Bakersfield has two tenure-track faculty openings to be filled by fall 2012. We would appreciate it if you could forward the announcements to postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and other qualified individuals in your department who may be interested in applying.

The positions are

1. Structural Geology/Neotectonics
2. Petroleum Geology

We will be conducting preliminary interviews at the upcoming GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

We appreciate your help in this matter.

Best regards,

Dr. Dirk Baron
Professor of Geology
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Tel.: 661-654-3044; Fax: 661-654-2040

From Peter McDonald at the University of Toronto....
I am writing to ask for your assistance in identifying candidates for a faculty position opening at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Geology at the University of Toronto. A copy of the advertisement is shown below. If I could trouble you to bring this opportunity to the attention of any postdoctoral fellows, or research associates, or other qualified individuals in your department who might be interested, I would be most grateful. Thank you in advance and I hope that one day I might repay the favour !


Peter M. Macdonald, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga ON Canada L5L 1C6
tel: 905 828 3805
fax: 905 828 5425
The Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level from scholars with research interests in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Sedimentology or related fields. The successful applicant will complement an Earth Sciences research cluster at UTM specializing in paleoclimatology, climatetectonic interactions, and petrology. Candidates for this position should have received their Ph.D. by the starting date, and should demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and research. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an active, externally funded program of research and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduates at UTM and graduate students in the Department of Geology, University of Toronto. The position will commence July 1, 2012 at a salary commensurate with qualification and experience.
We encourage you to submit your application online by visiting us at, and refer to job number 1100767. Please ensure that you include a current CV, statement of research and teaching interests, materials relevant to teaching experience, and copies of representative publications. Individuals lacking computer access may submit application materials to Chair of Earth Sciences Search Committee, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5L 1C6. Three letters of recommendation should also be sent under separate cover. Materials must be received by November 1, 2011.

For more information about the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of
Toronto Mississauga, please visit our home page at
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
The CCC Registry lists two part-time teaching positions under "geology", and one full-time tenure-track position at Canada College in the San Mateo District under the "earth science" search.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Announcement: Fall Meeting of the Far Western Section, Nov. 11-13, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most unique desert environments to be found anywhere in North America. Sitting astride the boundary zone between the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, the park displays a startling variety of plant and animal species, and stunning displays of a Proterozoic metamorphic complex and Mesozoic plutonic rocks.

Copper Mountain College will be our host for the Fall 2011 meeting, which will include explorations of the park, and a journey to the interior of the Mojave to see the scarps from the 1992 Landers earthquake, still starkly obvious after two decades.

We invite anyone interested in the geological sciences to join us, including students (especially students!). This is a wonderful opportunity to see a fascinating corner of California's geology.

Friday November 11, 2011
6:00 PM Meet at Copper Mountain College Bell Center Community Room for Registration 
(On-site registration cost estimate is $50.)

7:00 PM NAGT Far Western Section Board Meeting
8:00 - 9:00 PM Registration

Saturday November 12, 2011
8:00 - 10:00 AM Meet at the Bell Center Community Room for Registration

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Field Trips (Choose One)
Field Trip Number 1
Landers Earthquake: Scarps still visible after 20 years plus Pioneer Town: Dating of a Miocene(?) erosional surface – Bob Reynolds

Field Trip Number 2 
Geology of Joshua Tree National Park – Bruce Bridenbecker
6:00 – 9:00 PM Evening Social with Lecture on Mines and Mining in Joshua Tree National Park - Dee Trent

Sunday November 13, 2011
8:00 AM Meet at Bell Center Parking Lot for Field Trip to Desert Queen Mine – Dee Trent
Field Trip should conclude by 2:00 or 3:00 PM.                                           

Joshua Tree Area Services
For a directory of area motels and restaurants visit the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce Web Site at

Joshua Tree Area Camping
Indian Cove is located 13 miles east of Joshua Tree Village and 10 miles west of Twentynine Palms on the north side of the Wonderland of Rocks. Indian Cove Road dead-ends at this secluded area. Campers register at the ranger station located at the entrace to the Indian Cove area. Water is also available there.

Contact Bruce Bridenbecker for additional information.