GEOTRACES SSC meeting held in Brazil

The GEOTRACES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and Data Management Committee (DMC) meetings were held from 16-20 September in Salvador, Brazil. The meetings were hosted by Vanessa Hatje from Universidade Federal da Bahia.  The review of the second GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product (IDP2017) released in August 2017 (Goldschmidt 2017, Paris, France) was a major topic for discussion along with the plans for future release of data. 

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Picture: 2017 GEOTRACES Scientific Steering Committee members.



The community needs to develop consensus values for the GEOTRACES standards GSP (2009 GEOTRACES Pacific surface seawater) and GSC (2009 GEOTRACES coastal surface seawater), since we have no samples left to send out for the original consensus materials.   For those of you who have received GSC and GSP, please report those values to Jim Moffett at  These reported values are held in confidence by Moffett but are vital for our community.

If you require GSC and GSP samples, please email Moffett with a request.  To save time, include a Fedex account number with your initial request. If you prefer DHL, please set up the shipment from your end (Moffett will provide you with pickup instructions) and email Moffett a copy of the DHL Waybill with bar code.

While there is no charge for the samples themselves, they were costly to procure. Receipt constitutes an obligation to report values.

Further information can be found at the following GEOTRACES web pages:

Postdoctoral Fellow on marine biogeochemistry, ANU, Canberra, Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra, Australia
Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: AUD$68,307 - AUD$86,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Full time, Fixed term (30 months)

The Research School of Earth Sciences invites applications for a 2½ year position (Level A) within the Biogeochemistry group. The post-doctoral position is framed around marine biogeochemistry with an emphasis on element and isotope cycling in the ocean. We are seeking a motivated person to contribute to Australian Research Council funded projects in the following areas:

  • Trace element and isotope cycling in the ocean, with an emphasis on understanding micronutrient (e.g. iron and zinc) availability to phytoplankton;
  • Elemental and isotope analysis of dissolved calcium, magnesium in coral reef systems, to constrain biotic and abiotic calcium carbonate formation.

Research facilities to support this research include two Neptune multi-collector ICPMS instruments, an Element XR high resolution ICPMS, a Varian 820 quadrupole ICPMS, a Varian ICP-AES, an Ar-F 154/193nm excimer laser system, a clean-laboratory and various wet chemistry laboratories.

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in marine chemistry, marine biogeochemistry or related field, with preference given to candidates with trace element or isotope expertise. The candidate will be required to assist with field work (e.g. Southern Ocean voyages and coral reef sampling). Candidates should demonstrate an excellent emerginc publication record relative to opportunity.

Position overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research using world class research facilities and deliver a research-led education program encompassing the breadth of sciences.  The College has a strong tradition of supporting research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.

For additional information, please contact Dr Michael Ellwood  E:

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant via:

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

To download a copy of the position description and to submit an application for the position,  please visit the following website:

Applications close 5 November 2017, 11:55PM, Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time

2018 SCOR Visiting Scholars Program

2018 SCOR Visiting Scholars Program

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) has sent 26 SCOR Visiting Scholars to 15 developing countries to teach and mentor since 2009. SCOR will be supporting five Visiting Scholars in 2018. Please see the application information at

Applications are due by 15 November 2017


Graduate student positions – Trace metal biogeochemistry – Texas A&M Oceanography

The Fitzsimmons Lab in trace metal biogeochemistry in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University seeks creative and motivated graduate students at the Masters and/or PhD level to join the lab in Fall 2018. Our research explores the distribution, physicochemical speciation, and isotope ratios of trace metals in seawater in order to better understand the cycling and biological usage of essential micronutrient and contaminant metals in the oceans. We are a sea-going group, collecting our samples on research cruises and then analyzing them back in the laboratory. Our primary analytical tool is inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), which is housed in the Williams Radiogenic Laboratory in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M.

Potential research projects include (but are not limited to) 1) processes controlling distributions of dissolved and colloidal metals on the U.S. GEOTRACES Pacific Meridional cruise; 2) the development of x-ray synchrotron methods to explore the physicochemical speciation of colloidal iron in marine and coastal waters; 3) the measurement of toxic heavy metals transport to coastal Texas waters in Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico; and 4) the measurement of iron stable isotope ratios in seawater to gain knowledge of the source and/or processes modulating metal distributions in the oceans (Antarctic and Pacific samples). Opportunities for participation in oceanographic cruises will be available and encouraged.

Students should have a strong background in one or more of the following disciplines: chemistry, biogeochemistry, oceanography, and/or earth science. Strong chemistry skills, excellent written and oral communication in English, and enthusiasm are required. Experience on oceanographic research cruises, in clean labs, and/or with ICP-MS is desirable.

**Application process**

Interested and qualified candidates should send an email describing their motivation and research interests along with a CV to Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons <>. Formal graduate applications to Texas A&M Oceanography are due January 1st, 2018. Financial support for graduate students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships. Application to outside funding sources is also encouraged.

*About Texas A&M Oceanography*

Texas A&M University is a top-100 university located in College Station, TX, between the metropolitan cities of Austin and Houston, TX. It is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a dynamic and international community of 172,000 people situated on 5200 acres of land. Oceanography graduate faculty are housed primarily in College Station, with associated scientists and graduate students also on the Galveston campus. The more than 30 faculty and 60 graduate students in Oceanography sail across the world to learn more about the ocean’s physical, geological, chemical and biological properties. The academic curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to discovering the connection between the oceans’ past, present, and future. Research ranges from monitoring the hypoxic levels and algal blooms of the Texas Gulf Coast to the understanding the influence of climate change on the fragile ecosystems of the Arctic and Antarctic. The department also maintains close ties with the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), which is an applied research group that serves to link academic education and research to the real-world needs of government and industry. GERG expertise includes buoy design, fabrication, deployment, ocean monitoring and modeling, as well as environmental contaminant assessments of soil, water, air and organisms. The Oceanography department also works closely with the rest of the Texas A&M College of Geosciences, which includes the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, and Geography, the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum Sedimentary Systems, the Integrated Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and Texas Sea Grant. Altogether this School includes >100 research faculty, >200 research and administrative staff, and >350 graduate students.

Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry, Tenure Track, University of British Columbia, Canada


The Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia ( is seeking an outstanding new investigator for a full time tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking candidates of exceptional scientific talent who have demonstrated success in analytical chemistry working at the interface of one or more other areas of science including, but not limited to, biological chemistry, data science, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, and radiochemistry.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related discipline, postdoctoral experience, and an outstanding research track record. Relevant postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an internationally recognized research program. As a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, the successful applicant will be expected to effectively supervise graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, obtain external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate Chemistry courses, and actively participate in departmental activities. Leading candidates will complement and strengthen the Department and University’s expertise in research and education.

The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level but a higher rank may be considered for applicants with exceptional qualifications and experience.

The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2018.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of research interests, a detailed research proposal, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to:

Deadline for receipt of complete applications is NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017



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