Research: Proposal Opportunities

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
PhD Scholarship to study magma movement and time varying seismic properties-reopened.

We have been awarded a three-year grant to study time varying seismic properties related to volcanic areas in New Zealand and several other volcanoes worldwide, including Japan, the U.S. and several island volcanoes. This project will develop new methods of monitoring volcanoes using novel sources of seismic energy: repeated explosions, repeating earthquakes and the Earth's background hum. By relating spatial and temporal changes in seismic wave properties to other indicators of stress around volcanoes and quantitatively modeling these changes, we will extend our understanding of how volcanoes work and lead the drive towards predictive monitoring tools. We are seeking a PhD student with a background in Geophysics, Math, Physics or Geology with a strong mathematical and/or computing ability to start as soon as possible.

If you are interested in this project, please contact Martha Savage and also apply to the Victoria University of Wellington, following instructions at The application deadline is 1 March 2010 and the application is free of charge. Successful scholarship students from any country will receive a NZ$21,000 stipend and will not have to pay tuition fees. Further details including the grant proposal are available upon request to Professor Martha Savage,


Announcing the 2010 Jack Kleinman Grants for Volcano Research

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington , in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey’s David A. Johnston Cascades Volcano Observatory (USGS, CVO), invites applications for the 2010 Jack Kleinman Volcano Research Grants Program. The program is intended to perpetuate and memorialize the attributes embodied by Jack Kleinman, a USGS employee who died in a kayaking accident in 1994, to promote collaborative projects on volcanoes among USGS and university researchers, and to further the educational and outreach mission of the USGS. Stipends of $500 to $2,000 are available to senior undergraduates and graduate students who are conducting research in volcanology, preferably in the Cascade Range, Aleutian volcanic arc, Hawaii , Yellowstone, or Long Valley caldera. The funds are intended to defray the costs of conducting field studies, including such items as travel to the field area, living expenses while in the field, supplies, or analytical services. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens.

Consideration in the selection of grant recipients will be given to the characteristics that best defined Jack Kleinman: exuberance, integrity, reliability, loyalty, and the abilities to relish challenge, inspire enthusiasm in others, and delight in the natural world. An example of the scope of work envisioned is a field project involving geologic, geochemical, or geophysical investigation in one of the volcanic areas listed above. A strong emphasis on fieldwork is highly desirable. Involvement of a faculty adviser or cooperation with a staff member at CVO, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), Long Valley Observatory (LVO), or Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) is strongly recommended. Contact information and summaries of current research at the observatories are available at . To promote projects of mutual interest, collaboration with a USGS scientist at an observatory or elsewhere is given considerable weight in the selection process. Successful applicants are encouraged to present their results as part of the Kleinman Seminar Series at one of the USGS facilities and to publish their work in an appropriate research journal.

Applicants should submit: (1) a short (3-5 pages) project description including objectives, strategy, and anticipated products, including a budget any other sources of support for the project; and (2) two letters of recommendation, including at least one from a current academic adviser or instructor. The application and letters should address explicitly how the project meets the selection criteria listed above. Send application and supporting letters in PDF or Microsoft Word format to with “KLEINMAN 2010” in the subject line. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of USGS/CVO staff members. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington will make final decisions on the number and dollar amounts of the grants. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2010 . Selections will be announced by April 1, 2010.

Additional information about educational outreach at USGS/CVO, including the Kleinman grants program, is available at


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physical Volcanology

The Department of Geology at the University of South Florida seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship position in Physical Volcanology.  This is a two year position starting in August, 2010. The successful candidate will participate in the VHub project to develop a virtual organization and cyberinfrastructure for volcanology research and risk mitigation (see Emphasis will be on development of statistical methods for quantification of hazards related to eruptive phenomena, such as tephra fallout, pyroclastic flows and debris flows. The successful candidate will work with the investigator team from USF, U Buffalo, and Michigan Tech, international collaborators, and volcano observatories to develop and refine hazard assessment tools for such eruptive phenomena and implement these tools as Vhub content.

The position is funded for 24 months at a salary of $45,000 per year.  Applicants must be able to start the position in August 2010. A completed PhD in Geology, Geophysics or related field is required by this time.  Candidates must demonstrate strong skills in computer programming and modeling of natural processes. Candidates should have an established record of publishing research results.

To apply, go to the following URL (, create an account, and follow instructions. You will be asked to upload a letter of interest, CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2010. For additional information, contact Chuck Connor ( or visit the geology department website at USF is an AA/EEO institution.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Those persons requiring reasonable accommodation under the ADA should contact Chuck Connor. According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.


Participation in environmental policy and planning: exploring methodological research problems


• Tomasz Majek (Simon Fraser University)

• Lindsay Galbraith (University of Cambridge)

• Julia Affolderbach (Université du Luxembourg)

Participatory planning and policy have become increasingly commonplace across planning, policy and management practice. While the dominant mode of participation can be characterized by the ‘information-deficit’ model, exemplary cases of deliberation exist and are informed by a variety of well-developed theoretical frameworks. Yet, the limitations of participatory approaches are understood to include among others problems of representation, discursive competence, and power dynamics inherent to policy and planning itself. Such issues present complex challenges to those studying the impact, role, and legitimacy of participation.

This session aims to identify problems, share ideas, and find solutions to methodological issues faced by researchers studying participation. We are inviting contributions, particularly from early career researchers and graduate students, with research focused on industrialized countries, and topics including but not limited to:
• Policy agendas and debates around (global) climate change

• Considering the local in the transition to a sustainable society

• (Natural) resource and environmental management

• Planning for housing and community development

• Land use (spatial) planning processes and outcomes

• Expert and scientific knowledge issues

• Economic restructuring (e.g. privatization of natural resources)
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and include the title of the proposed presentation, name of author(s), and contact information. Please send the abstract to one of the session convenors by Monday, 15th February 2010.

Keywords: participation, deliberation, environment policy and planning, methods


Interdisciplinary Grants in the Mathematical Sciences (IGMS)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 19, 2010
Program Guidelines: NSF 04-518

The objective of the Interdisciplinary Grants in the Mathematical Sciences (IGMS) program is to enable mathematical scientists to undertake research and study in another discipline so as to:

expand their skills and knowledge in areas other than the mathematical sciences;
subsequently apply this knowledge in their research; and
enrich the educational experiences and broaden the career options of their students.
Recipients of an ...
More at


Fundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (FRP)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 17, 2010
Program Guidelines: NSF 10-507

The National Science Foundation encourages the submission of industry-defined fundamental research proposals from NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC). Industry-defined fundamental research broadens the scientific and engineering understanding beyond the more specific applied research interests of the industries traditionally served by the I/UCRC. Industry participation extends the scope and horizon of center research projects so as to drive innovation with ...
More at


Marine Geology and Geophysics

Full Proposal Target Date: February 15, 2010
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1620

The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.

The Program includes:
Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems
Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks
Genesis, chemistry, ...
More at


Student Clerical Postions, GS-0326-01/02/03/04/05 (Closes: 3/15/2010)

Available Formats:

Document Number: nsf20100011



Geospatial Project Management Tool for interdisciplinary class work and collaborative research.


SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 9, 2010
Program Guidelines: NSF 06-605

The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field ...
More at

This is an NSF Upcoming Due Dates item.



Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)

Full Proposal Window: February 4, 2010
Program Guidelines: NSF 10-506

Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is NSF’s bold five-year initiative to create revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking. Computational thinking is defined comprehensively to encompass computational concepts, methods, models, algorithms, and tools. Applied in challenging science and engineering research and education contexts, computational thinking promises a ...
More at



Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Full Proposal Target Date: February 1, 2010
Program Guidelines: NSF 08-553

STS considers proposals that examine historical, philosophical, and sociological questions that arise in connection with science, engineering, and technology, and their respective interactions with society. STS has four components:
Ethics and Values in Science, Engineering and Technology (EVS),
History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology (HPS),
Social Studies of Science, Engineering and Technology (SSS),
Studies ...
More at

This is an NSF Upcoming Due Dates item.


Perception, Action & Cognition

Full Proposal Target Date: February 1, 2010
Program Guidelines: PD 09-7252

Supports research on perception, action and cognition including the development of these capacities. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control, and developmental issues in all topic areas. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives, such as symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, and a ...
More at