Dear probeusers,

the upcoming AGU Fall meeting will provide the opportunity to apply and interview for the position at FIU. Please find more details about the position and the interview process below.

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Postdoctoral Position in Geoscience Education Applications of Remote Scanning Electron and Electron Microprobe Analysis, Department of Earth and Environment, FIU, Miami

We will be available to answer questions, receive applications and interview for this position at the upcoming American Geophysical Union Meeting, Dec. 15-19 in San Francisco.  Please contact Jeff Ryan ([log in to unmask]) to arrange a meeting there.   ​


The Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University (FIU) announces an opportunity for post-doctoral research in the area of science education, in support of an NSF/TUES funded project expanding the application of remotely-operated Scanning Electron Microscopy and Electron Probe Microanalysis in undergraduate geoscience curriculum.  The candidate must have experience in the operation of and data acquisition using an SEM and/or EPMA, plus experience in the interpretation of results for research purposes.  A PhD in an area of Geoscience, with teaching background or research emphasis on petrology, mineralogy or geochemistry is ideal.  The successful candidate will work with geoscience faculty from several institutions to develop and support educational applications of the instruments.  Specific duties include: 1) operation and/or supervision of use of the instruments in support of remote classroom activities and student research, 2) on-site training of newly recruited remote users to facilitate their specific applications, and 3) presentation of webinars or other user-directed workshops to facilitate and encourage educational use of remotely operated SEM and EPMA.  The primary location will be at FIU (, where a department engineer has responsibility for instrument maintenance and repair.  The appointment will last for two years beginning in July/August 2015.  The candidate will be actively engaged in the scholarly activities of this project, including publications arising from them.  S/He will be supported and mentored in these efforts by the project's PI team (Dr. Rosemary Hickey-Vargas (FIU), Dr. Jeff Ryan (USF), Prof. Mary Beck (Valencia College) and Dr. Jamie MacDonald (Florida Gulf Coast University)), and s/he will also be able to pursue research in association with this project.


To apply please send/bring: 1) a CV, 2) statements of research and teaching experience and interests, and 3) contact information for three referees to: Dr. Rosemary Hickey-Vargas ([log in to unmask]), Department of Earth and Environment, AHC5-394, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199.  ​

Dr. Anette von der Handt

Department of Earth Sciences
University of Minnesota
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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