Volume 25 No. 15

April 6, 2021

Employment & Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist for an NSF-funded project to reconstruct Cenozoic climate maxima across a latitudinal transect form the North to the South Pacific.
This position will be based at the Lamont campus in Rockland County, NY, near New York City. Candidates should have a PhD in geochemistry or related fields. A strong foundation in paleoceanography and foraminifera-based proxies, in particular 18O and trace-metal proxies, is preferred. Knowledge of in situ analytical approaches such as EPMA and LA-ICPMS as well as SEM operation is highly desired. Analyses will be performed in multiple laboratories across the United States, therefore, this position will involve frequent travel.
This is a full-time, 2-year appointment with continuation contingent upon progress and funding. Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled. Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research Appointment.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Race / Gender / Disability / Veteran
The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

Apply here.

MSc Project: Effects of Cryogenic Processes  on Indicator Minerals in Amaruq (Nunavut) - NSERC-Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration

The NSERC-Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration has for objective the development of innovative mineral exploration methodologies using indicator minerals for orogenic gold deposits. The Chair is a partnership between NSERC, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles du Québec, and Université Laval. The Chair is dynamic and collaborative training environment comprising about twenty graduate students and research associates.

The master project is part of our research program on the Amaruq deposit in Nunavut. As part of this program, we studied in detail the architecture of the quaternary deposits and the dispersion by glacial flow of the chemical signature and indicator minerals of the Amaruq deposit. The objective of the project is to determine the effects of cryogenic processes on the distribution and nature of indicator minerals, as well as their preservation in permafrost environment. The study will examine the distribution of indicator minerals in a series of “mud boils” developed in the till downstream of the Amaruq deposit. The study will thus determine whether the cryogenic processes cause fractionation and alteration of the indicator minerals and explore the impact of these processes on till sampling methods for mineral exploration in permafrost regions.

The MSc project is supported with a research scholarship of 21 000$ per year for 2 years. This scholarship can be cumulated with another excellence award. A bachelor’s degree in geology or geological engineering, with training in quaternary geology and metallogeny is desirable. The candidate will have the opportunity to conduct original research and to present it in national and international conferences.

The MSc project will begin in May 2020. The project is cosupervised by G. Beaudoin, I. McMartin (CGC), Hugo Dubé-Loubert (MERN) and O. Côté-Mantha (AEM). Submit your cv, transcripts and motivation letter to:

Professor Georges Beaudoin
NSERC-Agnico Eagle Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration
Département de géologie et de génie géologique
Université Laval

Environmental Information Specialist - Hatfield Consultants

Hatfield Consultants is seeking an Environmental Information Specialist for our growing Environmental Data Analytics team in North Vancouver. Hatfield provides customized data analytics and information management support to our diverse Canadian and global portfolio of projects in environmental management and community development.

As an Environmental Information Specialist, you will provide data analytics and information management services on a wide variety of environmental management and monitoring projects. The ideal candidate will be comfortable conducting a wide variety of data-driven activities, including statistical data analysis in R, development and implementation of project-specific and company-wide data-management protocols, and supporting the design, development and validation of internally developed data-management applications. This individual will play an integral role in the ongoing evolution of Hatfield’s Environmental Data Analytics team, with considerable scope for career development and advancement.

Strong communication skills and the ability to understand the unique technical and data-communications needs of a wide range of clients are important in this position.


  • Support data analysis, management and validation for a variety of environmental management and monitoring projects.
  • Create, coordinate and contribute to environmental data analysis and synthesis using tools created in R.
  • Coordinate and support Hatfield’s broad Environmental Data Analytics Team to ensure best practices for data management and analytics are being maintained.
  • Provide technical support for clients and Hatfield staff using our in-house environmental data management systems.
  • Provide gui
  • Experience building strong working relationships with stakeholders and clients.dance to Hatfield’s application development team that is developing EnviroData (www.envirodata.io).
  • Perform end-user software testing to support Hatfield’s application development team.
  • Liaise between clients and Hatfield’s application development team to understand specific client needs, present recommendations, and adapt activities based on client feedback.
  • Develop cost estimates and manage budgets for projects of varying size and scope.
  • Write proposals, contribute to specification documents and identify business opportunities.

Education and Experience

  • Experience with environmental management/monitoring projects and the analysis of associated datasets (such as water quality data, fisheries data, hydrology data, etc.).
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses of environmental datasets using R and/or Python.
  • Experience with the field collection of physical, chemical, and/or biological samples and data. The candidate must be willing to participate in field surveys to support environmental monitoring projects.
  • B.Sc. or higher degree.
  • 2+ years’ experience.
  • Exceptional listening, organizing and self-learning skills.
  • Strong troubleshooting and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Experience building strong working relationships with stakeholders and clients.
  • Values diversity and collaboration.
  • Ability to work in a team context with software developers and non-technical users.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Reply in confidence with a cover letter and resume describing your experience through the online form or email at (no phone calls please). Please include “Environmental Information Specialist – Vancouver” in your email subject line. Salary expectations are also appreciated and may be included in your cover letter. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Any questions about the position can be directed to Mollie McDowell, MSc at

News & Events

EOAS Brock Lectures

Date & Time: Thursday, April 8th at 11:00am

Place: Zoom Room!

Kate Smith: Honey, let me tell you about this city! Honey as a biomonitor for lead distribution un urban environments

Kate Smith holds a BSc in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University (2008) and a MSc in Geochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010). She worked as an analytical chemist for the State of Wisconsin for 7 years before coming to UBC. Kate is currently in her fourth year of a PhD program in UBC’s Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Dept. Her research interests fall at the intersection of urban geochemistry, environmental health, and public health. Kate explores the biogeochemical cycling of various metals within the environment with questions like Where do they come from? How are they transported? Where do they end up? She has a particular interest in the effects that built/engineered environments have on the natural world. Kate will be presenting some key results and applications from her doctoral work exploring the use of honey as a biomonitor for metal distribution in urban environments.

Johan Gilchrist: Fountains from hell: Towards a new understanding of explosive eruption columns

My name is Johan Gilchrist and I’m a PhD candidate at UBC studying geophysics with a focus on explosive volcanic eruptions. When I left New Jersey to begin my undergraduate studies at UBC, I did not know where this journey would take me, much less which major would position me best to help society. I was falling in love with the Cascade mountains of western North America and constantly wondering how they formed. I asked myself “If you love the mountains so much, why don’t you just study them?” So what have I learned about the Cascade mountains since? Volcanism built the Cascades that form the backdrop of Vancouver and when volcanoes explode violently, like the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, they inject hot mixtures of rocks, ash and gas tens of kilometers into the atmosphere to form an eruption column. Eruption columns are notorious for collapsing to Earth’s surface and destroying everything within a 10-100 km radius around the volcano, including the city of Pompeii, Italy during the AD 79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Curiously, eruption columns tend to collapse periodically during an eruption, which raises a question- what drives the periodicity of eruption column collapse? By conducting laboratory experiments to simulate eruption columns, I’ve learned that the same physics governing the bobbing of water fountains on UBC campus also govern the periodic collapse of explosive eruption columns. Armed with this knowledge, I have created a new framework for classifying volcanic eruptions. This new eruption classification will help volcanologists protect settlements around volcanoes, direct air traffic away from ash clouds, understand how eruptions influence Earth’s climate, and determine the risk of a potential mass extinction event following a super eruption.