Postdoc Opportunity at University of Alaska Fairbanks

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to study mineral
weathering, soil development, and clay mineralogy in forested
ecosystems of the Alaskan coastal temperate rainforest. The study is
part of a broader investigation of critical zone processes in
southeast Alaska focused on the Heen Latinee Experimental Forest. This
project is closely tied to studies of aquatic biogeochemistry
investigating the generation of materials in terrestrial environments
and their export to aquatic ecosystems. The research associate will
focus on soil pedology, soil geochemistry, and rock and soil
mineralogy. The project is based in Juneau, Alaska in close
collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research
Station (PNWRS; The research associate will work
with faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and scientists at
PNWRS. Experience in soil science/geochemistry and x-ray diffraction
is strongly desired for this position.

Application instructions can be found at:

For more information please contact:

Dr. Tom Trainor
Department of Chemistry
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. David D’Amore
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station

Assistant Professor in Soil Chemistry at Auburn University

The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications an Assistant Professor in Soil Chemistry. This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 30% teaching and 70% research appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2019. The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized program which advances current understanding of soil chemical processes. Research areas which complement existing expertise include thermodynamics and kinetics of soil processes, soil contaminant speciation and reactivity, organo-mineral interactions in soils, redox processes, and principles of soil acidity. Teaching responsibilities for the position include 7-8 hours of course credit per academic year including an upper level undergraduate/graduate soil chemistry course and a graduate level environmental soil chemistry course.


Those interested in applying for the position can do so at the following link:

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory. In this role, you will perform innovative research to understand molecular-scale processes at the interface of rock forming minerals, especially sparingly soluble minerals such as barite and calcite, in contact with aqueous solutions.  You will investigate the interfacial structure and associated processes (including ion adsorption thermodynamics and kinetics, and mineral nucleation and growth) using synchrotron x-ray techniques and other complementary approaches, interpret the data, and present the results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed literature.


Details can be found in the Argonne Career website (shown below) using the Requisition number: 404758.


Please contact Sang Soo Lee ( or Paul Fenter ( for further information.


Graduate Student Position in Environmental Soil Chemistry, University of Delaware

A position is available for a graduate student, at the doctoral level, in the Environmental Soil Chemistry group of Donald L. Sparks, at the University of Delaware. The student could pursue research in several areas including climate change impacts on C cycling in soils, water salinization effects on biogeochemistry of nutrients in coastal ecosystems, and sea level rise effects on toxic metal transformations. The student should preferably have a M.S. degree in soil chemistry, geochemistry, or environmental chemistry with experience in materials (i.e., soils, minerals, carbon) characterization techniques, kinetic measurements, and molecular scale tools, particularly synchrotron-based and infrared spectroscopy.  The student would join a vibrant graduate program with excellent doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scholars. Our group is located in an interdisciplinary science and engineering building with modern laboratories, world class materials characterization, microscopy, and surface chemistry core facilities and is also home to allied disciplinary research groups in geochemistry, hydrogeology, environmental chemistry and engineering, materials science, and chemical engineering.


Interested students should send a cover letter including research interests along with a CV to:

Donald L. Sparks, Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair and Director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, 221 Academy St., Suite 250A, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.