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University of Tasmania: Executive Director Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Executive Director will lead the next chapter of the institute’s development to be one of the top three marine research institutes globally with pre-eminence in its fields of expertise. Continue Reading


DEADLINE, July 6: NSF Antarctic station-manager position open

The Office of Polar Programs in NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences is accepting applications for the position of manager at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest U.S. Antarctic research station and the logistics hub for the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The station manager provides on-site, day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities at McMurdo for the execution of the annual program plan and oversee logistics and operations decisions that affect the execution of programs at South Pole and inland field camps. Continue Reading


Reminder - Webinar - TODAY 24 May 1:00 p.m. EDT - research opportunities Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, the Polar Research Board will hold a webinar hosted by some leading U.S. representatives to SCAR (Terry Wilson, Deneb Karentz, David Bromwich) to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. Continue Reading


Request for Community Input - Draft 2018 Long Range Science Plan (U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office)

Each year the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill at Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than May 30, 2018. Continue Reading


Microbial Resource System Hands-On training workshop

There is a planned Microbial Antarctic Resource System (mARS) Hands-On training workshop June 17-18 in Davos Switzerland held prior to the Polar18 Meeting. This is a great opportunity to bring both Arctic and Antarctic researchers together to discuss approaches to ecosystem and molecular data sharing. The workshop is open to polar microbial scientists, particularly those generating molecular genomic data sets that they are interested in sharing with the polar research community. Continue Reading


Webinar - 24 May - research opportunities Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an international body that brings together scientists from around the world for information sharing and research collaboration. A key mechanism of SCAR’s work is the suite of “Scientific Research Programs” that are established for fixed periods of time to catalyze and organize collaborations around particular topics deemed of critical importance by the scientific community. The current suite of Programs are nearing the end of their designated lifetimes, and a next generation of Programs are now being explored. On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, the Polar Research Board will hold a webinar to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. Continue Reading


Science Assistant sought for National Science Foundation Arctic Sciences

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section is searching for candidates interested in being a science-assistant. The application period opened on April 26 and closes on May 14. For more general information about the range of duties science assistants carry out across the foundation, salary and other information, please see the NSF-wide announcement. Continue Reading


OPP Employment Opportunities - Program Directors

The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) announces a nationwide search for outstanding scientists to fill open Program Director positions to assist in research program management in programmatic areas of Arctic Sciences, Antarctic Sciences, and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics. Continue Reading


OPP seeks Antarctic Sciences Section Head

NSF’s Office of Polar Programs seeks to fill the position of section head in its Antarctic Sciences Section. The application period opened on April 3 and will close on May 15. The section head is a senior member of OPP’s management team and is responsible to the Office Director for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted program funds for the section. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter Signals in the Soil - USA

The National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate, collaboration with the Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Geosciences directorates, has issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter (DCL) to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to conduct research related to technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes. It also encourages proposals that include topics relevant to both the DCL and the NSF "Rules of Life" Big Idea and submissions of Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE). Continue Reading


Workshop on the Application of SmallSat and Commercial Imagery to Arctic Science - USA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a workshop to bring scientists and experts together to discuss the new era of Arctic science enabled by the availability of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery. Participants will address questions that help drive new science and satellite collection strategies to report in a long-term science community-driven plan. When: May 21-22, 2018. Where: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Host: Polar Geospatial Center. Application Deadline: March 30, 2018. Continue Reading


Reminder: TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY - SCAR Open Science Conference

Applications for partial travel support are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions to attend the XXXV Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) in Switzerland from 19-23 June 2018. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018. Continue Reading


Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research - 60 Year Anniversary

This week, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) marks six decades of successful international collaboration. Since its first meeting in The Hague on 3-5 February 1958, SCAR has grown an international network of thousands of scientists who share a common ambition to carry out Antarctic science for the benefit of society. With a membership representing the scientific communities of 43 countries, SCAR is instrumental in initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Policy against harassment affirmed

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, has issued a policy statement that affirms that the program "is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free of any form of harassment." The document notes that "harassment can take many forms" and provides definitions of behaviors that are deemed unacceptable, including "any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" under the heading of "harassment." It also separately defines behaviors that constitute "sexual harassment." Continue Reading


SCAR POLAR 2018 Meeting - anticipated Travel Grant Opportunity

Applications for partial travel support are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions to attend the XXXV Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) in Switzerland from 19-23 June 2018. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018. Continue Reading


DEADLINE February 15th - National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: provision of capabilities for storing, curating, and managing scientific ice cores for the NSF research community

NSF Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking expressions of interest from organizations interested in providing storage, curation, and scientific-management capabilities for ice cores collected in support of scientific research. The goal to ensure secure, long-term, cost-effective archival of and access to ice cores for use by the scientific community. Written responses are due by February 15, 2018. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation New solicitation: proposals to the International Research Experience for Students program

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program, managed by NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), supports research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. A new solicitation for IRIS proposals has been issued. The solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal. Each track has a separate deadline for submission, which are listed in the solicitation. Continue Reading


Deadline extended for SCAR/IASC POLAR2018 Meeting Abstracts to November 12th

The deadline for submission of abstracts to the POLAR2018 meeting has been extended until 6pm CET on November 12th 2017. This will be the only deadline extension. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Request for Information on mid-scale research infrastructure needs

NSF has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in an Oct. 6 Dear Colleague Letter to assess the science and engineering community’s needs for mid-scale research infrastructure. The information will be used to develop an infrastructure strategy, in accordance with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The submission deadline is Dec. 8. The RFI focuses on mid-scale research infrastructure projects with an anticipated NSF contribution of between $20 million and $100 million towards construction and/or acquisition. Continue Reading


Travel Funds Anticipated for U.S. Participants in the SCAR Open Science Conference, June, 2018

It is expected that funds will be available to support participation of U.S. Antarctic/Southern Ocean scientists in the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference in Davos, Switzerland, pending approval from NSF. The theme is Where the Poles Come Together. Funds are intended primarily to support early-career scientists, graduate students and individuals who would increase the diversity of the polar science community. The Abstract Deadline for the OSC is November 1st, 2017, 6:00 p.m. CET – Submit soon! Continue Reading