IODP 371 – opportunity for an experienced ANZ sedimentologist

Written by Kathryn Amos on . Posted in Uncategorized

There is a new call for HIGHLY EXPERIENCED ANZ SEDIMENTOLOGISTS to apply for a position on IODP Expedition 371.
For shipboard scientist responsibilities see
Deadline of November 7, 2016.

This is a wonderful opportunity for suitable ANZIC scientists to join Expedition 371, which will sail from 27 July to 26 September 2017. The chance of an excellent applicant being accepted is clearly high, as a clear lack of expertise has been identified. For the sedimentological position, experience of shipboard core analysis, and ideally ODP/IODP experience, would clearly be an advantage.

Brief outline: The Tasman Frontier expedition (based on IODP Proposals 832-Full2, will investigate the Eocene Tonga-Kermadec (TK) subduction initiation (SI) and evaluate whether a period of high-amplitude long-wavelength compression led to initiation of TK subduction or determine if alternative geodynamic models were involved. Core and log data from boreholes in the Norfolk Ridge, New Caledonia Trough, Lord Howe Rise and Tasman abyssal plain will provide constraints on seismic stratigraphic interpretations and the timing and length scale of deformation and uplift associated with the largest known global SI event and change in plate motion. The Paleogene and Neogene sediments will also constrain paleoceanographic changes caused by SI as well as tropical and polar climatic teleconnections and the transition from greenhouse to icehouse climate states in a region with large meridional variations in surface water properties in a strategic ‘Southern Ocean Gateway’ setting.

ANZIC applications
Australians should visit for a link to the application form, a completed version of which should be sent to Neville Exon ( and Rob McKay ( New Zealanders should contact Giuseppe Cortese ( Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or advice.
Applicants should bear in mind that their applications will be firstly reviewed and ranked by ANZIC and, if they pass that hurdle, by the expedition co-chief scientists. Clearly, they need to convince both groups that they would be excellent in the role.
Note that non-tenured applicants must have a position at an Australian or New Zealand member institution for at least one year and ideally more after the expedition, to enable them to carry out the necessary post cruise research.

As well as the form, applicants should provide, all in a single PDF:
1. Participation Plan and Budget (maximum of four pages): This should set out why ypu are interested in the expedition, how your skills suit the position applied for, what you would bring to the expedition, and the nature of your initial post-cruise research plans (including publication plans), and a brief outline of what budget you might need beyond that covered by their institution. Normally, to maximise the return to ANZIC from the involvement of our scientists on expeditions, we ask that applicants endeavour to assemble a team, including ANZIC scientists, of potential land-based science party members in various fields, set out who has agreed to join that team if you are successful, and what they would aim to do post-cruise. The potential existence of such a team, which would provide additional analytical and scientific skills, would strengthen the applications. If all went to plan, the team members could become part of the land-based science party, and thus get early access to material from the vessel. Of course, final research plans will depend on the material actually recovered by the vessel, and negotiations aboard ship as to who does what. There may not be time to do this in this case, and the main thing is to get in a coherent and convincing application for yourself. If you can indicate the nature of a team that may join you, please do so.
2. Curriculum Vitae including selected publications (maximum of two pages)
3. Letter of support for non-tenured applicants by their supervisor: This should cover general support from the institution for the application, include an outline of the proffered post-cruise support, and indicate when the present position will end.

For ANZIC scientists all travel costs would be covered. In addition the ANZIC IODP Office may provide up to $A40,000 for post-cruise activities (mainly analytical costs) for Australian and New Zealand university and research institution scientists and post-graduate students, if funding cannot be obtained in any other way. Applications for such funding can only be made after expeditions are completed and samples are in hand.

The deadline for scientists to submit applications to ANZIC is Monday, 7 November, 2016.