Volunteer for an IODP Board, Committee, or Panel

The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP), in association with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), is seeking scientists to participate on a variety of IODP panels, boards, and committees. There are three open calls for participation:

The JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) oversees the operations of the JOIDES Resolution, including scheduling expeditions, approving program plans, monitoring the advisory panels to ensure efficient and effective review of drilling proposals, and developing and monitoring policies for data collection, publications and core curation. New JRFB members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019. Full terms of reference for the JRFB are available here. USSSP is seeking two senior scientists (both from non-U.S. IODP partners/consortia) to serve on the JRFB.

The IODP Science Evaluation Panel (SEP) is an advisory body of the JRFB, composed of domain experts from IODP member countries. All IODP drilling proposals are first evaluated by the SEP, which is responsible for evaluating the scientific objectives and technical approach of submitted proposals at all stages, and for forwarding ready-to-drill and top-priority proposals to the appropriate Facility Board. New SEP members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019. Terms of reference for the SEP can be found here. USSSP is seeking U.S.-based members for SEP, for both the science and site characterization subgroups of the panel. Scientific disciplines particularly needed for SEP this year include paleoclimate & paleoceanography; and in addition, geomicrobiology; sedimentology/stratigraphy; tectonics & geodynamics; hydrates; and marine geophysics.

The U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC) is the national advisory committee for U.S. participation in IODP and wider issues in scientific ocean drilling. USAC is established through the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) to broadly represent the scientific community. This peer-elected group of U.S.-based scientists advises USSSP on shipboard staffing, IODP panel nominations, and education/outreach activities, reviews scientific proposals (e.g., for workshops and pre-drilling activities), and consults on other key elements of the U.S.-based IODP effort. New members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019.

Current terms of reference for USAC can be found here.

USSSP is seeking new scientific members for USAC. USSSP seeks expertise in all scientific disciplines relevant to IODP. Scientists interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities should send a cover letter and a two-page CV to usssp@ldeo.columbia.edu by June 24, 2019. Letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document any previous committee experience, describe your interest in the scientific ocean drilling programs, and identify your preferred panel or committee assignments. Candidates for the JRFB should have an extensive history of participation in scientific ocean drilling. We encourage the involvement of early career scientists on USAC and SEP, as well as those with more experience. For more information, visit usoceandiscovery.org/committees

The deadline for application materials to be sent via email to USSSP is Monday, June 24.
usssp@ldeo.columbia.edu

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