CALL: Science Evaluation Panel (SEP) Members

ESSAC is seeking experts in the field of marine geology and/or geophysics to participate in the Science Sub-Group of the Science Evaluation Panel (SEP). 3 member positions are available. Qualified scientists from all ECORD Member Countries are encouraged to apply. Applications from female scientists are especially welcome.


IODP is continuing the legacy of its predecessor programs by focusing on important research themes that address fundamental questions about Earth’s climate, deep life, geodynamics, and geohazards. IODP science is motivated by community input in the form of unsolicited drilling proposals that address the themes and challenges of the IODP Science Plan.


The Science Evaluation Panel (SEP) provides scientific and technical advice to the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB), the ECORD Facility Board (EFB) and the Chikyu IODP Board (CIB) and is responsible for the evaluation and selection of the best and most relevant proposals, based on both scientific excellence and completeness and quality of the site survey data package. Externally reviewed, ready-to-drill proposals are then forwarded to the IODP Facility Boards for development of annual and long-range schedules.


Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating pre-proposals and full proposals
  • Identifying pre-proposals to move forward towards a full proposal (path depends on platform requested)
  • Deactivating those proposals unlikely to succeed
  • The SEP also provides feedback to proponents regarding potential successful science and drilling strategies, and early guidance about necessary site characterization data.

The successful candidates are expected to attend two Science Evaluation Panel meetings per year (usually winter and summer) and to represent the interests of all countries of the ECORD consortium. The duration of the appointment is normally for three years (six meetings). The first meeting to be attended by the three new members will be held at Potsdam, Germany, June 26-28, 2018.  


Please send your application directly to the ESSAC Office via electronic mail before 22 December 2017. Required documents (PDF only) are: a CV; a letter of interest including your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ODP/IODP expeditions or panels, research interest; and a publication list. Please also send a copy of your application documents to your national office/delegate in order to help support your application,

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office at