Assistant Professor

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Description of Department/Program:

The Department of Geography brings a holistic perspective to the physical and human processes that shape the world around us, and we strive to understand how people interact with, are shaped by, and in turn help shape, our world. Our teaching and research span an exceptional array of disciplines and we excel at providing field-oriented, hands-on experience. We train our students - in a friendly, well-supported environment - to be top scientists as well as citizens of the broader world to which we're all connected.

Overview of Job Duties:

The Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Physical Geography. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the time of appointment. The appointment begins August 15, 2018. We seek to hire an assistant professor of physical geography with a research focus on surface water processes, fluvial geomorphology, and river responses to environmental change. This physical geographer will combine field and/or lab-based research with geospatial modeling techniques to understand processes governing the movement of water, sediment and nutrients through river systems. The applicant should be an Earth scientist with training and experience in fluvial-hydraulic processes, sediment transport, geomorphology, and quantitative methods, including numerical modeling methods and/or GIS. In addition, because society is dependent on healthy river systems, we seek a candidate whose work is relevant to broader societal issues. The successful candidate must have demonstrable strength and interest in teaching hydrology and geomorphology at all levels, and in contributing to the Graduate Program in Hydrological Sciences. The normal teaching load is three classes per year, including a large introductory physical geography course on Landscapes and Water. The successful candidate is expected to be effective in raising external research funding.

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Minimum Qualifications:


Preferred Qualifications:

Research experience in field, lab, or geospatial modeling relevant to surface water processes and fluvial geomorphology; Demonstrated fundraising for research; College-level teaching experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2017; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200, extension 2 or All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the materials listed below in PDF format to this posting at with the following naming convention "LastName_FirstName_NameofDocument", i.e., Smith_John_CV:

1. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications (LastN_FirstN_Cover.pdf).

2. Current Curriculum Vitae (LastN_FirstN_CV.pdf).

3. List of References (and email addresses), minimum of three individuals who may be contacted, upon review of your application, to submit written letters of reference upon request (LastN_FirstN_References.pdf).

4. Statement of Research Philosophy (LastN_FirstN_Research_Statement).

5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (LastN_FirstN_Teaching_Statement).

6. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness, Course Materials (LastN_FirstN_Teaching_Effectiveness)

7. Publication 1 (LastN_FirstN_Publication1)

8. Publication 2 (LastN_FirstN_Publication2)

9. Publication 3 (LastN_FirstN_Publication3)

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10170 - Geography

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 18, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Susanne Anderson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00735499