Assistant Professor

Boulder, CO
Sep 29, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Description of Department/Program:

The Department of Geological Sciences concentrates on interdisciplinary research and teaching in the Earth sciences. We are the principal department at the University of Colorado dedicated to the study of the solid Earth, its interaction with the hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere, and its evolution through time. We offer an undergraduate major program in geology with individual tracks in geology and geophysics. Thirty five tenure-track faculty members with very broad and diverse geoscience research foci are currently affiliated with Geological Sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of our department is highlighted by the fact that about half of our faculty hold joint appointments with allied campus units (CIRES, INSTAAR, CSDMS, LASP, CU Museum). The Department of Geological Sciences has been a key part of CU-Boulder's global reputation of excellence in geoscience education and research, evidenced by recent US News and World Report rankings of #9 nationally for best geology graduate school programs and #2 for best global universities for geosciences. More can be learned about the Department at

Overview of Job Duties:

The position is in the field of Rock Physics with a start date as early as July 1, 2018. The successful candidate is expected to build collaborations with our existing faculty, and complement one or more of our strengths in petroleum geology, seismology, geodesy, geomorphology, tectonics, geohydrology, and structural geology. The successful candidate will need to develop an externally funded, innovative and impactful research program. They will also need to contribute to departmental teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels (2.5 courses per academic year), and actively recruit and supervise graduate students. All faculty are also expected to participate annually on one or two departmental governance committees.

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Minimum Qualifications:

We seek a scientist who will examine the relationship between stress and deformation in earth materials. The focus and research direction can include experimental, theoretical, applied, or field methods related to the mechanics of deformation in any part of the earth. A PhD in Earth science or a related field must be conferred prior to the start of the appointment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Applications will be fully considered if received before November 8, 2017 and will be accepted until November 22, 2017.

Research statements should include a description of what applicants consider to be the important problems in their field, and how they will design a research program to address these problems. Teaching statements should address goals and approaches to instruction. Candidates should describe their plans to build collaborations with our existing faculty, and complement one or more of our strengths in petroleum geology, seismology, geodesy, geomorphology, tectonics, hydrogeology, petrology, mineral physics, and structural geology.

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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 (LastName_FirstName_Cover.pdf).

2. Current Curriculum Vitae (LastName_FirstName_CV.pdf).

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

4. Statement of Research Philosophy (LastName_FirstName_Research).

5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (LastName_FirstName_Teaching).

6. Three publications

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10173 - Geological Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Position Number: 00735505


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