Assistant Professor in Isotope Biogeochemistry - INSTAAR

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Full-Time Close All Job SummaryThe Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in isotope biogeochemistry, with an anticipated start date of August 2020. The successful candidate will join a team in INSTAAR’s Stable Isotope Laboratory (SIL, and complement isotopic and environmental research expertise across the CU campus.
The new assistant professor would be rostered in the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and would become a tenure-track professor in one of INSTAAR’s affiliated academic departments and programs that best suits their training and interests. These departments include Geological Sciences; Geography; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. INSTAAR’s SIL has strong ties to both carbon-cycle research conducted by NOAA and international ice core research programs.
A strong commitment to teaching, and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to outreach activities, is expected. The candidate is expected to engage in development of coursework in his or her area of research expertise, and to contribute to the teaching needs of the host department.
Who We AreAs the University's oldest institute, INSTAAR has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues. Our traditional focus has been on polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales. Research topics vary widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate.
INSTAAR’s research activities integrate field studies, state-of-the-art laboratory experiments, sample analysis, and numerical and laboratory modeling. Our field sites are located across all seven continents and the world's oceans.
Our expertise across disciplines helps us generate influential science that can inform public and policy decisions and move us toward a more sustainable society. INSTAAR's national and international research leadership is augmented by exceptional strength in graduate education and bringing undergraduates into the research process.What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Lead novel research activities and
  • Innovate growth of SIL through multidisciplinary, institutional and governmental collaborations and extra-mural research funding.
Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Contemporary biogeochemical cycles, ecology, hydrology, atmospheric trace gases, and polar climates, along with emerging mass spectrometric and/or optical measurement methods.
Further, the candidate will benefit from SIL’s on-going interactions with analysts of the Laboratory for Radiocarbon Preparation and Research (, the Atmospheric Research Lab (, the Organic Geochemistry Group (, and the Earth Systems Stable Isotope Lab (, among others.Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be StatementsBe Accomplished. Be Inclusive. Be Boulder.What We RequireApplicants are required to have a PhD ( by the start date in fall of 2020) in GeoSciences or other related environmental field. What You Will NeedWe seek a strong team player with excellent communication, leadership and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research goals.Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Research Philosophy: The research statement should include a description of topic(s) that the applicant considers to be the important problem(s) in their field, and how their research contributes to addressing these problems.
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  6. PDF of 3 Publications
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.
Applications received by October 25, 2019 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Susan Ponsor

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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