Assistant Professor - Tectonics/Crustal Deformation

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor - Tectonics/Crustal Deformation

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate upon education and experience

Work Schedule:

Varies depending on course load.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

About the Department:

The Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) within the College of Sciences at NC State is one of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary geoscience departments. MEAS includes approximately 35 faculty, 75 graduate students, and 220 undergraduates involved in basic and applied studies of Earth Systems. MEAS is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment that allows all members of the Department to thrive. The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees. Our principal concentrations include weather prediction, air quality, air-sea interactions, storm, and climate modeling, hydrology, geochemistry, oceanography, active tectonics, surface processes & Quaternary studies, geochronology, sedimentology, regional geology, and geospatial analytics applied to the geosciences.

The multi-disciplinary nature of our department lends itself to the study of such problems as prediction of severe weather (e.g. hurricanes), geologic hazards, coastal erosion, air-sea-land interactions, pollution of surface and groundwater, big-data assimilation, and global climate change. While basic research is always important, many of our research projects also have direct application to current issues such as water quality/water supply, seafood harvests, climate change, weather prediction, natural hazards, Earth resources and land use. MEAS offers degree programs in marine sciences, geology, and meteorology. Our programs include many tracks in each of our program areas and thus provide the opportunity for an education broader than bachelor’s degrees in more traditional departments. Additional information about the department and its facilities can be found on the web page:

Opportunities exist for disciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions with more than 50 marine, Earth and atmospheric scientists. NC State also hosts large programs in chemistry and has several shared core research facilities (, and an established Center for Geospatial Analytics: Both the North Carolina State Climate Office and the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service reside on NC State’s campus. MEAS is one of six NC State departments with a presence at the NC State Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), a coastal and marine science research facility located on Bogue Sound in Morehead City, NC ( In addition, the Data Science Initiative (DSI), sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation at NC State, seeks to create a nationally recognized hub of excellence in data science and analytics ( Raleigh, NC is a progressive and welcoming community with a wide range of potential collaborators at nearby academic and governmental institutions in the Research Triangle.

Essential Job Duties:

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong potential for outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and academic mentorship. The Assistant Professor will be expected to teach an undergraduate-level course in structural geology as well as other undergraduate and graduate classes commensurate with their interest and expertise.

The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in the Department’s capstone undergraduate geology field course. MEAS places a high value on excellent instruction and the use of innovative teaching methods.

The Assistant Professor will be expected to direct an externally funded research program and supervise graduate students. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: structural geology, rock mechanics/deformation, neotectonics, thermochronology, sedimentary basin analysis, plate kinematics, geodesy, planetary geology, and geophysics.

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Other Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience and Education:

Applicants must hold a doctor’s degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent professional experience in geosciences or a related field.

Other Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong potential for outstanding accomplishments in research, research supervision, and teaching.

Strong focus on students and commitment to student success.

Understanding of and experience working with diverse students.

Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of practices and procedures that impact student success.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates that combine field observations with precision measurement techniques, numerical simulations, analogue models, or laboratory experiments are preferred and applicants should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaborations across and beyond the geosciences.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application, please submit:
- Cover Letter.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Summary of research accomplishments and future plans.
- Summary of teaching experience and future plans.
- Contact information for three references.
- Diversity statement, which includes specific plans and goals for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Upload as Other Document (1).

The review of applications will begin on January 22, 2021.

For specific questions about this position, please contact Dr. Karl Wegmann at [email protected]

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

178601 - Marine, Earth And Atmospheric


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Posted: 12/10/2020
Application Due: 1/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time