Assistant Professor in Solid Earth Geosciences

Northern Arizona University

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Assistant Professor in Solid Earth Geosciences

Location: Schl of Earth Sci & Env Sust
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606725
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Job Description

The School of Earth and Sustainability within the College of Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in solid earth geochemistry. We seek an individual who employs empirical and quantitative approaches to processes and consequences of mass and energy transfer associated with magmatic and/or orogenic systems. This position will provide the theoretical and technical expertise to better understand the tectonic and geodynamical evolution of Earth's crust, with associated opportunities and challenges in sustainable natural resources within the new energy economy and in natural hazards. The ideal candidate would complement existing expertise in geophysics, tectonics, geochemistry, and sedimentary geology within the school. They will also be expected to mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, develop a strong externally funded research program, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, beginning in August, 2023. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with a demonstrated commitment to diversity. The successful candidate will prioritize SES's efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while engaging students, faculty, and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have access to resources on campus that support research, teaching, and service of the School's and University's missions. Facilities include a Nu Plasma 3 multi-collector ICP-MS and an Agilent 7900 quadrupole ICP-MS.

Job Description
  • Tenure-track assistant professor in solid earth geochemistry.
  • Develop a vigorous research program investigating magmatic and/or orogenic processes that leads to peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding.
  • Mentor and advise PhD, MS, and undergraduate student research.
  • Provide excellent instruction in undergraduate- and graduate-level lectures and labs, including classes covering igneous and metamorphic petrology and field methods.
  • Contribute to a positive working environment with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide service to NAU as appropriate for a new assistant professor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Geociences or other closely related academic fields conferred by start date.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of publication and extramural funding commensurate with time since PhD.
  • Research experience in field and/or laboratory settings using modern analytical geochemical techniques.
  • Focus on magmatic and/or orogenic processes and products.
  • Interest in and ability to address modern societal implications of magmatic and orogenic processes, including natural hazards and sustainable natural resources.
  • One or more of the following: experience teaching upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and/or field courses.
  • Experience mentoring students in research.
  • Experience working with and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$66,000 to $69,000 per academic year commensurate with experience and academic qualifications. Position will be hired at the Assistant Professor rank and is non-negotiable. Prior years of credit towards tenure may be considered depending upon credentials and experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606725, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) cover letter highlighting your particular interest in this position, and including contact information for three references; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research interests; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; and (5) statement of interest and experience in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Items (3-5) have a recommended length of 2-4 pages, and all items should be submitted as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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