Assistant Professor, Environmental Geoscientist

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor, Environmental Geoscientist

Type of Employment:

Regular Full-Time

Work Location:

Murray, KY

Employment Term:

Academic Year

Position Type:

Faculty (Tenure-Track)


Watershed Studies Institute

Summary of Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Full-time, tenure track position to begin August 2023.

Conduct research in environmental geosciences or a related field, pursue external funding, publish, mentor undergraduate and graduate student research and advise students. The position carries a reduced teaching load. The primary teaching responsibilities will be Sediments and Soils, Geomorphology, and upper-level and graduate level courses in the area of expertise, and other classes as needed.

Minimum Education Requirements:

Ph.D. in Geology, Geosciences, or closely related discipline

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:

Applicants must have postdoctoral research experience. Candidates must demonstrate strong research potential as evidenced by publications, grants, or other scholarly activities. Candidates’ research area must be compatible with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Watershed Studies Institute. Teaching experience at the postdoctoral level is ideal, but experience as a graduate teaching assistant is acceptable. Candidates must demonstrate teaching effectiveness and be able to teach Geomorphology, and Sediments and Soils.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Along with the application, the following items must be included:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Teaching statement that describes the candidate’s teaching background and interests, as well as the candidate’s strategy for ensuring the success of students from diverse backgrounds
  • A definitive statement describing the candidate’s views on the importance of an educational environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion (please submit under “Other Document”)

For best consideration, please submit a completed application along with all required materials by October 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


For 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 9,500 today. Murray State blends educational opportunities found at research institutions with collaborative interactions among students, faculty and staff found at smaller universities.  Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.


Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities.  Murray State embraces diversity in the workplace and values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. The University endeavors to create and promote a culturally diverse community to be accepting of and sensitive to diversity in its many varied forms. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. 

Recent Accolades: 

  • U.S. News & World Report (32 consecutive years as a top-tier university) and top 10 in south region for Top Public Schools, Best Value and Best College for Veterans 
  • Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck
  • G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School 
  • Forbes Best Employers List



Located in the west Kentucky region, Murray State is a public, comprehensive University with four colleges (business; science, engineering and technology; humanities and fine arts; education and human services)– and two schools (agriculture; nursing and health professions).  The University's 236-acre main campus is located in Murray, Kentucky and offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs. Faculty and staff of Murray State University have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, as well as many other benefit offerings.


The city of Murray, located in Calloway County, offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, and a four-season climate. Murray has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants, an acclaimed community theater, art guild and award-winning public schools. The area is home to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area, which offers a wide-range of activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike. Located in close proximity to major cities and nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a few hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. 

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