Assistant Professor in Structural Geology, Fall 2024

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor in Structural Geology, Fall 2024

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Sep 23, 2023

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-line faculty position in structural geology. The successful applicant will be hired at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of August 1st, 2024. Candidates with research specializations including but not limited to rock and/or fracture mechanics, tectonics, planetary structure and tectonics, active tectonics, faulting, and geomechanics are encouraged to apply. Candidates utilizing experimental, field-based, observational, and/or computational approaches in their research will be considered. The successful applicant will develop a vigorous, externally funded research program in structural geology that includes supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities will include developing engaging introductory courses, the core major-level course in Structure, and graduate courses in their specialization that incorporate field experiences. The successful applicant will be expected to perform rank-appropriate departmental and university service.  

Knoxville is in the foothills of the Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, outstanding natural teaching laboratories and recreation destinations. In addition to mountains, East Tennessee has abundant inland waterways and pristine state and national parks. Knoxville is a thriving city filled with indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, restaurants, shops, and cultural offerings. The city has a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. 

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment. Applications from candidates who will complete their Ph.D. by the appointment date will be considered. Candidates must show the potential for excellence in research through publication and/or competitive support (e.g., grants, fellowships), and a record of or demonstration of potential for excellence in teaching. We seek to hire a structural geologist who complements existing strengths of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences including (but not limited to) igneous and experimental petrology, trace element and isotope geochemistry, environmental science, and planetary geoscience.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit application materials using the following link:, including full curriculum vitae, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement, and names of 3 references with contact information. Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2023. In addition to addressing their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may describe how they would help promote students’ access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship/creative activities. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is an R1 institution and the flagship of the state system. As land-grant university, it values engaged forms of research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and service, and considers evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants. The position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Nicholas Dygert ( 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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