Assistant Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Khorog, Tajikistan
13 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Arts and Sciences

Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: Position open until filled

Deadline: January 15th 2019 (open until filled)

Commencement Date: August 1st 2019 (or earlier)  

Summary of Position

The University of Central Asia seeks to fill several full-time positions in the Earth and Environmental Sciences programme at UCA’s campus in Khorog, Tajikistan. In your role as faculty member, you will be contributing to the development and implementation of a new BSc Earth and Environmental Sciences curriculum that has been designed in partnership with the University of British Columbia in Canada.   

Programme Description 

Academic programmes combine the student-centered environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by an emerging research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English. You will teach small classes and provide students with personal attention to ensure that they master and apply the material. UCA's cross-disciplinary Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) programme aims to create leaders in various sectors and scholars who can pursue overseas graduate studies. The programme integrates the study of environmental, earth science, and social systems. The successful candidate is expected to be research active and will have the opportunity to work with students and pursue research relevant to Central Asia with the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI), which offers international expertise in spatial analysis, natural hazards and biogeophysical processes in an iconic mountain setting.   

Key Responsibilities 

UCA is embarking on a cluster hiring initiative to recruit several key faculty members in the Earth and Environmental Science programme. The hires are targeted at the Assistant Professor level, but exceptional candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor level. PhD scholars, who have completed all but their thesis, may be considered at the Lecturer level. We are interested in filling several interdisciplinary niches, which should complement and interact with one another in research and teaching agendas and encompass the Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere. The areas of recruitment are as follows:  

Earth Surface Processes

We seek a broad-based physical geographer, geomorphologist, pedologist, or geoscientist interested in teaching undergraduate courses in this discipline and collaborating with MSRI researchers on projects affecting livelihoods in mountain environments of Central Asia, such as land degradation, geohazards, and climate-change impacts.   

Water and the Environment

We seek a broadly focused hydrologist, water resources engineer, or physical geographer who can link climatic drivers with hydrological response in the context of land management. Teaching will involve water, atmosphere, agriculture and climate change courses. Research collaborations with MSRI on hazards and effects of climate change on water supplies are anticipated.  

Ecological Processes and Environmental Impacts

We seek an environmental scientist or broadly focused ecologist interested in teaching courses in environmental science, environmental impact assessment, and ecology. Research would complement MSRI’s portfolio in the areas of land degradation, small-scale mountain agricultural and pasture management, and assessing legacies of land use and industry.        

All hires will be expected to teach in the first-year preparatory programme and pre-requisite years related to their discipline.   

Minimum Qualifications

  • Assistant Professor and Above: PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Lecturer: Master’s in Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Russian is an asset

Desirable Attributes


  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a teaching team; flexibility and the ability to work in a constantly-evolving academic environment is essential 
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia or in a developing country would be a valuable asset
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students at the undergraduate level. 
  • Experience using innovative teaching and evaluation methods


  • A track record of publishing original research in high quality refereed journals 
  • Regular contributions and involvement in relevant international professional conferences
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset
  • Aware of current and future industry trends; strong network of regional and international industry contacts.
  • The ability to attract funding for research projects is a definite asset 

Salary and Package

Commensurate with qualification and experience to attract the best candidate.   

How to Apply

Please send us an up-to-date resume including list of published work and teaching evaluations (if applicable), together with at least three references and contacts who are able to attest to your teaching/research experience. Kindly email resume with a cover letter to  

Please use: “Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty Member” as the subject header and specify your specialisation area, indicating how you heard about us.   

For more information about UCA’s academic programmes please visit  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.