Assistant Professor of Critical Zone Geoscience

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
01 Dec 2016
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in geomorphology/groundwater hydrology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, seismology and geodynamics, mineralogy/petrology, structural geology/tectonics and petroleum geosciences. The Department’s faculty support the Warner College of Natural Resources and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Geosciences with concentrations in Geology, Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology and Geophysics, in addition to MS (Geosciences) and Ph.D. (Earth Science) degrees.

Position Summary

Colorado State University is seeking applications and nominations for a nine month, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Critical Zone Geoscience. We seek a dynamic researcher who is advancing understanding of geologic processes affecting Earth’s critical zone. Frontier topics of research in this field may include exploring the complex interactions and feedbacks within the critical zone at broad spatial and temporal scales, advancing fundamental theory of processes within Earth’s near and subsurface, utilizing novel measurement techniques, models and datasets, or addressing grand challenges within the critical zone. Areas of research interest include but are not limited to: geomorphology, hydrology, geochronology, environmental geophysics, geochemical cycling or biogeochemistry. The candidate should have broad research interests compatible with those of the current faculty in our Department of Geosciences. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program, attract external funding, and contribute to the instruction, research and service efforts of the Department of Geosciences.

Required Job Qualifications

1) Earned Ph.D. in geosciences or closely related field by appointment start date (August 16, 2017).
2) Strong experience in research and associated activities related to geosciences of the critical zone.
3) Research interests that complement and enhance existing departmental strengths, and that catalyze new interdisciplinary directions in the future.
4) Teaching interests that strengthen the department’s offerings.

Preferred Job Qualifications

1) Demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in geoscience education and teaching, including field education and professional career preparation of undergraduate and graduate students .
2) An established or promising peer-review publication record.
3) Demonstrated ability to obtain and manage external research funding.
4) Experience or potential in crossing disciplines and scales to integrate understanding of critical zone processes.
5) Experience or interest in collaborating outside the department and broadly communicating across scientific fields and the community.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must include: i) cover letter, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) statements of research and teaching interests, and vi) names and contact information of at least three referees.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Application materials (CV, cover letter, and teaching/research statements) of semi-finalist candidates will be made available to the Faculty of the Geosciences Department.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Sustain a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded, and innovative research program in critical zone and related areas of geoscience.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teach one or more undergraduate courses in geosciences, and developing and teaching graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Service on department, college and/or university committees related to research and teaching. Broader engagement with professional societies, CSU, and/or the public.