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Assistant Professor, Geology (Earth Surface Processes)

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The following materials must be uploaded with your application; * Cover Letter * Resume/CV * Statement of Research and Plans * Statement of teaching philosophy * Contact information for three professional references

Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Assistant Professor, Geology (Earth Surface Processes)
Department Geological Sciences & Engineering
Department Web Address
Full Time Equivalent


Position Type Academic Faculty
Comp Grade II
Tenure Track Tenure Track
Job Description

The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks an Earth Scientist for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level specializing in the general theme of Earth Surface Dynamics. This geoscience discipline includes the coevolution of landscapes, climate, tectonic systems, life, and the study of Earth’s sedimentary record. We seek a new faculty member that uses some combination of fieldwork, petrology, controlled experiments, computational modeling, remote sensing, and theory to decipher the sedimentary record and quantify earth surface dynamics, and in doing so, will establish an innovative, world-class externally-funded research program. It is expected that, depending on the candidate hired, s/he will contribute to the geology curricula including introductory courses, field courses, undergraduate and graduate classes in sedimentology, Earth surface processes, and courses developed in their research focus area. The successful applicant will be expected to direct graduate student research at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The specific field of interest is open, but preference will be given to candidates who can fortify and/or complement our existing areas of expertise in tectonics, sedimentary geochemistry, geomorphology, micropaleontology and paleolimnology, geological engineering, natural hazards, economic geology, geothermal systems, and/or planetary geology.

The Department is part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, which also includes two state-funded Earth Science units, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and is an integral part of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences. More information about the Department can be found at

Applications are due by November 30, 2017 and review will begin shortly after. We are expecting to fill the position by April 1, 2018 with a start date of July 1, 2018.

The University of Nevada, Reno has a growing and increasingly diverse student population of approximately 21,000, including over 2,800 graduate students. The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. The city of Reno offers an excellent quality of life, with entertainment and cultural opportunities in excess of most cities of similar size. The city lies one hour from Lake Tahoe and four hours east of San Francisco in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and has a mild high desert climate. A highly rated location for living and outdoor recreation, the Reno area also enjoys a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community.

Questions regarding the search may be addressed to the head of the search committee, Dr. Paula Noble at

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have been awarded a doctorate degree in a geoscience field by the time of hire (July 1, 2018) and demonstrate the potential to establish a teaching and research program with international recognition. Excellent communication skills, established record of publication commensurate with the applicant’s career stage, commitment to teaching, and ability to attract external funding are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience/expertise in at least one of the following areas: Earth surface processes, sedimentology, stratigraphy, sedimentary geochemistry, tectonics, quantitative modeling, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, paleolimnology, planetary geology.

Contact Information for this Position

Sharee Williams
(775) 682-8795

Special Instructions to Applicants

The following materials must be uploaded with your application;

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Research and Plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Contact information for three professional references
Job Open Date 09/11/2017
Job Close Date 11/30/2017
Open Until Filled No
Search Number 72848
Note to All Applicants

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
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  3. Statement of Research and Plans
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