Job Posting: Faculty, Postdoc, NSF Science Assistant Positions

1) Faculty position on Remote Sensing – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2) Two assistant professor positions in Geochemistry and Structural Geology – San Diego State University
3) Assistant or Associate Professor in Igneous and/or Metamorphic Petrology – The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin
4) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Seafloor Seismology – Woods Hole  Oceanographic Institution
5) Tenure-Track Faculty, Hydrogeology – The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University
6) Science Assistant positions – National Science Foundation


1) Faculty position on Remote Sensing – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Geology in the School of Earth, Society, and Environment ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System, seeks an outstanding scholar with expertise in Remote Sensing. Applications are invited from candidates whose research falls within the broad scope of Earth sciences – including, but not limited to: surface and groundwater, landscape change, tectonics, environmental and climate science, earthquakes, glaciology, and volcanology. The full-time, 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty appointment is at the Assistant Professor level with a target start date of August 16, 2020.

The Department of Geology resides within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

The University of Illinois is committed to the family needs of our faculty members, including dual career partners. The Dual Career Academic Couples program, Provost Initiative #8, facilitates the placement of tenure-system faculty partners in positions on campus (including tenure track). More information may be found at:

The Geology Department is committed to building and maintaining an excellent and diverse academic environment. We are dedicated to advancing inclusion and diversity through our teaching, research, and service. Qualified applications will be considered regardless of age, race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Responsibilities in Research and Teaching: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program in the area of remote sensing. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at least two courses within the Geology curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Synergy with Campus Excellence Themes and Strengths: The successful candidate will benefit from existing strengths within the Department of Geology: surface environments and landscape research, tectonics, geophysics, geodynamics; within SESE: CyberGIS & geography, and Atmospheric Remote Sensing; and across campus: the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, data science programs in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering, and fluid dynamic, surface environments and earthquake hazards research in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Science and Engineering. Excellent opportunities also exists for collaborations with the United States Geological Survey and Illinois State Geological Survey.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in Geology or a related field by mid-June 2020 for a preferred start date of Aug 16, 2020. Applicants must have a promising research agenda and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive, commensurate with skills and experience. Information on benefits may be found at:

Application: To apply, create your candidate profile through and submit application materials by November 15, 2019. Required documents:

  • Cover letter that details suitability for and interest in the position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Up to three representative publications
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Teaching Experience and Goals
  • Statement on Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date.

Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. Questions can be directed to search committee chair Prof. Lijun Liu,, phone: (217) 333-3540.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


2) Two assistant professor positions in Geochemistry and Structural Geology – San Diego State University

Two assistant professor positions are open at San Diego State University in geochemistry and structural geology. Would you please distribute these on your GeoPRISMS Listserv at your earliest convenience? Thank you!


The Department of Geological Sciences and the Environmental Sciences Program at SDSU invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in geochemistry and environmental sciences. The preferred start date of the appointment is August 2020.
The full advertisement and directions for application are posted at:
For questions or more information please contact Dr. David L. Kimbrough, Search Committee Chair at

SDSU is an equal opportunity/Title IX employer.


We seek to hire a candidate who uses field-based and/or computational models to address questions related to structural deformation in regions of active tectonics. Specific areas of research might include any aspects of structural geology and/or active tectonics through the use of field studies, applied geophysics, computational techniques and/or models. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded, independent research program with student participation. Contribution to the Department of Geological Sciences teaching mission and participation in University and/or community service is also expected. Candidates should have a PhD in Geology or related field, relevant post-doctoral experience, a strong record of research accomplishments, external funding and a demonstrated capacity for teaching.

Additional information and application procedures are available at Https://

Review of applications will begin on 21 October 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Allen Gontz,

SDSU is an equal opportunity/Title IX employer.

3) Assistant or Associate Professor in Igneous and/or Metamorphic Petrology – The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin

Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate (tenured) Professor in Igneous and/or Metamorphic Petrology The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire a faculty member in the field of igneous and/or metamorphic petrology at the Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured) level.  We seek an outstanding scientist who will establish an innovative, world class, externally funded research program in the petrological evolution of the Earth and possibly other terrestrial bodies. We seek a candidate who will take advantage of the extensive analytical and/or computational capabilities of the Jackson School and complement our existing research strengths. A Ph.D. is required by the expected start date.

The Department of Geological Sciences is part of the Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG), which also includes two research units, the Institute for Geophysics and the Bureau of Economic Geology. With over 190 research scientists and faculty, the Jackson School of Geosciences is one of the largest academic earth science schools in the country. The University is located in a thriving metropolitan area with a dynamic, multicultural community of over 1 million people. The department is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community and we strongly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels.

Review of applications will begin December 17, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter; CV; research statement; teaching statement; statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and or service; and a list of at least three individuals who would be able to provide letters of reference. Submit copies of these materials through Interfolio’s ‘Apply Now’ option. Questions concerning the application process or receipt of application materials should be sent to

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


4)    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Seafloor Seismology – Woods Hole  Oceanographic Institution

The newly formed Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announces a competition for a Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship. OBSIC’s mission is to support discovery of the earth’s internal structure and its dynamic processes using seafloor seismic measurements. (See The OBSIC Postdoctoral Fellowship, recognizing the importance of marine seismology and ocean-bottom seismic instrumentation to continued discovery in Earth Sciences, aims to help maintain the strength of the field by supporting instrumentation-focused research and development.

You are invited to apply for this Fellowship for any project related to: 1) research and engineering in the area of seafloor seismic instrumentation, including the development and/or application of new sensors; 2) advancing our knowledge of earth structure with an emphasis on using ocean- bottom seismograph data, including the development and/or application of new analytical methodologies; 3) understanding earthquake-related processes using seafloor seismology and/or geodesy; 4) advancing our knowledge of the interplay between seafloor seismic measurements and oceanographic processes; and 5) other projects within this broad scope. The successful candidate may choose to carry out research with faculty in any of WHOI’s science and engineering departments, with staff at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, or a combination thereof.

Completed applications will be accepted up to October 15, 2019 for consideration for Postdoctoral Scholar Awards for 2020-2021. Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2020 and before December 1, 2021.

Further information may be obtained at:

Application forms may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI web pages at, or by contacting: The WHOI Postdoctoral Coordinator Telephone: (508) 289-2950 ٠ E-mail:


5) Tenure-Track Faculty, Hydrogeology – The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, PA invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of Hydrogeology, to be filled at the rank of assistant or associate professor, depending upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. We seek a creative colleague who will develop a vigorous externally-funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and demonstrate commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. The Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and houses top-ranked research programs in environmental and climate sciences, geology, geophysics, and geochemistry. Water is an important component of the University Strategic Plan, and Penn State hosts several campus-wide initiatives in water resources through, for example, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment ( and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute ( Applications should be submitted online and include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research vision, statement of teaching interests, and evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. Additionally, we request names and contact information for four references. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geosciences or related field at the time of appointment. Appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Don Fisher, Chair of the Search Committee, at


6)    Science assistant positions – National Science Foundation

The Marine Geosciences Section is looking to hire two new Science Assistants, one for the Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG) Program and one for the Chemical Oceanography (CO) Program.  The Science Assistant will work with either the MGG Program Officers or the CO Program Officers, as well as others in the Division of Ocean Sciences, providing service of value to the Programs and simultaneously developing an understanding of key aspects of the science and engineering enterprise that will be valuable to a future professional scientific career. Science Assistants help to manage the Program’s merit review process and award oversight activities, as well as participate in other developmental assignments including report preparation, working with other parts of NSF and other government agencies, and exchanging information with the scientific research community.

Please pass the word along to students or others who might be interested. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in marine geosciences or marine biogeochemistry. Backgrounds in other fields of ocean sciences or earth sciences will also be considered. The preferred start date is January 2020, and the position will be for a maximum duration of two years.

Interested parties should send a current CV and statement of interest to Dr. Deborah Smith ( for the MGG science assistant position and Simone Metz ( for the CO science assistant position.  Statements of interest will be accepted until November 15, 2019.

Simone Metz, Program Director in Chemical Oceanography

Debbie Smith, Program Director in Marine Geology and Geophysics


Please note, new job announcements (usually) will be distributed to the GeoPRISMS Listserv on the 1st and 15th of each month.