Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Ames, IOWA

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Posting Details

Posting Number 800202
Working Title Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology
Advertised Employing Department Geological & Atmospheric Sciences
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date 08/16/2019
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a nationally recognized, externally funded research program; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; and teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including in sedimentary geology. Research should complement existing strengths in the department, which include climate modeling, paleoclimatology, environmental geochemistry, glaciology, hydrogeology, geophysics, economic geology, structural geology, and geoscience education.

Additionally, the successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in research, teaching at all levels, and performance of service duties.

Required Education and Experience

PhD in Geosciences or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience

Record of publication/creative activity.

Demonstrated potential to establish a successful, externally funded research program that complements existing strengths in the department.

Demonstrated potential for collaboration with other faculty and departments/units on campus.

Demonstrated potential to attain excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels including sedimentary geology.

Postdoctoral experience.

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences is staffed by 22 faculty and has an operating budget of about $3M. The Department has areas of strength in climate and Quaternary Geology, microscale and mesoscale meteorology, hydrology, solid-earth processes, and geoscience education. Research facilities include a Linux computing cluster with 16 nodes, each containing quad-core processers, and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in stable isotope geochemistry, analogue tectonic modeling, biogeochemistry, and glaciology. Programs in geology and meteorology serve a total of ~170 undergraduate majors, and the Department is a principal contributor to the University’s environmental science program. About 40 M.S. and Ph.D. students are enrolled in the geology and meteorology graduate programs. Generous support for the Department is provided by an active group of alumni. The Geology Program runs a multi-use, newly renovated field station in northwest Wyoming with a 60-year tradition of providing immersive education for students from across the country. For further information, please visit

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.
Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.
Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Neal Iverson
Department Contact Phone 515-294-8048
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

PhD must be conferred by the start date of the appointment.

Research and teaching opportunities for this position exist at the Iowa State University Geology Field Station, located in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Statement of Teaching and Research
4) Reference Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 01/07/2019
Pre-Employment Screening

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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