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Assistant Professor, Surficial Processes, Department of Geology & Geography, West Virginia University
Job Number: 13110
The Department of Geology & Geography at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position starting in August 2020. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Geoscience or a related field is required at the time of appointment. We seek applications from individuals with expertise in the study of surficial processes. Relevant specialties might include land surface dynamics, landscape evolution, geohazards, tectonic geomorphology, critical zone studies, fluvial systems, stream restoration, and land-use dynamics. The successful applicant will demonstrate potential to establish a vigorous externally funded research program, publish scholarly work, mentor graduate students, contribute to diversity and inclusion, and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels to support our Geology, Geography, and Environmental Geoscience programs (including a junior-senior level course in Geomorphology). Those with the ability to carry out big-data analytics and modeling are encouraged to apply.
West Virginia, with its steep topography, narrow valleys, frequent floods and landslides and a history of anthropogenic landscape change, offers endless research targets. The WV GIS Technical Center (wvgis.wvu.edu) in the Department provides opportunities for collaboration, as does the WVU Institute for Water Security and Science (iwss.wvu.edu). In addition to working with colleagues in Geology and Geography, the new hire will also have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Statler College of Engineering.
WVU (www.wvu.edu) is a comprehensive land-grant university that enrolls about 29,000 students. It is classified as “R1-very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. WVU is located in Morgantown (www.morgantownwv.gov) which is ranked in the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. The immediate region has a diverse population of about 200,000 residents. The community lies within a high technology corridor that includes several federal research facilities such as DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, as well as resource-based industries. The city is readily accessible to Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.
To apply for this position, visit https://careers.wvu.edu, navigate to the position title listed above, and submit, (1) a single PDF file including a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement describing the candidate’s potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community (to be evaluated without regard to the candidate’s personal demographics); (2) a list of names and e-mail addresses for at least three individuals who can provide prompt letters of recommendation; and (3) pdf files of up to three publications.
Review of applications will commence on November 11, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please see https://www.geo.wvu.edu/faculty-and-staff/surficial or write to Surficial.Processes@mail.wvu.edu. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.