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Assistant Professor in Paleobiology/Paleontology, Department of Geoscience, College of Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas [R0118966]

The Department of Geoscience at the University of Nevada Las Vegas invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Paleobiology/Paleontology at the Assistant Professor level. The area of specialization is open but could include the co-evolution of life and environments, mass extinctions, biotic responses to paleoclimate/paleoceanographic change, and/or geologic influences on the origins, distribution, and evolution of life. Applicants whose research and teaching interests complement existing departmental strengths are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous externally funded research program, contribute to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and participate in service activities. The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Geoscience or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution by the start of the appointment, which is anticipated to be August 2020. Salary is competitive, contingent upon funding.

The UNLV Geoscience Department ( currently has 21 faculty, ~240 undergraduate students, and ~50 MS/PhD students. The department hosts laboratory facilities including stable isotope, argon geochronology, fluid inclusion, XRD, dendrochronology, electron microprobe/SEM, and incoming LA-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS labs. UNLV is a Carnegie top research status institution, ranks among the nation’s most diverse campuses, and has graduate programs rated among the nation’s top 100, including Geoscience. The Department is located in close proximity to several National Monuments and Parks, museum collections, as well as vast expanses of Public Lands that are rich in paleontological resources, including the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in the Las Vegas Valley.

Application materials must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, proposed research plan (three page limit), statement of teaching philosophy and interests (two page limit), a statement of past or potential contributions to diversity (one page limit), 1–4 representative publications, and contact information for at least four referees. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Ganqing Jiang (, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online at For assistance with the application on-line portal, please contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or UNLV is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.