Assistant/Associate/Full Professor



Job description

Department: Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci (OAS)

Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Position Summary:
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for a tenure-track (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) faculty position to fill the newly created Barrow Family Endowed Chair in Mineral Resource Geology. For academic-track positions, it is CEOAS policy to hire as a 12-month, 0.75 FTE (equivalent to the traditional 9-month, 1.0 FTE where additional salary can be supported by external grants). Consideration for indefinite tenure is coincident with evaluation for promotion to Associate Professor.

The Barrow Endowed Chair generates funds on an annual basis to be used at the discretion of the appointee. We are particularly interested in individuals that conduct field and laboratory-based investigations of ore genesis, evolution, and exploration. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the role of fluids in crustal processes, structural and tectonic controls on magma and fluid flow, magmatic, hydrothermal and other processes that determine the concentration and dispersion of mineralized materials, geothermal or active magmatic or metamorphic systems, or related fields. Research strategies should integrate some combination of field investigation, petrology, structural geology, remote-sensing, high-temperature and isotope geochemistry, and/or other lab-based or modeling approaches.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated capabilities and/or high potential for research and teaching excellence that will inspire the next generation of geology students and early career researchers. The candidate will contribute to teaching undergraduate courses such as mineralogy, petrology-petrography-optical mineralogy, and field geology, as well as graduate courses in their specialty. We are particularly interested in applications from early career individuals. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a capacity for
(1) creative research and teaching in geology, geophysics or cognate fields,
(2) building an externally-funded research program,
(3) developing an international reputation in Mineral Resources Geology,
(4) establishing connections with industry partners and
(5) contributing to on-going college- and university-wide efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion

Oregon State University (OSU) and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences are committed to maintaining and enhancing its collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity, and equal opportunity. All OSU faculty members are responsible for helping to ensure that these goals are achieved. CEOAS faculty are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion, including efforts promoting equitable outcomes among learners of diverse and underrepresented identity groups (https://diversity ). OSU and CEOAS strive to build and sustain a welcoming, collegial and inclusive campus environment.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is an internationally recognized leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories, two oceanographic research vessels and several national facilities and centers. The College has an annual research expenditure budget of more than $80 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Energy, and other federal agencies. It has approximately 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 800 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and an M.S. degree in Marine Resource Management. The college offers undergraduate degrees in Geology, Oceanography, Climate Science, Geography and Geospatial Sciences, and Environmental Sciences as well as several minors and certificate programs.

Position Duties
50% – Teaching:
Teach and develop high quality undergraduate courses at both the lower-division and upper-division levels, and graduate courses in the candidates area of expertise. Teaching activities include classroom instruction, direction of projects, student research, and internships, serving on graduate committees, course and curriculum development, and interacting with students in more informal settings. Mentor and advise students on their development, including the choices they face relating to academic program, research, and career direction. Supervise graduate teaching assistants, as needed. Teaching duties will include 3-4 courses every year.
40% – Research/Scholarship:
Pursue scholarly research and publication, and/or professional practice in the area of specialty. Establish and maintain an externally funded program of research/scholarly work characterized by distinction as evidenced by national and international recognition for significant contributions to the field. Publish scholarly work in peer-reviewed, top-ranked journals, conference proceedings, and/or books appropriate for the areas of interest. Disseminate research results by participation at national and international professional conferences and symposium. Supervise research staff, graduate research assistants, and/or student employees, as needed.

10% – Service:
Participate actively as a member of the university community on administrative committees, search committees, in university governance activities, and student advising. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion, including efforts promoting equitable outcomes among learners of diverse and underrepresented identity groups.

Minimum Qualifications

Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Early career stage.
  • Potential for or record of teaching in Field Methods and Earth Materials courses.
  • Potential for or record of field-oriented research in Mineral Resources Geology.
  • Potential for or record of interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Potential for or record of establishing industry connections.
  • Potential for or record of engagement with underrepresented groups in the Earth Sciences.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
This position may require working in the field and laboratory around the world. Field work may require working in rough terrain, inclement weather, and strenuous environments and conditions. The ability to travel as needed to advance their research program may be required.

Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

How to apply

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae: Finalists will be required to give an open presentation which may include the distribution of their redacted curriculum vitae and a short biography

2) A cover letter that addresses each required qualification

3) Diversity Statement: What does it mean for you to have a commitment to equity, justice, diversity, access and inclusion? How have you demonstrated that commitment in your work, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it in this position?

4) A research statement that outlines your vision of the future of your field and how your research program will contribute to the vision.

5) A teaching statement that outlines your teaching philosophy, courses you could teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and your philosophy and plans for student mentoring.

6) Please submit copies of 2 publications or other examples of materials/presentations that demonstrate your scholarly potential. No more than 2 representative publications should be included.

For additional information please contact:
Andrew Meigs
[email protected]

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OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Letters of Reference will be requested on finalists only. When applying, you will be asked to provide the email address and telephone number for 5 referees who will be sent a secure quicklink that will allow them to upload the requested letters of reference on your behalf.

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

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