Faculty Positions at University of Alaska Anchorage

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November 20, 2012

The University of Alaska Anchorage is in need of two faculty positions on the fields of Geochemistry, Global Environmental Change, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology.

Job Description
The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage seeks to hire two tenure-track faculty members; one in environmental/earth surface process at the Assistant Professor level and one in economic geology/mineral resources at open rank. The Department seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about local, national, and global communities. Both positions will begin in August 2013. We encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate level with expertise in the following areas:

Environmental/Earth Surface Processes: Expertise in both physical and chemical aspects of Earth-surface dynamics is desired. Research could focus on interactions between tectonics and landscape evolution, natural hazards, or near and sub-surface processes associated with geologic resources such as water, minerals, and energy. The successful candidate is expected to 1) develop successful externally funded research that actively involves undergraduate and graduate students, 2) teach introductory and upper division courses in the area of environmental/earth surface processes including contributing to the sedimentology and stratigraphy curriculum, and 3) help strengthen existing and build new partnerships between the Department and industry. The successful candidate will bring new areas of research to the program that complement existing research strengths of the Department.

Economic Geology/Mineral Resources: Expertise in the general field of economic geology/mineral resources that could include magmatic and hydrothermal systems, geochronology or isotope systematics. The successful candidate is expected to 1) develop successful externally funded research that actively involves undergraduate and graduate students, 2) teach introductory and upper division courses in the area of mineral resources with focus on developing a minerals track in the undergraduate degree program, and 3) continue to strengthen existing and build new Department-industry partnerships and develop public outreach regarding resource development. The Department currently has expertise in aqueous environmental geochemistry and exploration geochemistry and seeks to compliment that with a more hard-rock based skill set. Focus should include field and laboratory-based research that takes advantage of opportunities to work with the minerals industry in Alaska and beyond.

Both positions require university teaching experience and industry or post-doctoral experience preferred. Please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching and research interests that includes how you will involve students in research opportunities, contact information for four references, and academic transcripts to Posting #0065062 / PCN 301682 (environmental/earth surface processes) or Posting #0065054 / PCN 301756 (economic geology/mineral resources) at www.uakjobs.com. Review of applications will begin November 2, 2012 and continue until an adequate pool of candidates has been established. The University of Alaska Anchorage is located in the population center of the state.

Alaska offers not only an exceptional setting for the geologists but also year-round outdoor recreation and unsurpassed natural beauty, including close access to world-class parks and ski areas. For more information regarding this position please contact Dr. LeeAnn Munk, Professor and Chair at lamunk@uaa.alaska.edu. Representatives from the Department will also be available at the GSA and AGU meetings this fall to discuss the positions.

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