Assistant or Associate or Professor of Geological Engineering

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February 16, 2013

Job Description
Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Geological Engineering
Geology and Geological Engineering
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a nine-month tenure track position in Geological Engineering at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level. We seek candidates with expertise in application of geophysical methods in areas that complement department strengths. The successful applicant will develop and teach courses in engineering geophysics and his/her specialty at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as fundamental curriculum courses in the geology and geological engineering programs. A completed Ph.D. in geological engineering or a closely related field is required. Preference will be given to those applicants that have, or are eligible to attain, Professional Engineering status, by virtue of having graduated from an accredited engineering program. The successful applicant will also develop an externally funded research program and advise graduate students. The department offers degrees through the Ph.D. in Geology and Geological Engineering. Nine-month salary range is commensurate with background and experience. This is a benefited position.

The university is at the center of diverse geological terrain and is located in Rapid City, SD. The Black Hills uplift lies within the northern Rocky Mountains, contains an historical gold mining region, and is flanked by the fossil-rich Badlands and the energy resource-rich Williston and Powder River basins. Our Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station offers a variety of geology, geological engineering, volcanology, paleontology, and ecology field camps in the Black Hills, Hawaii, Turkey, Iceland, Nepal, and India. A number of facilities augment the natural laboratory, including a rock mechanics laboratory, GIS/remote sensing laboratory, a biogeochemistry facility, and an Engineering and Mining Experiment Station with a variety of analytical capabilities. The department has a van-mounted Geoprobe, a photogrammetry system, and a laser camera with analytical software to augment geotechnical research. The department and the Museum of Geology have just opened the new Paleontology Research Center to house its collection of 500,000+ specimens.

Established in 1885 before South Dakota became a state, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a world-class technological university with a legacy of excellence. The School of Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Academic rigor is an institutional hallmark we support by maintaining a low (i.e., 14:1) student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immerse learning experiences (e.g., undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, national competitions involving teams fielded by our Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production, and study abroad.) As a result, graduates begin their careers with average starting salaries in excess of $56K and a competitive professional advantage. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: Energy and Environment; Materials and Manufacturing; STEM Education; and Underground Science. Rapid City is home to over 2400 School of Mines’ students, including traditional and non-traditional learners from 37 states and 35 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 68,886 and metropolitan population of 126,382) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about the School of Mines and Rapid City, visit: and

The School of Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation. This position is funded from other funds and is needed to support the educational and research missions of the university.

SDSM&T is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.

NOTES: Employer will assist with relocation costs

A completed Ph.D. in geological engineering or related field.

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