Career Opportunities


The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic leader to head the Department. We seek a recognized teacher and researcher with a proven track record of leadership, management, vision, and mentoring. We seek candidates excited to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of leading scientists and engineers, and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. The department head will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in research and teaching. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s diversity and online commitment.

The Geology and Geological Engineering Department currently has 19 tenured/tenure track faculty, 8 research faculty, 7 affiliated faculty, 140 undergraduates, and 180 graduate students. The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Geological Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology, Geological Engineering, Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering, Geochemistry, and Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering, as well as several non-thesis and Professional M.S. degrees. There are currently 11 significant research programs or centers in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering funded by industry and/or government agencies. Resources include laboratories for experimental geology, equipment for field studies and summer field camp, and computational facilities for modeling, and visualization. For more information about the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, visit

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to:

  • Provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen the research and teaching in the Department.
  • Oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development of the Department.
  • Promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, in particular in the area of educational innovation.
  • Facilitate a world-class environment for research in geology and geological engineering with active collaborations with academia and industry.
  • Administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities.
  • Represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Lead fund-raising for departmental activities, budget preparation and management.
  • Department Heads at Mines are also expected to teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geology, Geological Engineering or a related field, and a proven track record in research and service. Applicant should meet the criteria for the rank of Professor. Administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management are highly desirable. Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are a must. The successful candidate will have demonstrated high ethical standards and is expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. The successful candidate should be responsive to the needs of the faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance the diversity of faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications: Administrative experience, evidence of successful personnel and financial management, and strong management experience with large organizations are highly desirable. Also desired is experience working in or with industry and online course development.

Diversity Commitment: Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of excellence in learning and research. Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs and to creating an environment that is diverse in ideas, that fosters energizing and enlightening debates, deeper commitments, and a host of educational research and service outcomes. As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit

How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload the following: a curriculum vitae, a written statement of interest addressing your qualifications, a separate vision statement for leading the department, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a 1-page statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (required).

Review of applications will begin by August 1, 2018.


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An attractive benefits package and moving allowance is available to the successful candidate; an annual salary up to $70,000 is provided, commensurate with experience.

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•        • Responsibility for the technical and administrative guidance and oversight of all scientific research, applications, engineering and development, and production activities conducted by EROS.

•        • Represents the USGS’s interests in space mission forums.

•        • Directs the activities of the EROS staff and supporting contracts, including the operation of satellite mission control facilities, the operation of associated ground receiving and processing systems; development of agreements with international cooperators, the operation of the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LPDAAC); the management of the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive; and the conduct of research on new remote sensing tools and their applications to land resource management and Earth science issues.

•        • Manages USGS leadership of and/or participation in the Landsat 9, Land Cover Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP), the Landfire Program, the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD) Program, ongoing satellite mission operations for Landsat 7 and 8, the Famine Early Warning Systems, and emergency response support to disaster situations.

•        • Develops and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships with executives, national program coordinators and science managers throughout the USGS, representing all discipline areas in order to promote and facilitate the growth and success of integrated and multidisciplinary science program and projects.

Open & closing dates - 05/07/2018 to 06/08/2018

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