Career Opportunities



Qualifications: The candidate must possess an earned Ph.D. in the geosciences or a closely-related field from an accredited institution by July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of high-quality research, and show potential for excellence in teaching.

   Responsibilities of the new faculty member include: (i) generating and managing a robust, externally-funded, research program, (ii) publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals, (iii) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and (iv) contributing to the success of a campus initiative on the applications of unmanned aircraft systems in geological and environmental sciences. The tenure track, Assistant or Associate Professor, alternate academic year, will be expected to engage in geophysical research and teaching (e.g., gravity, magnetic methods, electrical methods, ground penetrating radar, and/or seismic imaging). Research expertise in the use of aerial or satellite geophysical data to interpret geological or hydrological processes will be given special consideration.

   Department: The Department of Geosciences, which is comprised of 13 faculty members, is research-active and nationally-ranked. The department confers B.S., M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The strengths of the department include hydrogeology, geochemistry, remote sensing, glacial geology, and sedimentary geology as well as environmental and resource analysis. A new initiative is underway to develop educational programs on the applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in geophysical and environmental sciences. Housed within the department is the Michigan Geological Survey, which supports and advocates for programs of applied research within the State of Michigan. The Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education, an important departmental component, houses a variety of subsurface samples and data related to both hydrocarbon and water resources in the region. The Department of Geosciences is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with some research and teaching conducted at the WMU campus in Punta Gorda, Florida. Learn more about the Department of Geosciences at

   Western Michigan University: Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

   Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package,

   Expected Start Date is July 1, 2018.

   Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

   Please visit  for detailed information and application procedures.

   Required application documents: Faculty Credential Summary; a letter describing qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experiences related to the position, and comprehensive vita; names, titles, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

   WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


Purdue University invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences to start as early as August 2018. We seek a recognized researcher with a proven track record of leadership, vision, and mentoring. The successful candidate will have a clear plan to continue to increase the visibility, stature, and intellectual leadership of the department and the College of Science. The department head will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching.  The EAPS department is an interdisciplinary department with 40 faculty whose diverse research topics range from the Earth’s mantle through the atmosphere, to the surfaces of other planets, to sustainable communities. We currently have new research initiatives in energy and environment, natural disasters and hazards, and data science. Department faculty are also involved in University-wide multidisciplinary research in planetary science, geochronology, climate change, and environmental science. Further information about the Department can be found at and additional materials are available upon request.

   The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences is one of seven departments in the College of Science with involvement in numerous interdisciplinary programs and centers. Beyond the College, Purdue’s strengths in Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and the Health and Human Sciences contribute to a robust research and educational environment. Further information on the College of Science is available on the website at

   Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences or a related discipline, an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and a history of extramurally funded research commensurate with the rank of full professor at Purdue, exceptional and proven leadership abilities, a vision for the Department in the university, state, and nation, a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, an enthusiasm for engagement, and a dedication to championing diversity and inclusion. 

   Applications: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with the names and e-mail addresses of three references, a statement of research and teaching accomplishments, and a vision statement for the future of EAPS research and education. Applications should be submitted to Inquiries should be directed to Ken Ridgway, Chair of EAPS Head Search Committee, Review of applications will begin February 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. Purdue University’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

   Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago invites applications for the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. We seek to include in our department scientists who will lead creative investigations into the nature of Earth and other planetary bodies–their physics, biology, chemistry, climate, and history–and who have a desire to participate in the broad intellectual life of the Department and the University. This fellowship program supports junior scientists from diverse backgrounds, including groups historically underrepresented in the earth and planetary sciences, such as women, black/African-American, native American, and Hispanic/Latino scholars.
Applicants will be early in their careers, with a Ph.D. in hand and without a tenure track appointment. Start date is negotiable, with a target of October 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Provost’s Fellow with an initial two-year tenure-track appointment at the rank of Instructor. At the end of the fellowship period, the Fellow will be considered for promotion to Assistant Professor.  A competitive salary will be offered, plus benefits. Research funds are also available. Consideration of applications will begin 15 December 2017, and short-listed applicants will be contacted in early 2018 to schedule on-campus interviews.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications and statements of research and teaching interests through the University's Academic Careers website

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email with their request.PROVOST’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE GEOPHYSICAL SCIENCES