Utah State University

Assistant Professor in Lithospheric Evolution

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(6/3/2021 1:17 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University (USU), Logan, invites applications for an academic-year (9-month), tenure-track Assistant Professor position in lithospheric dynamics and evolution, anticipated to begin August 2022. We seek candidates who combine geophysical, geochemical, and/or geological observations to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and quantitative investigation of solid-Earth system science. We particularly welcome candidates with research focusing on the physics and physical-state properties of Earth materials, geophysical observation of active lithospheric dynamics, and/or metamorphic/igneous petrology.


Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  For more information, please contact:


Dr. Anthony R. Lowry

Search Committee Chair



The position involves academic research (50%), teaching (40%) graduate and undergraduate courses, advising/mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and service (10%) to the community.


Successful candidates will complement our Department’s current strengths and demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in research and scholarly leadership through development of a vibrant, externally funded research program. Candidates are expected to contribute to our core undergraduate curriculum and teach graduate courses, as well as encourage and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our department and university.


The Department of Geosciences is especially interested in candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence through their research, teaching, and service. Qualified candidates should be devoted to mentoring graduate students and enhancing the experiences of our undergraduates.  


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. By the start date, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geology, Geophysics, Geosciences, or a closely related field.
  2. Evidence of established or emerging research streams with publication and funding potential

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Postdoctoral research experience
  2. Strong record of peer-reviewed publication and potential in obtaining grant funding
  3. Record of success or potential in teaching and mentoring
  4. Evidence of ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusivity among geoscience communities

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Letter of application/cover letter

3) Statement of research interests and vision

4) Statement of teaching philosophy, experiences, and interests

5) Statement of philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion

6) One representative publication

7) Names and contact information for three references


Please upload the cover, research, teaching, DEI, and pub documents into the Candidate Profile under "Other documents 1-10". Each file should follow the naming convention:


Lithos_[applicant last name]_[first 3 letters of applicant first name]_[file type]


(For example, the cover letter for an applicant named John Smith should be named "Lithos_Smith_Joh_Cover").


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Geosciences is a vibrant, rigorous solid-Earth science program with 15 faculty and four lecturers that regularly hosts postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists (https://geo.usu.edu/). The department offers dissertation/thesis-based Ph.D. and Master’s degrees, as well as a professional Master’s option. Research resources include a microscopy laboratory with a new state-of-the-art Raman spectrometer, a field-emission scanning electron microscope, laboratories for stable isotope, luminescence, ICP-MS, and X-ray analyses, and mineral separation and aliquot preparation facilities.


Earth science research at USU is enhanced by collaborative opportunities with other USU departments and research centers, including the departments of Watershed Sciences; Plants, Soils, and Climate; and Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Ecology Center, and the Utah Climate Center.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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