Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences

(Rank based on qualifications and experience; possible consideration at Associate or Full Professor levels for exceptional candidates)

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Reports to: Dean of School of Arts and Sciences
Deadline: January 31st, 2020 (open until filled)
Commencement Date: August 1st 2020 (or earlier)

Summary of Position

The University of Central Asia seeks to fill several full-time positions in the Earth and Environmental Sciences programme at UCA's campus in Khorog, Tajikistan. In your role as faculty member, you will be contributing to the development and implementation of a new BSc Earth and Environmental Sciences curriculum that has been designed in partnership with the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Programme Description

Academic programmes combine the student-centered environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by an emerging research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English. You will teach small classes and provide students with personal attention to ensure that they master and apply the material. UCA's cross-disciplinary Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) programme aims to create leaders in various sectors and scholars who can pursue overseas graduate studies. The programme integrates the study of environmental science, earth science, and related social systems. The successful candidate is expected to be research active and will have the opportunity to work with students and pursue research relevant to Central Asia with the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI), which offers international expertise in spatial analysis, natural hazards, hydrology, and biogeophysical processes in an iconic mountain setting.

Key Responsibilities

UCA is embarking on a cluster hiring initiative to recruit several key faculty members in the Earth and Environmental Science programme. The hires are targeted at the Assistant Professor level, but exceptional candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor level. PhD scholars, who have completed all but their thesis, may be considered at the Lecturer level. We are interested in filling several interdisciplinary niches, which should complement and interact with one another in research and teaching agendas and encompass the Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere. The areas of recruitment are as follows:

Physical geology

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Central Asia invites applications for a position in the broad field of physical geology, with expertise in several of the following areas: sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, structural geology, geophysics, and earth surface processes. We are particularly interested in a scholar who can contribute to undergraduate teaching in the areas of field geology, general geology, sedimentology, sedimentary resources and geodynamics. Expertise in remote sensing and GIS applied to earth sciences is welcome.

The successful candidate will teach various undergraduate earth sciences courses, bridging theory and practical applications in the geosciences. Opportunities exist to build active research and outreach collaborations within and outside the university and to develop internationally recognized research programs with other colleagues.

Water and the Environment

We seek a broadly focused environmental scientist, physical geographer, or hydrologist, interested in teaching courses in environmental science, environmental impact assessment, climate change, and hydrology. Candidates with interest in cold region hydrology and the cryosphere in a changing climate, who can link climatic drivers with hydrological response in the context of land management and dynamic landscapes, are encouraged to apply. Teaching will involve water, atmosphere, agriculture and climate change courses. The ideal candidate should also have practical skills in remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and spatial analysis with an emphasis on how recent innovations in remote sensing fit with sustainable environmental management methods. Research collaborations with MSRI on natural hazards and effects of climate change on water supplies are anticipated. Research would complement MSRI's portfolio in the areas of land degradation, natural hazard mitigation, small-scale mountain agricultural and pasture management, and assessing legacies of land use and industrial practices.

Earth Surface Processes

We seek a broad-based physical geographer, geomorphologist, pedologist, or geoscientist interested in teaching undergraduate courses in this discipline and collaborating with MSRI researchers on projects affecting livelihoods in mountain environments of Central Asia, such as land degradation, geohazards, and climate-change impacts. Candidates with skills in spatial science; catchment erosion processes; water and sediment fluxes; and cryosphere processes are encouraged to apply. Candidate will be required to teach in the areas of earth surface processes, geomorphology, soil science, and support research and publishing in areas relevant to this discipline. This position will also focus on research and external engagement within the broad field of earth and environmental sciences, relevant to the management of land and water in dynamic mountain environments of Central Asia.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Assistant Professor and above: PhD in an appropriate field of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Lecturer: Master's in an appropriate field of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Russian or local languages is an asset

Desirable Attributes


  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a teaching team; flexibility and the ability to work in a new and evolving academic environment is essential
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia or in a developing country would be an asset
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students at the undergraduate level.
  • Experience using innovative teaching and evaluation methods


  • A track record of publishing original research in high quality refereed journals
  • Regular contributions and involvement in relevant international professional conferences
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset
  • Aware of current and future industry and development trends; strong network of regional and international contacts.
  • The ability to attract funding for research projects is a definite asset

Salary and Package

Commensurate with qualification and experience to attract the best candidate.

How to Apply

To apply for the position, please visit the AKDN Career Centre.

At the application stage, you should submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Up-to-date resume
  • List of published work and link to the google scholar profile
  • List of at least three references who may to attest to your teaching/research experience
  • Teaching evaluations (if applicable)

For more information about UCA's academic programmes please visit https://www.ucentralasia.org/Admissions/UndergraduateProgramme

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Review other job vacancies at: http://www.ucentralasia.org/About/CurrentVacancies

The University of Central Asia (UCA) includes the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. UCA is supported by the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. UCA's undergraduate programmes are located at its residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is expected to start classes in 2021. UCA will have 3,600 undergraduate students when fully operational.

posted: 10 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.