Assistant Professor Hard Rock Geosciences

Location: Norman, Ok.
Open Date: June 1, 2022


The Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy School of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in hard rock geosciences at the rank of Assistant Professor. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in a related field at the time of appointment and exhibit strong research and teaching potential. The candidate is expected to establish an innovative externally funded research program, build collaborations within and outside the School, and work with colleagues and students to strengthen our community, as described in OU's Lead On, University strategic plan. We encourage applications from scholars with a broad range of approaches to hard rock geosciences. In their application, candidates should highlight any connections to campus-wide collaborative research priorities addressing pressing societal needs in critical minerals resources, hydrogen energy storage, and/or carbon capture and underground storage. We welcome demonstration of other linkages to OU's Research Strategic Verticals (Energy and Environmental Sustainability, for example). The candidate will serve as a primary instructor of an undergraduate course in igneous and metamorphic petrology, contribute to undergraduate general education teaching, as well as develop and teach upper level undergraduate and graduate courses within their area of expertise.

Information about School of Geoscience research and teaching facilities can be found on our website. Additional resources at OU include the Electron Microprobe Laboratory, Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory, Bartell Field Camp, Kessler Field Station, Mass Spectrometry lab, Oklahoma Geological Surveycore and data repositories, OU Supercomputing Center for Research and Education (OSCER), and wholistic faculty development support through the Center for Faculty Excellence.

The University of Oklahoma is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In Fall 2020, 22% of OU's freshmen were first-generation college students, while 29.7% of all students belonged to underrepresented groups and 5.2% were international. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the "Best Places to Live" rankings. Visit for more information. Norman's central location within the state provides many opportunities for field education and research on outcrops of crystalline rocks within 2 hours of campus.



  • Earned Ph.D. in Geoscience or related field by expected start date
  • Strong writing, organization, facilitation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Potential to develop an impactful, externally funded research program in hard rock geosciences
  • Ability and interest to teach igneous/metamorphic petrology
  • Knowledge of inclusive teaching practices and mentoring approaches
  • Commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that engage students as they explore geoscience, provide the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the geoscience workforce, and encourage students to become active members of the scientific community


  • Demonstrated experience addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in STEM
  • Demonstrated experience with and/or connections to priority research areas and teaching needs
  • Established publication record in hard rock geosciences
  • Demonstrated teaching record

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio at:

Review of applications will begin September 12th, 2022, and the search will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date is August 2023.

Questions, information requests, and nominations should be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Andy Elwood Madden,

Applicants should submit a detailed cover letter (no more than 4 pages), CV, and list of 3-4 references. The application should address the qualifications.

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