The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Science
Department of Geological Sciences

Professor of Geological Sciences

Position Description: The Department is proud to announce the newly created Kenneth F. and Patricia Clark Distinguished Chair in Economic Geology. The one-million-dollar endowment shall be used to support the activities of the Distinguished Chair, in particular to enhance research in the field of Economic Geology and/or Resource Extraction, and to support the development of students’ abilities to gain employment in such sectors. We are interested in applicants with an exceptional record of successful projects in the area of Economic Geology. The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to develop and strengthen the Department’s ties with the mining and extractive industries, as well as the capacity to mentor students and guide their projects through to publication. The successful candidate will teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate classes. The candidate will be expected to attract research funding from external sources. The hired person will have the opportunity to participate in the Department’s Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences ( Salary for this Full Professor position is negotiable.

The Department: The Department of Geological Sciences at UTEP is a vibrant group of 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty. The degrees the Department offers include the B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geology, the B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science, and the B.S. and M.S. in Geophysics. We also support student training in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs with Environmental Science and Engineering and Computational Science. The Department research portfolio addresses global challenges in the environment and natural resources while taking advantage of our regional geological setting for research and education. Our integrative and collaborative efforts have resulted in research expenditures in excess of $10M over the last five years.

The Department of Geological Sciences occupies an attractive, 90,000-sq. ft. building containing offices, laboratories, and classrooms. We have a multi-collector (MC)-ICP-MS, an IRMS, an electron microprobe, and a Malvern particle size analyzer. Geophysical research infrastructure includes multiple seismometers, gravimeters, magnetometers, differential GPS receivers, surface and downhole geophysical tools (conductivity, resistivity), ground-penetrating radar, and extensive computational and software resources. More information about the activities and facilities in the Department can be found at In addition, the collaborative research environment at UTEP affords access to a variety of analytical equipment in the Departments of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences and the Nanomaterials Integration Lab. Interactions with the Center for Environmental Resource Management and other multidisciplinary research centers are encouraged.

About UTEP and El Paso: The University of Texas at El Paso is a burgeoning national and international research university committed to access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over 25,000 students and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. UTEP is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Community Engaged,” and UTEP faculty have been nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, research, and scholarship.

As a center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded more than 110,000 degrees since its founding in 1914 and is one of the major economic engines in the Paso Del Norte region. UTEP offers exciting programs that are open to the public, including: Division I athletics, award-winning theater, dance, and music, the internationally acclaimed Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, the Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens, and continuing and lifelong educational opportunities. The campus boasts a unique and spectacular Bhutanese architecture in a desert setting.

El Paso County is a highly livable, bicultural community of almost 700,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It consistently ranked among the safest large cities in the United States. Embraced by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to enjoy outdoor activities year round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it a leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso comprises 248 square miles, making it the 6th largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States.

Required Qualifications: The Department of Geological Sciences is interested in hiring a faculty member with a distinguished career in the area of Economic Geology that is capable of teaching at the Undergraduate and Graduate level, conducting fundamental research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and mentoring students in applied mineral exploration, genesis of ore deposits and/or other related areas. Candidates capable of building active research programs and engaging in collaborative research are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with either industrial and/or academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Such achievements as: a track record of peer-reviewed publications, attainment of research funding, leadership, project management, discoveries and or exploration success and entrepreneurship would be viewed favorably. Teaching experience in the field, laboratory or classroom will also be a consideration. Demonstrated collaborations in research are valued as well.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018 and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The anticipated appointment date is August 1, 2019.

Applications must submit the following:

  1. letter of interest;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. description of research and teaching interests;
  4. description of major achievements and contributions to economic geology;
  5. description of how the applicant would approach broadening participation of underrepresented groups in the geosciences; and
  6. complete contact information for at least five references.

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Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services

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