School of The Environment

Assistant Professor - Earth Materials

The School of the Environment at Washington State University invites applications for a nine-month, full-time tenure-track position in Earth Materials on the Pullman campus at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 2020. We seek applicants who will develop an internationally recognized and externally funded program with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: petrology, mineralogy, volcanology, magmatic processes, or tectonic processes. The School welcomes applications from both scholars beginning their careers and those whose careers are more advanced.

The SoE is home to the Peter Hooper GeoAnalytical Laboratory and the Radiogenic Isotope and Geochronology Laboratory that maintain state-of-the art capabilities in whole rock and micro-scale major and trace element analysis, U-Pb and Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology, and radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry. Instruments in the laboratories (see: include a ThermoFinnigan Neptune Plus MC-ICP-MS and Element2 ICP-MS, Teledyne Analyte 193nm excimer and NewWave Nd-YAG 213nm laser ablation systems, an Agilent 7700x quadrupole ICP-MS, three X-ray fluorescence spectrometers, and a JOEL JXA-8500 F field emission electron microprobe. The candidate is expected take a leadership role in developing and funding research initiatives that take advantage of the GeoAnalytical Laboratory.

WSU is a Tier I research institution that offers competitive salaries and start-up packages. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs ( Credit toward tenure may be negotiable.

The successful candidate will be expected to: (i) develop an externally funded research program; (ii) publish research in top quality, high impact journals; (iii) teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to the field of Earth Materials; (iv) mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students; (v) take a leadership role in the GeoAnalytical Laboratory; (vi) work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds; and (vii) serve university, college, school, and professional organizations.

Required: Earned doctorate in Earth Materials or related discipline at time of hire, with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: petrology, mineralogy, volcanology, magmatic processes, or tectonic processes; Record of research accomplishment as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications; Potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program (peer-reviewed publications and developed research agenda); Demonstrated ability and/or potential to successfully teach and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the field of Earth Materials.

Preferred: Ability to conduct research and graduate training in an interdisciplinary setting, while building on existing strengths within the core field of solid Earth geosciences; Ability to take a leadership role in developing research initiatives in the GeoAnalytical Laboratory; Ability to educate and support under-served groups and contribute to WSU's equity, diversity, and inclusion goals in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service (

Screening of application materials begins December 2, 2019, and the application window will remain open until filled. To view the full job advertisement and to apply, visit:

Applications must include: (i) a letter of application describing how your experience and training meet the required and preferred qualifications for this position given above; (ii) a current curriculum vita; (iii) a statement of research interests and accomplishments; (iv) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (v) a list of three professional references (include names, addresses, e-mails and telephone numbers). Because equity is an important part of the WSU mission, we request that applicants include a separate paragraph in the application letter telling us how equity figures into their past, present, and future teaching, research, and community engagement. Teaching and research statements should each be limited to two single-spaced pages.

For questions about the position contact: Dr. Jeff Vervoort, Search Committee Chair, 509-335-5597, EEO/AA/ADA

posted: 18 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.