School of Arts & Sciences

Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position with an expected start date of Sept. 1, 2020. Interested applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. We are seeking outstanding candidates in the broad fields of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and paleobiology whose work relates to the co-evolution of physical, chemical, and biological systems of the Earth and/or other rocky planetary bodies, including: 1) large-scale planetary processes and long-term evolution of minerals, geochemical reservoirs, atmospheres and oceans, and/or planetary habitability, particularly of the early Earth; 2) mechanisms and controls on planetary surface processes, and the history of their operation; and 3) long-term molecular, evolutionary, and ecological relationships between biodiversity and planetary change recorded in sedimentary records. We encourage candidates who will work on an interdisciplinary basis across departmental boundaries including through the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS; Appointments at higher rank may be considered for extraordinary candidates with appropriate experience.

Faculty in EPS are expected to be enthusiastic instructors, typically teaching one course per semester either in the undergraduate (large survey or major courses) or graduate program. Candidates' teaching interests should particularly help address the needs of the undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences, where students choose among geological sciences, environmental geology, planetary sciences, and a new interdisciplinary minor in astrobiology. We see potential opportunities in major/minor courses in mineralogy, petrology, sedimentary geology, paleontology, structural geology and tectonics, and field geology depending on the interests of the candidate.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is America's eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation's colonial colleges, a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities (AAU), New Jersey's land-grant university, and the state's premier public research university. Rutgers has a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary research and institutions that support collaborative work, including EOAS, Chemistry and Physics. Rutgers has considerable strengths in Earth system sciences across multiple departments. EPS faculty members explore the Earth, operating on all continents and oceans, study Mars and the Moon, follow the development and evolution of life on Earth and elsewhere in the cosmos, and seek solutions to the challenges of the only habitable planet we know.

Applicants should submit a letter of intent; a 2-3 page statement of research accomplishments, vision and plans; a 1-2 page statement of teaching and mentoring accomplishments along with plans that include proposed steps for enhancing diversity within the department and university; a curriculum vitae; and names of and contact information for at least three referees who can assess the applicant's research and instructional background and potential. All materials should be submitted online via []. Review of applications begins 30 November 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions concerning the position may be addressed to Kenneth Miller, chair of the search committee, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at

posted: 25 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.