Assistant Professor - Geochemistry of Earth-Water-Air Systems

Division of Earth and Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Job Location: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham NC
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

The Division of Earth and Climate Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in area of Geochemistry of Earth-Water-Air Systems. We seek applicants with a strong background in earth sciences and expertise in chemical reactions among rocks, water, the atmosphere, soils, and/or biota. We are particularly interested in scientists whose research pertains to fundamental questions related to climate change, mitigation of climate change, and energy transformation.

We are strongly committed to diversification of our faculty, and to becoming an inclusive, antiracist community. Examples of ongoing programming to promote these values may be found at DEI Nicholas School and the DEI Marine Lab.

Candidates should be able to establish research programs that integrate field, laboratory, and modeling studies. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded research program, teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to appropriate service activities within the University and the applicant's professional field.

This position is part of a cluster hiring initiative in the Nicholas School focused on climate and contribute to Duke University's institution-wide commitment to addressing climate change.

We recognize that cluster hires can provide additional support for new faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and promote intellectual synergy. Joint appointments with other Duke University departments and schools will also be considered. Appointment at a level higher than Assistant Professor will be considered in extraordinary cases.

The Division of Earth and Climate Sciences is committed to supporting the 'whole person', whether faculty, students, or staff. This includes addressing the broader needs of faculty, including dual career couples and primary care givers. Financial and in-kind resources are available from the University, the Nicholas School, and the Division to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals.


Basic qualifications

Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) received no later than May, 2023.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates should demonstrate an exceptional research trajectory with the promise of developing innovative externally-funded research programs that will advance knowledge of, or solutions to, important problems in earth and climate sciences. Candidates should show potential to be effective teachers and advisors of undergraduate and graduate students, and enthusiasm to integrate elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into their teaching and research activities.


1) One-page cover letter; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) up to three publications or manuscripts; 4) A statement of research interests, accomplishments, and future plans (up to 2 pages); 5) A statement of teaching and mentoring activities or plans (up to 2 pages); 6) A statement describing contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, including activities to date, and ideas for advancing equity and inclusion in your academic portfolio at Duke (up to 2 pages); and 7) Names and contact information for three individuals willing to provide professional reference letters.

Applications should be directed to AcademicJobsOnline. See Job # 22646

The search committee, advised by the Nicholas School's Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Professor Avner Vengosh, Division of Earth and Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University;

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For the complete Duke University nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies see:

Candidates with backgrounds underrepresented in science and women are especially encouraged to apply. More information about the Nicholas School of the Environment's diversity, inclusion, and antiracist work can be found at:

posted: 20 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.