Assistant Professor - Mineral Resources/Petrology/Volcanology

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Classification:Assistant Professor (A9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage ( seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor rank in the fields of mineral resources, petrology, or volcanology, with a start date of August 2020. We aim to expand and complement existing areas of research expertise in the Department which include geochemistry, structural geology, stratigraphy, petroleum geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, paleoclimatology, and planetary geology. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses to a diverse student body in the B.S. and M.S. programs in geological sciences.


Support University of Alaska tripartite mission of performing teaching, research and service. Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students. Teach courses in a manner consistent with the course content description and stated student learning outcomes. Hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught and assigned advising responsibilities. Conduct research in Mineral Resources, Petrology, Volcanology. Provide university, professional, and community service. Establish a strong externally funded research program. Build new partnerships between the department and the minerals industry.Essential

About UAA:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the largest of three universities in the University of Alaska system, serving over 18,000 students in the Anchorage and satellite campuses. The region hosts many environmental, mining, and oil and gas industries, as well as numerous state and federal agencies. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, with an ethnically diverse population of 290,000, offers a lively intellectual and cultural life, including opera, symphony, theater, art events, and a variety of restaurants. Set between snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the ocean waters of Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska, the city offers ready access to state and national forests and parks, year-round outdoor recreation, and unsurpassed natural beauty; an exceptional setting for geologists.

Job Summary:

Mineral Resources/Petrology/Volcanology, University of Alaska Anchorage

We encourage applications from individuals with expertise in one or more of the following areas: mineral resources or economic geology; structure and emplacement of ore deposits; igneous or metamorphic petrology; or volcanology. Regardless of the specific research discipline, the teaching expectations for this position may be variable but will include at the undergraduate level mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and ore deposits, and may include geological field methods or field camp and volcanology. Graduate level courses will include mineral resources and advanced igneous petrology and may include other courses in support of the Department’s teaching needs.

We seek applicants with a commitment to teaching, research, and partnership building with resource industries and research organizations in Alaska and elsewhere. Successful candidates must develop externally funded research that actively involves graduate and undergraduate students. The position requires a Ph.D. in geological sciences or a related field at the time of initial appointment, university teaching experience or potential, and demonstration of research experience and future potential. Relevant industry or post-doctoral experience will be considered favorably.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests that includes how you will involve students in research opportunities, contact information for at least three references, and unofficial academic transcripts to posting #514239 at Review of applications will begin February 17, 2020and continue until the position is filled.

For more information regarding this position, please contact the department director, Dr. Simon Kattenhorn:

Applicant must be eligible for employment under the immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and subsequent amendments. Your application for employment with UAA is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Potential to establish an independent research program.

Potential to obtain extramural research funding.

Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Research that will add to existing research in the department.

Ability to establish connections within and outside of the university.

Ability to represent the department in the university.

Required Experience:

Evidence of a potential for successful teaching, service, and research activity.

Industry or postdoctoral experience relevant to the advertised position will be beneficial.

Typical Education or Training:

Ph.D. in Geological Sciences or closely related discipline is required and must be conferred by August 1, 2020.

Assignment Information:

Tenure-track, Assistant Professor, 9 months per year, salary commensurate with experience and academic preparation.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.



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