Assistant Professor of Economic Geology - Tenure Track

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  • Job Number:522387
  • Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF College of Nat Science & Math
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

UAF, Dept. of Geosciences seeks to appoint a new, tenure-track assistant professor in economic geology. This person would demonstrate mastery of the petrologic relations, structural settings, and geochemical influences related to interpreting deposit types. The ability to apply 3D analysis to ore deposit problems—GIS, structure-from-motion, etc—is welcomed.


1-45Teaching responsibilities will include upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in ore deposits, high-temperature geochemistry, and special topics related to economic geology. Rotation into lower-level requirements such as Dynamic Earth may also be utilized. Contribute to the curriculum through excellence and innovation in teaching and actively contribute to UAF's ongoing work on equity, diversity and inclusion in science. The incumbent will also participate in delivery of the capstone Field Geology course, which is offered alternate summers. Advising both graduate and undergraduate students is part of this position.Essential
2-45Maintaining and forging partnerships with local industries and government agencies is an important component of funding research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.Essential
3-10Service on department or university committees is expected. Service to the scientific community typically includes reviewing papers and proposals, and helping to organize conference sessions (there are annual economic geology meetings in Alaska).Essential

University of Alaska Fairbanks, with its close connections to local industry, has long served the mineral needs of Alaska and the nation. Maintaining and forging partnerships with local industries and government agencies is an important component of funding research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to six large, producing mines, Alaska is home to countless smaller-scale mining and mining-support operations, as well as 12 Alaska Native corporations, many of which have mining interests. Located down the street from the university is the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, which reports annually on Alaska’s mineral industry. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center, located in Anchorage, has a Mineral Resources Program and is also strongly connected to our department.

In addition to research in the field of ore deposits, we value a commitment to excellence in teaching, as well as action in the realm of inclusivity practices that lead to increasing equity and diversity in geosciences. The successful candidate will offer upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in ore deposits, high-temperature geochemistry, and topics in their specialty. They will also participate in delivery of the capstone Field Geology course, which is offered alternate summers.

UAF houses several facilities to support research in the realm of economic geology and critical minerals. The Advanced Instrumentation Lab includes a JEOL FE-EPMA, SEM, XRF, and XRD, with a full-time director to keep all instruments functioning and expand the lab’s capacities. The Alaska Stable Isotope Facility includes a multi-collector LA-ICP-MS. A new noble gas mass spectrometer for Ar-Ar dating is currently being installed in the geochronology lab.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: The incumbent should demonstrate mastery of the Petrologic relations of ore deposits; Structural relations related to ore deposits; Geochemistry of ore deposits; and field and digital mapping. The ability to apply 3D analysis to ore deposit problems utilizing GIS, Structure-from-motion, etc is preferred. Ability to effectively mentor and assist students in pursuing a related field of study.
Typical Experience:
Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research in the field of economic geology. Prior teaching experience is desirable.
Required Education or Training:

This position requires the possession of a PhD in a related field within Geosciences and experience with and commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science. Teaching experience is highly desirable, but not required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is expected to begin August 2023. Please submit the following documents to be considered for the position: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, contact information for three references, and the following statements (1-2 pages each): (1) teaching philosophy (2) research philosophy, and (3) commitment to and/or experience with improving diversity, equity and inclusion in science.
Individuals asked to participate in interviews will be asked to provide information regarding their current research and future research plans in Alaska in addition to how you would contribute to our curricula.

This position will remain open until filled with the initial application review taking place on January 9, 2023. To ensure your application is considered, apply before 11:55 pm Alaska standard time January 8, 2023.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC) 

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

At UAF and the Department of Geosciences we value a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion, caring, accessibility and accountability. We work every day to operationalize the equity and inclusion that we seek to advance in Alaska and beyond. Genuine equity requires continual transformation: a thorough and deep examination and shift when needed in organizational practices, norms, culture and composition. Our goal is a safe and equitable environment that engages and ignites all with common courtesy, compassion, dignity and respect. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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

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

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sheri Hall, UAF CNSM HR Coordinator, at or (907) 474-6714.

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