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Job opportunity at Utah State, Critical Zone Geosciences
Utah State University (USU), Utah, United States
Apply before: 15 October 2023

The Department of Geosciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University (USU), Logan, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in interdisciplinary Critical Zone Geosciences, anticipated to begin August 2024. We seek candidates who conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and quantitative investigations across a broad range of critical zone (CZ) processes linked to societal importance. Disciplinary expertise may include but is not limited to understanding CZ processes involved in bedrock weathering and soil production, ecological impacts of mineral dust, geomicrobiology, carbon cycling and sequestration, pathways of water, and responses to climate change and human impacts.

Submit applications to this link by October 15, 2023 (

Applications must include:

  1. cover letter
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of research experience, interests and vision, including societal impacts
  4. statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy and contributions toward equitable learning
  5. names and contact information for three references
  6. one representative publication

The Department of Geosciences ( is a vibrant and growing Earth science program with 15 faculty, three lecturers and two research lab managers. The department offers PhD and MSc degrees, as well as a professional Master’s degree. Research resources include a new rock deformation and fault mechanics lab; laboratories for luminescence dating, light stable isotope, ICP-MS, and X-ray analyses; a microscopy lab with a Raman spectrometer, mineral separation facilities; a field-emission scanning electron microscope, and a microCT scanner.

Earth science research at USU is enhanced by collaborative opportunities through the multidisciplinary Ecology Center (, which promotes ecological research at USU and hosts a graduate program in Climate Adaptative Science. USU recently established the Institute for Land, Air and Water ( which connects interdisciplinary research groups at USU with state and local governments to best inform environmental policy. USU departments with high collaborative potential are Civil and Environmental Engineering; Biology; Watershed Sciences; Plants, Soils, and Climate; Wildland Resources; Environment and Society; and Mathematics and Statistics.

Utah State University, established in 1888, is a Carnegie Foundation R1 research institution and the land- and space-grant institution for Utah. The USU campus is nestled in a mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, in proximity to excellent outdoor and cultural activities.

The position involves academic research (50%), graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring (40%), and service (10%) to the academic community. The position includes a 25% appointment in USU’s Ecology Center. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for excellence in research and scholarly leadership through development of a dynamic, externally funded research program. We are especially interested in candidates committed to advancing access and opportunity in the geosciences.

For questions about this position, please contact Tammy Rittenour at:

Tammy Rittenour

Professor of Geosciences
Director of the USU Luminescence Lab

Utah State University, Logan UT

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group