Hydrosphere Faculty Position at Occidental College
Occidental College, California, United States
Apply before: 20 December 2021

Assistant Professor, Hydrosphere, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

The Department of Geology at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2022. We seek a colleague with expertise in the hydrosphere, broadly defined as including interactions between water (including snow and ice), climate, ecosystems, and surface processes. Preference will be given to candidates that apply innovative and quantitative approaches to investigate water systems across temporal and spatial scales, through some combination of fieldwork, computational modeling, remote sensing, large datasets, and controlled experiments. The successful candidate will have teaching and research interests that complement those existing in the department and that can strengthen departmental connections with other science programs across campus and at institutes in the greater Los Angeles region. The successful candidate will engage with motivated undergraduate students as both a teacher and mentor, teach courses related to their specialty and introductory geology, and engage undergraduates in research projects in the earth and environmental sciences.

Applications should include statements of research interests in the context of a liberal arts college and teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of demonstrated commitment to, past evidence of, and future plans for creating equitable opportunities for learning and mentoring especially for underrepresented students. Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Advanced Assistant Professor may be considered for candidates with particularly advanced experience and a demonstrable ability to contribute to the College's mission as it relates to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. Candidates should specifically address their ability to 1) teach in a socioeconomically, ethnically and culturally diverse environment, and 2) engage students in an innovative and externally-funded research program. Submit cover letter, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, 1-3 representative publications, and arrange for the confidential submission of three referees to Christopher Oze, the Search Committee Chair, at A Ph.D. is required. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2021 and will continue until the search closes on December 20, 2021.

Occidental is a nationally ranked liberal arts college recognized for its diverse student body and outstanding undergraduate research program. The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.

Occidental is an EEO employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal Law. Individuals advancing the College’s strategic equity and justice goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

A comprehensive benefits package is available ( resources/benefits-information). All qualified applicants will be considered, including those with criminal histories, consistent with applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ FCIHO. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application or employment process, contact

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group