Tenure-track Faculty Position in Aqueous/Environmental Geochemistry
Boise State University, Idaho, United States
Apply before: 31 October 2019

Boise State University, a public doctoral-granting research university, welcomes applications for a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Geosciences. We seek a colleague who can develop a laboratory and field-based geochemistry component in our Hydrologic Science program by teaching courses, mentoring graduate students, and developing a successful research program. Potential fields of expertise include low-temperature and/or stable isotope geochemistry, biogeochemical cycling, subsurface contaminant fate and transport, the hydrology and biogeochemistry of critical zone processes and systems, or any other field where the interaction of hydrologic, geologic, and biologic processes are investigated through a chemical perspective. As our colleague, you will join a department with strengths in analytical geochemistry, hydrologic science, geophysics, and computing.

Key strategic capabilities that our department maintains include:

  • laboratory instrumentation including electron beam (SEM, TEM, EMPA) and mass spectrometry (ICPMS, SIRMS, and TIMS) platforms for major and trace element and isotope ratio measurement,
  • multiple long-term field sites,
  • near-surface electrical and seismic geophysical instrumentation, and
  • high-performance computing systems.

We value the integration of research and evidence-based teaching practices, and support training and mentorship of students from the undergraduate to doctoral level. This is a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Exceptional candidates with demonstrated productivity in research and teaching may apply to be considered for appointment at the level of Associate Professor.

Interested applicants should be prepared to submit the following:

  1. A cover letter (2 page maximum),
  2. A curriculum vitae that outlines professional preparation, evidence of research productivity, and evidence of teaching experience,
  3. A statement outlining a 3-5 year research plan (2 page max),
  4. A statement outlining a teaching plan (2 page max),
  5. A statement outlining how you define inclusive excellence and how you will advance it through teaching, research, and service (1 page max), and
  6. Names and contact information for 3 references.

Required qualifications:

  1. A PhD in an Earth science or related discipline is required at the time the position begins.
  2. Evidence of scholarly productivity in areas of environmental, low-temperature, and/or stable isotope geochemistry in the form of peer-reviewed publications and/or seeking extramural funding via competitive grants.
  3. Evidence of an ability to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to topics that may include biogeochemical processes and systems, flow in groundwater and vadose zone systems, water quality, fate, and transport in hydrologic systems, and/or critical zone science.

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm MST, October 31st, 2019.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Lejo Flores, search committee chair, at

About the department:
The Department of Geosciences at Boise State is comprised of 17 tenure and tenure-track faculty and maintains strategic thrust areas in surface processes, geology, and geophysics. Our research pursuits span the globe, while benefiting from collaborations with science and management agencies in the state and region. Boise State is a university consortium partner in the USGS Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory, and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. We support a BS in Geosciences and research graduate programs delivering MS degrees in Hydrologic Science, Geoscience, and Geophysics, and PhDs in Geoscience and Geophysics. Campus-wide, interdisciplinary degrees in which Geoscience faculty advise students include PhD programs in Computational Science and Engineering and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.

About Boise State University:
Boise State University is a Carnegie R2 doctoral granting institution and the largest university in Idaho, with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students. The University is located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area, which serves as the government, business, high-tech, economic, and cultural center of the state. Forbes ranked Boise #2 in 2018 for best cities to raise a family, U.S. News & World Report ranked Boise in the top 10 for best places to live in 2016, and USA Today ranked Meridian (Boise suburb) as the #1 city to live in America in 2015. also ranked Boise first among the top 10 cities to raise a family in 2014 thanks to a family-friendly culture, a vibrant downtown, and great outdoor recreation including skiing, rafting, camping, fishing, and biking. To further enhance the superb quality of life Boise offers, the University has committed to sustaining the conditions necessary for faculty to enter and thrive in their academic careers while meeting personal and family responsibilities.

Boise State’s Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity can be found here:

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