Open Position: Assistant Professor in Earth Materials (Critical Zone Emphasis) at UNC-Charlotte!

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Posted: May 27, 2024

Open Position: Assistant Professor in Earth Materials (Critical Zone Emphasis) at UNC-Charlotte!

Position Number 006922

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences in the College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure- track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Earth Materials. We are seeking a dynamic and broadly trained Earth scientist who employs field, laboratory and/or modeling techniques for the study of Earth materials (e.g., minerals, sediments, and/or resources). This position will begin on August 15, 2024.

Application. Candidates should submit the following to [Position Number : 006922: (1) a cover letter; (2) a research statement; (3) a teaching statement; (4) a curriculum vitae; and (5) contact information (including email addresses) for at least three professional references.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact search committee co-chairs Dr. Patricia Fall ( and Dr. Martha Cary (Missy) Eppes (

Qualifications. Candidates are required to have earned a PhD in Geology, Geosciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, or a related field at the time of appointment. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate evidence of scholarly productivity, their ability to secure appropriate external funding, and the potential for engaging students in a diverse academic environment. Finalists will be asked to discuss how their teaching practices engage students of different ages, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, identities, and abilities, helping to remove barriers in order to ensure the success of all students regardless of their entry pathway into the university.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to contribute to the department’s undergraduate curricula in Geology, Geography, and/or Earth and Environmental Sciences programs, and graduate curricula in Earth Sciences, Geography and/or the interdisciplinary Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES) degrees. Applicants should explain how they will build a sustainable, cutting-edge, externally funded research program, and develop coursework in their area of expertise.

Desired qualifications include the ability to articulate their potential for interdisciplinary collaboration in their research and teaching as it relates to Earth surface geosciences, especially in the "Critical Zone," defined as the region where Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere interact. We seek a geoscientist who can relate their research to broader questions addressing, for example, critical zone evolution, climate change, human- environment interaction, health and hazards, energy transitions, and/or sustainability.

The Department. The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences ( is a diverse community of physical, geospatial, and social scientists composed of over 35 faculty members, 400 undergraduate majors, and 60 graduate students. Our mission is to inspire discovery of the Earth and its inhabitants with a vision for an informed and diverse community that strives for a sustainable Earth and an equitable world. We create and disseminate knowledge of the Earth’s human and natural systems to adapt to an ever-changing environment in which we live, work, and interact. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in Meteorology (BS), Earth and Environmental Sciences (BS), Geology (BS), Geography (BA/BS), and Environmental Studies (BA). At the graduate level, we offer an MS in Earth Sciences, an MA and PhD in Geography, and participate in the interdisciplinary Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES) and Public Policy (PPOL) PhD programs. The Department is also home to the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (CAGIS, and the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP, We are committed to excellence in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching.

The College. The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is housed within the newly established College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences (CHESS), which includes 15 departments, 18 interdisciplinary programs, and 6 applied centers. The College plays a pivotal role in delivering on the University’s goals in the areas of research excellence, student success and experience, and community engagement. Through scholarship and teaching, the College’s 350+ faculty members seek to deepen our understanding of complex problems related to the intersection of human and natural systems.

The University. UNC Charlotte is the second largest institution within the University of North Carolina system. This fall, UNC Charlotte enrolled 30,298 students and experienced record growth in its incoming first year class and graduate programs. UNC Charlotte is also the fastest growing institution in the UNC System, comprising 10 academic colleges offering 171 undergraduate majors in 77 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, 65 Master’s degrees, and 24 Doctoral degrees. UNC Charlotte is proud to have 3,545 passionate and committed faculty and staff members and more than 120,000 living alumni.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.