[ES_JOBS_NET] Tenure-track Earth Scientist position (assistant professor) at St. Olaf College

Tenure-track faculty position in Physics / Environmental Studies (Earth Scientist)

St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota


Department of Physics and Department of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf
College invite applications for a jointly appointed Earth Scientist.  Responsibilities will include teaching core
courses at all levels in  Physics and
Environmental Studies, including courses in Geophysics, and Global Climate
Change. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for developing a
research program in the earth sciences amenable to participation by
undergraduate students and demonstrating potential for external funding.
Post-doctoral experience and/or prior teaching experience is desirable and a
PhD in an Earth Science field by Sept. 1, 2017 required.  Evaluation of completed applications will
begin on January 20, 2017.

Full description:

The Department
of Physics and Department of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College invite
applications for a full-time, jointly-appointed tenure track position in Earth
Science at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 15, 2017.


The successful
candidate will contribute to curricular and scholarly activity in both
departments, and will be expected to teach 1) core courses at all levels in the
physics major, and 2) Geophysics, Global Climate Change, and core
interdisciplinary and special topics courses in environmental studies. We are
particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the departments’
commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations which are
currently under-represented in areas such as Physics, Earth Science, and
Environmental Studies. Start-up funds are available.


Qualifications. Candidates


●       hold a Ph.D. in an Earth Science field
by September 1, 2017

●       show potential for excellence in
teaching in a liberal arts setting and for developing a research program
amenable to participation by undergraduate students

●       have the ability to teach at all levels
in the undergraduate physics and environmental studies curricula


desirable qualifications include postdoctoral research experience and/or previous
teaching experience. We are particularly interested in candidates who can
develop courses that serve/connect both departments.


Responsibilities. The successful candidate will have responsibilities in three main


●       Teaching.
Teach core
courses at all levels in the physics and environmental studies majors. The
normal teaching load is six course-equivalents per year, divided evenly between
the two departments. 

●       Scholarship.
Develop a
research program with the potential to attract external funding and suitable
for participation by undergraduate students, including summer research
opportunities that attract interest from majors in both departments.

●       Service.
Serve as an
academic advisor to undergraduate students and enhance organizational
effectiveness and community life through service to the departments and the


Application Procedure. Applicants must submit materials online at http://ift.tt/2cYqiiT A complete application consists of


●       a cover letter introducing yourself and
describing your interest in and qualifications for the position.

●       a current curriculum vitae.

●       a statement on teaching which includes
your teaching interests, ideas about pedagogical approaches, and experience you
may have had  (about 2 pages).

●       a statement describing the research you
propose to carry out as a new St. Olaf faculty member (about 3-5 pages).
You  should assume the possibility of
startup funds in the first two years sufficient to enable the development of a
project with the potential to attract external funding.

●       official or unofficial graduate and
undergraduate transcripts.

names and email
addresses for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in
classroom teaching and scholarship. (recommendation letters will be solicited
from references by the search committee after an initial round of screening).


Evaluation of
completed applications will begin on January 20, 2017. Our intention is to
conduct finalist interviews in March and fill the position by early April.
Candidates who are invited to campus for an interview will also be asked to
submit a written 1-2 page reflection on the College’s mission.


Contact Information: Inquiries about the position are welcome and can be sent to earthscienceTT2017@stolaf.edu. Responses will come from the search
committee chair, Professor Brian Borovsky, Physics, 507-786-3607.


about the Departments of Physics and Environmental Studies may be found at http://ift.tt/2dqK0Gm and http://ift.tt/2cYpbPU


About St. Olaf College


Founded in
1874, St. Olaf College
is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000
students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield,
Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and
diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous,
nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the
whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.


A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA),
St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and
actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. The college is
especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the
diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.


To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf
College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and
conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

Brian BorovskyAssociate Professor and ChairPhysics Department

St. Olaf College1520 St. Olaf Ave.Northfield, MN 55057507-786-3607


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