Tenure Track Faculty Position in Conservation Paleobiology

The Department of Earth Sciences at Kent State University (http://www.kent.edu/earth-sciences) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in deep-time Conservation Paleobiology. The position starts August 2023. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., have a strong background in the earth sciences, and be able to interface well with faculty working at the nexus of environmental and earth system science research. The successful candidate will integrate paleontological field and laboratory investigations to the conservation of present-day biodiversity and ecosystem services. Areas of research focus may include, but are not limited to, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, micropaleontology, evolution/extinction, and applications of paleobiology in deciphering climate, environmental, and/or ecosystem changes at various time scales.

Responsibilities will include developing a successful, externally funded research program, advising M.S. and Ph.D. students; teaching undergraduate courses in paleobiology, graduate courses in their specialty, and an introductory course in physical or historical geology.

The Department of Earth Sciences has 10 full-time faculty members, 55 undergraduates and 30 graduate students. Current faculty research includes the areas of paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, paleoclimate reconstructions, sedimentary geology, paleontology, critical zone science, environmental remote sensing, water-mineral surface interactions, flow and transport in porous media, and tectonics and landform development. The successful applicant will be able to contribute to and benefit from Kent State’s Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI), which includes recent hires in Earth Sciences, Geography, and Biological Sciences. ESDRI represents a university-wide investment in research and innovation within the geological, biological, human, and social systems that promote well-being, sustain diversity of life on Earth, and impact availability of environmental resources. ESDRI participants include faculty from nine colleges, providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The department houses an array of analytical instruments including a Malvern Mastersizer 2000 and Horiba Camsizer, FTIR, iCAP PRO XP ICP-OES, Hitachi environmental SEM with EDAX, bbe+ Fluoroprobe multichannel fluorometer, Energy Dispersive XRF spectrometer, Costech Elemental analyzer, X-ray diffractometer, Picarro Water Isotope and Carbon Isotope Analyzers, UV-Visible spectrophotometer and VNIR spectroradiometers, Shimadzu TOC-L analyzer, Bartington MS2 susceptibility meters, and high performance computers.

Kent State University, an R1 doctoral university, is dedicated to faculty and student success. It has been named as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education 11 times, and was one of only 6 schools nationwide to receive the 2018 Healthy Campus Award. Nestled in the Cuyahoga River Valley in northeastern Ohio, Kent State is 40 miles from Cleveland, 20 miles from Akron, and 10 miles from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

To apply for this position, please send a current CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three references to http://jobs.kent.edu/(989307). For more information please contact the Chair of the search committee at escisearch1@kent.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Kent State University is an AA/EOO Employer and encourages applications from candidates committed to working with diverse populations and who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.

POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2022 10:24 AM
UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2024 08:19 PM