Assistant Professor of Geology

 (via AGU)
California State University-Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Bakersfield invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to start in Fall 2020. We seek two broadly trained geologists with applied research and teaching interests including (but not limited to) basin analysis, aqueous geochemistry, groundwater, hydrology, and geophysics. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory-level courses along with upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in the faculty member’s specialty. Applicants must have a PhD or ABD and need to demonstrate the ability to develop an externally funded research program that provides student research opportunities. The successful candidates will have a strong commitment to sharing in Department responsibilities toward the education and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students as well as toward the Department’s service and outreach activities with K-12 schools and the local community.

Bakersfield’s location offers unrivaled access to the geology of California, especially geologic features found within the Central Coast, the San Joaquin Valley, the southern and eastern Sierra Nevada, and the Mojave Desert. Kern County is also one of the world's great centers for both the agricultural and petroleum industries, and active local chapters of AAPG (Pacific Section), SEG, API, SPE and SWPLA provide for numerous opportunities to connect with the professional community.

The CSUB Department of Geological Sciences is very active in peer-reviewed research involving both undergraduate and MS-level graduate students. It is funded by the National Science Foundation as a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology ( ), and is an integral part of the new California Energy Research Center ( ), a collaboration between CSUB faculty, local industry, and government agencies. The California Well Sample Repository ( ) is located on campus and houses the largest public collection of oil- and water-well cores and cuttings in California. The Department has a full range of field sampling equipment along with cutting, crushing, and sample preparation equipment as well as a refrigerated core storage facility. Well-equipped analytical research facilities include an SEM with EDS, WDS, CL and a micro-XRF source, a new XRD, an ICP-MS, an H-C-O-N-S elemental analyzer, and a wide array of optical microscopes. The Department also has multiple seat licenses for industry-standard software packages.

California State University at Bakersfield is a regional comprehensive university that prides itself in a liberal arts approach to undergraduate education and small, high-quality graduate programs. It has an enrollment of approximately 10,500 students and resides in a rapidly growing metropolitan area in the southern San Joaquin Valley of central California. The campus is located near popular beach, mountain, and desert attractions, and is a two-hour drive from Los Angeles.

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research interests, copies of transcripts of all college and university work and the names and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees to:

Chair of the Geological Sciences Search Committee

Department of Geological Sciences

California State University, SCI 66

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099 USA

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CSUB fosters and appreciates ethnic and cultural diversity among its faculty and students, and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty to reflect the diversity of the campus community. Applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are welcome.