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Applied Geophysics Position Description

TITLE: Applied Geophysics

RANK: Assistant Professor

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Department of Geology at the University of Kansas seeks applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, faculty position in the broad field of Applied Geophysics. We seek an outstanding colleague who uses geophysical data, models, and/or develops new algorithms to understand geologic processes that affect society, and interfaces with existing departmental strengths, such as hydrogeology, tectonics, sedimentary geology, paleontology, and glaciology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program, direct graduate students, and participate in teaching geophysics at graduate and undergraduate levels. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. Refer to http://geo.ku.edu/ for additional information about our department and the University of Kansas.

STARTING DATE: Position is expected to begin as early as August 18, 2020.

APPOINTMENT: This is a tenure-track, academic-year appointment (mid-August to mid-May) at the Assistant Professor rank.


Teaching/Advising (40%):  Teach geology and geophysics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research (40%): Develop and conduct an active research program, publishing in appropriate journals. Seek and obtain external funding for the research program.   Supervise undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students’ research.

Service (20%):  Provide service to the department, university, profession, and society.


• Ph.D. in Geophysics, Geology, or a related discipline is expected by the start date of the appointment.            

• Demonstrated ability to establish an active externally funded research program.            

• Evidence of effective communication skills.

• Research interests complementary to those of faculty of the University of Kansas Department of Geology.


Applicants should submit the following information here:

  1. A letter of application, including a Research Statement, a Teaching Statement, and a Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
  2. A complete CV.
  3. Names and contact information of at least three persons who can be contacted for letters of reference.


Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


Inquiries about the position can be sent to the Search Committe Chair.

Dr. Leigh A. Stearns: geophysicssearch@ku.edu

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