Assistant Professor in Climate Science

Northfield, Minnesota
Sep 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018
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The Geology Department at Carleton College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Climate Science at the level of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to incorporate authentic research experiences into all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, and pursue an active research program that may involve students from a variety of academic disciplines.

We seek applications from broadly trained paleoclimatologists with interdisciplinary backgrounds and expertise in analyzing climate archives, and who can foster already strong ties between Geology and Environmental Studies at Carleton. We are especially interested in scientists who pursue field research that focuses on, but is not necessarily limited to, continental (terrestrial and aquatic) archives of climate data. We encourage applications from scientists who would make the most of our proximity to the world-class research laboratories at the University of Minnesota, including the National Lacustrine Core Facility, the Center for Dendrochronology, and the Institute for Rock Magnetism.

The successful candidate will have a PhD at the time of appointment and complement existing strengths in the Carleton College Geology Department. Teaching expectations include Introduction to Geology, including Introduction to Environmental Geology and Introduction to Climate Science, and 200-level and 300-level courses in climate science that are of interest to a broad cross section of students. The new faculty will also advise senior theses in both the Geology and Environmental Studies departments. Participation in semiannual Geology Department field trips and our biennial off-campus geology field studies program in New Zealand is also expected.

Carleton College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of 2,000, located forty-five miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul. Our academic year consists of three ten-week terms. The Geology Department includes a dedicated Technical Director who facilitates laboratory and field trip planning and logistics. We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to a vibrant college-wide culture of undergraduate research, and who have a commitment to attracting and retaining students from underrepresented groups.           

To apply, complete the online application at The online application should include a cover letter, cv, and statements on teaching and research discussing your interest in developing as a teacher and scholar at an undergraduate liberal arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. In addition, you will be asked to submit contact information for three individuals who can serve as references. Review of applications will begin on October 22, 2018.

Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities. We are committed to developing our faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.