Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor

University of Arizona
University of Arizona in Tucson
Depends on experience
Nov 15, 2018
Dec 15, 2018
Endowed Chair in Gem Science
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Faculty position in mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry of gems

Endowed Chair in Gem Science

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona seeks a creative geoscientist with research expertise in mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry or related fields to fill a tenured or tenure-track position as The RealReal, Inc. Endowed Chair in Gem Science. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, to teach solid-earth Geosciences courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to spearhead the development of a new academic emphasis area in gem sciences. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with strong cross-disciplinary initiatives already in the Department, including mineral sciences, geochemistry, geochronology, petrology, and mineral resources. The position is tenure-track at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, and open to applicants who hold or are about to graduate with a Ph.D. Candidates will be evaluated according to rank. The Department of Geosciences seeks faculty who promote diversity in research, education and outreach, and who have interests in collaborative research and curricular activities.

There are excellent opportunities in both research and outreach for the successful candidate because this position represents a frontier area of academia – industry collaborations. The RealReal, Inc. is a luxury consignment company with interests in the characterization and study of the origins and provenance of gems, minerals, and precious stones, as well as promotion and education of students in gem science. Tucson, Arizona is home to the world’s largest Gem and Mineral Show that annually brings together gem and mineral scientists with dealers and collectors from all over the world. The new University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum will be located in downtown Tucson and will feature a large hall devoted to gems.

The Geosciences Department at the University of Arizona features perennial top-ten ranked programs in geology, geophysics, and geochemistry, and a growing emphasis on climatology-paleoclimatology. The Department includes 33 full-time faculty members, 30-40 research scientists, 70-80 graduate students, and 200-250 undergraduate students. The University of Arizona also has top business, marketing, optics, and engineering departments with interests in developing unique interdisciplinary research and training programs focused on gems and minerals. Gems and minerals are at the heart of a global, billion-dollar industry, giving this program at the University of Arizona significant growth potential.

The selection process will begin January 7, 2019, with the goal of hiring a candidate by fall 2019. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and accomplishments, statement of teaching interests and qualifications, a brief vision statement of how the candidate would build and manage this new program, and a list of at least three references (including mail and email addresses and telephone numbers) to: