Assistant Professor in Isotope Biogeochemistry

Boulder, Colorado
Sep 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019
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The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in isotope biogeochemistry, with an anticipated start date of August 2020. The successful candidate will join a team in INSTAAR’s Stable Isotope Laboratory (SIL, and complement isotopic and environmental research expertise across the CU campus.  The candidate will be responsible for leading novel research activities and innovating growth of SIL through multidisciplinary, institutional and governmental collaborations and extra-mural research funding. Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: contemporary biogeochemical cycles, ecology, hydrology, atmospheric trace gases, and polar climates, along with emerging mass spectrometric and/or optical measurement methods. Further, the candidate will benefit from SIL’s on-going interactions with analysts of the Laboratory for Radiocarbon Preparation and Research (, the Atmospheric Research Lab (, the Organic Geochemistry Group (, and the Earth Systems Stable Isotope Lab (, among others.

The new assistant professor would be rostered in the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) and would become a tenure-track professor in one of INSTAAR’s affiliated academic departments and programs that best suits their training and interests. These departments include Geological Sciences; Geography; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. INSTAAR’s SIL has strong ties to both carbon-cycle research conducted by NOAA and international ice core research programs.

A strong commitment to teaching, and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to outreach activities, is expected. The candidate is expected to engage in development of coursework in his or her area of research expertise, and to contribute to the teaching needs of the host department.

Applicants are required to have a PhD in GeoSciences or other related environmental field.  We seek a strong team player with excellent communication, leadership and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research goals.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to the University of Colorado campus community.

Applications should contain a letter of application; CV; research, teaching, and diversity statements; three publications the candidate would like the search committee to read; and the names and contact information for three potential references. The research statement should include a description of topic(s) that the applicant considers to be the important problem(s) in their field, and how their research contributes to addressing these problems.

Applications received by October 25, 2019, will receive full consideration.