Assistant Professor - Environmental Geophysics

Scarborough, Ontario (CA)
Nov 03, 2020
Jan 02, 2021
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Date Posted: 10/28/2020
Closing Date: 01/05/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 440
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC : Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
Campus:University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) 


The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Environmental Geophysics, with a focus on the history of the solid Earth, including the evolution of the cryosphere. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics or a discipline related to the position as described by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Specific areas of expertise must include one or more of the following: glaciology; periglacial environments and permafrost; groundwater (characterization of flow quantity and quality); energy (reservoir petrophysics and subsurface characterization); contaminated site investigation, restoration and remediation; climate (paleoclimatology) dynamics; and eustasy. The proposed position would add to the existing research performed in glaciology, sedimentology, tectonophysics and hydrogeology within the Environmental Geoscience group and might lead to new research directions that would involve physics/astrophysics faculty, see Such expertise would bridge existing research gaps and would naturally augment training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.  

The Environmental Geoscience and Environmental Physics undergraduate programs in DPES are growing rapidly. We have access to both land-based and marine geophysical equipment (seismic, electrical and magnetic), and we seek a tenure stream faculty to implement geophysics teaching and research within our programs. Experience with shallow geophysics, both in the lab and field, and with the management, processing and analysis of large geophysical databases pertaining to ice fields and permafrost, subsurface and surface environments would be a real asset for students and their ability to become certified with the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. This position would contribute to the breadth of the environmental geophysics curriculum and the successful candidate will be expected to serve as a leader of research initiatives at University of Toronto and train graduate students through our Graduate program in Environmental Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.  

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.  

Evidence of excellence in teaching is provided through a listing of teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference, and a teaching dossier, which must include: a coherent statement of teaching philosophy; sample course syllabi either of courses delivered by the candidate, or planned for the future; and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters. Candidates are also expected to be committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.  

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

The appointment is in the Department of Physical and Environmental Science with full membership in the tri-campus Graduate Department of Physical and Environmental Science. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Environmental Geosciences and Environmental Physics programs in DPES and will have opportunities to build new graduate courses in the Graduate Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. DPES is committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to research. For more information about the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, please visit  

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; samples of recent scholarly work; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.  

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email to Professor George Arhonditsis at, with a copy to by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University's automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters. 

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 11:59 PM EST on January 05, 2021. Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Rose Jones via email at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. 

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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