Tenure Track Faculty Position in Coastal Science
Position Summary: The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of coastal science. The coastal zone is particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of climate change because the combination of population growth and sea-level rise is transforming hazards into disasters with greater frequency, and increasing societal, economic, and environmental costs. To address these emerging challenges, we seek a dynamic, broadly trained geoscientist to advance fundamental knowledge of interconnected natural and anthropogenic processes affecting social, environmental, and economic sustainability in the coastal zone. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of coastal science. We seek applicants from all areas of geoscience. Areas of interest include but are not limited to, novel applications of geospatial analytics and/or machine learning to coastal zone processes, coastal system evolution, geocomplexity, as well as connections to coastal policy and geohealth.
Pursuant to the land-grant mission of Virginia Tech, the successful candidate will contribute to teaching, research, and service activities within the Department, College, and University. Expectations include (1) developing a nationally/internationally recognized and externally funded research program, (2) mentoring and supervising doctoral and master’s students, (3) teaching and developing courses that contribute to the knowledge of coastal science and to the quantitative skills of students, and (4) contributing to scholarly activities in the Center for Coastal Studies and the Global Systems Science Destination Area.
The position is affiliated with the Center for Coastal Studies (https://coastal.fralinlifesci.vt.edu/), which brings together 50+ faculty from eight academic colleges across Virginia Tech. The Center is affiliated with the Global Systems Science Destination Area (provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html), which is focused on the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working in the Center are collaborating toward transdisciplinary solutions to critical social problems emerging from human activity and environmental change. Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition through physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities.
Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a research statement, a teaching statement, a diversity statement, and a current CV. For further information about the position or the search process, please contact Dr. Robert Weiss, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of Geoscience, Virginia Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org. The review of applications will begin on August 6. Applicants are required to apply online (https://jobs.vt.edu) and should use posting number 515977.
Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree, in geosciences, data sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, or other related fields.
Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas that align with Virginia Tech’s university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on Global Systems Science. Furthermore, preference will be given to candidates who: (1) show substantial evidence of high-quality academic scholarship, (2) demonstrate ability or potential to attract external research funding, commensurate with rank; (3) articulate a vision of how their research portfolio will grow in the next decade and who are clearly cognizant of evolving funding opportunities in their field; (4) engage in research and teaching that complements existing strengths, resources, and infrastructure in the department; (5) clearly indicate how their teaching and mentoring will benefit our student community; and (6) demonstrate strong commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity in research, teaching, and university service.
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