Assistant Professor: Hydrosphere

Los Angeles, California
Jul 29, 2021
Oct 11, 2021
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The Department of Geology at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2022. We seek a colleague with expertise in the hydrosphere, broadly defined as including interactions between water (including snow and ice), climate, ecosystems, and surface processes. Preference will be given to candidates that apply innovative and quantitative approaches to investigate water systems across temporal and spatial scales, through some combination of fieldwork, computational modeling, remote sensing, large datasets, and controlled experiments. The successful candidate will have teaching and research interests that complement those existing in the department and that can strengthen departmental connections with other science programs across campus and at institutes in the greater Los Angeles region. The successful candidate will engage with motivated undergraduate students as both a teacher and mentor, teach courses related to their specialty and introductory geology, and engage undergraduates in research projects in the earth and environmental sciences.

Applications should include statements of research interests in the context of a liberal arts college and teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of demonstrated commitment to, past evidence of, and future plans for creating equitable opportunities for learning and mentoring especially for underrepresented students. Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Advanced Assistant Professor may be considered for candidates with particularly advanced experience and a demonstrable ability to contribute to the College's mission as it relates to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.  Candidates should specifically address their ability to 1) teach in a socioeconomically, ethnically and culturally diverse environment, and 2) engage students in an innovative and externally-funded research program. Submit cover letter, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, 1-3 representative publications, and arrange for the confidential submission of three references to Christopher Oze, the Search Committee Chair, at A Ph.D. is required. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2021 and will continue until the search closes on December 20, 2021. Search committee members will meet interested candidates at the GSA and AGU meetings or virtually if needed.

Occidental is a nationally ranked liberal arts college recognized for its diverse student body and outstanding undergraduate research program.  The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world. 

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law. Occidental is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and just environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the College’s strategic equity and justice goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: excellent health, dental, life, and retirement benefits; tuition benefits for the employee, spouse, domestic partner, and dependents; additional extras including use of gym facilities and the College Library. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Occidental College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualifying disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application or employment process, please contact Human Resources ( 



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