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Blacksburg, Virginia (US)
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Dec 4, 2021

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Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Space Science Informatics, Solid Earth Geophysics
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Earth and Planetary Data Analytics Advertisement

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Earth and Planetary Data Analytics. We anticipate hiring an Assistant Professor; however, candidates at a higher rank may be considered. The successful candidate will have a research and teaching portfolio centered in data science with a focus on problems in the Earth, planetary, environmental, or climate sciences. This may include the development and/or application of data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, information theory or similar cutting-edge methods for making novel advances in Earth and planetary sciences.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in earth science, planetary science, data science, applied math, computational science, or a closely related field at the time of appointment and have demonstrated experience in the application of data analytics, analysis or machine learning, or artificial intelligence to earth or planetary science problems. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate: (1) a strong commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in research, teaching, and university service; (2) the potential to establish a strong research program and attract external funding; (3) how their teaching and mentoring will benefit our student community. 

Candidates should apply online in response at

Application materials include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) statement articulating the candidate’s vision to enhance diversity in geo- and planetary sciences, (6) one research product that illustrates the quality and potential of the applicant’s work (e.g., peer-reviewed journal article that is published or in-press), and (7) names and contact information for three references. Each statement should not exceed two pages, and the teaching statement should address both undergraduate and graduate teaching. 

Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2021 with an anticipated start of employment in August 2022. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. For further information, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Scott King, at

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Sharon Collins at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Research Associate opening in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences is seeking a state-funded Research Associate to support geophysical and hydrological field operations. The candidate will provide installation, maintenance, operation, and technical support of equipment and software relevant to field operations. Day to day duties will be performed at the Department of Geosciences, with occasional deployments (up to several weeks) to remote global and regional locations. Required qualifications include a Masters degree and 2+ years of experience in the operation and maintenance of data acquisition systems for geoscience – for example, GNSS (GPS) equipment, seismological equipment, environmental sensors, and hydrological instrumentation. Other required and preferred qualifications are listed on the Virginia Tech job site. Applicant documents must include a list of 4 professional references and a statement on diversity and inclusion. Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a statement on diversity and inclusion and list of 4 professional references to Apply to posting #SR0190027. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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