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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geology

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The Department of Geology at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow in Geology, beginning July 1, 2022. The department and university have a strong desire in enhancing diversity and we enthusiastically welcome applications from members of groups underrepresented in the geosciences. The department is committed to creating an environment in which the successful candidate can develop teaching expertise while maintaining research productivity. The postdoc will be paired with a faculty member who will provide mentorship in teaching and ideally (though not necessarily) collaborate on research. The research topic is completely open. The successful candidate will teach two courses each academic year, likely Physical Geology and a second offering related to the candidate’s expertise. The position comes with a competitive salary, health benefits, and an annual research allowance of $4,000.

Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1850 undergraduate and 400 law students and located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. The Geology Department ( has excellent facilities and resources, makes great use of the Appalachians in field courses and labs, and is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.


Completion of the Ph.D. is required by the time of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on January 20 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit: a letter of application demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population, a CV, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a short (2-3 page) research statement and proposed research plan (including possible collaborations with our faculty, if applicable), and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at For more information, you may contact Jeffrey Rahl at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.


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