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Assistant Professor of Geology

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota (US)
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July 19, 2022


Assistant Professor of Geology

Geology and Geological Engineering


The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Geological Engineering. We welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of expertise including geological engineering, petroleum engineering, rock mechanics, civil engineering, energy, geofluids, or other related fields. 


An earned doctorate in geological engineering or a closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, develop a robust externally funded research program that will support graduate research projects bridging Earth sciences and engineering, and establish a quality publication record. Preference will be given to candidates that are, or are eligible to become, licensed professional engineers. Industry experience is desired but not required as a complement to academic expertise. The successful candidate will begin their employment in either January or August of 2023. For questions about this position, contact Liangping Li, Search Chair, at


Established in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines is located in Rapid City, SD, and delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries.


Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. College students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM, and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems excel at Mines. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,400 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment by College Factual. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 97 percent in their field of study.


Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the university. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:


South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin October 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.


SD Mines is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.


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