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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Ice Sheet Dynamics

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Closing date
Oct 9, 2022

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Cryosphere Sciences, Interdisciplinary/Other, Near Surface Geophysics
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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of Ice Sheet Dynamics. The successful candidate will combine a vigorous, externally funded research program with excellence in teaching and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. More information about the department can be found at

We seek a geoscientist who researches the physical processes controlling ice sheet behavior and its coupling with the climate system to improve our understanding of the multi-faceted roles (e.g., sea level change, oceanic circulation/sea surface temperatures, regional precipitation, glacial isostatic adjustment, erosion, etc.) played by ice sheets in shaping the past, present and future Earth system. Possible research areas could include, but are not limited to, glaciology, ice physics, dynamic behavior of ice sheets, mass balance, sub-glacial processes, coupling between ice and mantle dynamics, ice-shelf physics, and ice sheet-ocean interactions. We are interested in individuals who combine gathering and interpretation of field and/or remote sensing data with theoretical or computational work. We particularly encourage applicants whose expertise complements the research of scholars from our department and across the university, including interdisciplinary research within the new Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society ( 

The successful candidate will teach a mix of courses in the field of ice sheet dynamics, geared to majors in geological science and environmental geoscience, non-majors, and M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of our department. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in their research, teaching, and service work.


Requirements and application procedure

All candidates must have a PhD in a field related to ice sheet dynamics at the time of appointment. Application packages must include a cover letter; a statement of research interests; a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; and names and contact information of three references. Candidates are welcome to incorporate information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their work into any of these documents. Review of applications will begin on October 15. We expect to conduct first-round interviews in December, and on-campus interviews with finalist candidates in early 2023.


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Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. We encourage applications from candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university, please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at


Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Today it is one of the nation's foremost universities, with an enrollment of nearly 14,700 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Each year the University confers more than 4,000 degrees in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research and have been honored by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education and the MacArthur Foundation. Boston College is ranked 31st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Boston College students have earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including Rhodes Scholarships, Marshalls, Goldwaters and Fulbright grants. Each year, undergraduates devote some 550,000 hours to community service.

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