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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
Duluth, Minnesota
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Oct 14, 2022

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position that will begin on August 21, 2023. This is a full-time, 9-month position. We seek a broadly-based Earth scientist who will complement our existing teaching and research strengths. The research specialization for this position is open.  The successful candidate's specific field of expertise may include but is not limited to global environmental change, climate science, critical zone science, hydrology, geohealth, geodesy, geodynamics, the study of Earth's deep interior, rock deformation, and structural geology. The successful candidate will teach one or more core courses in our environmental sciences and geological sciences programs. These will be in structural geology, hydrology, Earth materials or petrology, data science, or GIS and remote sensing applications. The successful candidate is also expected to develop advanced courses that contribute to our Environmental Science B.S., Geological Sciences B.S. and B.A., and Earth Sciences M.S. programs.

The candidate hired to fill this position will establish an independent, externally funded research program that includes mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. They are expected to provide service to the Department, College, and University while supporting our broader mission of diversity and inclusion; we welcome candidates who seek to incorporate elements of environmental justice into their courses. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth science, geoscience, environmental science, or a closely related field by July 1, 2023. Please see for more information.

The Department of EES at UMD is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment and encourages interdisciplinary activities and collaborations.  Faculty members advise graduate students in the Earth Science M.S. and Water Resources Science and Integrated Biosciences Graduate Programs. They are eligible for appointments in other graduate programs in the University of Minnesota system. Faculty members may also advise Ph.D. students in the Water Resources Science program and the Integrated Biosciences Program or through appointment on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty across campus, as well as scientists at the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, and local, state, and federal agencies.  State-of-the-art research and instructional facilities and competitive startup funding are available.

The University of Minnesota Duluth values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to achieving excellence. We are especially interested in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty to maintain the excellence of the Department, College, and University and to offer students interdisciplinary perspectives and varied ways of knowing and learning. We strongly encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply, including but not limited to women, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latin American, Asian American, Hawaiian/Island Pacific, mixed race, and disabled scholars. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College's distinctive educational objectives, which promote intercultural understanding with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.

We recognize that excellence in teaching and research forms the basis for any successful candidate. To that end, we are implementing an anonymized search process. See for a description of the application steps. Applications must include four documents: an anonymized research and teaching statement that is understandable to a non-specialist (1500 words/4 pages max); a statement that demonstrates a commitment to justice, equity, inclusion, and a diverse student population (1000 words/2 pages max); a curriculum vita; and a list of four professional references. The review of complete applications will start on October 3, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Go to the University of Minnesota Job Site and search for job ID 350951. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Latisha Brengman (, chair of the Earth and Environmental Science Faculty Search Committee.

The University of Minnesota Duluth campus is part of the University of Minnesota public university system and is the second largest research university within the U of M system. UMD is a comprehensive university of about 11,000 students located along the shores of Lake Superior. Duluth is the largest city in northern Minnesota and part of the Twin Ports metropolitan area (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI). The Twin Ports area hosts four colleges/universities, two major hospitals, many retail and manufacturing companies, and the largest commercial port on the Great Lakes. Duluth has vibrant music, theater, and arts scenes and a steadily increasing number of craft breweries and award-winning restaurants.  Duluth offers affordable housing, an absence of appreciable traffic, and mixes its historic feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings. Named by Outdoor Magazine as one of America's Best Outdoors Towns, Duluth provides access to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails and abundant opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and sailing.

UMD is committed to supporting our colleagues. The University of Minnesota has a robust policy with respect to opportunity hires for partners. Parental leaves and on-campus childcare are available. The Swenson College of Science and Engineering has a mentoring program to facilitate professional success. Swenson College Howard Higholt Professorships are also available to support outstanding tenure-track faculty committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable institution.


The University of Minnesota Duluth campus is part of the University of Minnesota public university system and is the second largest research university within the U of M system. UMD is a comprehensive university of about 11,000 students located along the shores of Lake Superior. 

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