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West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Dec 14, 2022

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Open Rank Professor - Geology/Subsurface Energy Systems - Department of Geology & Geography - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences- 21097



The Department of Geology & Geography at West Virginia University invites applications for an open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Geology with a specialization in subsurface energy systems starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time position with full benefits. Candidates with research applications to sustainability challenges of the 21st century, and candidates whose research and scholarship support WVU’s land-grant mission are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Geology and Geography is in the process of transitioning into a school focused on the physical and social dimensions of global sustainability. Successful candidates will be joining five other new hires in GIS, hydrogeology, and sustainability science/studies as we build out this exciting new unit. Faculty in the department secure significant external research funding, teach thousands of students, and provide service to the state, Appalachian region, and the world. The department currently supports 34 graduate teaching assistants, 36 graduate research assistants, and two graduate fellows. The department is housed in the extensively renovated Brooks Hall on the Downtown campus and owns complete suite of state-of-the-art subsurface analysis software and outstanding geospatial science teaching and research facilities, including the WV GIS Technical Center. Faculty in Geology & Geography have led several big multi-institutional research projects in Subsurface Geology involving collaborations with researchers in Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Petroleum Engineering, Natural Resource Management, and Law School.  The holder of this position will be a key associate of the WVU Energy Center and have immediate opportunities to collaborate with WVU’s long-time partners at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Lab.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.


The successful applicant must have: 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Earth Science or closely related field such as Geology, sustainable energy, or engineering by time of appointment; 2) research and teaching capabilities in one or more of the following areas: subsurface geology, geophysical or geomechanical applications to energy transition technologies, including carbon sequestration, hydrogen storage, and geothermal systems; 3) ability or potential to teach courses such as: subsurface resources for energy transition, subsurface methods, geothermal energy, petroleum geology, and graduate-level courses in area of expertise; 4) demonstrate the potential for pedogeological innovation and excellent teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels; 5) demonstrate the ability or potential to publish peer-reviewed research and secure external funding for research. The teaching load is two courses or course equivalents per semester. 

To apply, please upload the following documents: 1) a letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a research statement; 4) a list of three reference with complete contact information; 5) up to three peer-reviewed publications. The screening process will begin December 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Shikha Sharma at

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests. 
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. 

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit View current career opportunities at

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.



West Virginia University is the premier land grant institution in the state.
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