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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Mineralogy/Petrology, Northern Illinois University

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment - Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
Closing date
Jan 6, 2023

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Geochemistry, Mineral and Rock Physics, Planetary Sciences, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
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The Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Northern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August, 2023. Review of applications is planned to begin January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

We are seeking an individual whose research interests are in the broad areas of mineralogy, petrology, economic geology or a closely allied field. The applicant is expected to develop a teaching and research program that integrates with one or more of the department’s related strengths in experimental mineralogy/petrology, geochemistry, igneous petrology, mineral physics, planetary geology, structural geology, and/or volcanology. The department’s facilities include an array of analytical instruments (e.g., SEM-EDS, XRF, XRD, ion chromatograph, and mass spectrometers) and field equipment. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program, supervise Ph.D. and M.S. students, and have a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. in the geosciences or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

The department offers programs leading to the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and currently has 19 faculty members, whose research and teaching interests are described on our website at:

Applicants should apply online at and upload the following materials:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1 – 2 pages)
  • Statement of Research Vision (1 – 2 pages)
  • List of at least 3 References
  • Diversity Statement describing how the applicant currently or potentially promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in their teaching and research endeavors

Contact: search committee chair Justin Dodd at   

Northern Illinois University is a public research university in DeKalb, an affordable and growing community that is a commutable distance from Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas. Our 16,000+ student body is diverse, with many first-generation and racially and culturally diverse students. NIU prides itself on student-centered approaches to teaching and research, and has social mobility, equity, and inclusion at the heart of its mission. Recently, NIU was nationally recognized as a top college for diversity and LGBTQ+ students, and has been named one of the Great Colleges to Work For two years in a row. The proximity of DeKalb to Chicago provides easy access to Chicago’s research and technology corridor (e.g., Argonne, etc.), the arts and extensive nature preserves and parks.

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an AA/EEO employer, NIU considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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