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Doctoral Graduate Assistant - Geoscience Education

The School of Earth Systems and Sustainability at Southern Illinois University Carbondale invites students to apply for a doctoral Graduate Assistant (GA) position for a project on “Converging Earth Science and Sustainability Education and Experience to Prepare Next-Generation Geoscientists", funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). You must have a Master's degree prior starting this position. Through the interdisciplinary project, the doctoral GA will be trained to be a next-generation STEM educator with excellent geoscience, sustainability, and teaching skills. The selected GA is expected to have at least four years of 12-month assistantship support, assuming satisfactory progress has been made in the program.

The GA will assist the project PI/Co-PIs in student recruitment, selection, and retention, co-curricular activities planning and coordination, data collection and analyses for internal evaluation, and project communication and dissemination. The GA will be closely mentored by project PI/Co-PIs through one-to-one and group meetings, and be provided with critical resources such as technical training, conference travels, and career development.

Interested applicants should apply to this GA position via the following recruitment platform for screening at After screening interviews, the selected candidate will be encouraged to apply for the GA position.

Preferred qualifications for the GA position:

  • Master degree in Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, or closely related discipline
  • Experience in conducting and communicating sustainability-related research (demonstrated by publications, presentations, and invited talks)
  • Experience in teaching and advising students in formal and informal learning contexts
  • Ability to work collaborative with an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Interested candidates should contact Dr. Ruopu Li ( for questions. The application deadline is March 20, 2023.

About Southern Illinois University's School of Earth Systems and Sustainability:

The School of Earth Systems and Sustainability at Southern Illinois University focuses broadly on identifying sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Our diverse faculty are dedicated to graduate and undergraduate education and are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields. Our programs offer the disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training required to address the most pressing environmental issues facing society. Students in our programs benefit from excellent classroom instruction, as well as hands-on learning experiences in computer labs and in the field. The current programs include Geography and Environmental Resources (B.S., M.S.), Geology (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), and Environmental Resources and Policy (Ph.D.).


SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.


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