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Assistant Professor of Energy Transition Geophysics

University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma (US)
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Sep 23, 2023

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Natural Hazards, Near Surface Geophysics, Seismology, Solid Earth Geophysics
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The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy School of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Energy Transition Geophysics with an anticipated starting date of August 15, 2024. We encourage applications from all interested and qualified parties. The School of Geosciences’ mission and vision, academic programs, and research and teaching facilities can be found on our website. Additional resources at OU include the Bartell Field Camp, Kessler Field Station, Oklahoma Geological Survey core and data repositories, OU Supercomputing Center for Research and Education (OSCER), and wholistic faculty development support through the Center for Faculty Excellence.
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in a related field, have a demonstrated research record, and a commitment in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses and mentoring graduate students. The candidate is expected to contribute to OU’s Lead On, University strategic plan by establishing an innovative, externally-funded research program, building collaborations within and outside the School, and working with colleagues and students to strengthen our community.  In their application, candidates should highlight any connections to campus-wide collaborative research priorities addressing pressing societal needs, particularly in energy exploration and development, geothermal energy, hydrogen energy storage, and/or geological carbon storage, as well as other linkages to OU’s Research Strategic Verticals.

We are looking for a geophysicist whose research uses seismology and/or seismic geophysics to focus on topics relevant to energy and the energy transition, such as energy exploration and development, geothermal energy, hydrogen energy storage, and/or geological carbon storage. Areas of interest can include, but are not limited to, the acquisition and interpretation of passive and active seismic data to characterize subsurface properties, structures, and fluid movement. The candidate will serve as the primary instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics of seismology and geophysics for the energy transition, and contribute to undergraduate general education teaching. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate in GeoEnergy research and teaching with faculty in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering in their new GeoEnergy Engineering program.

The University of Oklahoma is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In Fall 2020, 22% of OU’s freshmen were first-generation college students, while 29.7% of all students belonged to underrepresented groups and 5.2% were international.

Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information. Norman’s central location within the state provides many opportunities for field education and research on outcrops of crystalline rocks within 2 hours of campus.

Required and Preferred Qualifications:


  • Earned Ph.D. in Geoscience or related field by expected start date
  • Strong writing, organization, facilitation, and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Potential to develop an impactful, externally funded research program in energy transition geophysics
  • Ability and interest to teach an existing seismology course
  • Ability and interest to teach a new course on geophysics for the energy transition
  • Knowledge of inclusive teaching practices and mentoring approaches
  • Commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that engage students as they explore geoscience, provide the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the geoscience workforce, and encourage students to become active members of the scientific community


  • Demonstrated experience with and/or connections to priority research areas and teaching needs Established publication record in energy transition geophysics Demonstrated teaching record

Application Instructions:

Applicants are invited to submit a comprehensive cover letter (not to exceed 4 pages), CV, and a list of 3-4 references. The cover letter should address examples of the candidate’s approach to teaching, inclusive excellence, research, service, and student mentorship, in addition to addressing the required/preferred qualifications. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. The search will remain open until filled.

Contact Person and Application Review Date:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 20, 2023.

Inquiries should be direct to the search committee chair:

Dr. Heather Bedle, Assistant Professor

University of Oklahoma



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