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Assistant Professor - Chemical Oceanography/Marine Geochemistry

Louisiana State University -Dept of Geology and Geophysics
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Oct 31, 2023

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The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences in the College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of chemical oceanography at the level of Assistant Professor. We seek a broadly trained marine geochemist who complements the interdisciplinary nature of our program. While candidates from all sub-disciplines of marine geochemistry are encouraged to apply, candidates with expertise in organic geochemistry, trace element and isotope (TEI) biogeochemistry are especially encouraged to apply. This faculty position will have equal responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%). Service to university programs and broader community services is encouraged.

The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences has strong biological, physical, chemical, geological, fisheries, and wetland biogeochemistry programs in continental shelf, coastal, estuarine, and wetland environments. Located in the state capital of Baton Rouge, on the banks of the Mississippi River, LSU is surrounded by diverse aquatic and coastal habitats. LSU is located just 100 miles from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, with access to surrounding coastal environments supported by facilities including boats, field stations, laboratory space, and dormitories.

The LSU College of Coast and Environment also maintains a field support facility staffed by experienced and professional technicians, boat operators, divers, machinists, and engineers. The field support group works in a dedicated 8000 sq. ft. building housing separate space for maintenance and calibration laboratories, fabrication and machine shops, and equipment storage.

Job Summary/Responsibilities:

  • 50% Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Chemical Oceanography/Marine Geochemistry.
  • 30% Develop and maintain a rigorous, externally-funded and independent research program in aquatic/marine geochemistry with relevance to coastal and marine environments.
  • 10% Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research.
  • 10% Provide service/advice to the University, and local, state and federal agencies. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives. Candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups are strongly urged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, geology, oceanography, marine sciences, environmental sciences, or related fields. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives. Candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups are strongly urged to apply.

Specific Experience:

Postdoctoral experience preferred. Applicants must have a promising research plan and a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education.


  • Proficient Demonstrate potential to sustain an active research program
  • Proficient Strong publication record, commensurate with experience
  • Proficient Ability to provide quality mentoring and teaching to undergraduate and graduate students.





Special Instructions:

“Please submit the following requested documents with your application: A cover letter highlighting your motivation for applying to this position (two page maximum). A research statement that describes the focus and impact of your current and planned future research (three page maximum). A statement of your teaching and student mentoring philosophies (three page maximum). A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (two page maximum). Curriculum vitae. Contact information for three references. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, official transcripts are required prior to hire. If your degree was earned outside the US, a credential evaluation will be required.

This position will be open until filled; however, initial review of applications will begin by November 1, 2023. “For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact “Dr. Junhong Liang, 225-578-7031,"




Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Remote Work - Positions approved to work remotely outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.


 LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (



HCM Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email  For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.


The Louisiana State University occupies a 2,000-acre campus on the banks of the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge. The campus is defined by its stunning Italian Renaissance architecture, red roofs and abundant oak trees. LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment. In 2011, the University enrolled nearly 24,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. Designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, LSU is noted for its extensive research facilities, operating some 800 sponsored research projects funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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