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Assistant Professor in Environmental Sciences

University of Texas at Arlington, Department Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Texas, Arlington
9 month tenure-track position (negotiable)
Closing date
Jan 22, 2024

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Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Space Science Informatics, Global Environmental Change, GeoHealth
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Job Summary


The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the College of Sceince at The University of Texas Arlington invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with broadly construed areas of expertise in geology, meteorology, or environmental science at the level of Assistant Professor. Faculty candidates for higher ranks with exceptional track records will also be considered. While candidates from all sub-disciplines of geosciences or environmental science are encouraged to apply, we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the carbon-free energy transition, synoptic-to-global-scale climate change impact and resilience, environmental health, sustainability, and/or data science. Opportunities for collaboration exist within the  department in the areas of geochemistry, geochronology, sedimentary geology, environmental chemistry and toxicology, environmental health, climate change and paleoclimatology, paleontology, tracer hydrology, and with other research groups in the College of Science in the areas of data science or analytical chemistry. Our geochemical and analytical strengths include the Center for Environmental, Forensics, and Material Science and an ultraclean laboratory within the Earth and Environmental Science building, as well as other facilities at the UTA Science & Engineering Innovation & Research (SEIR) building.




Benefits at UTA


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CBC Requirement


It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.




Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Standard research expectations for faculty include publishing research in peer-reviewed journals, acquiring research grants, and advising undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs in research. Startup packages are provided to enable new faculty to jump-start their research group in advance of winning research grants.


Faculty are expected to continuously improve their teaching, and UTA offers Learning and Development Resources as well as opportunities with the STEM Education Research Collaboratorium and Resource Center. 




Service duties include departmental committee work (such as organizing colloquia, graduate student admissions, or faculty hiring), service to the university, service to the community, and national service to research and education infrastructure. Faculty often serve on national review panels, referee journal articles, and engage in public education and outreach.




Required Qualifications


Applicants should have a doctoral degree in geology, meteorology, environmental sciences or a related discipline.


We seek an individual with an established research and mentorship record who will develop new and expand existing collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, across the UTA campus, and around the globe. Candidates are encouraged to describe how their work will address topics of acute scientific interest and critical societal importance related to reliable sustainable energy, climate change impact and resilience, human health, and/or data science.




University Information


The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 30 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student body in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.          




“Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at


( The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.”


Overview of Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences The department consists of groups of faculty who interact and collaborate within and between groups representing Earth and Environmental Sciences including environmental chemistry, environmental health, climate change and oceanography, geochronology, tracer hydrology, hydrogeology, paleoclimate, paleontology, and sedimentary geology. We offer both M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Information on the EES program can be found at




Located in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Center for Environmental, Forensics, and Material Science encompasses the most up-to-date techniques for the study of major and trace element analysis, contaminant detection, and material structures. Instrumentation includes multiple X-ray platforms and electron microprobe analyzer, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The facility has applications in environmental science, geological science, and material engineering.




Special Instructions to Applicant


To apply applicants should go to and submit the following materials:


  • Curriculum Vitae (required) Cover Letter (required) Unofficial Transcripts (required for candidates for whom their degree is not in the same discipline as the one in which they will teach) Contact information for 3 references (required)
  • Summary of current and proposed research (required three pages) Statement of teaching interests (required max. one page)



Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.




Questions regarding this position may be addressed to: Dr. Ricardo Sánchez-Murillo, Search Committee Chair ( or the Earth and Environmental Science administrator (




For more information about UTA, please visit:




EEO Statement


It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University's compliance with this policy.




ADA Accommodations


The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email


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