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Open-rank Professor, Petroleum Geology, Tenure-Track, Endowed Harold Hamm Distinguished Professor

University of North Dakota, College of Engineering and Mines
Grand Forks, ND
$91,000+ dependent on rank and experience, 9-month contract, Tenure-track, Exempt
Closing date
Feb 24, 2024

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Geochemistry, Global Environmental Change, Mineral and Rock Physics
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Education Level
Job Type
Tenure Track
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Salary/Position Classification

  • $91,000+ dependent on rank and experience, 9-month contract, Tenure-track, Exempt
  • 40 hours per week
  • 100% Remote Work Availability: No
  • Hybrid Work Availability: No

Purpose of Position

The College of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota (UND) is seeking an established petroleum geologist to fill an open rank, 9-month faculty position in Petroleum Geology with a special focus on either organic geochemistry, or source rock/reservoir geology, seal and trap mechanism analysis, migration and maturation histories of hydrocarbon reservoirs, and related topics. This position may be tenure-track or an offer of tenure may be made based on a candidate’s documented record of achievement and subject to approval from the Department, College, University, and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. This position is contingent upon the availability of funding. This position will be primarily on campus (not remote).

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor candidates must meet the school/college/university standards for appointment to the rank, including significant experience/accomplishments in the candidate’s area of expertise. Assistant/Associate/Full Professor candidates must also meet State Board of Higher Education guidelines for consideration of tenure. Full Professor candidates must also have national distinction, international recognition, and a substantial scholarly record in the candidate’s area of expertise. This is an endowed Harold Hamm Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Geology position beginning Fall 2024, or later.

The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively and show the ability to integrate organic geochemical data with inorganic rock data (e.g., XRD, XRF, CT, etc.), integrate rock and fluid data to correlate generated hydrocarbons to source rocks and evaluate and interpret isotopic data from hydrocarbons, biomarkers, to determine the origin and alteration of organic and inorganic constituents.

The UND School of Geology and Geological Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in various disciplines of Geology and Geological Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to teach courses for Geology and Geological Engineering majors, a course in Petroleum Geology, as well as in their specialty. In addition, we expect the successful candidate to lead a successful program involving the education and funding of graduate students and working closely with internal and external stakeholders. This position is expected to collaborate extensively with the North Dakota Industrial Commission and other state entities, the Department of Petroleum Engineering, and contribute to exposing the public and stakeholders to the importance of Petroleum Geology and the oil and gas industry in the state. At the same time, the successful candidate is expected to seek external funding and publish their research in scientifically prominent journals and thereby raise the visibility of UND as a scientific organization soon to become an R1 school.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct scholarly activities including grant preparation and submission, mentoring of graduate student researchers, publication of results, and development of an externally funded research program.
  • Grow externally funded research by working with the faculty of the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering to develop research programs and pursue opportunities for grants and industry-sponsored projects.
  • Drive curriculum changes that attract new students and grow enrollment. This includes the development of new online and on-campus courses that use high-impact practices to ensure students are prepared for a variety of careers.
  • Collaborate with other units in the College and across campus, including UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC).
  • Work closely with alumni, the Geology and Geological Engineering’s advisory board, and external stakeholders, such as the North Dakota Industrial Commission and the North Dakota Geological Survey.
  • Participate in school, college, university, and professional service activities, as appropriate. 

Required Competencies

  • Ability to work with and guide students to run analysis machinery used for Petroleum Geology research purposes
  • Experience or demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and students.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in Geology, Petroleum Geology, or a closely related field.
  • At least ten years of combined experience that includes either academic, and/or industry positions, but with strong ties to education.
  • Evidence of a strong publication record in one or several fields of Petroleum Geology.
  • Experience in integrating petroleum-related data sets with geological data
  • Successful completion of a Criminal History Background Check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years of teaching and/or research experience in Geology or Petroleum Geology.
  • Experience working in an academic unit or the petroleum industry.

To Apply

Applications are only taken through the  UND Careers webpage 

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To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2024 and include the following materials:

• Resume
• A statement describing their vision for their research as well as teaching programs
• The names and contact information of three (3) references

Position open until filled

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