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Tenure Track Faculty, Environmental Geophysics – Assistant Professor

The University of Iowa - Dpts (GSS) & (EES)
Iowa City, Iowa
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Aug 19, 2024

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Type of Position: Tenure Track

Working Title: Tenure Track Faculty, Environmental Geophysics – Assistant Professor

Multiple Hire Req: No

Advertising Starts on: Immediately

Advertising Ends on: Extended Advertising

Department: 11-1170

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Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Description:

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) in partnership with the Department of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences (GSS) at The University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the broad area of environmental geophysics. Twenty-first century societies face enormous environmental challenges and addressing them requires an understanding of contemporary and past environments, how human activities have transformed them, and how societies interact with and are affected by their environments. This position is a key piece of a major initiative within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to reposition academic resources around the environment and sustainability. The appointment will begin August 20, 2025.


We seek an outstanding researcher with expertise in near surface geophysics, including, but not limited to studies related to hydrologic and (bio)geochemical processes, natural hazards, and climate change. Research interests may include but are not limited to groundwater/surface water interactions, soil moisture dynamics, biological interactions with geologic media, thawing permafrost, contaminant transport and fate, and glacier/ice-sheet dynamics, using tools such as ground-penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction, electrical resistivity, seismic, nuclear magnetic resonance, active/passive microwave, or gravity.


Successful candidates are expected to develop an active, externally funded research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and teach introductory courses as well as upper division and graduate courses in environmental geophysics and related fields. The ideal candidate will complement current EES and GSS strengths, support the geoscience and environmental science majors, and develop collaborations both within EES and GSS and with other programs across the University (e.g. Physics & Astronomy (PHYS), the Iowa Geological Survey (IGS), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the Iowa Flood Center, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering). We seek forward-thinking colleagues to help us expand collaboration on vital areas of research and deliver exciting and relevant programs aimed at training next generation scientists.

How to Apply:

Apply online at .  Refer to requisition #75269. The application must include a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research interest, a statement of teaching interest, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Names and contact information for three individuals who can serve as a recommendation are required; letters will be solicited during a secondary stage in the hiring process.


The deadline for full consideration is Sep 15th, 2024. Screening of applications will begin in early September, but the application window will remain open until the position is satisfactorily filled.


Direct questions regarding this position to Dr. Jessi Meyer,, 319-335-1831.


About Iowa: Situated in vibrant Iowa City, IA, the University of Iowa is a global community of renowned artists and writers, pioneering scientists, and outstanding faculty dedicated to student success across 12 colleges, 7 professional degrees, and more than 200 areas of studies. With just over 30,000 students, the University is one of the nation’s top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.

EES and GSS have seen continuous growth in their environmental policy and planning, environmental science, and sustainability majors over the past decade, and are building opportunities for undergraduate education at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory and Lakeside Laboratory.  These departments are now working together to advance environmental and sustainability science, on campus and beyond, and provide innovative, student-centered, educational and research programs related to these disciplines.  The overall goal is to make these departments the core of meeting grand challenges associated with socioecological and natural systems at the University of Iowa and in the larger community.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any misconduct history or pending research misconduct investigation including but not limited to sexual misconduct in prior employment and provide a related release and will be subject to a criminal background and credential check.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.


Education Requirement:

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in geoscience or a related discipline at time of appointment.


Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching, relative to career level.
  • Demonstrated potential for external funding, relative to career level.


Desired Qualifications:  

  • Postdoctoral research experience.
  • Record of publishing in the broad field of environmental geophysics in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience with writing competitive grant proposals, relative to career level.
  • Research that complements existing EES departmental strengths.
  • Experience and/or plans for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and communities across disciplines.



The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa City has been ranked one of the nation’s most livable cities (USA Today, 2006), and one of the best small metropolitan areas for careers (Forbes Magazine, 2013). This small city has a population of about 62,000. It is a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities and a long history of international connections, leadership, and accomplishment. Iowa City offers the safe, friendly quality of life for which the Midwest is known.

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