Assistant Professor, Energy Transitions and Critical Materials
University of Connecticut
Location: Storrs Campus
Internal Number: 497906
The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor whose research is directly relevant to the energy transition and a sustainable energy future. We are specifically interested in candidates with active research in fields that include critical mineral resources and earth materials, geothermal energy, geologic carbon capture and sequestration, and/or related environmental impacts. We welcome applicants who use a range of field, analytical, and/or computational approaches.
This hire will join a department with strengths in surface processes, sedimentary geology and geochemistry, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and tectonics. The Department offers a highly collaborative and collegial environment and fosters a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found at https://earthsciences.uconn.edu/.
The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program that will attract external funding and provide research training for graduate and undergraduate students. They will also be expected to provide effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in professional service to the Department and University. We seek candidates who demonstrate an interest in broadening participation of members of underrepresented groups, engaging diverse groups through research, teaching, and public engagement, and who are familiar with pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and intellectual interests.
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
A Ph.D. or international equivalent in geology, geophysics, engineering, or a related field by August 2024.
Demonstrated ability to initiate and lead an independent research program.
A record of peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.
Evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or public engagement.
Research program that complements the Department's strengths.
Strong record of extramural funding.
Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring.
Evidence of engagement in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or public outreach.
This position is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Research and scholarship statement (3 pages maximum on research plans, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
Teaching statement (2 pages maximum on teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
Commitment to diversity statement (2 pages maximum on broadening participation, commitment, and experience to support diversity, equity, and inclusion through offering support for success for students of all backgrounds)
Sample journal articles or books
Names and contact information for 3 letters of reference.
Evaluation of applicants will begin December 1, 2023.
At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.
This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.
The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee's unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.
The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.