Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences hiring Research Professor

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (EEPS) at Washington University seeks to hire a Research Assistant Professor in the broadly defined area of microanalytical characterization of terrestrial and planetary samples. We seek colleagues who creatively use theoretical, computational, observational and/or experimental approaches to address fundamental problems and processes related to these areas, with a particular emphasis on candidates that could make use of our cutting-edge instrumentation, including Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS: Cameca 7f/geo and NanoSIMS 50L), Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA: JEOL 8200), laser Raman spectroscopy (Renishaw InVia), and Multi-Collector Inductively-Coupled-Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS: Thermo Scientific Neptune Plus), as well as facilities of the Institute for Materials Science and Engineering, and across campus, including a new JEOL GrandARM2 AC-STEM and a new Bruker D8 Discover Plus X-ray Diffractometer. Successful candidates will contribute to a dynamic and diverse research community in EEPS and across Washington University through the development of a vigorous, internationally recognized, and externally funded research program, and through engagement with colleagues, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from non-traditional research backgrounds and from scientists who understand the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education and research. 


The successful candidate will receive an appointment for the 12-month fiscal year and will be expected to secure sufficient research grants and research support to fund their research program and full-time annual salary and fringe costs. At the time of hire, partial funding support from the McDonnell Center for Space Sciences will be available for the first three fiscal years of the appointment. In addition, the department guarantees priority access to the aforementioned instrumentation at internal rates.  


Candidates must have a Ph.D. with a focus in Earth, environmental, or planetary science, or a related field, at the time of appointment. Complete applications comprise a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research statement. The research statement should include ongoing and proposed future research projects, including potential sources of research funding, as well as how applicants would broaden scientific participation, encourage critical thinking, independence, and self-confidence, and foster the development of people of all backgrounds. Applicants should include the names and contact information of at least four references, submitted via Interfolio at Applications must be received by June 28, 2024 to ensure full consideration.


Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.


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