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Open Rank Faculty - Petrology/Geochemistry

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Open Rank Faculty - Petrology/Geochemistry
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: TR0170127
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Petrology or Geochemistry. We welcome applicants who combine field, analytical, and/or computational approaches to make potentially transformative advances in our understanding of the processes that drive evolution of the Earth’s crust and/or mantle. The successful applicant will build an internationally recognized research program supported by a robust and sustainable portfolio of extramural research funding, will contribute to our educational mission by teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will participate in department, college, and university service. The Department of Geosciences currently includes 28 faculty members and instructors with expertise across the spectrum of geosciences. We anticipate adding to our strong cohort of 7 junior faculty members by hiring at the Assistant Professor level but will consider applications from more senior scientists at the Associate or Full Professor levels. The Department is internationally recognized for excellence in mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology, and has a rich history of research and innovation with state-of-the-art instrumentation that includes ion microprobe (SIMS), electron microprobe, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, laser ablation ICP-MS, gas source IR-MS, and the VT Advanced Research Computing facility. Additional information is available at, and Travel to attend professional conferences and meetings is a required component of the job.

Required Qualifications:

At the time of appointment, candidates must hold a Ph.D. in geoscience or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who: (1) show substantial evidence of high-quality scholarship and the ability or potential to attract external research funding, commensurate with rank; (2) articulate a vision of how their research portfolio will grow in the next decade and who are clearly cognizant of evolving funding opportunities in their field; (3) engage in research and teaching that complements existing strengths, resources, and infrastructure in the department; (4) clearly indicate how their teaching and mentoring will benefit our student community; and (5) demonstrate strong commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity in research, teaching and university service.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Candidates should apply online at in response to posting TR0170127, submitting a cover letter, CV, contact details for at least three referees, and statements detailing i) research interests, ii) teaching philosophy, and iii) a vision to enhance diversity and inclusion within the geosciences. The statements should each not exceed two pages each, and the teaching statement should address both undergraduate and graduate education. Review of applications will begin 11/23/17, with an anticipated start of employment in fall of 2018. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geoscience or a related field upon appointment. For further information, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Mark Caddick, at

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Geosciences
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 09/25/2017
Review Begin Date: 11/22/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Candidate Statement
  5. Research Statement
  6. Other Doc
  7. Teaching Statement
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