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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670020120 Geology
Job no: 516293
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Education / Instructional
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Geology at Kansas State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sedimentology, beginning August 2024.

We seek an enthusiastic and versatile geoscientist able to contribute to our growing bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The position requires excellence in teaching and mentoring, professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the Department and the University. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program, supervise graduate and undergraduate theses, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful applicant will ideally carry out research in the broad area of sedimentary geology and/or stratigraphy. Anticipated areas of specialization could include carbonate or clastic sedimentology, depositional environments, basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, sedimentary facies, and/or diagenesis. Research that interfaces with the broad area of the energy transition (e.g., groundwater / geothermal systems, carbon or hydrogen sequestration, etc.) is desirable, as is the ability to combine field skills with a broad range of analytical methods to quantify geologic processes. The new faculty member will be expected to teach our undergraduate course in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy and develop upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialty; they will also be expected to supervise research students in this area of geoscience.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Geology ( currently includes 12 faculty members, and a vibrant and growing undergraduate and master’s program. Existing research strengths include: geochemistry, geophysics, geodynamics, groundwater and surface-water hydrology, geomicrobiology, isotope geochemistry, economic geology, geochronology, surficial processes, structural geology, and igneous petrology.

We currently occupy an attractive older building and continue to implement an ongoing program of renovation to modernize laboratory and classroom space. Moreover, the university is also actively pursuing new facilities that will provide the space our department needs to continue to grow. Analytical and computational resources exist within the department and across campus. See for example, We have a supportive alumni group who help to provide scholarships, research and travel funds for our students. Opportunities for collaboration within the university exist with faculty members in the departments of Geology, Biochemistry, Biology, Agronomy, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geography & Geospatial Sciences.

The programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are central to K-State’s historic and present missions. The College contains more than 22 departments and offers several special programs and secondary majors. With more than 4,500 students, it attracts the largest enrollment of any K-State college. K-State is a Land Grant University with an enrollment of over 21,000 students. It has been ranked among the top state and private institutions of higher education in Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986. As part of its new strategic plan, Kansas State University aims to lead the nation as a next-generation land-grant university — setting the standard for inspiring learning, creativity, discovery, and engagement that positively impacts society and transforms lives in Kansas and around the world.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must possess a doctorate in Geology or related field from an accredited university by August 31, 2023
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop and sustain an active, externally funded research program, and effectively manage research projects and supervise student/staff researchers
  • Qualifications to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the geology curriculum effectively

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Versatility in teaching capabilities, for example ability to teach both service-level introductory geology as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses
  • Ability to establish collaborations beyond the department and college
  • Willingness to serve the department, institution, and profession through active participation in committees and professional societies
  • Industry experience and contacts

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application that describes their qualifications and background;
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of research plans and vision
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests, which should also describe the applicant's commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and experience with inclusive pedagogies
  5. Three letters of reference

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on January 8th 2024 and continues until position is filled

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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