Job Opening

tenure-track position in Coastal Science

Virginia Tech

Posted: 05/12/2021

Open Until: 07/24/2021

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of coastal science. The coastal zone is particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of climate change because the combination of population growth and sea-level rise is transforming hazards into disasters with greater frequency and increasing societal, economic, and environmental costs. To address these emerging challenges, we seek a dynamic, broadly trained geoscientist to advance fundamental knowledge of interconnected natural and anthropogenic processes affecting social, environmental, and economic sustainability in the coastal zone. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of coastal science. We seek applicants from all areas of geoscience. Areas of interest include but are not limited to novel applications of geospatial analytics and/or machine learning to coastal zone processes, coastal system evolution, geocomplexity, as well as connections to coastal policy and geohealth.

The position is affiliated with the Center for Coastal Studies (LINK ), which brings together 50+ faculty from eight academic colleges across Virginia Tech. The Center is affiliated with the Global Systems Science Destination Area (LINK ), which is focused on the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working in the Center are collaborating toward transdisciplinary solutions to critical social problems emerging from human activity and environmental change. Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition through physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities.

Responsibilities: Pursuant to the land-grant mission of Virginia Tech, the successful candidate will contribute to teaching, research, and service activities within the Department, College, and University. Expectations include (1) developing a nationally/internationally recognized and externally funded research program, (2) mentoring and supervising doctoral and master’s students, (3) teaching and developing courses that contribute to the knowledge of coastal science and to the quantitative skills of students, and (4) contributing to scholarly activities in the Center for Coastal Studies and the Global Systems Science Destination Area.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree, in geosciences, data sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, or other related fields.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas that align with Virginia Tech’s university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on Global Systems Science.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university committed to teaching and learning, research, and worldwide outreach. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in the vibrant town of Blacksburg, VA. Blacksburg sits within the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia and is often ranked among the nation’s best places to live.

Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a research statement, a teaching statement, a diversity statement, and a current CV. For further information about the position or the search process, please contact Dr. Robert Weiss, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of Geoscience, Virginia Tech, at weiszr@vt.edu . The review of applications will begin on August 6. Applicants are required to apply online (direct LINK ) via jobs.vt.edu and should use posting number 515977.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, 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 on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation, please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services (LINK ) with any questions.

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