Dear list members,

Appended please find an advertisement for a tenure-track position in petrology/mineralogy at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kevin Shelton 

Assistant Professor in Geological Sciences, University of Missouri


The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the fields of mineralogy and petrology. Potential areas of research interest could include igneous and/or metamorphic petrology, volcanology, meteoritics, planetary geology, geochemistry, mineral surface chemistry, and/or other related areas of expertise. This position has an anticipated Fall 2020 start date. As a minimum qualification, a Ph.D. in geological sciences or related field by the time of appointment is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach across the curriculum, including mineralogy and courses within their expertise, and to build an externally funded research program that complements the existing strengths in paleobiology, geochemistry, structural geology, and geophysics. Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to conduct independent research and effectively teach students across the curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Information about our department and our undergraduate and graduate curricula can be found at [].

Our department occupies a building dedicated to Geological Sciences, and houses numerous analytical facilities [] including a new X-ray Tomographic and Scanning Electron Microscopy laboratory [] as one of the MU Research Core Facilities, and a high-performance computing cluster. Elsewhere on campus is a wide variety of geochemical instrumentation at the MU Research Reactor [] and at other research core facilities [].


About the University and Columbia, Missouri

The University of Missouri (also known as Mizzou or MU) is located in Columbia, Missouri. As Missouriís largest public research university, Mizzou has an enrollment of ~30,000 students, is a Research I designated institution, is a member of the Association of American Universities, and is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Mizzou is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

With a population of ~125,000, Columbia is located midway between Missouriís largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City. Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and others have named Columbia one of the best places in the United States to live and among the top 10 college towns because of its high quality of life. Columbia is home to nationally renowned public schools, including two top-ranked high schools. The city provides many opportunities for art, culture, and music enthusiasts, and has been recognized as a bike-friendly community with many parks and trails.


To apply

Please apply on line at: (Job Opening ID 31617). Use the online application to upload (i) a letter of application that describes your teaching and research experience; (ii) a CV; (iii) a statement describing research and teaching interests and a plan for attracting students, including students from demographic groups who traditionally have been underrepresented in the geological sciences; and (iv) a statement of inclusion and diversity. Three reference letters are required and should be sent (electronically or hard copy) to Dr. James Schiffbauer ([log in to unmask]), Chair of the Search Committee. Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee with questions about the job duties. Please contact Human Resource Services ([log in to unmask]) with any questions about the application process. Review of application materials will begin on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete (including reference letters) on or before this date. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Missouri and the Department of Geological Sciences are fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. To request ADA accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-884-7278 or [log in to unmask].


Interested and attending GSA?

Please contact Dr. Schiffbauer (Search Chair; [log in to unmask]) and/or Dr. Mian Liu (Dept. Chair; [log in to unmask]) to request an informal meeting. Please also stop by our booth (#350) and introduce yourself!