Department ofGeosciences

Assistant Professor of Geosciences - Hydrogeology

The Department of Geosciences at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure-track position in hydrogeology at the level of Assistant Professor to teach beginning September 1, 2015. Applications are welcomed from candidates with research and teaching interest over a wide spectrum of groundwater science applications that complement the areas of expertise of the current faculty. The areas of particular interest are low temperature aqueous geochemistry and/or geothermal exploration. Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and cultivation of new collaborations will be an asset in the position. We are seeking a person with a commitment to excellence in teaching at a predominately undergraduate institution, collegiality and flexibility to meet the needs of our students and the program, and a dedication to establishing a field-based research program that engages students. Teaching responsibilities will include hydrogeology, an upper division course in one’s expertise, and topical lower division geoscience courses. Participation in extended field trip experiences, the general education program, and mentoring senior capstone research projects is also expected.  Ph.D. in Geology or closely related field is required. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2015.

Pacific Lutheran University is a comprehensive university of 3500 students that offers a challenging curriculum integrating the liberal arts with professional programs. Located in a uniquely scenic region of the Pacific Northwest, the university's campus is 40 miles south of Seattle and 40 miles west of Mt Rainier near Tacoma, Washington.  The university's mission is to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care.  PLU enjoys a healthy and progressive relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serves a diverse student population, and endorses the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Submit application at https://employment.plu.edu/postings/3133. Required materials:  cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and potential research plans with undergraduates. Three confidential letters of recommendation will also be requested by PLU upon application. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled. For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Rose McKenney, Chair of Geosciences at 253-535-8720 or mckennra@plu.edu.