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Division of Geological and Planetary Science

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geological and Planetary Sciences

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The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position. We seek individuals who will lead an innovative research program, are committed to teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and of postdoctoral fellows, and display interest in enhancing the diversity of the institute. We invite applicants in any area of Earth and/or planetary sciences, broadly defined. All subdisciplines are of interest—including, but not limited to: geology, geochemistry, geobiology, geophysics, planetary science, and environmental science and engineering.

The term of the initial appointment at the assistant professor level is four years and is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D. degree. Reappointment beyond the initial term is contingent upon successful review conducted prior to the commencement of the fourth year. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates may also be considered at the tenured professor level. Initial review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic application that includes: a brief cover letter, a curriculum vita (including publications), a short research statement (no more than 3 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), and three letters of recommendation. We also ask that applicants submit a diversity and inclusion statement (1 page) that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach. We will evaluate each applicants’ research accomplishments and potential, as well as the teaching, mentoring, collaboration, and leadership skills necessary to run a successful academic research group (e.g. initiative, persistence, enthusiasm, communication).

For any questions that arise about the application process, please contact us at: faculty-search@gps.caltech.edu.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you complete the application form, send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (individually or combined in one pdf):
    • curriculum vita;
    • research statement;
    • teaching statement;
    • diversity and inclusion statement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-6111 for assistance or contact faculty-search@gps.caltech.edu.