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Assistant Professor of Petrology and Mineralogy

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 4, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Petrology and Mineralogy

The Geosciences Department at Williams College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the broad field of petrology and mineral sciences, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2022. We are a collegial, student-centered department of teacher-scholars, actively engaged in research and dedicated to broadening participation in the geosciences. Our department offers diverse courses in modern and paleo-climate, surface processes, co-evolution of earth and life, tectonics, and mineralogy/petrology. We seek a colleague who is committed to inclusive undergraduate education in the classroom, lab, and field settings, and who will develop a vibrant research program that engages a diverse population of undergraduates.

The successful candidate will teach two to three courses per year, depending on course size and structure. We seek a scientist in the broad area of igneous/metamorphic petrology and/or mineralogy who can teach introductory courses in physical geology and tectonics suitable for a liberal arts curriculum, and upper-level courses in mineralogy and igneous/metamorphic petrology. Faculty have broad latitude in developing their own courses beyond the core curriculum and we would welcome other solid-earth courses based on the candidate’s interests (for example, volcanology, tectonic hazards, geochemistry, isotopic approaches to geological problems, ore/resource geology, or planetary formation). We also encourage candidates to suggest courses that would cross traditional disciplinary lines and build dynamic intellectual bridges between Geosciences and other departments. The successful candidate will build a research program that includes students, is supported in part by external funding, and is disseminated via publications.

The Geosciences Department ( ) is committed to providing excellent and inclusive geoscience training for all students who take our courses, including both majors and those who take our classes as part of their liberal arts education.

We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented and excluded in the geosciences. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here: .


Experience and/or demonstrated commitment to teaching, mentoring, and advising a diverse population of students is essential. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or dissertation completed by the time of appointment, demonstrated teaching experience, and plans for a productive research program suitable for undergraduate student involvement.

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply via Interfolio ( ). The application should include 5 components: a cover letter; separate statements of teaching and research philosophy (each of which should incorporate specific information on how the activities would include active efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion); a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2021. The search committee plans to conduct online video interviews with semi-finalists in January 2022, followed by on-campus interviews in February. For questions, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Phoebe Cohen at [email protected] .

Position begins

July 1, 2022

Application deadline

11:59 pm ET on November 1, 2021

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Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams website ( ).

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

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