Assistant Professor in Hydrogeology & Water Science, Fall 2024


The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) seeks to fill a faculty position in Hydrogeology & Water Science with emphasis in water movement, quality, storage, and/or interactions with soils and rocks. The position is for a full time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level that will begin August 1, 2024.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct a robust, externally funded program of hydrogeology and water science research that integrates the classroom with the laboratory and field, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, effectively teach courses in hydrogeology and water-related fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and collaborate in department research ( ) dealing with, but not limited to, environmental studies, aqueous geochemistry, urban ecology, and surface processes. The department has a range of analytical facilities (e.g., Geochemistry Teaching Laboratory, Stable Isotope Laboratory, new MC-Q-ICP-MS core facility) that the successful candidate can use for their teaching and research. Additionally, UTK is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The candidate is expected to perform rank-appropriate professional, University and departmental service, including for the undergraduate program in the Water Science and Environmental Studies concentrations.


The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree by the time of appointment and show demonstrated excellence through publications and competitive research support (e.g., grants, contracts, fellowships) in hydrogeology and water science. ­UTK is a land-grant university and values engaged forms of research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and service. We consider evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit: (1) cover letter articulating the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for this position, (2) full curriculum vitae, (3) statements describing research and teaching experience, philosophy, and plans, and (4) names and contact information for at least three professional references via In addition to addressing qualifications for the position, candidates may describe how they would help promote students’ access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship/creative activities. Application review will begin on December 1st, 2023, and remain open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Annette Engel ( ).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or .

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