Friday, October 4, 2019

Assistant Professor of Paleontology UNCW

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Paleontology to begin August 2020. We seek an individual with expertise in Conservation Paleobiology whose research integrates paleoecological, paleoclimatological, and geochronological methods, with a strong potential to utilize UNCW’s coastal setting within the Atlantic Coastal Plain in their research and teaching.
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Minimum Requirements: Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in geology, geoscience, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will:

  1. Be committed to exceptional teaching at the introductory level (e.g., physical and historical geology, natural disasters, environmental geology), including oversight of laboratory sections, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses (e.g., vertebrate and/or invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, conservation paleobiology).
  2. Support the established undergraduate and graduate degree programs within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences by advising majors and by actively recruiting and mentoring students.
  3. Establish and maintain a vigorous research program with a significant field component that involves both undergraduate and graduate students, and complements and interfaces with our emerging directions and strengths in coastal and marine processes and hazards, climate/paleoclimate studies, volcanic processes/hazards, crustal dynamics, tectonics of orogenic systems, and water resource issues.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences offers the following degrees: B.S. in geology and oceanography, M.S. and B.A. in geosciences, B.A. in geography, and a Graduate Certificate in GIS. UNCW maintains a full range of analytical facilities in support of research including sedimentology, geospatial analysis, electron microscopy, stable isotope mass spectroscopy, aqueous chemistry, NMR, and DNA sequencing facilities as well as a dive shop, machine shop, and instrument shop at the UNCW Center for Marine Science (

Applicant Instructions
Please include the following:

  • A brief letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Statement of teaching and research interests including a list of potential course offerings and plan for actively engaging students in field-based research
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Copies of graduate transcripts
  • Contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references. 

Please address diversity and inclusiveness in your teaching and/or research statements. All materials must be uploaded to the application portal. No emailed, faxed, or mailed materials will be accepted. Adobe PDF or Word documents are required. Letters of reference will be requested of those candidates who are included in our short-list or invited to interview. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For questions about the position, contact search committee chair Dr. Todd LaMaskin ( For questions regarding the online application system contact Human Resources at UNCW. (

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