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Faculty Position in Isotope Geochemistry and Geochemistry

POSITION: The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-line position in Isotope Geochemistry and Geochemistry to be hired at the rank of Associate Professor.

The successful candidate will develop a successful program of externally funded research in isotope geochemistry and geochemistry that includes supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and technical staff. The candidate will provide primary oversight of a newly created ICP-MS core facility, which will include quadrupole and multi-collector ICP-MS instruments, a laser ablation system, and a clean laboratory housed in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, located within the newly constructed Strong Hall. All laboratory spaces are new and purpose-built for the core facility, with significant university resources available for equipment purchase. Associated responsibilities include financial oversight and subsequent set-up, operation, and maintenance of a recharge-based, multi-instrument facility available for department, university, and external users. In addition, the candidate is expected to perform rank-appropriate departmental and university service. The successful candidate will instruct undergraduate courses, as well as graduate courses in the candidate's specialty.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree in solid-earth geoscience or a related discipline, and demonstrate excellence and innovation through publications and grants/contracts in isotope geochemistry (radiogenic and/or non-traditional stable isotope) or geochemistry, with the capacity to lead research in isotope geochemistry. The specific research specialty is open. The candidate must have a minimum of 7 years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. degree, and must have first-hand experience in setting up, running, and maintaining a multiple instrument ICP-MS facility and clean laboratory.

To apply, please email the following to epsicpms@utk.edu, with the subject line “Isotope geochemistry search:” full curriculum vitae, cover letter describing research and teaching experience, philosophy, and plans, and names of 4 references with contact information. Applications received by 7 January, 2019, are ensured review, but earlier submission is highly encouraged. The position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Chris Fedo (cfedo@utk.edu).


The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and the non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educations Amendments 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. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination and Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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