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Geology and Environmental Science: Assistant Professor in Environmental Geology/Geochemistry

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Assistant Professor
  • Job ID: #21041
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Geology and Environmental Science: Assistant Professor in Environmental Geology/Geochemistry


The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Environmental Geology/Geochemistry. The position is anticipated to be filled at the Assistant Professor level. The appointment will begin on August 182025.


An earned Ph.D. in geology or a closely related discipline prior to the appointment start date is required. The department seeks to hire a person who will strengthen our field-oriented teaching and research of environmental topics. Demonstrated success in teaching and collaborative research at the undergraduate level is desirable but not required. The ability to enhance diversity and serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities will be considered an asset.


The successful candidate will teach introductory-level environmental courses and upper-division courses in the hydrogeology and water chemistry emphasis (e.g., Geochemistry and Chemical Hydrogeology). They will contribute to teaching a new hydrogeology field course, and they will have the opportunity to contribute to our geology field courses in New Mexico and Montana. Beyond teaching, responsibilities will include conducting collaborative research with undergraduate students, advising, and service to the department and university. 


The Department of Geology and Environmental Science has six faculty, robust course enrollment, and approximately ninety majors. Students pursuing a degree in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science select an emphasis in general geology, hydrogeology and water chemistry, environmental science, or dual-degree geological engineering. The department prides itself on our long tradition of a central focus on collaborative student-faculty research. Laboratory facilities include a state-of-the-art electron microscope facility with associated prep equipment, a modern analytical geochemistry laboratory containing a Bruker S8 WD-XRF spectrometer, and a Bruker D8 powder diffractometer, a high P/T experimental petrology laboratory, micro-FTIR spectrometer, a 16-station petrography laboratory with a petrography research annex, a dedicated computer laboratory with geochemical, GIS and groundwater modeling software, geophysical instrumentation (GPR, frequency domain EM, gravity meter, magnetometer, resistivity meter, seismograph), tensiometers, hydrogeological laboratory and equipment for slug/well tests, lab equipment for soil characterization and permeameter analysis, and 11 on-campus educational monitoring wells. The Department is a collaborative member of the Materials Science Center, a consortium between Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Geology and Environmental Science focused on nanoscience, materials science research and collaboration with industry. For more information, visit the Department's website:


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a comprehensive university with approximately 9,600 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, and it is constructing a new science building with a projected move-in date of fall 2026. The university is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate student research collaborations and study abroad. The fourth largest university in the state, UW-Eau Claire has strong academic programs and a focus on experiential learning. We strive for excellence in liberal education and are committed to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. The campus, often described as "Wisconsin's most beautiful," straddles the banks of the Chippewa River. To learn more about UWEC, visit

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers, is a regional center for western Wisconsin and has made numerous "Best of" lists including #2 Most Livable College Town ( Our city is a vibrant, friendly, and affordable community of 69,000 with outstanding schools, excellent health-care systems, and employment opportunities. The Eau Claire area features diverse restaurants, a recently constructed theater (Pablo Center), a thriving arts community, and a wide variety of music. Eau Claire is home to symphony and chamber orchestras as well as several music festivals that attract local talent and national acts (e.g., the Blue Ox Music Festival, Country Jam, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival). The area features beautiful parks, trails, outdoor sports, and recreational opportunities. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area with all its cultural experiences and entertainment events is only a 90minute drive. 


Apply online at You must create an account and login before you can apply, unless you are currently employed in the UW-System, in which case, you can use your UW login. To register, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Geology and Environmental Science: Assistant Professor in Environmental Geology/Geochemistry position (Job ID #21041) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached, and all required fields are completed.

  • Please include the following in a single file (PDF format):
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Statement of research plans and interests
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience
  • Contact information for three professionals who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for this position.
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (include copies of unofficial transcripts in PDF format along with the rest of the application; official transcripts are required before an offer is made.)

Only applications submitted electronically and preferably compiled as a single PDF document will be accepted. Receipt of complete application packages will be acknowledged by e-mail.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email the chair of the search committee, Professor Phillip Ihinger (

Completed applications must be received by end-of-day October 11, 2024. Screening may continue until the position is filled.

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer.