Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Geology & Geological Engineering
University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Position Information: DescriptionThe College of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota (UND) invites applications for a faculty position in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering (HHSGGE), beginning Fall 2023, contingent on the availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with experience. We are seeking an established geoscientist to fill an Assistant Professor, 9-month faculty position in Vertebrate Paleontology with a special focus on fossils and the evolution of dinosaurs/mammals in ND. This position is tenure-track. 

The UND HHSGGE offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Geology, Geological Engineering, Earth Science, and Environmental Geoscience. In addition to an introductory course in paleontology, we expect the successful candidate to lead a successful program involving the educating and funding of graduate students and working closely with internal and external stakeholders. This position is expected to collaborate extensively with the North Dakota Geological Survey and other state entities, and contribute to exposing the public to the fascinating world of dinosaurs and early mammals found in the state.

Paleontology is an integrated part of an education in geology and geological engineering, and ND would need a vertebrate paleontologist (not present at any other institution of higher education in the state) that advertises and scientifically describes the abundant vertebrate material found in this part of the country. The successful candidate is expected to undertake research and teaching as well as outreach to the people of ND in the field of Vertebrate Paleontology of dinosaurs and (early) mammals. By doing so he/she will integrate university teaching with everyday life, especially for inhabitants of western ND (where the dinosaur fossils are abundant). At the same time, the successful candidate is expected to publish his/her research in scientifically prominent journals and thereby raise the visibility of UND as a scientific organization soon to become an R1 school.Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities
    Conduct scholarly activities including grant preparation and submission, mentoring of graduate student researchers, publication of results, and development of an externally funded research program.Grow externally funded research by working with the faculty to develop research programs and pursue opportunities for grants and, if applicable, industry-sponsored projects.Drive curriculum changes that attract new students and grow enrollment. This includes the development of new online and on-campus courses that use high-impact practices to ensure students are prepared for a variety of careers. Collaborate with other units in the College and across campus, including UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC).Work closely with alumni, HHSGGE’s advisory board, and external stakeholders, such as the North Dakota Geological Survey.Participate in school, college, university, and professional service activities, as appropriate.
Required Competencies
    Experience or demonstrated ability working with diverse groups and students
Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. degree in Geology, Paleontology, or Biology
  • Three years of combined experience that includes either academic, museum, and/or industry positions, but with strong ties to education.
  • Expertise and a strong publication record in paleontology
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least five years of teaching and/or research experience in Geology or Paleontology.
  • Experience working in an academic unit or museum
Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Contract Period/Start Date

Expected start-date is August 16, 2023 with a 9- month contract for the 2023-2024 academic year

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by December 31, 2022 and include the following materials:

    A resumeA statement describing their vision for their research program as well as teachingThe candidate’s vision for potential outreach activities as this will be an integrated part of the positionThe names and contact information of three (3) references

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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