Assistant or Associate Professor in Geophysics

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution SD School of Mines
Working Title Assistant or Associate Professor in Geophysics
Posting Number F00015P
Department SDSMT-Geology & Geological Engineering
Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City
Posting Text

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a nine-month tenure track position in Geology and Geological Engineering with an expertise in geophysics. The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. An earned doctorate in geophysics or a closely related discipline is required by the anticipated August 2018 starting date. The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in geophysics and related fields, develop and maintain a strong externally funded research program that complements department strengths, and advise undergraduate and graduate students. For questions about this position, contact Kurt Katzenstein, Search Chair, at

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 96% placement rate and an average starting salary of nearly $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,800 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 74,048 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 16, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Posting Date 11/09/2017
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Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 01/16/2018
Advertised Salary
Duration of the Term 9 months
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Appointment Percent 100%
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
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Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

SD Mines is in Rapid City, SD, which lies at the center of a diverse geological terrain. The Black Hills uplift, which is the easternmost extension of the northern Rocky Mountains, contains a historical gold mining region, and is flanked by the fossil-rich Badlands and the energy resource-rich Williston and Powder River basins. The department houses the Energy Resources Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to advance education and research in energy resources, particularly petroleum. A variety of analytical and equipment facilities exist within the department and across campus. Research opportunities also are available through the Sanford Underground Research Facility, located within the former Homestake Gold Mine. In addition, our Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station offers a variety of geology, geological engineering, volcanology, paleontology, and environmental field camps in locations worldwide.

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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