Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Environmental Chemistry or Geochemistry, Northern Arizona University

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Environmental Chemistry or Geochemistry,  Northern Arizona University         

This is a full-time tenure-track joint position split between the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES) (51%) and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chem) (49%) within the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences. This position will provide the theoretical and technical expertise necessary to educate and guide our students in cutting-edge research in environmental chemistry and could link to related fields of atmospheric chemistry, pollution science, biogeochemistry and environmental toxicology. Serious water, air, and soil concerns about acid mine drainage, surface water contamination from wildfire runoff, and uranium and arsenic contamination on the Colorado Plateau provide local research opportunities to build a strong research program with funding from the NIH, NSF, DoD, DOE, EPA, USGS, and state, local, and tribal municipalities.  


Job Description            

  • Tenure-track assistant professor in environmental chemistry or geochemistry.
  • Study chemical processes in the environment, and integrate chemistry with skills and knowledge from the other environmental sciences.
  • Develop a vigorous research program that leads to peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding.
  • Mentor PhD, MS, and undergraduate students in environmental chemistry.
  • Provide excellent instruction in upper-division undergraduate- and graduate-level lectures and labs, particularly related to environmental chemistry and Earth’s atmosphere and hydrosphere.
  • Contribute to a positive working environment with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.


  • Provide service to NAU as appropriate for a new assistant professor.


Minimum Qualifications                     

An earned Ph.D. in chemistry, geosciences, or other closely related academic fields conferred by start date of August 20, 2018.


Preferred Qualifications                       

• Research experience in environmental chemistry at the post-doctoral level.

• A publication record and extramural funding commensurate with time since PhD.

• Research experience in both field and laboratory settings.

• Interdisciplinary focus on chemical processes in the environment that interact with human activities.

• One or more of the following: University teaching experience, evidence of effective teaching of upper-division undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, training in educational pedagogy.

• Experience mentoring students in research.

• Research interests complementary to both SESES and Chem at NAU.

• Experience with multicollector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry

• Experience working with and interacting with people from a variety of culturally and academically diverse backgrounds.


General Information                       

Northern Arizona University is a 26,000-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four- season community of about 67,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU's emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students succeed in achieving their academic goals. The university is committed to a diverse and collegial working and learning environment.

Faculty in SESES and Chem are committed to teaching and research excellence in the classroom, field, and laboratory. Bachelor and Master of Science degrees are offered in both programs and PhD degrees are offered through SESES. This position will provide ample opportunities to create new collaborations and interdisciplinary research programs. The successful candidate will be housed in the Science and Health Building completed in 2015, a facility with 118,000 square feet of teaching and research space.   A large range of instruments are available for environmental sample analysis through NAU’s facilities, including: plasma spectrometry (a new multicollector-ICP-MS as well as ICP-OES and quadrupole MS), stable isotope analysis (http://www.isotope.nau.edu/), environmental analyses (https://nau.edu/Research/Services-Facilities/Labs-Facilities/CPAL/Environmental-Analysis-Lab/), amino acid geochronology (https://nau.edu/cefns/natsci/seses/aagl/), environmental genetics and genomics (https://www.nau.edu/merriam-powell/enggen/), imaging (https://nau.edu/cefns/centers-institutes/imaging-histology-core-facility/), electron microanalysis (https://nau.edu/cefns/labs/electron-microprobe/), and high performance computing (https://nau.edu/hpc/).           

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.



$67,000 to $70,000 for 9 months



This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at hr.nau.edu/benefits.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service (http://nau.edu/Provost/Resources-Policies/).       

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.                  

New employees who choose the ASRS retirement option (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at hr.nau.edu/benefits.


Application Deadline             

Review of applications will begin after October 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled or closed.


How to Apply   

To apply for this position, select "Apply Now" on this page. Your application must be submitted on line to be reviewed and should include a single attachment that contains (1) a cover letter addressing the job description and preferred qualifications, (2) a current CV, (3) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, (4) a statement of research interests and plans for scholarly activity, and (5) the names of three references.      

Save all items, in the order stated, and attach them in a single PDF or Word document.     

You must also arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent separately as an attachment to SESES_Admin_Support@NAU.EDU. Address questions to Dr. Mary Reid, SESES, PO Box 4099, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4099, mary.reid@nau.edu (attn. Environmental chemistry or geochemistry position), (928) 523-7200.              

If you need assistance completing your application, there are instructions available on line at http://hr.nau.edu or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.   

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.


Diversity statement

Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to an NAU education. NAU is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia.