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Assistant Professor

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Physical Geography.

​We seek to hire a physical geographer who pursues societally relevant questions that help us better understand environmental and Earth systems, including how they are transformed by human-induced or other disturbances. Specific areas of research include, but are not limited to, soil science, biogeography, climatology, watershed science, and cryosphere science. The applicant should have training and experience in relevant research methods such as field methods, modeling, or remote sensing. As part of the normal teaching load of three courses per year, the successful candidate will rotate regularly into a large introductory physical geography class as well as upper division classes in the candidate’s area of expertise.  The successful candidate is expected to show promise in raising external research funding and will demonstrate success supporting diversity and inclusive excellence through research, teaching, mentoring, or sponsoring relevant initiatives related to their scholarship or work. 

​ For further information and inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, Mark Serreze,
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Geography is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive academic culture.  As we strive to do our part in implementing the CU Boulder campus’ Inclusive, Diversity and Excellence in Academics plan, we embrace the goal of expanding access and participation of diverse and underrepresented communities in Earth science. Based on our departmental, university goals, and dedication to diversity and inclusive excellence, we particularly welcome applications from candidates whose background/expertise and commitment reflect this work within and among communities that are historically underrepresented in earth and environmental sciences.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Teach undergraduate courses in areas of physical geography at both introductory (e.g. GEOG 1001 and GEOG 1011 Environmental Systems) and upper division levels according to the selected candidate’s expertise; and develop a graduate level course in an area of specialty. 
  • ​Periodically teach Seminars and Special Topics, and mentor Independent Study as needed. 
  • ​Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Develop a research program which includes extramural sources of funds and publishing in peer-reviewed national and international journals. 
  • Participate in University, College, and Department governance and service; participate in professional service and outreach activities.

What You Should Know

  • ​This is a full-time, 100% FTE, 9-month position.​​​
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.
  • The appointment begins August 2024.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is ​​$85,000 - $90,000​ annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in Geography, Geoscience, Environmental Science or closely related field by first day of employment; 
  • Ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in Physical Geography 
  • ​Potential to publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed journals, and develop an externally-funded research program; 
  • ​Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • ​​Interest and ability to strengthen the department’s commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy.
  • ​Interest and expertise in areas that complement the department’s existing strength.
  • Ability to integrate current methods and techniques in research and teaching.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Professional Publications: up to three relevant reprints of publications combined into a single PDF document.
  4. Statement Describing Teaching Related Goals:1–2-page statements of research plans and effectiveness
  5. Statement Describing Research Related Goals:1–2-page statements of teaching plans and effectiveness
  6.  1–2-page Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement:
    • Please articulate how your efforts or experience would help achieve campus and departmental inclusive excellence. ​
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Full consideration will be given to applications that are submitted by December 11th, 2023. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Mark Serreze

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