[MSA-talk] University of Arizona faculty position in Analytical Cosmochemistry (NanoSIMS)

J Alex Speer jaspeer at minsocam.org
Sat Dec 2 09:17:11 EST 2017


The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) at the University of
Arizona (UA) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Analytical
Cosmochemistry. This position is focused on applicants interested in  developing a  research
program  in  spatially resolved  isotopic  analysis  and  overseeing a NanoSIMS laboratory. The
incoming faculty member will be expected to lead proposal efforts to acquire a state- of-the-art
NanoSIMS instrument, building on substantial University support in terms of existing laboratory
space and matching funds. The NanoSIMS instrument will be housed in the Kuiper Imaging and
Characterization Facility (http://imagingcores.arizona.edu/kuiper <http://imagingcores.arizona.edu/kuiper>).   The   incoming faculty
member   is   expected   to   work   within   this collaborative environment by consulting with
other faculty, laboratory managers, technical coordinators, students, and other facility users.

Once  the laboratory is  established,  the faculty member  is expected  to  establish
sample-preparation  procedures; develop and implement analytical protocols; evaluate laboratory
capabilities; consult with instrument users; and report  results at  scientific  conferences  and
peer-reviewed  literature.  The  candidate  will  ensure  laboratory performance by establishing
quality standards; develop operations, quality, and troubleshooting procedures; ensure staff
compliance;  and  certify  instrument  performance.  The  candidate is  expected  to  maintain
professional  and technical  knowledge  by  attending  educational workshops/conferences;
reviewing  professional  publications; establishing personal networks; and participating in
professional societies. As part of the educational mission of UA, the faculty member is expected to
prepare students, postdocs, and staff scientists by teaching analytical theory and methodology. The
candidate is expected to incorporate analytical results into broader models of solar system
formation and evolution.

Present  departmental  faculty  and  research  staff  are  engaged in  many  aspects  of
planetary  science,  including planetary surfaces,  interiors, atmospheres,  ionospheres,
magnetospheres,  the  Sun  and  heliosphere,  exoplanetary systems, comparative planetary studies,
origins of planetary systems, and orbital dynamics. They employ tools such as theoretical studies
and data analysis, laboratory and field investigations, telescopic observations, remote sensing,
and spacecraft development, operations, and instrumentation. The departmental faculty, research
staff, and graduate student body are drawn from the diverse backgrounds of planetary science,
astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, and  engineering.    More information  about  this
position  is  available  at  https://lpl.arizona.edu/faculty-jobs <https://lpl.arizona.edu/faculty-jobs>. Additional information
concerning the Department/Laboratory is available at https://lpl.arizona.edu <https://lpl.arizona.edu/>. Planetary Science
supports Inclusive Excellence,  the University  diversity strategic  initiative  designed  to
engage  every member  of  the university  community  in  diversity and  inclusiveness. Candidates
are  encouraged  to  support the department’s diversity   and inclusiveness efforts   and   to
be   especially   supportive   of   underrepresented communities including women and minorities.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a distinguished research
program, including extramural funding, and to supervise graduate students. The faculty member will
also teach courses at the graduate and   undergraduate   levels, and   contribute   to
mentoring   students,   including   those   from   underrepresented backgrounds. The faculty member
will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service.
In  these and  other  ways,  the  faculty  member  will  help  to develop  innovative  approaches
to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community
and business partners.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in
experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex
problems, and creating an inclusive academic  community. We translate  these  values  into  action
 by  seeking  individuals  who  have  experience  and expertise working with diverse students,
colleagues and constituencies.  We encourage minorities, women, veterans, s  to  apply.  As  an
Employer  of  National  Service,  we  also  encourage  alumni  of
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

The  initial  appointment  may  be  at  the  level  of  Assistant Professor,  Associate
Professor,  or  Full  Professor, depending  on  qualifications.  To be  considered  for  an
appointment  above  the  rank  of  Assistant  Professor, candidates must have an internationally
recognized record of distinguished scientific achievement, leadership, and teaching ability in
Cosmochemistry.  To be considered for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, candidates
must demonstrate clear promise of such achievement.

Review of applications will begin on January 2, and will continue until the position is filled. The
starting date for the appointment  is anticipated to be August 2018. Applicants must complete the
online application and upload required documents (including a cover letter, reference details, a CV
with publication list, statement of research interests, and statement of teaching philosophy) at
uacareers.com <http://uacareers.com/> (search for Posting #F21197). Applicants must provide names and contact information
for three letter writers as part of submitted online application; letters should be received
(uploaded by writer) before initial review of applications. For further information, contact:

Professor Timothy D. Swindle, Head and Director
Department of Planetary Sciences / Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
University of Arizona
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0092
(520) 621-4128
tswindle at lpl.arizona.edu <mailto:tswindle at lpl.arizona.edu>

The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer - M/W/D/V.
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