[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
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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