Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - UMD Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Minnesota

Duluth, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 350951

Location: Duluth

Job Family: Academic

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Code: 9403

Employee Class: Instr Fac/UEA

About the Job

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position that will begin on August 21, 2023. This is a full-time, 9-month position. We seek a broadly-based Earth scientist who will complement our existing teaching and research strengths. The research specialization for this position is open.  The successful candidate’s specific field of expertise may include but is not limited to global environmental change, climate science, critical zone science, hydrology, geohealth, geodesy, geodynamics, the study of Earth’s deep interior, rock deformation, and structural geology.  The successful candidate will teach one or more core courses in our environmental sciences and geological sciences programs.  These will be in structural geology, hydrology, Earth materials or petrology, data science, or GIS and remote sensing applications.  The successful candidate is also expected to develop advanced courses that contribute to our Environmental Science B.S., Geological Sciences B.S. and B.A., and Earth Sciences M.S. programs. 

The candidate hired to fill this position will establish an independent, externally funded research program that includes mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.  They are expected to provide service to the Department, College, and University while supporting our broader mission of diversity and inclusion; we welcome candidates who seek to incorporate elements of environmental justice into their courses. Please see for more information.

We are especially interested in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  The University of Minnesota Duluth values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to achieving excellence.  We strongly encourage women, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latinx, Asian American, Hawaiian/Island Pacific, mixed race, and disabled scholars to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College’s distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth science, geoscience, environmental science, or a closely related field by July 1, 2023. 

About the Department

The Department of EES at UMD is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment and encourages interdisciplinary activities and collaborations.  Faculty members advise graduate students in the Earth Science M.S. and Water Resources Science and Integrated Biosciences Graduate Programs.  They are eligible for appointments in other graduate programs in the University of Minnesota system.  Faculty members may also advise Ph.D. students in the Water Resources Science program and the Integrated Biosciences Program or through appointment on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.  Opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty across campus, as well as scientists at the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, and local, state, and federal agencies.  State-of-the-art research and instructional facilities and competitive startup funding are available.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To apply, go to and search for job ID 350951.  First, submit the application and CV/resume in pdf format.  Then, return to the “My Job Applications” page to attach the additional documents, also in pdf format.  Complete applications include the online application and resume/CV, plus additional documents as follows:  (1) an anonymized research and teaching statement, (2) a statement that demonstrates a commitment to justice, equity, inclusion, and a diverse student population, and (3) a list of four professional references.  We recognize that excellence in teaching and research form the basis for any successful candidate.  To that end, we are implementing an anonymized search process.  See for a description of the application steps.  Applications must include four documents: an anonymized research and teaching statement; a statement that demonstrates a commitment to justice, equity, inclusion, and a diverse student population; a curriculum vita; and a list of four professional references.

Even if you provide this information within the application, you must also attach the requested additional documents.  Please do not miss this important step in the application process.  Applications missing any of these documents may not be reviewed.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota-Duluth by the start date.  Final candidates may be asked to provide additional information.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.

Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Latisha Brengman ([email protected]), chair of the Earth and Environmental Science Faculty Search Committee. Review of complete applications will start October 3, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins August 21, 2023.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.  A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD’s many research institutes and labs.

UMD is a regional comprehensive land- and sea-grant state university, one of five coordinate campuses within the State of Minnesota system and with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. SCSE is the largest college at UMD comprising approximately 3200 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, 180 faculty, and 80 permanent staff. The college includes the science departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the ABET-accredited departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  There are significant opportunities for fostering existing and creating new ties with local, regional, and national industry stakeholders.  Situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, the city of Duluth offers an enticing selection of adventures for four season outdoor enthusiasts as well as a rich variety of cultural opportunities.  Metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul is less than three hours south of Duluth.

A dynamic city on a hill situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth was named Outdoor magazine’s Best Outdoors Town in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior — the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth, and the Duluth Traverse, an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town. In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a truly wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing. It mixes its historic small-town feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings.

Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the head of beautiful Lake Superior. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually, for a $780 million economic impact. More information about Duluth can be found at

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