Assistant Professor (Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist)

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA, US

The San Diego State University Department of Geological Sciences is seeking to augment the existing expertise in Geological Sciences by adding a hydrologist or hydrogeologist. The successful applicant will have demonstrated expertise in hydrogeology or hydrology using applied geophysics, geochemistry, computational methods and/or geospatial techniques. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, fractured flow, fault-controlled flow, critical zone hydrology, rock-water interactions, water quality and water quantity. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses that may include hydrology, geochemistry, applied geophysics, and computational modeling, as well as introductory courses in geology and/or environmental sciences and upper division and graduate courses related to their area of focus. Candidates will be expected to establish an externally-funded research program related to their area of focus. Additionally, the applicant will be expected to advise undergraduate research, supervise graduate students and participate in the shared-governance model of the Department, College and University as well as to conduct service and outreach activities.

This position is a part of a San Diego State University hiring initiative to develop Areas of Excellence and will be integrated with the existing Blue-Gold Water Quality and Water Quantity Area of Excellence. The cluster is composed of interdisciplinary faculty with tenure appointments in Geology, Geography, Civil Engineering and Public Health. As a part of the cluster, the University will hire four (4) new faculty positions, with this being the final position in the cluster under the current funding model. The successful candidate will be appointed to the cluster and expected to collaborate with other members of the cluster for research, education and outreach activities.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a trajectory of research and teaching appropriate for the level of an early career assistant professor, including an established publication record, demonstrated capacity for securing external funding, and teaching experience. A PhD in Geology or related field is required for the position. Post-doctoral research experience is a benefit, but not required. Applicants must have a PhD before accepting any offer and offers are contingent on verification of academic qualifications.

About the Department

The San Diego State University Department of Geological Sciences is composed of two programs, the Geological Sciences Program (GSP) and the Environmental Science Program (ESP). The GSP is the fifth oldest program in California and has solid traditions in excellence in education and research. The GSP faculty is composed of individuals who teach and conduct research related to theoretical seismology, neotectonics, marine/coastal geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, Quaternary geology, deep earth geophysics, near surface geophysics, hydrology, geochemistry and structural geology. The ESP program was added to the Department in Spring 2017 and has growing interdisciplinary expertise in aspects of water, climate and coupled human-earth interactions. The Department has a small, but vibrant community of undergraduate students (~85 GSP & ~115 ESP majors) approximately 20 Geology MS students and 9 PhD students in the Joint Doctoral Program in Applied Geophysics with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

For more information on the Department, the faculty, degrees offered, courses and resources, please visit for the Geology Program, for the Environmental Science Program and for the Blue Gold Area of Excellence.

The Building Inclusionary Excellence Program

San Diego State University has begun a campaign to focus on expanding the diversity and inclusion of the faculty. This position may also be eligible for the SDSU Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) hiring program that creates additional faculty lines for candidates who meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Is engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education
  • Demonstrates knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education 
  • Has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  • Integrates understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  • Extends knowledge of how to achieve artistic or scholarly success as a member of an underrepresented group
  • Is committed to research that engages underrepresented communities
  • Shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  • Has research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

To be considered for one of these additional BIE hires, candidates should identify in their letter of application how they meet two or more of the criteria.

Applicants who show commitment to Inclusive Excellence are encouraged to apply. See and/or for more and updated information on the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

About the University

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. The College of Sciences is host to a large number of federally-funded minority training programs (described at

Application Instructions

Apply via Interfolio.  Review of applications will begin 1 November 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed full consideration. Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Thomas Rockwell, [email protected]

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.