Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Faculty Position in Planetary Geoscience

The Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration invite applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in the area of Planetary Geoscience. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

This position builds upon the recent appointments of an NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Planetary Science and two Research Chairs, one in Planetary Materials and one in Exoplanet Research.

The applicant will have a strong record in Planetary Geoscience research, with preference given to applicants whose research focuses on comparative planetology and/or planetary surface processes. Research methodologies may include remote sensing and spectroscopy for Earth and other planetary observations, geochemistry, hydrology, geomicrobiology, metallogeny, and related fields. Involvement in current or future planned planetary exploration missions and/or Earth observation remote sensing is considered an asset to this position.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, independently-funded research program in Planetary Geoscience, to continue to develop Western’s strong links with industry, and to collaborate with other faculty members in one or more of our broad research themes. Successful applicants will be expected to make significant contributions to graduate education by supervising MSc and PhD students and developing successful graduate courses in Planetary Geoscience, while supporting the Department’s goals of attracting students to the undergraduate program and teaching in its core curriculum.

The Department of Earth Sciences is a vibrant community of 25 full-time faculty members, 35 support staff, approximately 100 graduate students and more than 30 postdoctoral fellows, research associates and instructors. Research in the Department of Earth Sciences is organized into the broad themes of Earth and Planetary Systems; Resource Geoscience; Tectonic Processes and Natural Hazards; and Earth and Climate Evolution.

Planetary Science is a major interdisciplinary research theme at The University of Western Ontario, led by the inter-faculty Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) with strong involvement and support from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Western is host to Canada’s only graduate program in Planetary Science. More information about the Department of Earth Sciences is available at: www.uwo.ca/earth/ and information on CPSX may be found at: http://www.cpsx.uwo.ca

Review of applications will commence March 31, 2014. A complete application includes:

Dr. Jisuo Jin, Acting Chair (eschair@uwo.ca)
Department of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario CANADA N6A 5B7

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.