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Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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Department: Geological & Mining Eng & Sciences
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Sciences, Geology/Geological

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences (GMES) at Michigan Technological University is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking a scholar to develop a vibrant, externally funded research program in the broad area of engineering geology for geological and mining engineering. Applicants with experience and accomplishments commensurate with a higher rank may be considered for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

The successful candidate will have earned a doctorate in Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related discipline at the time of employment. Specific research areas of interest include but are not limited to geohazards, infrastructure assessment, geotechnical remote sensing, the application of data science and artificial intelligence in geomechanics and geotechnics, geohydrology, and dam design and monitoring. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in developing strong collaborative research and educational programs within GMES, with other programs within the university and with industry. Successful candidates will also be committed to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in geological and mining engineering.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teach required and elective undergraduate and graduate courses for the Geological Engineering program.

Develop and sustain an active externally-funded research program in geotechnical and geological engineering, including but not limited to infrastructure assessment, spatial modeling of natural resources considering various spatial scales and data types, analysis of geohazards, groundwater and contaminant hydrology, utilization of aerial/satellite-based remote sensing for data acquisition, or the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in data processing and modeling.

Publish research in peer-reviewed journals.

Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in their academic and research endeavors.

Contribute to the continuity and accreditation of the Geological Engineering program.

Participate in services at departmental, college, and university levels and externally.

Contribute to initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion within the department and university.

Integrate safety practices into daily activities and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

~A bachelor’s degree in geological engineering or a related engineering field
~A Ph.D. in geological engineering or a closely related field

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

~Experience in academic research related to geological engineering or a closely related field

Desirable Education and/or Experience

~Previous experience in securing external research funding
~Professional licensure in engineering or a related field
~Practical experience in geological engineering
~Experience in teaching or instructional roles during postgraduate or doctoral studies

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

~Ability to conduct independent and collaborative research and publish peer-reviewed journals.
~Effective communication skills.
~Ability to teach courses related to geological engineering (e.g., Engineering Geology, Computer Methods in Geomechanics, Geotechnical Remote Sensing, Geostatistics and Data Analysis, Computational Geoscience, and/or Geoinformatics, or similar)

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

~Potential to develop robust, externally funded research programs.
~Ability to establish and maintain connections with industry professionals.
~Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration.
~Expertise in applying emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence or machine learning in geological studies.
~Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment resembles a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

The ideal starting date is Fall 2024. For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by November 15, 2023; however, the position remains open until it is filled.
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Applicants will need to upload the following documents:
● Curriculum Vitae
● Cover Letter
● Research Statement
● Teaching Statement
● List of at least three referees.

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter and explain how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

Additional Information

The Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences department offers four majors: Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Geology, and Applied Geophysics. Both our engineering programs are ABET accredited. We are one of the nine departments within the College of Engineering. Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences fully support the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

 For more information about the department, see

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The Houghton, MI community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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