Geophysics Tenured/Tenure Track - Data Science, Analytics, & Machine Learning

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics

Position Title: Geophysics Tenured/Tenure Track - Data Science, Analytics, & Machine Learning
The Opportunity: 

The Department of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for an open-rank tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Data Science, Analytics, and Machine Learning applied to Geophysics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geophysics or a related field, a proven track record in relevant research, teaching, and service, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access. We seek candidates whose research uses data science, geostatistics, and computational methods to address geoscience problems of societal relevance. Research experience and direction should align with one or more of the Department’s target areas for research growth and excellence (natural resources [water, oil & gas, geothermal, minerals], geohazards, infrastructure geophysics, climate geophysics, environmental geophysics, planetary geophysics). Successful candidates will be expected to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of geoscientists, engineers, and leaders, and by expanding the frontiers of geoscience knowledge through research. We highly value applicants with the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and secure research funding from a diverse array of sources, including but not limited to industry and federal agencies. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access. For further information about the position or the Department, please contact Prof. Andrei Swidinsky (search chair) at or Prof. Brandon Dugan (Associate Department Head) at

About Mines, the Department, and Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. The Department of Geophysics focusses on education as well as basic and applied research that addresses problems of global interest. The Geophysics Department has 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 86 declared undergraduate majors (44% women, 38% international and minorities), 70 graduate students (30% women, 59% international and minorities), and 6 post-doctoral scholars (16% women, 33% international and minorities). We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$3.6 million in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Geophysical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics and in Geophysical Engineering. More information about Mines and the Geophysics Department can be found at and

Mines produces work-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies, government, and academic entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility (

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should apply online. Applications should be received no later than January 1, 2020. The desired start date for the successful candidate is August 2020. The application must include:

  1. a curriculum vitae,
  2. a statement of research (3 pg),
  3. a statement of teaching (1pg),
  4. a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (1 pg), and
  5. a cover letter ‎expressing interest in the position, summarizing research & teaching goals, and listing names and contact information for at least 3 references.

Contributions to DI&A: Candidates should submit a 1-page statement on Contributions to Diversity, Inclusion, and Access. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and has developed a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Research Statement: Describe how your research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to broader grand challenge themes (Earth, energy, environment, etc.), and current or future connections to industry and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to emphasize any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (For more information visit and

Teaching Statement: The Department of Geophysics is committed to delivering a strong curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Mines is committed to developing and offering high quality, exciting online instruction. In addition to your teaching philosophy and experience, describe any experience you have in online education.

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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