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Faculty Positions in Mineral and Metal Resources

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Economics & Business, Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering


Position Title
Faculty Positions in Mineral and Metal Resources for the Global Energy Transition
The Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for three faculty positions for a hiring cluster in mineral and metal resources as part of Mines’ Global Energy Futures Initiative (GEFI). The critical minerals theme within GEFI aims at finding solutions to meet minerals and metals needs to create our future energy system, including exploration for mineral and metal resources, sustainable mining practices, technological innovations in mining, and the role of markets, economics and policy. Mines’ strategic effort is to grow in areas where we already have significant strengths and to support research and teaching efforts in the Economics and Business, Geology and Geological Engineering, Geophysical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Mining Engineering departments. Applicants can be hired into any of these departments or be jointly appointed. Mines is a great place to engage in education and research in each of these areas as they relate to our Earth, Energy, and Environment mission.

Mines anticipates filling three tenure-track positions across disciplines related to mineral resources needed for the global energy transition with a start date in August 2022. Higher rank appointments will be considered. Qualified candidates with research specialization in one or more of the following topical areas are encouraged to apply: 

  • Economics of and public policy related to mineral, metal, and materials markets to support resilient, adaptable, and environmentally and socially sustainable supply chains of mineral resources and related materials.
  • Innovative exploration approaches for natural mineral and metal resources for environmentally and socially sustainable production.
  • Recycling and reuse technologies advancing recovery of mineral and metal resources from mining, industrial, materials manufacturing, and consumer waste streams.

For further information about the positions or the university vision, please contact the search chair, Dr. Alexis Sitchler at

  • Develop and deliver course materials to undergraduate and graduate students in traditional, hybrid, and online platforms demonstrating teaching excellence. 
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Establish and/or maintain a quality publication record.
  • Develop a strong active externally-funded research program that leads to scholarly publications.
  • Contribute both institutionally and professionally through active service.
  • Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through recruiting, mentorship, and service.
  • Collaborate across campus and contribute to service in areas related to Sustainable Energy and Power Systems.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in a closely related discipline from an accredited program by the time the appointment begins. 
    Assistant Professor candidates must possess 0-3 years of experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry experience and accomplishments in a related field.
  • Associate Professor candidates must possess 4+ years of experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry experience and accomplishments in a related field as well as national distinction and a substantial record in research, teaching and/or service.
  • Full Professor candidates must possess 8+ years of experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry experience and accomplishments in a related field. Candidates must have international distinction and a substantial record in research, teaching and/or service as well as an established international reputation.
Preferred Qualifications
  • General pedagogical knowledge (how to teach); pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach a specific discipline); and ability to use instructional technology for effective teaching.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Integrity, energy, and a passion for education and research.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access.
About Mines & Golden, CO
Mines, Colorado’s oldest public university, is located in Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder. Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines has 5,196 undergraduate students and 1,569 graduate students in a broad range of applied science and engineering disciplines. The School’s proximity to Denver and Boulder provides opportunities for significant collaboration with government labs and industry as well as other universities. Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States.
Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

Mines is offering an academic year salary of:

Assistant Professor: $81,800 - $139,600
Associate Professor: $91,400 - $148,700
Professor: $120,300 - $202,200

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on home department. Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Applicants will also be asked to indicate preferred home department, rank, and research specialization.

Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible. For full consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

The application must include: 

  1. a curriculum vitae,
  2. a statement of research (less than 2 pages),
  3. a statement of teaching (less than 2 pages),  
  4. a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (less than 2 pages), and
  5. a cover letter expressing interest in the position. 

Research Statement: Candidates should describe how their research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to Mines’ goals (e.g., earth, energy and environment), and current or future connections to industry and/or opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (For more information visit and  

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to high quality, hands-on and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education. 

Contributions to D&I: Candidates should submit a statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines. 

Please contact Kathleen Feighny, Human Resources, with any questions. 

Background Investigation Required
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

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