Indiana University Bloomington

September 21, 2011: Faculty Positions in Sedimentary Geology, Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington

The Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for one or more tenure–track/tenured faculty positions. We seek a candidate whose research in sedimentary geology complements one or more of our current strengths in sedimentology, geobiology, geochemistry, and tectonics to fill the Robert R. Shrock endowed position in Sedimentary Geology at the Assistant or Associate level. Qualified candidates must have a PhD in a field related to sedimentary geology and an established record of excellence in research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. Readiness to teach courses in depositional environments, petroleum geology, or structural geology is an advantage. In the case of an exceptional pool of candidates, a second hire into the Boyce Chair, also with access to endowed research funds, may be possible.

Please submit a letter of application, a current vita, and the names and addresses of three referees. All enquiries and applications should be addressed to David Polly, Shrock Search Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-1405 (email). Review of applications will begin November 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. The search committee is composed of Juergen Schieber (email), Kaj Johnson (email), and David Polly (email). Prospective candidates are welcome to contact any member of the search committee.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

The Robert R. Shrock Professorship in Sedimentary Geology

The Robert R. Shrock Professorship in Sedimentary Geology is funded by an endowment given by Jane and Judson Mead in 1998. The fund provides support for travel, library expenses, equipment and other requirements of an active teacher and scholar, including salary supplements, support for post-doctoral scholars, and graduate student stipends. The Professorship is awarded on a renewable basis.

The Professorship is named after sedimentary geologist Robert R. Shrock, who spent his career at MIT's geology department and was for many years its chair. Shrock was awarded his PhD by Indiana University in 1928 for his work with E.R. Cumings on Silurian coral reefs. He maintained close links with IU and was a regular visitor throughout his career. Shrock's intellectual legacy includes classic works such as Sequence in Layered Rocks (1948), Index Fossils of North America (with Hervey Shimer, 1944), and Invertebrate Paleontology (with William Twenhofel, 1935).

The Department of Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University is a multidisciplinary earth sciences group made up of 18 faculty, five research scientists, and many adjunct faculty, post-docs and graduate students. The department has research strengths in sedimentary geology, geobiology, biogeochemistry, hydrogeology and environmental sciences, geophysics and tectonics, mineralogy, and economic geology.

The mission of the Department of Geological Sciences is to promote excellence in faculty and student research activities that advance fundamental understanding in the geosciences and its interdisciplinary interfaces, to propagate the application of this knowledge to address issues of societal importance, to provide effective, innovative, and marketable career training for undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences and interrelated disciplines, and to promulgate the study of the Earth as an integral component of a liberal education in the arts and sciences.

The current research activities of students and faculty in our Department reflect an interdisciplinary tradition of enquiry. Our investigations strive to advance the fundamental understanding of geological phenomena utilizing combinations of analytical, experimental, computational, and observational tools to build knowledge of geologic materials and processes, elucidate the evolutionary progression of life, interpret records of Earth’s history and climate, characterize its natural resources, and assess the environmental impact of human activities. The focus of these efforts spans the enormity of geological time from the Archaean to the Holocene, explores spatial scales that vary from atomic to global, and addresses geographical realms that range from the tropics to both polar regions, from continents to oceans, from Earth’s surface to deep beneath it, and extends to the Moon and to Mars.

Our Department offers B.S. and B.A. baccalaureate degree programs, an honors undergraduate program, M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees centered on research dissertations, and partners with other programs in the B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences. The breadth of our undergraduate and graduate teaching both fosters geoscience education and provides exceptional learning opportunities, encompassing foundation courses in core aspects of geological sciences that are complemented by specialized training in evolving subdisciplines. Many of our courses include fieldwork, most notably those that are taught at the Judson Mead IU Geologic Field Station, which serves as our permanent field campus in Montana.

Current research in sedimentology and stratigraphy is centered on a broad range of aspects connected to the geology of mudstones and mudstone sedimentology, sedimentary processes on the surface of Mars, and on geochronology–based stratigraphy, petrology, and animal evolution in the Proterozoic sedimentary basins of India.

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