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Open Rank Faculty Position in Earth Systems Science

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Faculty, School of Science

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Job Summary

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (E&ES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for one open rank, and one assistant level tenure-track/tenured position, both in Earth Systems Science. Research areas in the E&ES Department currently include experimental, analytical, and environmental geochemistry, petrology of Earth’s systems, biogeochemistry, astrobiology, geomicrobiology, and modern and ancient climate change. We are seeking applicants whose research will complement and grow these strengths, and whose research programs address fundamental problems in Earth Systems science, including, but not limited to:

1. Natural systems and environmental geochemistry, global change, critical zone science, soil science, environmental mineralogy.
2. Early Earth environments, fluid-rock interactions, planetary evolution and tectonics, experimental geochemistry, and geochemical proxies for interpreting ancient environments.

Any candidate with a computational approach in the above research areas is also encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will have duties that include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, engaging in the Geology and Environmental Sciences undergraduate degree programs, developing and maintaining robust programs of research and scholarship, and providing service to the department, the School of Science, and to Rensselaer.

The E&ES department maintains cross disciplinary collaborations with several of Rensselaer’s research initiatives, including the Center for Environmental Stable Isotope Analysis (CESIA), the Future of Computing Institute (FOCI;, and the Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) at Lake George (

Of the two successful candidates, one is expected to develop an astrobiology relevant research program that compliments the ongoing scientific objectives of the Rensselaer Astrobiology Research and Education Center (RARE) ( Additionally,

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in our curriculum, develop and maintain a robust program of externally sponsored research, and participate in service activities of the Department, School of Science, and Rensselaer.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a directly related field (or foreign degree equivalent) and they must demonstrate a record of excellence in research and scholarship, evidence or the promise of future distinction in high quality educational activities including teaching and advising, and a proven commitment to professional service.

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range: 

  • Assistant Professor: $105,000 - $110,000
  • Associate Professor: $115,000 - $130,000
  • Professor: $140,000 - $160,000

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile with contact information for four (4) references. Please be ready to upload the following:

(1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research accomplishments and goals, (4) a description of teaching interests, (5) a statement on commitment to diversity equity and inclusion.  Additionally, you may upload up to four select publications, though not required.

 Questions should be directed to If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact

Job Posted Date

Consideration of candidates will begin upon receipt of application, and those received by November 1st will be given priority. Recruiting will continue until the positions are filled.

Culture of Safety at Rensselaer

Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff and students.  As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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