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Research Assistant Professor

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Jun 7, 2023

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Research Assistant Professor- Pliocene Geochemistry and PaleoceanographyThe George Mason University Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES) in the College of Science invites applications for a term research faculty position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Diversity Statement:George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.Responsibilities:We seek to hire a research faculty member that can lead an NSF-funded project on Pliocene paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and geochemistry with the goal of understanding ocean circulation in a future warming world. The role involves geochemical analysis of International Ocean Discovery Program sediment cores, development of new geochemical redox proxies for paleoceanographic research, and integration of empirical data with climate models. It requires specialized laboratory, analytical, and computational skills, as well as unique knowledge of both Pliocene Earth history and the modern climate system. Experience digesting geological samples in a clean laboratory environment is required, as is knowledge of various redox proxy systems and their interpretation in a paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic context. An eagerness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds is essential. A Ph.D. is required by the time of employment.Required Qualifications:Ph.D. in natural sciences or related discipline;Clean laboratory experience;Experience with various geochemical proxies for oceanic redox conditions;Knowledge of Pliocene Earth history;Ability to integrate geochemical data with modern climate models; andRelevant research and publication background.Preferred Qualifications:Experience with trace metal proxies for oceanic paleo-redox;Experience with foraminifera-based proxies for paleo-redox; andExperience with Pliocene climate model simulations.About Us:In line with Mason's Carnegie classification as a Research I university, our department focuses on being a prominent center for translational research. Faculty and students in our department conduct high quality, rigorous research on pressing problems, and work to disseminate knowledge in both academic and non-academic circles. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Geology and Atmospheric Sciences, M.S. degrees in Earth Systems Science and Climate Science, and a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics. Our faculty includes geologists, atmospheric scientists, paleontologists, and oceanographers. Additional information about the department may be found at:

For consideration, applicants must apply online at for position F870AZ. Candidates should submit the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) CV, 3) statement of research interests, 4) examples of published work (if available), and 5) three references with email contact information.Diversity statement (upload as 'Other Doc'): Provide a statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are minoritized and marginalized in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Mason Science's commitment to access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI).

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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