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The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, PA invites applications for an Open-Rank, Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty position in the field of Planetary Science. 

The Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) and, along with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI), houses top-ranked research programs in geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, and interdisciplinary Earth systems research. Penn State’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is home to similarly strong and relevant exoplanet research. Building on decades of involvement with NASA’s Astrobiology Program, Penn State recently formed the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Science and Technology, including the Planetary System Science Center (PSSC), as part of a commitment to expanding research in the planetary sciences. The successful candidate will be part of this growing and interdisciplinary community with opportunities for service and leadership to shape the future of the planetary fields and interdisciplinary research at Penn State. The position is a co-hire between the Department of Geosciences and EESI.

Responsibilities: We seek a colleague who will develop a vigorous and externally funded research program, advance undergraduate and graduate education by teaching courses and providing research training, and work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of hire. While any and all areas of Planetary Science expertise are appropriate for this position, Penn State aims to expand involvement in the exploration of the solar system through NASA or international space missions.  Connections to solar system exploration include a wide range of disciplines and research approaches, such as laboratory experimentation, analog research, computational research, remote sensing, instrument development, or through mission science team participation and leadership.

Application Instructions: Applications for the position should be submitted online and must include: (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of research plans and vision, (iv) statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and (v) statement describing plans for fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment within the department and the applicant’s research community. Additionally, we request names and contact information for four references. Appointment begins as early as July 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Christopher H. House, Chair of the Search Committee, at

To apply for the Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty in Planetary Science position, please click here and follow the instructions:

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences relies on the expertise, sensitivity, and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs.

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