Applications for a nine-month academic tenured/tenure-track position in Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Director, Energy Resources Institute
Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering (GGE) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) invites applications for a nine-month academic tenured/tenure-track position in Geology and Geological Engineering. Possibility of summer support dependent upon ability to obtain funding The successful candidate will become the inaugural Director of the newly established Energy Resources Institute (ERI) within the GGE Department at SD Mines, with an academic rank of Professor. ERI’s vision is to develop a nationally recognized program of basic and applied research and education that covers both upstream and downstream components of the petroleum industry.

An earned doctorate in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline with an expertise that includes petrophysics, geomechanics, or a closely related field is required. This is a senior-level position for a scientist or engineer whose research program is well regarded by the petroleum industry, and who has either a record of significant funding and publication or significant leadership experience in a petroleum firm’s research lab. Previous experience working with joint academic/industry consortia or NSF I/UCRC center development is highly desirable.

The ERI Director’s primary duties will be building and directing an interdisciplinary research institute comprised of affiliated SD Mines faculty, as well as externally-supported researchers, technicians, postdocs, and graduate students. The Director, with the aid of the ERI advisory board and faculty affiliated with the institute, will define scientific projects, form industry/academic alliances, seek funding for individual and collaborative projects from agencies and industry, and successfully execute funded research. The ERI Director will also be expected to work closely with the SD Mines Foundation to engage prospective philanthropic supporters of the energy program. Candidates should demonstrate previous experience in supervising research staff and building effective teams. The Director also will be expected to generate interest and support for the newly established minor in Petroleum Systems and the graduate certificate in Petroleum Systems, with teaching duties focused on supporting these programs.

Review of applications will begin July 6, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation. For questions about this position, contact Laurie Anderson, Search Chair. For more information about the School of Mines and Rapid City, visit: www.sdsmt.edu and http://visitrapidcity.com/.

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