Paleonet: Paleobiology faculty position at Virginia Tech

Shuhai Xiao xiao at
Tue Sep 25 20:48:00 UTC 2012


Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences

Faculty Position in Paleobiology and Geobiology


The College of Science at Virginia Tech, in support of the university's
strategic plan, is expanding its research presence in Energy and the
Environment through interdisciplinary faculty hires across departments (for
further information, visit under faculty openings).  As
part of this initiative, the Department of Geosciences (
anticipates a tenure-track opening in Paleobiology and Geobiology, to start
in Fall 2013 at our Blacksburg, VA Campus. The department is an
international leader in many areas of Geosciences research, with six new
members added to its faculty in the last two years. For the new position,
the successful candidate needs to have outstanding research/teaching
experience that explores the paleontological record using observational,
experimental, and quantitative methods to reconstruct the co-evolutionary
history of the biosphere and Earth's surface environment at various spatial
and temporal scales. Appointment at the assistant professor level is


The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous research
program, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
continue development of scholarly activities and professional capabilities,
and participate in department, college, and university governance.
Occasional travel to attend professional conferences is required. Applicants
must have a Ph.D. degree in Geosciences or a related discipline at the time
of appointment, have demonstrated capability/promise to develop an active
research program, and pass a criminal background check. Preference will be
given to candidates whose research areas complement existing strengths in
the department.


Questions regarding the new position can be directed to Search Committee
chair Dr. Shuhai Xiao (xiao at To receive full consideration,
applications must be submitted online (; reference
posting #0122338) by December 21, 2012, and should include a cover letter,
resume, research statement, teaching statement, and contact information of
at least four referees. Salary will be commensurate with rank and
experience. Virginia Tech is an EO/AA university, and offers a wide range of
networking and development opportunities to women and minorities in science
and engineering. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in
the application process should notify Mrs. Ellen Mathena at 540-231-6894, or
call TTY 1-800-828-1120.




Shuhai Xiao

Prof. of Geobiology

Dept. of Geosciences

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061



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