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Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Environmental Systems Modeler

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an expertise in quantitative/computational modeling of integrated earth systems: a geodynamic and/or hydrologic modeler who explores the physical, chemical, and/or biological interrelationships among diverse environmental and earth systems at the regional to global scale.  The candidate should have broad research interests compatible with those of the current faculty in our Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and potentially with faculty in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and/or Mathematics departments. Areas of research expertise could include (but are not limited to): modeling of the interactions of ice-sheet dynamics, sea-level rise and climate change; modeling the exchange of water, carbon, energy, or pollutants between the terrestrial hydrosphere, cryosphere, ocean, atmosphere, and lithosphere; and modeling crustal deformation and mantle flow as it influences surface topography and climate. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program integrated with excellence in teaching within the Earth and Environmental Science curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research interests, and the names and contact information of at least three references to https://apply.interfolio.com/36250. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Noah Snyder, Search Committee Chair (noah.snyder@bc.edu).


Fall Lecturer(s) needed for two courses at Boston College

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College is seeking lecturers for two courses in the fall 2016 semester. Descriptions of the courses are below. Interested candidates should email a CV and cover letter to department chair Ethan Baxter (baxteret@bc.edu). Questions about the courses can be directed to Prof. Baxter and/or Noah Snyder (noah.snyder@bc.edu). Course materials from past years are available to be shared with the new instructor.

Rivers and the Environment (EESC1170)

meets MWF 3-3:50

enrollment: approximately 200 students, mostly non-science majors

course description: Scientific understanding of rivers is vital to address many of today's environmental challenges. Rivers transport and distribute water, sediment, nutrients, and contaminants throughout the landscape. They provide habitat and migration pathways for countless aquatic species. Rivers supply fresh water, power generation, and recreational opportunities to much of the world's human populations. We will learn about the geological, hydrological, and biological processes that are important to rivers and watersheds, and how knowledge of these processes aids our ability to manage, protect, and restore these systems.

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (EESC2264)

meeting time TBD, course includes a 3-hr lab that will be taught be a graduate student

enrollment: approximately 10 students, mostly majors

course description: Sedimentary rocks cover most of the surface of the earth and are valuable repositories for energy and information about the history of the earth. The goal of this course is to teach students how to "read" the history recorded in these rocks. This course will cover the basics of sedimentary rock description recognition and correlation over long distances in the field. We will also learn about the processes that produce sediment; transportation of sediment in streams, rivers, and bodies of standing water; and the formation of carbonate limestones. A 3-hour lab is required.


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