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John K. Costain Faculty Chair in Geophysics – Job Opening

Employer: Virginia Tech

Posted: 20 Nov 2013

The Department of Geosciences, in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, invites applications for the John K. Costain Faculty Chair in Geophysics. This endowed chair is a Full Professor appointment reserved for an individual whose scholarly and professional attainments have attracted national and international recognition. The inaugural Chair will be in the broad area of seismology as applied by the energy industry, including computational seismology and inversion and applications such as reservoir characterization, unconventional energy resources, and carbon sequestration. Potential candidates must have exceptional professional achievements as evidenced by an appropriate combination of outstanding research, teaching, and industrial experience and contributions. The appointed Chair is expected to maintain a world-class research program, acquire outside funding for research, supervise students in research, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, and enhance department interactions with the energy industry. The Chair can play a leadership role in strategic interdisciplinary efforts in the College of Science, including initiatives in Computational Science and in Energy and the Environment.

Nominations or inquiries regarding the position should be directed to John Hole, Search Chair ( and/or Nancy Ross, Department Head (; Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA; (540) 231-6894. All inquiries and applications will be confidential. Further information about the Department and the Costain Chair is available at .

Review of candidates will begin in December 2013 and continue until the Chair is filled. Applications must be submitted online at (reference posting number TR0130110) and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names of three scientists willing to write letters of recommendation.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action institution.

Last Modified: 2015 May 14