School of Environment and Natural Resources


Soil and Environmental Mineralogy


Assistant Professor

Discovery Themes Focus Areas

No focus area indicated


The School of Environment and Natural Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University is seeking an individual with research and teaching interests in pure and applied soil and environmental mineralogy. The incumbent will develop a program focused on carbon capture in the Earth’s critical zone.  She or he should have demonstrated success in working collaboratively with others and should have interest in joining the Soil and Environmental Sciences and other faculty groups to address complex environmental issues ranging from the molecular to regional watershed scale.  Research emphasis on bio-based and solid-earth based material science regarding organic and inorganic C, and organometallic speciation in soils and terrestrial environmental media.  Expertise in traditional soil mineralogical techniques (i.e. X-ray diffraction), and advanced molecular scale micro-analytical mineralogy and spectroscopy is desirable.  The incumbent is expected to develop an internationally recognized research and teaching program.

This will be a full time, 9 month, tenure-track appointment to be filled as early as Summer 2016 but not later than Autumn 2016. This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The incumbent will be engaged in the Discovery Themes program on Sustainable and Resilient Economy (, which takes a holistic approach to understanding how production and consumption systems are linked to ecological systems, and how society can achieve more sustainable and resilient development. This program aims to stimulate innovations that enhance the value and reduce the adverse impacts of material flows through the economy and society, and to provide a rigorous evaluation of the costs, benefits, and potential hidden consequences of changes in technology, policy, and the natural environment.

Specific expectations and responsibilities include:

  • Developing an externally-funded, nationally recognized research program in soil science and novel materials for soil carbon capture and preservation.  The individual is expected to seek appropriate interdisciplinary alliances including team research within School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program.  Publication of research in refereed scientific journals is expected. 
  • Teaching relevant to soil / environmental  science and other academic majors in SENR including an undergraduate course in soil / environmental science, and graduate level courses in (i) soil / environmental mineralogy  and (ii) permanence of carbon capture in soil and the environment.
  • Faculty responsibilities include advising and mentoring undergraduate students, including honors students, as well as assist with advising student organizations.  Advise and mentor graduate students in the Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Program with the opportunity to also contribute to graduate education in other related graduate degree programs at The Ohio State University.
  • Work collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams with other University faculty/personnel, government agencies, non-government organizations, and citizen groups to advance the land grant mission of the University.

This position is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.  The Ohio State University offers one of the most comprehensive benefits packages in the nation, which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; tuition authorization; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays; and State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) or an Alternative Retirement Program. A start-up package, including discretionary funding, will be provided.


Applicants are expected to have earned a Ph.D. with strong academic background and experience in soil and environmental mineralogy including using advanced spectroscopy (i.e., NMR, TEM) with application to carbon storage and permanence. A record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated potential for developing extramural funding are essential; post-doctoral training and confirmed teaching experience are preferred. We are especially interested in individuals capable of interfacing with faculty having core interests in other disciplines including natural resource sciences. The successful candidate will also demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and desire to collaborate.  Preferred qualifications include experience mentoring members of underrepresented groups and experience developing or working in interdisciplinary research teams.


Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is September 7, 2015 or until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should send the following: 1) letter of interest summarizing areas of expertise, research interests, teaching philosophy, career goals, and experience appropriate to the position; 2) resume that includes a listing of course titles and where taken for mineralogy and soil sciences; 3) copies of three relevant publications or reports and 4) a list of three references, including complete mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  These materials must be submitted as a single pdf file and sent as an e-mail attachment to Dr. Nicholas Basta, Search Committee Chair, at School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University.


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.