Field of Specialization: Paleoenvironmental Sedimentology
Academic Unit: Earth Sciences
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: September 30 2020

About the Position:

The Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment in Paleoenvironmental Sedimentology at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021.

The Department is interested in candidates with demonstrated excellence conducting interdisciplinary, field- and lab-based research in sedimentary systems. The candidate is expected to make use of modern geochemical tools in addition to field-based analysis to study inorganic and fossil (micro or macro) material for the purposes of environmental analysis, documenting past and-or present environmental conditions, and integrating sedimentary facies and (paleo)ecological parameters. The candidate must be able to teach core courses in sedimentary geology, have demonstrated field and laboratory experience, and, in addition to providing a thriving graduate-research program, supervise 4th year theses in the Earth Sciences B. Sc. Honours program.

About the Academic Unit:

The undergraduate offering of the Department of Earth Sciences, which features a strong fieldwork component, includes B.Sc. programs (Honours, Major and General), as well as a Concentration in Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology (Honours), a Concentration in Resource Economics (Honours) and a concentration in Resource Valuation (Honours). The Honours programs meet the academic requirements for the Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) accreditation. Other programs include Combined Honours with Biology, Chemistry or Physical Geography. At the graduate level, the Department offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. The department and Department of Earth Sciences at University of Ottawa form the core of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre (OCGC), a collaborative research and graduate institution. Available research facilities within the OCGC include stable (C, O, S, N) and radiogenic isotope (TIMS, Neptune) laboratories and associated clean labs; XRF, XRD, CT, SEM and electron microprobe laboratories, ICP-OES, as well as fluid inclusion, cathodoluminescence, and fluorescence microscopy. In addition, the main headquarters of the Geological Survey of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and several other federal, science-based agencies who are significant research collaborators are located in Ottawa. Further information on the Department can be obtained at and


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (or related field), and possess a strong commitment to research and scholarship as reflected in peer-reviewed publications, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop an externally-funded, high-quality research program; have demonstrated teaching excellence; and will contribute effectively to the academic life of the Department. Proficiency in English is a requirement.

Application Instructions:

Please send the application by email in one single PDF document to the attention of: Dr. Brian Cousens (Chair), Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 c/o Mrs. Sheila Thayer ( Applications should include the curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a teaching dossier including teaching experience, a statement outlining current and future research interests, and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three referees. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and in supporting diverse students.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 31,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.