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Director of MMRI and Associate/Full Professor of Geology and Geological Engr or Civil Engr

University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

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The School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi is seeking an experienced researcher, administrator, and faculty member for the position of Director of the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI) and tenured/tenure-track faculty in the appropriate department. The faculty appointment will be at a rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates must have:

  • a doctoral degree in Geology, Geological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a closely related field
  • research experience in the areas of geology, geological engineering, geospatial sciences, hydrology, petroleum geology, environmental science, or water resources;
  • a strong commitment to teaching excellence in the areas of geology, geological engineering, geospatial sciences, hydrology or, petroleum geology at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • a history of securing extramural funding from different sponsors;
  • proficiency managing multiple, large, complex research projects;
  • demonstrated ability mentoring graduate students to success;
  • a record of collaboration with a wide range of constituents (faculty, staff, students; industry and government officials; and private, state, and federal sponsors);
  • experience in supervising, mentoring, and empowering staff; and
  • a clear vision for advancing the institute.

Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute
The Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute was established in 1972 by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning in an effort to coordinate mineral-related research in Mississippi. The mission of MMRI remains to provide both the public and private sectors with the expertise needed to make responsible decisions regarding Mississippi's and the nation's natural resources and environmental well-being.

The goals of the MMRI are to:

  • promote mineral resource and related environmental research and education within the state and around the world;
  • provide academic background and practical expertise to interested agencies of industry, academia, and government;
  • promote the transfer of technology between academia, industry, and government; and
  • ensure that future scientists and engineers receive appropriate training by providing educational opportunities, work experience, and financial support in academic fields complementary to the goals of the Institute.

The MMRI seeks to meet these goals by pursuing research projects that address contemporary issues, providing educational and practical training to college students who work on these projects, providing our project results to interested parties in industry, government, and academia, and by engaging in community service activities. The institute is supported by a combination of state funds and external grants and contracts.
School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi was established in 1900, making it the oldest engineering school in Mississippi. Over the decades, the school has grown to ten undergraduate programs, both master’s and doctoral degrees, a diverse faculty and student body, and alumni excelling in public and private fields. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,100 students and a graduate enrollment of 150. There are around 70 faculty members in seven departments.

Position Details

Appointment: 12 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

A doctoral degree in Geology, Geological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a closely related field

Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following documents: a letter describing the qualifications listed in the Position Description section above, a full curriculum vitae, a vision for the center, a diversity and inclusion statement, a research statement, a teaching statement, and names/contact information of at least five references. Review of applications will begin on  November 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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