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University of Utah Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor/Associate Professor

Department 00111 - Mining Engineering

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin July 1, 2020


The Mining Engineering Department at the University of Utah invites applicants for two faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning no later than July 1, 2020. Depending on the level of experience and qualifications of the successful applicants, the positions may be filled at either a tenure-track or a professor of practice level. We encourage applicants with a wide range of experiences and expertise to apply, including but not limited to various disciplines in mining engineering, economics, geomechanics, excavation, mine safety and health, mine design, ventilation, machine learning, automation, artificial intelligence, organizational culture enhancement, and stakeholder relations. Through this position, the department seeks to address the large-scale needs in the natural resource industries, including developing the skill set needed for the professional success of the next generation of mining engineers, permitting and obtaining the social license to operate, and developing high-impact technologies.

The core missions of the Department are built upon educating and uplifting a new generation of mining engineers with strong technical skills, foundations for safety leadership, environmental stewardship, and leading research to extend the limits of innovation in natural resource industries.

We proudly hold two endowed chairs:

Malcolm McKinnon Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering and Western Mining Presidential Chair in Mine Safety. The Department is also supported by the William C. Browning and Daniel C. Jackling endowments.

Those interested in applying must have a Ph.D. in mining engineering or a closely related field. Prior experience in industry, government, or academia are desirable. Other desired attributes for the position are as follows:

- Ability to utilize innovative approaches of effective teaching

- Ability to establish a sustainable, externally funded research group.

- Ability to communicate well with students, colleagues, industry, and government personnel

- Commitment to participate in student recruitment, public and professional education, and outreach within rural and urban Utah communities.

- Basic knowledge of issues and best practices around diversity and inclusion in higher education.

A portion of the funding for these positions comes from Utah State Workforce Development funds. The successful candidate will assist the Department in utilizing these foundational endowments and State Workforce Development funds to expand its reach and impact on the mining industry both in the State of Utah and globally.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates


The University of Utah offers an exceptional array of benefit plans such as medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition reduction, wellness programs, employee assistance, and generous leave policies. In addition to traditional packages, it also provides a range of family-friendly and cultural benefits in order to attract, support, and retain the employees who continue to make the University of Utah a premier research institution. Please visit our benefits page at:

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

In the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion drives us forward to becoming a global leader in research, education, and outreach that advances sustainable, informed, and beneficial interaction between humans and the Earth. Diversity fuels our innovation, fosters creativity, enhances productivity, increases the quality of our programs, and strengthens our ability to educate and prepare professional scientists and engineers. Therefore, we are committed to accomplishing, sustaining, and promoting the highest standards of an inclusive environment for all.

Experience Salt Lake City:

Salt Lake City is not only home to a beautiful mountain range that provides endless adventure, but is also filled with arts, culture, shopping, professional sports, and so much more! Enjoy year-round farmers markets, live concert venues (both indoor and outdoor), amazing restaurants unique to Salt Lake City, world-class shopping, and a diverse array of community events. With one of the lowest unemployment rates and more affordable housing, living your best life will only come naturally in Salt Lake City. Located in Salt Lake City in the beautiful foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the Department is also close to diverse mining activity including surface and underground hardrock and softrock mines and quarries.

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00440CF

Type Faculty