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Extended Temporary Research Scientist

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Geology, Earth Sciences, and Oceanography

Posting Number: req17664

Department: Arizona Geological Survey

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Arizona Geological Survey is a nonacademic research department in the University of Arizona tasked with furthering our understanding of the geology, mineral resources, and natural hazards of Arizona. We invite applications for an additional Research Scientist to join our mineral resources and bedrock geology team. This is an exciting opportunity for a field-oriented geologist interested in conducting geologic mapping of volcanic fields and/or crystalline rocks. The successful candidate will contribute expertise in one or more of the following subdisciplines: igneous/metamorphic petrology, economic geology, physical volcanology, structural geology, geochronology, geochemistry, or regional geology.

This is an extended temporary position that is expected to last one year, with a possible extension contingent on project funding. . Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023. Interviews are expected to be held remotely starting October 30, 2023.

The new Research Scientist will participate in the AZGS geologic mapping program jointly funded by the AZGS and the USGS through the STATEMAP program. The AZGS geologic mapping program takes advantage of Arizona's long field season (October to May) with the summer months focused on map compilation, report writing, and sample analysis. Staff typically participate in additional projects based on research expertise and project needs. Key technical skills for a successful candidate include the ability to conduct geologic mapping (including structural and stratigraphic analysis), interpret diverse datasets (e.g., borehole data, geo/thermochronologic results, and geochemistry), and synthesize information in a GIS environment.

The successful candidate will be a scientist who has strong interpersonal skills, can work collaboratively, and can communicate their science effectively with other researchers, public and private stakeholders, and members of the public to further our understanding of Arizona's natural resources. AZGS staff scientists are expected to participate in field investigations, develop and write proposals, and conduct office-based data compilations that will lead to the production of high-quality maps, datasets, reports, scientific papers, and presentations.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for
the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities and
desired skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct solo and team bedrock geologic mapping as part of the STATEMAP program, sometimes in remote locations
  • Contribute to all stages of the geologic mapping lifecycle, including planning, fieldwork, analysis, GIS compilation, and publication of maps and their associated reports
  • Contribute to and lead scientific projects that complement AZGS's mission
  • Conceive and write proposals for external funding with UA and external partners
  • Develop and foster collaborative relationships with AZGS scientists, other UA researchers, private-sector industries, regulatory agencies, stakeholders, Arizona tribes, and other academic institutions
  • Communicate with staff of varying technical knowledge and with non-scientific stakeholders
  • Strong written communication and analytical skills
  • Author peer-reviewed scientific papers and publications

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.S. in Geosciences or related fields AND three years experience
  • Experience conducting independent geologic mapping
  • Must
    have a valid driver's license and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Geosciences
  • Experience in southwestern North America geology

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $60,000-$74,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Randi Bellassai, 520-621-2432,

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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