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Lecturer (part time) in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology seeks a part-time lecturer to teach a series of introductory geology courses geared toward undergraduate and graduate students. Experience in structural geology is essential, and GIS is desirable. The position would be for three months (renewable) starting January 1, 2023. In the winter term (January to March), the Lecturer would teach Ge 106 – structural geology (9 units). This course introduces students to the description and origin of main classes of deformational structures; introduction to continuum mechanics and its application to rock deformation; interpretation of the record of deformation of the earth's crust and upper mantle on microscopic, mesoscopic, and megascopic scales; and introduction to the tectonics of mountain belts. As it is currently structured, the course consists of both lecture (3 hours per week) and labs (3 hours/week).

The Lecturer might additionally also teach a GIS class, to expose students to ArcGIS, at an introductory to advanced level. This course would be 3 units covering methods and applications in earth and planetary sciences in the form of practical lab exercises using the ArcGIS software package and a variety of georeferenced data sets including digital elevation models, geodetic measurements, satellite images, and geological maps.

Basic Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Geological and Planetary Sciences (or related field)

Experience designing and implementing lessons and assignments for an introductory course

Commitment to excellence in teaching

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Geological and Planetary Sciences (or related field)

To apply:

Please send your Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and relevant experience in teaching a lecture/lab course to Jen Shechet (shechet@caltech.edu). Please also arrange to have 3 reference letters sent directly to Jen from your letter writers.

The review of applications will occur on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.

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