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Montana Tech Assistant Professor in Butte, Montana


Assistant Professor

Academic Year

Department :  Geological Engineering                 Employment Detail:  Permanent, Full-Time


Montana Technological University provides a comprehensive benefits package for all eligible positions that includes health, dental and vision insurance, mandatory retirement plan with employer contribution, partial tuition waiver, and a wellness program.

Montana Technological University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Geological Engineering. The department ( is one of the founding departments in what was once the Montana School of Mines in Butte, Montana, a small city with great historical and geological significance in the mountains of western Montana.

The department houses an ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree program in geological engineering, including an undergraduate option in geophysics, as well as a physics program that serves the entire campus through undergraduate physics instruction. The department also offers master’s degrees in Geological Engineering and Geosciences (with options in engineering geology, geology, geophysics, and hydrogeology), and a doctoral degree in Earth Sciences and Engineering. Typical undergraduate and graduate enrollments are around 40 and 20 students, respectively.

We are seeking a dynamic student-oriented individual with a desire to engage undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on learning and research. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the physics program by teaching multiple lower-division physics courses and possibly upper-level or graduate courses in the candidate’s specialty. The successful candidate will also be responsible for maintaining laboratory equipment used in physics and geophysics instruction and research, specifically seismic geophysics equipment.

The ideal candidate would have a PhD in physics, geophysics, engineering, or a related field, with expertise in seismic geophysics and/or earthquake engineering. The individual would have a commitment to excellent teaching at all levels, with the ability to build a strong research program capable of securing external funding and interest in providing significant service to the campus and the profession. Available within the department are equipment and software for geophysical research, a small fleet of research UAVs, and a state-of-the-art earthquake shake table. Many opportunities exist for developing research programs in collaboration with other members of the department and related departments on campus, such as Mining, Metallurgical, Civil, Environmental, and Petroleum Engineering, Chemistry and Geochemistry, and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (the state geological survey).


Applications received by March 1, 2024 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.


Primary responsibilities include teaching several lower-division physics courses and maintaining physics/geophysics instructional and research equipment, specifically seismic equipment. Other teaching duties are flexible. Active scholarship and service to the department and college is expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Geophysics, Engineering or related field;

  • Ability and desire to teach undergraduate physics courses;

  • Capacity to assist with maintenance of physics and geophysics instructional and laboratory equipment.

  • Capacity of establishing an independent research program

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Geophysics degree and/or expertise, particularly seismic geophysics;

  • Past experience with and commitment to excellent teaching at the university level;

  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly activity (peer-reviewed publications, successful proposals, student mentorship, etc.);

  • Experience with equipment maintenance, specifically seismic equipment.  

    For full consideration application materials must be complete.  

    Please include: 

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications including research and teaching 

  • Resume/CV

  • Contact information for 3 professional references. 

    For full consideration application materials must be complete.

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

    Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.

    To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

    Employment (veteran's) preference form

    To request an accommodation for the application or interview, please contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380;

    Why Work at Tech?

    Help meet the changing needs of society by providing a transformative student experience by helping develop leaders for tomorrow by advancing science, engineering and technology.

    In addition, Montana Tech offers an attractive benefits package* which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance with low deductibles and comprehensive coverage.

  • Generous employer contribution toward monthly health care benefits worth $6.08 per hour.

  • 5.9% retirement employer contribution for eligible employees

  • 11 Holidays per year

  • 3 weeks of Annual Leave to start

  • Generous sick leave policy that can be used for sick children, doctor and dentist appointments as well as bereavement.

  • 6 credits of coursework free per year (fees not included)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

  • Reduced tuition for dependents after 4 months of employment for eligible employees

  • Employee Assistance and a Wellness Program

  • Optional Retirement Plan for eligible employees

  • Possible remote work days with supervisor approval and eligible positions.

    • Benefits are dependent on position type and terms and conditions of eligibility.

    Montana Technological University, Butte Montana, is nestled in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide, where I-15 and I-90 intersect. We are home to the largest National Historic District in the country. Montana Tech is a special focus institution with a reputation for excellence and value. Montana Tech is ranked #1 in the nation by CollegeNET.

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