Assistant/Associate Professor in Mining Engineering

  • West Virginia University, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • Mining Engineering Department, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
  • Sep 11, 2019
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Department of Mining Engineering

Assistant or Associate Professor in Mining Engineering 

The Department of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor depending upon qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy with a specific focus on rare earth minerals/elements, and they must have research specialty in one or more of the following areas: extraction and recovery of critical minerals/elements, materials characterization, particle comminution, physical and chemical separations, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, waste materials processing, immobilization, and recycling, process modeling, control, and optimization.

West Virginia University is the comprehensive Land Grant University of the State of West Virginia with a main campus enrollment of over 29,000 students, and a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (R1 University). Morgantown and its vicinity have a population of about 62,000 residents and are ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities, such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the FBI, as well as private industry. The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Additional details on the area and the university are available at and

The Statler College continues to grow, and currently has eight academic departments with over 4,700 students and 135 faculty members. It is nationally recognized for high quality teaching and research, as well as for its excellent faculty and students. The Department of Mining Engineering has six faculty members with significant research funding. The Department offers degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. 

Morgantown is a safe, inclusive, and family-friendly community. WVU provides faculty members with a supportive environment for developing a visible and productive career ( and a range of progressive policies to support work-life integration ( WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search and belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in mining/mineral processing/metallurgical engineering. Candidates must also have the ability to (1) teach a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the Department, (2) develop and sustain an externally funded research program leading to national and international recognition, support and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other research personnel, publish peer-reviewed journal papers, make presentations at national and international meetings and collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and other researchers within the department, college, and university and (3) perform service activities commensurate with the position and become a collegial faculty member. Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor must have an outstanding record of teaching, research and service.

Application Details

To apply for this opportunity, visit Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and complete contact information of three professional references, a three-page narrative describing research expertise and plans, and a two-page statement on teaching philosophy. Application review begins on November 1, 2019. It should be noted that complete and professional quality documentation must be submitted in order for any candidate to be considered for this position. For further information, contact Mining Engineering Department Chair, Vladislav Kecojevic at 304-293-3859 or email: or visit the Mining Engineering website at


West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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Application Deadline

Open until filled. Application reviews begin November 1, 2019.