David and Beverly Worthington establish the John K. Costain

Endowed Faculty Chair in the Department of Mathematics

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Call for Applications - July 2014

Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics (, in cooperation with the College of Science’s Academy of Integrated Science (, invites applications from outstanding candidates for the John K. Costain Faculty Chair. The holder of the chair will be expected to pursue a nationally and internationally preeminent research program that provides leadership in energy-related directions, inclusive of petroleum exploration, in collaboration with the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) program. Appointment at the level of Professor is anticipated, but junior candidates with exceptional promise will be considered for appointment at the level of Associate Professor. The position is at the Blacksburg, VA, campus and has an anticipated start date of August 10, 2015.

Job requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field at the time of appointment. In addition to pursuing an outstanding research program, the successful candidate will be expected to provide effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students. Other responsibilities include: continuing development of professional capabilities and scholarly activities, including travel to professional conferences; curriculum development; participation in department, college, and university governance; and professional service.

The person appointed will have the following responsibilities:
−the development and maintenance of a distinguished research program in energy-related directions related to mathematical geophysics, inclusive of petroleum exploration;
−the continuing development of her/his own scholarly activities, professional capabilities, and service to the profession;
−active and effective participation in undergraduate and graduate instruction and student advising;
−active and effective participation in department and university administrative governance; and
−adherence to the responsibilities of the faculty as described by the faculty handbook (

To receive consideration, applicants must have:
-a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field at the time of appointment;
-a research program that is nationally or internationally recognized for its significance and impact;
-potential to provide leadership in energy-related directions, inclusive of petroleum exploration, in collaboration with the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) program;
-potential for effective teaching and advising; and
-demonstrated capacity for leadership in research and in service to the profession.

It is desired that candidates have:
-the vision, creativity, and leadership skills needed to identify and develop new cross-disciplinary research collaborations; and
-demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and advising a diverse student body.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Eric de Sturler ( or Peter Haskell ( for further information. An online application is required. To complete the online application, go to, choose Current Job Openings, then Search Jobs, and choose the Mathematics Department or choose posting number TR0140058. As part of the online application, please include a cover letter, a CV, a description of research achievements, and a statement of future plans for energy-related research and teaching within the Mathematics Department and the CMDA program. Four letters of recommendation should be mailed to Costain Chair Search, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, or emailed to


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SAGE -- Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience


Research Interests:

Reflection seismology; Intraplate seismicity (hydroseismicity); Heat flow.

John Costain's Hubbert and Peak Oil Website. (14 mb PowerPoint Presentation)

Department History: Reflection Seismology and Heat Flow, 1967 - 1997

Imaging With a Single Vibrator

M.S. Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations in Geophysics at Virginia Tech: 1967-1997

Establishment of the John K. Costain Graduate Geophysics Endowed Scholarship

The John K. Costain Geophysics Computing Facility


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