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Faculty Position in Crust/Lithosphere Evolution

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 23rd, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis seeks a geologist who investigates the generation, evolution, and deformation of Earth’s crust and lithosphere. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications. For this tenure-track faculty position we seek candidates whose research is anchored in the rock record and addresses fundamental problems related to the Earth’s physical and chemical evolution over geologic time. The ideal candidate will employ creative, interdisciplinary, and process-focused research that integrates observations with laboratory or computational methods, and/or integrates two or more sub-disciplines within Earth science, such as petrology, rock mechanics, seismology, geochemistry, geochronology, structural geology, or tectonics. We are particularly interested in applicants who will expand our current research programs and have the potential to build new connections between areas of current research expertise in the department and across the UC Davis campus. The department’s current research programs and experimental, analytical and computational facilities are described at See for more information about UC Davis.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in geoscience or a related field by the beginning of Fall Quarter 2020. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supervision of graduate students and service to the department, university, and broader discipline are expected. The average teaching load will consist of 3 quarter-length courses per year.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, statements of research plans, teaching interests, and contributions to diversity, and contact information of four references by October 20, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Guidance for diversity statements may be found at

Applications should be submitted online via the job listing #JPF03025 at Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair at

The faculty of the UC Davis Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences is highly regarded for its broad, interdisciplinary research excellence and for the quality of its graduate and undergraduate education programs. The appointee will have access to wide-ranging infrastructure resources and many collaborative opportunities in the College of Letters and Sciences and other colleges and schools across campus.

In addition to its research strengths, EPS also stands out internationally among Earth Science departments for its diversity and for having over 1/3 women faculty. EPS houses the Geology Graduate Program and two vigorous and growing undergraduate majors: Geology, and Marine and Coastal Sciences. Close working relationships in our program build a strong sense of community among our students and alumni and the broad training our students receive prepares them well for careers in academia, government, and industry.

Davis is located in the California Central Valley, close to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay Area, the northern California coast, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and is next to the State Capital, Sacramento.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women and earned the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation. UC Davis celebrates multi-cultural diversity by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We have diverse student organizations and programs such as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast- or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age. UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community (

This position is eligible for the UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP), which is a service designed to support the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. The position is also eligible for the The Mortgage Origination Program (MOP) to assist in the purchase of a principle residence. For questions regarding how these policies/programs affect academic appointees, contact: Lisa Brodkey, Director Faculty Relations and Development, (530) 752-7643.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis - indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Publication list

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)