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Position #19-06, Asst Professor of Soil Science and Landscape Processes

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 11th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Nov 15, 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, Jun 30, 2020 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.


Assistant Professor of Soil Science
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Soil Science. The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Soil Science with an emphasis in pedology and soil landscape processes. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is seeking applicants in the field of pedology and soil landscape processes. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address how soils regulate earth system processes. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate how quantification of soil landscape relationships address critical or emerging issues related to critical zone science, geomorphology, ecological relationships, water resource sustainability, erosion and/or land degradation. The position is open to candidates with a diverse pedological toolset including expertise in fields such as mineralogy, biogeochemistry, morphometrics, geomorphology and quantitative pedology. The person hired is expected to teach 2.5 courses per year (i.e. one class being taught every other year). The course load taught will include instruction of Field Studies of Soils in California Ecosystems (SSC 105/205). This course spends 14 days in the field training students to describe soil profiles, characterize soil variability, evaluate soil suitability for land use, assess agricultural and forest productivity and reveal soil geomorphological and ecological relationships. Additional teaching responsibilities include Introductory Soil Science, a high enrollment undergraduate class emphasizing the role of soils in ecosystems (SSC 100) and Pedology (SSC 120). The appointee is expected to train graduate students via participation in graduate groups on campus. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in soil science, geology geomorphology or closely related field. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses related to the description of soils and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in pedology, geomorphology and soil-landscape relationships.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 11/15/2019.

Required application materials include:
1) curriculum vitae including publication list,
2) up to three publications,
3) college transcripts (if within 5 years of Ph.D.),
4) a one page statement of research accomplishments,
5) a one page statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy,
6) a one page statement of future research plans relevant to the application of pedology and soil-landscape relationships in Earth system processes,

7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and
8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Toby O’Geen

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. (including complete publication list,)

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts (required if within 5 years of Ph.D.) - IF you are within 5 years of your Ph.D., you must arrange for undergraduate and graduate program transcripts to be uploaded as an entire PDF document here.

  • Statement of Research - description and highlight of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans relevant to the position. - a one page statement of future research plans relevant to the application of pedology and soil-landscape relationships in Earth system processes,.

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

    *IMPORTANT: the initial screening will be based on this document

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-5 required (contact information only)