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Assistant Professor in Paleoclimate

Application Window

Open date: June 22, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 1, 2022 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: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 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.

Position description

Assistant Professor in Paleoclimate
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, seeks an outstanding scholar in paleoclimate science, with preference for those whose research examines interconnections among processes in an Earth systems framework. Candidates are encouraged to describe how their scholarly activities may address modern climate change, potential mitigation strategies, or other societal implications of their work. The successful candidate will have opportunities for expanding interdisciplinary links within the department as well as across campus. See for more information about the department, our strong commitment to diversity, and our interdisciplinary research programs, including collaborations with the Institute of the Environment, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, DataLab, and Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.

The successful candidate will be appointed as an academic year (9 month) tenure track Assistant Professor and must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth sciences or a related field by the time of appointment. They will be expected to maintain an active research program and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The teaching load will average 3 quarter-long courses per year.

For full consideration, applications must be completed by September 1, 2022, with a negotiable appointment start date. Application packages must be submitted online through UC Recruit via the job listing and must include the following documents:
• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Publication List with a 1-2 sentence statement describing their contributions to each publication
• Statement of Research Interests, Accomplishments and Future Directions
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Statement of Teaching Interests, Philosophy and Experience
• Contact information of 3-4 individuals who can be asked to provide a letter of reference
• Authorization to Release Information form for an academic misconduct reference check (available on the Recruit web site)

Example descriptions of contributions to publications can be found here. Questions concerning the submission of application materials should be directed to the search committee chair at

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth sciences or a related field prior to appointment. Candidates must show evidence of an ability to develop and maintain an outstanding research program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Candidates must show potential for effective and equitable classroom instruction that creates an inclusive environment for diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must show potential for effective and equitable mentoring of diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must indicate a commitment to providing service to the department, university, and profession.

Preferred qualifications

Research that addresses paleoclimate questions using an Earth systems framework is preferred.

Application Requirements

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 - Include a 1-2 sentence statement describing contribution to each publication

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are
    selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA