Assistant or Associate Professor in Geology University of Washington, Department of Earth & Space Sciences (ESS) United States

Earth and Space Sciences – Assistant or Associate Professor in Geology – Subduction Zone Initiative (AA25938)

Position Overview


Organization: College of the Environment, Earth and Space Sciences


Title : Assistant Professor, Associate Professor


Search Number : AA25938


Position Details


The University of Washington (UW) seeks a geologist with a compelling vision for subduction zone research and the collaborative leadership skills to contribute to a new subduction zone initiative at UW. This faculty position is in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences (ESS) of the College of the Environment and is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with tenure). This position is a full-time position with an indefinite term and 9-month service period.


The new faculty member will be a geologist who studies the evolution of subduction systems through the interpretation of the rock record. Candidates should use geological field observations to establish context for interpreting the rock record, and combine these approaches with other analytical, theoretical, or experimental techniques. We particularly encourage applicants who examine high-temperature processes, and who complement existing strengths in ESS. We seek a colleague whose research will connect with other scientists in ESS and across the College. Candidates hired at the Assistant Professor level should demonstrate strong potential for collaborative, cross-disciplinary leadership contributing to a subduction zone initiative; candidates hired at the Associate Professor level should have a record of leadership.


Applicants should demonstrate the potential for or a track record of externally funded internationally recognized research, commensurate with experience, and show potential for high quality teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Specifically, the faculty member must contribute to the undergraduate curriculum in Earth Materials/Mineralogy and Field Geology, and should demonstrate the ability to attract and effectively advise excellent research students. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent.


The UW promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, and staff and the public. We seek applicants who are committed to these principles. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to support ESS’s collegial, collaborative culture and to fulfill our strong commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.


The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, and offers one of the most exceptional research and teaching environments in the United States. Seattle is a region of explosive growth, global trade, and technological advancement. It is also a cultural metropolis surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle offers a quality of life that is among the highest in the country, with lakes and parks, walkability, bike lanes, and a lively music and cultural scene. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (


The Department of Earth and Space Sciences, located in the College of the Environment, has four broad and overlapping focus areas: the solid earth, surface processes, geobiology, and space/planetary studies. The departmental community includes 41 research and teaching faculty, 110 graduate students, and 200 undergraduate majors. The department is home to USGS employees who study natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest. Several centers and programs, closely linked to the department, allow for unparalleled interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities. These include the School of Oceanography and other units in the College of the Environment; Departments of Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics; Quaternary Research Center (QRC); and Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN).


All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


Application Instructions


To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae with publication list, and the contact information of 3 references. Applicants should also send three statements (1-2 pages each): 1) A statement addressing research accomplishments, as well as future research plans. 2) A statement discussing teaching and mentoring philosophy, teaching effectiveness, and potential contributions to teaching field geology and earth materials. 3) A statement on their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (see, including advocacy for identity groups other than their own.


Electronic materials (.pdf) should be sent to with “Subduction Zone Faculty Search: [Your Name]” in the subject line. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received prior to January 2, 2018. Questions pertaining to the application process or potential disability accommodations can be addressed to Scott Dakins ( Questions about the position can be addressed to Associate Professor Katharine Huntington, search committee chair (


University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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