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Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology, Stratigraphy & Geobiology

University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Seattle, Washington State
Closing date
Jan 2, 2022

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Biogeosciences, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
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Position Description

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a tenure-track position in sedimentary geology, stratigraphy and geobiology. This position will demonstrate a creative vision and pursue interdisciplinary research focusing on the use of the geological record to investigate the reciprocal interaction between the Earth and life, through time. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: sedimentary petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology and paleobiology. This position will teach core undergraduate courses in Earth history and geobiology, and more advanced undergraduate courses in sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, and geobiology. This position may present opportunities to incorporate fieldwork into teaching and research. Opportunities for collaboration exist with research groups in geochemistry, geomicrobiology, paleoclimate, planetary science, and surface processes; a record of interfacing with one or more of these areas is important. Opportunities for collaboration also exist with other departments and programs including the Burke Museum, Program on Climate Change, Astrobiology Program, Quaternary Research Center, Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Oceanography, and Environmental and Forest Sciences.

This position will be expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, independent research, and service. The College of the Environment and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences offer a range of networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities for junior faculty. Appointment is expected to be filled at the Assistant Professor level. This is a full-­time appointment with a 9 ­month/year service period. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2022.

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, and offers one of the most exceptional research and teaching environments in the United States.  It 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 College of the Environment seeks to attract and promote a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. This position is expected to demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively with faculty and mentoring students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant field by the start of the appointment.


Applicants will be directed to submit materials via Interfolio. Preference will be given to applications received prior to January 10, 2022.  Required materials include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae with publication list,
  • Three statements (no more than 10 pages total) addressing 1) research and leadership accomplishments, as well as future research plans, 2) a statement on teaching and mentoring, including evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 3) contributions or plans to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and
  • Contact information for three (3) referees who may be invited to submit letters confidentially through the Interfolio application.

Questions about the application process or position in general should be addressed to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint. Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities.

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