Research Assistant Professor in Planetary Sciences

University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle
Closing date
Dec 8, 2022

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Planetary Sciences
Career Level
Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time Research Assistant Professor in planetary sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in research on the geology and/or geophysics of planetary bodies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research involves experimental and theoretical work involving high-pressure processes on icy planets, moons, and exoplanets. Involvement in planetary missions is a plus. The position will involve taking a leadership role in advising and mentoring graduate students in our program. Teaching opportunities may arise in the form of lectures, seminars, mentoring, and lab instruction.

The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to secure external grant funding. The appointment is not tenure eligible and has an annual service period of twelve months. The starting date of employment is anticipated to be March 1, 2023.

The Department of Earth and Space strives for an equitable, inclusive and welcoming departmental culture that values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, that fosters the constructive expression of ideas, and that promotes intellectual curiosity, creativity, and respect. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with faculty to advance these goals and to train and mentor graduate students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, economic means, and academic backgrounds.

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences resides in the College of the Environment, which fosters collaborations among faculty, staff, and students engaged in a variety of disciplines. This position will offer opportunities for interaction with researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including planetary surface processes, petrology, astrobiology, glaciology, oceanography, and chemistry.

The UW is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area with a dynamic, multicultural community of nearly 4 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. 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 University of Washington offers a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for instructors and a comprehensive benefits package, including access to campus childcare and health/vision/dental plans for spouse, qualified domestic partner, and/or dependents. Details can be found at

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