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Associate or Full Professor in Geological or Climate Hazards

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Closing date
May 1, 2023

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The Department of Geology at University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, invites candidates to apply for the position of Professor of Empire Innovation, at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor. The selected candidate will receive support through the SUNY Empire Innovation Program (EIP), which recognizes exceptional scholars with a proven track record of externally funded research and offers a generous compensation and start-up package.

We invite applications from researchers who have exceptional track records in any type of geological or climate hazard, including: (1) Active tectonics, using the recent geological record to establish earthquake histories, tectonic deformation and probabilistic hazards assessments.  (2) Earth surface hazards, focusing on slope stability, landslides, and debris flows, including some combination of fieldwork, modeling, and experimentation to understand underlying physical processes and translating these into hazards assessments.  (3) Volcanic hazards, using field observations, numerical modeling, and experimental approaches to advance our understanding of, and ability to predict, hazardous eruption processes and their consequences.  (4) Climate hazards, using the recent climate record, observations or numerical modeling to advance our understanding of hazards, extreme events and their consequences. (5) Probabilistic hazards, focusing on geological or climate probabilistic hazards modeling to bridge the gap between fundamental science and its use by society.

The Professor of Empire Innovation will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, mentor graduate students, and maintain an active externally funded research program which will complement existing Departmental strengths in volcanology, geodynamics, paleoclimate and climate-change hazards, and water and the environment. This position is part of a cluster hire that includes the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, and the School of Architecture and Planning, aimed at enhancing research and education in community resilience in the face of natural and climate-change hazards. The successful candidate is thus expected to work across the University to build interdisciplinary approaches to strengthen societal resilience to geological hazards, including with existing expertise in resilient infrastructure engineering, urban planning, communications, and crisis management.  To facilitate this integration, the successful candidate will be a core member of the Center for Geological and Climate Hazards Advisory Committee.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must hold a doctorate in geology or a closely related field. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, service, and mentoring. Candidates should be internationally recognized scholars as evidenced by impactful publications and a sustained externally funded research program.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated highly productive and creative record in geological or climate hazards research.

Applications must be submitted through the UB Jobs website: Additional information and special instructions for applications is included at this site.  We will begin to review applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Inquiries concerning these positions should be made to Prof. Sophie Nowicki (    University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty members and share our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential within a professional culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion.



A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. It is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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