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Faculty Position and Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Geophysics

UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences - CIG
Davis, California
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Sep 27, 2023

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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, seeks an outstanding faculty member for the Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Geophysics. This chair will be appointed at the associate or full professor levels and is open applicants from all areas of Earth and planetary geophysics. The Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Geophysics honors the memory of an inspiring scientist, mentor, and leader, dedicated to increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout the scientific community. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program, to engage students through teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to provide visionary leadership that enriches and expands scientific excellence in the geophysics community and beyond. The successful candidate will be appointed as an academic year (9 month) tenured faculty at the appropriate level and must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth and planetary sciences or a related field, and a least 5 years of relevant professional experience following award of the Ph.D.

The endowed chair position is a five-year appointment, with option for reappointment. The Chair recipient will be selected in accordance with university procedures for endowed chair/professorship appointments (APM 191, UCD 191).  All endowed chair appointments are reviewed at least every 5 years. In addition to exemplifying excellence with the honorary title, the Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair holder will receive supplemental financial support for teaching, research, outreach, and other related purposes, with the amount subject to the financial market performance of the endowment. The teaching load will average 3 quarter-long courses per year. The salary range for this position is $120,000-$290,000. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.



Initial Deadline for applications is February 28, 2024. Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.




Application packages must be submitted online through UC Recruit via the job listing and must include the following documents: 


Cover Letter  Curriculum Vitae with full list of publications and other research products, service roles held at the department, university or professional level, and research funding for up to 10 years (project title, funding agency, duration of award). Selected Publications List with up to 10 publications including 2-3 sentences describing the significance of the work and 1-2 sentences describing the candidate’s contributions to the publication (example provided here: 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 website; see explanation below)  Statement of Research Statement of Teaching and Mentoring Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (guidance provided here: Each of the statements should highlight prior accomplishments, current interests, future directions, and leadership roles, and each should not exceed 2 pages in length. Inquiries concerning the submission of application materials should be directed to the Search Committee Chair at  




Reference Checks for Finalists


The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in university programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Professor, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, and Acting Professor of Law through Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for these faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.  Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for these faculty positions will be subject to reference checks.



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