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Earth and Planetary Sciences: Assistant/Associate Professor of Geophysics (initial review Nov. 27, 2

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
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Dec 1, 2023

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Earth and Planetary Sciences: Assistant/Associate Professor of Geophysics (initial review Nov. 27, 2023)

Position overview
Position title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Geophysics
Salary range: The proposed academic-year (9-month) salary range for these positions is $98,300 - $123,800. A salary within this range will be offered to the successful candidates, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointees will be able to receive additional compensation during summer months using research funds, subject to campus policies. A 9-month salary higher than $123,800 can only be offered subject to exceptional approval by the Campus Provost / Executive Vice-Chancellor, and only in cases where a candidate has a competing offer in hand for a (9-month) salary that exceeds $123,800. A generous start-up package will be provided; we encourage negotiations on the start-up package during the offer process.

Percent time: Full-time, 100%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment effective July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: September 25, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Nov 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two tenure-track Professor positions at the Assistant or Associate level in solid Earth geophysics. We are especially interested in applicants using modern data collection and analysis tools, theory, or numerical modeling to investigate the crust or lithosphere with tools from seismology, geodesy and related disciplines. Subjects of interest include, but are not limited to, imaging the Earth, geohazards, near-surface geophysics, and crustal or lithosphere dynamics.

The successful candidates will develop innovative, externally-funded research programs, have a strong commitment to mentoring and teaching graduate and undergraduate students, and work to enhance the diverse UCSC community of Earth, Atmospheric, Planetary, and Ocean scientists. These positions will complement existing expertise in earthquake physics, seismology, mineral physics, surface processes, glaciology, geochemistry, planetary sciences, and hydrogeology. We are especially interested in applicants who have demonstrated leadership experience through the venues available to them at their career stage.

UCSC is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, the environment, and educational opportunity. We recognize the inherent link between diversity, innovation, and excellence in all aspects of the academic enterprise. Our innovative approach to research and experiential education provides a transformative student experience. UCSC is a Hispanic Serving Institution ( and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander ( Serving Institution. UCSC enrolls over 18,000 students, many from historically underserved communities; over 34% are first-generation and approximately 40% are The successful candidates will actively support students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found at UCSC is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

The chosen candidates will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in geophysics, geology or a related field, expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

• Curriculum Vitae - The curriculum vitae should include a list of published papers, manuscripts accepted for publication, and posted preprints; proposals submitted and awarded; classes taught; students mentored; awards; and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition.

• Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

• Teaching and Mentoring Statement - This statement should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory) teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals, 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring.

• Research Statement - Describe your research strategies and goals in the context of your prior work. Use 2-3 pages to explain your major accomplishments and future scientific objectives.

• Statement on Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement should include experience in leadership positions that build community either within your discipline or more broadly, including your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Cruz. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on diversity statements (see before preparing their application.

• Sample of research publication (1 of 2 required)

• Sample of research publication (2 of 2 required)

• Sample of research publication (1 optional) (Optional)

Reference requirements

• 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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