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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Geomorphology, Department of Earth and Space Sciences

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences, in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, is soliciting applications for a permanent, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor in Geomorphology to study the processes shaping Earth and planetary surfaces    

We value the ability to quantify processes and combine field-oriented studies, observations, theory and models. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to: fluvial, hillslope and watershed processes and landscape evolution and dynamics. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to contributions to interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas such as geologic hazards, field geology, environmental sustainability, remote sensing, or preparation for the professional workforce.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.  The new hire will be expected to build a vibrant and externally-funded research program that contributes to science of global significance. The successful candidate will teach within the core Earth sciences curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to support the department's commitment to working collaboratively with other faculty and to strong mentorship of students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds. We value collegiality and contributions to the inclusive culture of the Earth and Space Sciences Department community.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic interdisciplinary department, including 6 new tenure-track faculty hires in the past four years.  The Department of Earth and Space Sciences includes 25 research and teaching faculty, 90 graduate students, and 200 undergraduate majors.  Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration exist within the department, including strengths in glaciology, geophysics, volcanology, planetary sciences and geochemistry. There is opportunity to collaborate with interdisciplinary units at UW including the Schools of Oceanography, Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, and Environmental and Forest Sciences; the departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering; the Applied Physics Lab, Polar Science Center and Friday Harbor Labs; the programs in Astrobiology and Climate Change; the Quaternary Research Center, the eSciences Institute, Future Rivers program, GeoHazards institute, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, initiatives in subduction zone science, and with USGS geohazards researchers on campus.

The University of Washington is located in the 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 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. UW, the College of the Environment and the Department of Earth and Space Science offer a range of networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities for junior faculty.

The base salary range for this position will be $9,500 to $14,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a moving allowance, a relocation incentive, and/or limited commitment of summer salary.

The initial appointment of an Assistant Professor is typically for a period of three years. Renewal for a second three-year term will be considered by the department and school/college/campus during spring quarter of the second year.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant field by the start of the appointment. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2025.

Application Instructions

Submit the following materials via Interfolio. Preference will be given to applications received prior to September 15, 2024. Required materials include the following:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page\
  • 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) teaching and mentoring, including plans for effective teaching, and 3) contributions or plans to support diversity, equity, and inclusion and
  • Contact information for three (3) referees who will 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.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found on UW's benefit page. Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

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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Disability Services

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450


The University of Washington (UW) is a world-class research university that is consistently ranked among the top universities internationally. Founded in 1861, the UW is the flagship academic institution in the state of Washington, and is located in Seattle. Student enrollment includes 35,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students. During the 2012 fiscal year, the UW received $1.5 billion in sponsored research funds, which is tops among U.S. public universities. The university hosts 289 specialized research centers and over 20 National Institutes of Health Research Cores. The department of Earth and Space Sciences resides within the School of Environment, with close ties to the school of Oceanography. Our mission is to further the understanding of Earth, the solar system, and their histories through interdisciplinary research and education. Research is focused on four broad and overlapping areas: the solid earth, surface processes, geobiology, and space/planetary studies. The department consists of 41 research and teaching faculty, and 73 graduate students. The department is home to several USGS employees who study natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is also hosted within the department, and IRIS is located near campus.

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