Earth Surface Processes Faculty Position


The Department of Earth Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Earth Surface Processes, starting July 1, 2017. We seek an innovative Earth Scientist who investigates aspects of Earth-surface dynamics and evolution. Areas of specialty might include (but are not limited to) interactions of tectonic, fluvial, glacial, and/or coastal systems with landscapes; research on changing surface environments and their causes in modern or ancient systems; or surface response to climate change or anthropogenic forcing. We seek candidates who complement our existing research strengths in geomorphology, active tectonics, sedimentology, thermochronology and structural geology. Preference will be given to those who creatively combine field, laboratory, and numerical investigations. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and to advise graduate and undergraduate students. A Ph.D. or an equivalent degree is required at the time of appointment. This position is part of a UCSB cluster hire (Earth Sciences, Geography and the Bren School) in Earth surface processes. Click here for more information.
Applications should include a cover letter, a description of research interests describing potential to support the goals of the cluster hire, a description of teaching interests including ability to contribute to Departmental and interdisciplinary programs, a curriculum vitae, a statement describing commitment to diversity, and the contact information of at least four references.
Applicants should request four referees to send letters of evaluation. Applications completed by October 31st, 2016 will receive fullest consideration, but each department will continue reviewing applicant files until that position is filled. The online application website can be accessed here
Please contact Vivan Stopple (email or Prof. John Cottle (email: with any questions.
The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.