Two Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

University of Washington

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Position Overview

Organization: Earth and Space Science

Title: Two (2) Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences, in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, is soliciting applications for two permanent, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track assistant professors in Earth and planetary surface processes.  

Position 1: Assistant Professor in Geomorphology

We seek a geomorphologist who will build a strong field-oriented research program. Areas of focus could include but are not limited to landscape evolution and dynamics, fluvial and watershed processes, or cryosphere geomorphic processes. Contributions to interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas such as geologic hazards, field geology, environmental sustainability, or preparation for the professional workforce are desirable. 

Position 2: Assistant Professor in Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

We seek applicants in Earth and planetary surface processes, broadly defined. Areas of focus could include but are not limited to weathering and soil-forming processes, biogeochemical cycling, and landscape evolution on Earth and/or other planets. Contributions to interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas such as planetary sciences, remote sensing, geobiology, or critical zone research are desirable. 

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Successful candidates will be expected to build vibrant and externally funded research programs that contribute to science of global significance. For both positions, we value the ability to quantify processes and make observational or theoretical advances specific to the surface and near-surface environment. The successful candidates will teach within the core Earth sciences curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and will demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively with other faculty and to mentoring students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic interdisciplinary department, including seven new faculty hires in the past four years. The Department of Earth and Space Sciences includes 35 research and teaching faculty, 90 graduate students, and 200 undergraduate majors. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration exist within the department, as well as with other 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 programs in Astrobiology and Climate Change, the Quaternary Research Center, the eSciences Institute, Future Rivers program, GeoHazards institute, 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.


Applicants must have a PhD, or foreign equivalent in a relevant field by the start of the appointment. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023.


Applicants should indicate in the cover letter which position best fits their interest and expertise. All applications will be reviewed by a single hiring committee, and all applicants will be considered for both positions. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2023.  Required materials include:

  • A one-page cover letter;
  • 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) a statement on teaching and mentoring, including evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 3) contributions or plans to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (see;
  • Contact information for three (3) references.

Questions about the application process or position in general should be addressed to

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Benefits Information

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Commitment to Diversity

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