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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Subduction Zone Science, Earth and Space Science

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Earth and Space Science

Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Subduction Zone Science, Earth and Space Science

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Position Description

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences ( at the University of Washington seeks to hire up to three postdoctoral researchers as part of a new initiative in subduction zone science. These positions are fully funded, 100% FTE, for up to two years (the initial appointment being 12 months with the opportunity for extension), and candidates interested in all aspects of subduction zone geology and geophysics are encouraged to apply. Research areas of special immediate interest include: geodynamic modeling of the subduction process (including mantle convection and plate boundary processes), rock physics and geophysical imaging of plate boundary fault zones,  structure and stress conditions in the shallow megathrust, and seismology and seismic structure of Cascadia from the volcanic arc to offshore. Specific research topics remain flexible and depend on the interests and expertise of the postdoctoral researcher as well as those of the faculty supervisors.

The postdoctoral hires will join a large and vibrant group at UW of more than 12 faculty across several departments with specific interests in this area, as well as numerous research faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are engaged in integrated research on subduction zone geosystems from offshore plate boundary zones to volcanic arcs. Areas of UW expertise include geodynamic modeling, fault zone physics and elastic properties, geodesy, active and passive source seismology, tectonic geomorphology and surficial processes, marine and terrestrial geochemistry, petrology, and magmatic processes, among many others.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website at Initial appointments will be made for 12 months, renewable after that time. 

The University, College, and Department are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural, inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The department of Earth and Space Sciences is therefore seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. For more information on our commitment to building a culturally diverse workforce, please see:  and .

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant student and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women in science, engineering, and math (see ).


Applicants must hold a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in the Earth Sciences, or in an appropriately related field such as Astronomy, Planetary Science, Physics, or Engineering. Candidates should have an aptitude for geological/geophysical principles as well as the ability to synthesize and analyze key observations. A successful candidate will conduct research that will result in publication in the open literature and participation in national or international meetings.


To apply, please submit application materials via Interfolio, including 1) a cover letter outlining current research accomplishments and goals for the postdoctoral position, 2)  curriculum vitae, 3) names and contact information for two professional references. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. For questions about this position, please contact Professors Mark Richards ( and/or Harold Tobin ( by email. For questions about potential disability accommodation during the application process, please contact the UW's Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or

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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.

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