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Assistant Professor Tenure Track – Seismology

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Earth and Space Science

Title: Assistant Professor Tenure Track – Seismology

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Position Description

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in seismology at the Assistant Professor level.  Areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to: earthquake source processes, volcano seismology, and structural seismology.

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 fundamental significance.  The new hire will contribute to the undergraduate core curriculum and also teach graduate courses related to their expertise.This position is a full-time, tenure track position with a 9-month service period.The anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.

The UW promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, and staff and the public. We seek applicants who are committed to these principles. We welcome candidates whose professional or life experiences enrich the department community and who can serve as a role model to a diverse student population. 

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (, part of the College of the Environment, has four broad and overlapping focus areas: the solid Earth, surface processes, geobiology, and space/planetary studies. The departmental community includes 42 research and teaching faculty, 90 graduate students, and 200 undergraduate majors. The department hosts the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (, the regional member of the national seismic system, with a UW staff of 18, a rapidly growing network of more than 350 seismic stations, and considerable seismological and computational facilities. The department is also home to a USGS group focused on earthquakes and other natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest. The ESS department has many collaborative ties across campus with other departments and programs, and with the UW’s School of Oceanography Marine Geology & Geophysics research group ( The UW is also a leader in big data research (, and we welcome applicants who can use innovative techniques to gain new insights from very large seismological data sets.

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, and offers one of the most exceptional research and teaching environments in the United States. Seattle is a region of explosive growth, global trade, technological advancement, a thriving nonprofit community, and a long history of progressive government. It is also a cultural metropolis surrounded by the unparalleled natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle offers a quality of life that is among the highest in the country, with beautiful lakes and parks, superior walkability, bike lanes, and a lively music and cultural scene. The UW 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 UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see


We seek a colleague whose research is grounded in seismological observation, and who is versatile and innovative in its use to address fundamental scientific questions about the Earth. We are particularly interested in someone with the potential to contribute collaboratively to a strong, interdisciplinary thematic focus on subduction zone science  at UW, and who will interact with the diverse group of faculty and researchers across our campus linked to that initiative. They will demonstrate a commitment to teaching and mentoring in a diverse and inclusive university setting.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in geophysics, seismology or a related field at the time of employment.


To apply, please submit application materials via Interfolio, including a curriculum vitae with publication list, and the contact information of 3 references. Applicants should also send 3 statements (less than 8 pages total for all statements combined): 1) A statement addressing research and leadership accomplishments, as well as future research plans. 2) A statement on teaching and mentoring. Applicants are also encouraged to include evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations). 3) A statement on their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (see

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received prior to December 1, 2019, but applications received after this date may be considered. Questions pertaining to the application process or potential disability accommodations can be addressed to Michelle Barr (  Questions about the position can be addressed to Professor Harold Tobin, search committee chair (


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.

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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 (