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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Geobiology and Bio-Geochemistry

Position overview

Anticipated start: 7/1/2023

Application Window

Open date: November 3, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Earth Science at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023. The Department seeks applicants in the field of Geobiology/Biogeochemistry. The ideal candidate will be a scholar of Earth Science or a closely related discipline who investigates chemical and biological interactions of the Earth system or other planets, who is passionate about teaching and mentorship of diverse undergraduate and graduate students, and whose research interests complement existing strengths in the Department and across campus.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalents) in Earth science or a closely related discipline, except the dissertation, at the time of the application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD (or equivalent) in Earth science or a closely related discipline conferred by the appointment start date.

Preferred qualifications

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a record of research excellence and a record of (or potential for) outstanding teaching and mentoring of diverse undergraduate and graduate students. We also seek candidates with the potential to work collaboratively within the Department of Earth Science and with potential for leadership and service at the University and in the scientific community.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Letter of Application - To facilitate unbiased review of applications, on a single page with reasonable formatting, please concisely introduce us to your research question(s) and highlight your qualifications as related to the advertised position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Please submit a complete CV, including previous employment and degrees earned, a full list of publications, conference and seminar talks/presentations (indicate if invited), awards, and participation in student, university or professional groups. Also, list any research funding for which you wrote or co-wrote a proposal.

  • Research Statement - Discuss your most creative and significant contributions to science, your current research focus, your plans for the future, and the potential for sustained impact of your research within your discipline and more broadly (e.g., benefits to society, impacts on other disciplines). Also, briefly describe any experiences you have with research collaboration/leadership and possible areas for future collaboration within the department or on campus. (2-3 pages)

  • Teaching Statement - The search committee will use this document to evaluate your potential as an instructor. Please provide a statement that includes teaching and mentorship experiences to date (including outreach activities), a brief summary of your teaching philosophy, and approximately 3 topics that you would be interested in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level. (1-2 pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Describe how your scholarship, teaching and mentoring, and/or service and engagement contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this statement, describe any steps you have taken (or are planning to take) to foster an inclusive intellectual environment in your lab, in the classroom, in the department, on campus, and/or in your field more generally (1-2 pages).

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Letters of recommendation will be requested for candidates under serious consideration

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA