Earth Science Cluster Hiring

Faculty Cluster Hire in Earth Surface Processes

University of California Santa Barbara

The University of California Santa Barbara announces a multidisciplinary cluster hire of four outstanding scientists to further strengthen its world class Earth surface process teaching and research mission. We seek dynamic researchers who are at the forefront of advancing theory, measurements and understanding in terrestrial Earth Surface Processes from disciplines including climatology, geochemistry, geology, geomorphology, hydrology and soil science. The cluster hire will build on UC Santa Barbara’s existing strengths in physical geography and Earth and environmental sciences. Successful hires will contribute to improving our understanding of the characteristics and functioning of the entire planet, and especially its terrestrial surface through the study of the complex interactions among atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, including their alteration by, and impact on, human activity. We will give preference to candidates with demonstrated expertise in one or more quantitative techniques including field measurement, remote sensing, modeling, and theory and candidates who, based on research and teaching proficiency, would fit into one of the following Departmental positions:

Bren School: The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management seeks to fill two positions in Earth System Science at the Assistant Professor level. One of the foundations of the Bren School research and teaching program is the significance of global environmental change as a context for environmental management and policy-making. The study of terrestrial earth system science is an essential component of efforts to improve the habitability and sustainability of Earth’s surface environments. The Bren School is searching for promising physical scientists who are developing or advancing theory, measurements and understanding in terrestrial Earth System Science and whose research in Earth Surface processes can contribute, in collaboration with other Bren faculty, to effective environmental policies. Areas of specialization can include, but are not limited to, the study of geomorphological processes that alter coastlines and landscapes, mountain snowpack changes, global and regional climate and drought, soil and vegetation biogeochemical cycling and others.

Earth Science: The Department of Earth Science seeks to appoint an innovative Earth Scientist at the Assistant Professor level 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 and structural geology.

Geography: The Geography Department seeks excellent candidates at the Assistant Professor level whose research and teaching interests focus on the evolution of landscapes caused by the interaction of geophysical, hydrological, ecological, and/or anthropogenic processes. The position will complement existing Departmental strengths in Earth system science and in particular, the spatial analysis of the processes that maintain and modify natural and human-dominated landscapes. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to): 1) processing and interpretation of LIDAR and satellite-based topographic data for characterizing landscape change; 2) measurement and modeling of the drivers and implications of natural and human-induced erosion, 3) spatial analysis and modeling of interactions among the processes that drive landscape evolution at regional to global scales. The Geography Department has extensive computer resources and laboratories including a facility designed for preparing cosmogenic radionuclide samples.

UC Santa Barbara has a long history of innovative interdisciplinary research. Through this cluster hire we expect to foster a continuation of excellence in Earth surface processes and believe that the successful candidates will find not only strength in their individual programs but will also build strong collaborations with other members of the cluster. The positions described above have complementary research goals but differ in their teaching and mentoring expectations. Candidates are encouraged to consult the websites listed below and/or speak with search committee chairs to determine which program best fits their expertise. General questions should be directed to  earthsurfacecluster@eri.ucsb.edu. Candidates who wish to be considered for more than one position must apply to each position separately.

Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees and publication records commensurate with appointment levels in the department of interest. Successful candidates will be expected to develop vigorous externally funded research programs in the primary areas of his/her interest, to direct graduate students, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and contribute their leadership and innovative thinking towards furthering our understanding of Earth Surface Processes. Candidates who wish to be considered for more than one position must apply to each position separately.

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 names of at least four references.

Applications completed by October 31st, 2016 will receive fullest consideration, but each department will continue reviewing applicant files until that position is filled.

To be considered for one of the four available positions, apply electronically at:

The school is especially interested in candidates who 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.