Assistant or Associate Professor of Geodesy

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a tenure-track faculty member with a research specialty in observational geodesy. We are particularly interested in candidates with a talent for teaching and a passion for real-world application to natural hazards including earthquakes and volcanoes. This position will be hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor depending on the qualifications of the candidate.


100The workload will consist of three parts; teaching, research, and service. Teaching: classroom, studio, laboratory, and distance delivery instruction in regular academic courses with assigned contact hours; development and coordination of special undergraduate and graduate seminars. Preparation of student materials for classes; preparation of a new course or program or substantial revision of an older course or program. General advising of undergraduate students; supervision of student mentorships; supervision of graduate student theses, dissertations, and research/creative projects; supervision of undergraduate theses and research/creative projects. Supervision of directed study through individualized courses; non-credit educational programs on-campus or elsewhere; and other activities benefiting students'' academic development. Research: all professional activities leading to publication, performance or formal presentation in the UNAC member''s field, or leading to external funding recognizing the UNAC member''s current or potential contribution to that field. Such activities include manuscript submission; grant/contract proposal submission; supervision of funded research projects; development and commercialization of intellectual property; additions to a portfolio; and other original contributions appropriate to the UNAC member''s field. Service: 1. Public service: serving in organized, non-remunerative, educational and consultative activities which devolve from a UNAC member''s professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University. 2. University service: serving as department head/chair, program director, or governance officer; serving on administrative and governance, department, college, school or university committees; and performing other tasks as deemed necessary by the University. In addition, service will be recognized when a UNAC member serves as a member of the MAU appeals board, as a member of the MAU disciplinary committee or as a member of a joint labor-management committee or task force established by this Agreement. UNAC members who serve as the MAU grievance chair will receive service credit of up to three workload units. 3. Professional service: reviewing grant/contract proposals, serving as an editor and/or reviewer for a journal, serving as accreditation reviewer, serving on a professional licensing board, as an ad hoc reviewer in the UNAC member''s area of expertise; as an officer in a professional society; organizing and/or chairing conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.; teaching short courses, seminars, etc. that are not regular academic courses; editing journals, books, special volumes of papers, or other relevant activities.Essential

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in using geodetic techniques to monitor changes of the earth’s surface. We seek a scientist interested in building a long-term research program that builds on the extensive facilities and programs of the UAF Geophysical Institute, in particular, the Alaska Volcano Observatory and the Alaska Earthquake Center. We particularly value an ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and a desire to support our student programs.

The successful applicant will teach a quarter-time load of 3-4 credits per year in the Department of Geosciences. Teaching will likely include both foundational geophysics courses and discipline-specific geodesy course(s). This position is expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students and involve them in research.

The remainder of the position (three-quarters-time) consists of building an applied research program at the Geophysical Institute. The successful hire is expected to use the start-up period to develop a vibrant research program as well as sustainable funding to support it. Substantial research support is available for qualified candidates through the Alaska Earthquake Center and the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Depending on the needs of the new hire, long-term support from these facilities could include salary, staff, hardware, and/or support for students or postdocs. Candidates are strongly encouraged to elaborate on any research interests specific to real-time characterization of large earthquakes and/or methods that enhance the understanding and monitoring of volcanoes.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae to include a list of publications, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references with your application. 

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Salary Information:

This position is a Full-time, Tenure-track faculty member.non-exempt/exempt, term-funded, Grade 00_30 or 00_20, with salary commensurate with experience, depending on the qualifications of the candidate.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae to include a list of publications, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references with your application. The review of this posting will start on January 14, 2019, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7194.  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources Office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:  The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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