Assistant or Associate Professor of Seismology - GI

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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:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Department of Geosciences and the Geophysical Institute (GI) are recruiting a seismologist to advance research and training at University of Alaska Fairbanks.The successful candidate will have the opportunity to analyze regional and global recordings of seismic events, in pursuit of improving our understanding of seismic sources and the materials through which seismic waves travel. The successful candidate will work closely with peers and contribute seismological expertise within an exciting and collaborative academic and tectonic setting. U.S. citizenship is required for this position. ***US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. ***


10Service: Service responsibilities include serving on departmental committees, university committees, and outreach and public 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
20Teaching: The teaching responsibilities of this position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, preparing and revising courses, and advising graduate (and possibly undergraduate) students. The normal teaching load is 3–4 course credits per year. 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.Essential
70Research: The research responsibilities include conducting research in seismology, with relevance to geophysical detection of nuclear proliferation. The successful applicant is expected to apply for external funding. 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.Essential


UAF seismological research and teaching spans several entities, including degree programs (BS Geosciences, MS/PhD Geophysics), the GI Seismology and Geodesy Group, the Alaska Earthquake Center, the Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), and the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The geographical focus of seismological research spans from statewide earthquakes and active tectonics to global recording of earthquakes and possible nuclear events. The 12-month tenure-track faculty position has a ¼-time teaching appointment at the Department of Geosciences, which corresponds to 3-4 teaching credits per academic year. The remaining appointment will be based at the GDNP UARC at the GI and will emphasize research, teaching (principally advising graduate students), and service.

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.  While there may be a current opportunity for remote work, the successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office no later than 60 days from written notice provided by the university.


Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Experience working with private and public external constituencies.

Ability to advocate for the university.

Ability to acquire funding from external sources.

Evidence of ability to successfully contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at UAF and across the geosciences.

General background in Seismology, Geophysics, or a related science field.

Required Education and Experience: 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Seismology, Geophysics, or a related science field at the time of appointment.

Ability to teach courses in the areas of seismology, geophysics, and advanced topics at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research experience in seismology.

U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.

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.

Application Process:


To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 5/31/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 6/1/2021. 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 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

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

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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