We use cookies. Find out more about it here. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Job posting has expired

Back to search results

Research Scientist in Geophysics

University of California - Santa Cruz
United States, California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street (Show on map)
June 21, 2023
Position overview
Position title:
Research Scientist in Geophysics
Salary range:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Refer to the individual salary scale for the Represented Professional Research Series Fiscal Year in the UCSC Salary Scales.
Percent time:
The minimum percentage will be 50% time, but can be increased up to 100% if additional funding from grants is obtained.
Anticipated start:
As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration:
Initial appointment will be either for two or three years, with the possibility of reappointment. The term of the initial appointment will be based on the selected candidate's rank and step in the Professional Research title series (for additional information see Article 21, 2. Normative Time at Each Step). Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 21, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Dec 21, 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 & Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a research scientist in geophysics as applied to industrial or societal problems. Under the direction of the Department Chair, the research scientist will build a program that is well-integrated with our basic science expertise in earthquakes, seismology and related disciplines. We are particularly interested in candidates who can expand our impact in geohazards. Potential fields of interest include rock mechanics and/or new geophysical observation methods.

The successful candidate should demonstrate broad applicability and a potential for external collaborations and/or industry sponsorship. Scientists in the Professional Research title series are individuals with mature research portfolios who normally serve as principal investigators on grants and develop a full research program. The position is funded at 50% through university funds and is envisioned as a career position with regular merit and promotion reviews (for more information on the academic review process, please refer to CAPM 600.310 Professional Research Series, and the sections 5.Terms of Service and 6. Eligibility for Review.

The current geophysics group at UC Santa Cruz includes expertise in earthquake mechanics, seismology, structural geology, and geodynamics. The group collaborates with the researchers working on hazards at the USGS Coastal Science Center and seeks to foster further connections there. The group also includes significant connections to community initiatives such as Subduction Zone in Four Dimensions (SZ4D) and Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) that can be strategically complemented by the successful candidate.

The research scientist will be expected to develop their own research program and work collaboratively with existing department members addressing Earth hazards. Science that is complementary to current efforts in the department and community initiatives such as SCEC and SZ4D is of particular interest. Engagement with the active tectonics efforts in the USGS Coastal Center in Santa Cruz is also encouraged.

Applicants with expertise in writing successful grant proposals, excellent interpersonal skills for cultivating collaborations, exceptional communication skills, and strong presentation skills, and/or innovative vision for collaborations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences: https://eps.ucsc.edu

UC Santa Cruz Seismology Laboratory: https://websites.pmc.ucsc.edu/~seisweb/

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in geophysics (or related field) and research experience in seismology or other fields of applied geophysics.

Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of professional references along with their contact information (a minimum of three references are required and a maximum of five references will be considered). The search committee will contact the professional references of those candidates who are under serious consideration.

  • Cover Letter - Briefly summarize your qualifications and interest in the position

  • List of Publications

  • Statement of Research - Outline a vision for your future research program at UCSC, including potential for agency and/or industry collaborations, anticipated projects with graduate students, and your vision's relationship with your research experience and interests.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.


Apply link:

Help contact: lms@ucsc.edu

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

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. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus Health Center site

VISIT UC Santa Cruz: https://www.ucsc.edu

Job location
Santa Cruz, California