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Assistant Professor in Lithosphere Dynamics

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Faculty Los Angeles, California

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship in lithospheric geoscience, to complement existing strengths in thermochronology, surface processes, and earthquake science. We seek an outstanding emerging scholar poised to tackle the complexity of lithospheric deformation processes from new perspectives, including a combination of field observations with recently developed analytical techniques and integration across traditional sub-disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain and further develop the undergraduate and graduate curricula in solid-Earth geoscience in areas potentially including, but not limited to, field methods, structural geology, petrology, rock mechanics, and/or geochronology.

Located in central Los Angeles, USC serves a transnational student body and provides numerous opportunities to engage the local community in research, teaching, and service. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are core values at USC and in our department. Candidates from historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to advancing DEI ideals in their research, teaching, and/or service.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and the demonstrated ability to conduct compelling independent research and to attract external research funding. The review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, the contact information for 3-5 references, and research, teaching, and DEI statements, each not exceeding 3 pages. Information on USC’s commitment to DEI in the STEM fields can be found at In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the "Apply" link at the top or bottom of this page. For more information, please contact Prof Sylvain Barbot (, chair of the search committee.

USC 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, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

REQ20107520 Posted Date: 09/27/2021

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