Utah State University

Assistant or Associate Professor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 8 months ago(7/19/2022 1:27 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
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College of Science
Advertised Salary
commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University (USU), Logan, invites applications for an academic-year (9-month), tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Solid Earth Geohazards, anticipated to begin August 2023. Qualified applicants may be considered at the Associate level. We seek candidates who conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and quantitative investigation of Earth processes that contribute to geologic hazards. Disciplinary expertise may include but is not limited to neotectonics, paleoseismology, geodesy, structural geology and lithospheric deformation, and subduction-zone geohazards.


The position involves academic research (50%), teaching (40%) graduate and undergraduate courses, advising/mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and service (10%) to the academic community. Successful candidates will complement our department’s current strengths and demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in research and scholarly leadership through development of a dynamic, externally funded research program. Candidates are expected to contribute to our core undergraduate and graduate curriculum. We are especially interested in candidates committed to mentoring and advancing diverse and inclusive graduate and undergraduate research programs. The successful candidate may join faculty members in USU’s College of Science JEDI STEM Collaboratory to enhance Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM fields.


Minimum qualifications:

  1. By the start date, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geosciences, Geophysics, Geology, or a closely related field.
  2. Evidence of established or emerging research streams with publication and funding potential.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Postdoctoral experience strongly preferred.
  2. Record of success or potential in teaching and mentoring.
  3. Evidence of ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusivity among geoscience communities.

Minimum and preferred qualifications for the Associate Professor rank include those listed for the research Assistant Professor level as well as:

  1. A consistent and strong record of research funding over a period of at least five to seven years.
  2. A consistent and strong record of peer-reviewed publications and other research products over a period of at least five to seven years.
  3. Recognition as a national expert in their respective field by peer scientists.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1) Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded under Resume/CV

2) Cover letter

3) Statement of research interests and vision

4) Statement of teaching philosophy, experiences, and interests

5) Statement of contributions and vision of approach toward diversity, equity, and inclusion

6) One representative publication 

7) Names and contact information for three references


#2-6 to be uploaded under Other Documents 1-10


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Geosciences is a vibrant and growing Earth science program with 15 faculty and four lecturers that hosts postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists (://geo.usu.edu/). The department offers dissertation/thesis-based PhD and MSc degrees, as well as a professional Master’s option. Research resources include a new rock deformation and fault mechanics lab; laboratories for luminescence dating, light stable isotope, ICP-MS, and X-ray analyses; a microscopy lab with a Raman spectrometer, petrographic and stereoscopes; mineral separation facilities; a field-emission scanning electron microscope, and a new microCT scanner.


Earth science research at USU is enhanced by collaborative opportunities with other USU departments and research centers, including the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Watershed Sciences; Plants, Soils, and Climate; the Ecology Center; and the Utah Climate Center.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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