Positions Available

  • Postdoctoral Position: Computational Geodynamics

    Open date: April 1, 2024

    Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral appointment at the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) at the University of California Davis. The position is expected to contribute to the development and support of teaching numerical modeling in geodynamics and towards developing independent research. CIG supports the development and dissemination of software for geophysics and related fields by supporting the infrastructure for the development of open source, community codes. The candidate is encouraged to develop innovative, original, and feasible software engineering and/or software development projects that complement and/or improve our current practices. CIG supports communities in computational science, dynamo, education, long-term tectonics, mantle convection, multiphysics, seismology, seismic cycles, and short-term crustal dynamics.

  • Lori Summa and David Awwiller Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geosciences

    Open date: March 21, 2024

    The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis invites applications for the Lori Summa and David Awwiller Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geosciences. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) provides a world-class, stimulating intellectual and educational environment that prioritizes people. As a community we are committed to conducting cutting-edge research in Earth and Planetary Sciences to address challenging scientific and societal problems. We seek a postdoctoral scholar who has excellent research ideas and skills to conduct a creative, impactful, and collaborative research project with the mentorship of an EPS faculty member. Research areas targeted for this application cycle include (potential mentors in parentheses): cosmochemistry and isotope geochemistry (Yin), multidisciplinary geology/geodynamics project focused on dynamics of forearc deformation in Northern California (Oskin/Billen), geospatial analysis of flood risk and other climate-driven hazards in California with a focus on research, planning, and policy applications (Pinter), time scales and rates of subvolcanic magmatic processes (Cooper), and aqueous isotope geochemistry (Atekwana). Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential mentors well in advance of the application deadline to discuss project ideas and resources available to support the proposed project. The successful applicant will also have $2,000 available to them to support research activities and/or conference travel.


Open date: March 15, 2024

The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate courses and conduct research during the 2024-2025 academic year. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Paleobiology, Geosciences or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have a background in the fields of both Geology and Paleobiology. The successful applicant will teach four undergraduate courses which could include: The Earth (GEL 1; an introductory general education course), Evolution: Science & World View (GEL 4, an introductory general education course), Physical Geology (GEL50/L; an introductory physical geology course), Earth History: Paleobiology (GEL 107; an upper-division course required for majors), Historical Ecology (GEL 144; an upper-division elective for majors), and/or similar courses as needed by the Department (see The candidate should be prepared for some component of this teaching to be online, if necessary due to public health restrictions. The successful applicant will interact closely with Geology as well as Marine and Coastal Sciences majors and have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students within our programs.
The successful applicant will have access to a broad range of facilities in the Department ( ) and associated with interdisciplinary centers across campus. Interactions with the faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students is encouraged.

Open date: March 15, 2024

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program, he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

  • Faculty Position and Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Geophysics
    Open date: 8/25/2023
    Initial Deadline for applications is February 28, 2024
    The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, seeks an outstanding faculty member for the Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Geophysics. This chair will be appointed at the associate or full professor levels and is open applicants from all areas of Earth and planetary geophysics. The Louise H. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Geophysics honors the memory of an inspiring scientist, mentor, and leader, dedicated to increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout the scientific community. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program, to engage students through teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to provide visionary leadership that enriches and expands scientific excellence in the geophysics community and beyond. The successful candidate will be appointed as an academic year (9 month) tenured faculty at the appropriate level and must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Earth and planetary sciences or a related field, and a least 5 years of relevant professional experience following award of the Ph.D.

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.