[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant Professor of Volcano Seismology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Mon Aug 13 08:26:47 MDT 2018



Assistant Professor of Volcano Seismology

CLASSIFICATION:Assistant Professor (F9)
WORK TYPE:Faculty Full-time
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT:University of Alaska Fairbanks
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT:Geophysical Institute
CATEGORIES:Education/Instructional, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Geophysical Institute (GI) and Department of Geosciences at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) are seeking a new, tenure-track volcano
seismology faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.


The workload will consist of three parts; teaching, research, and service.
Teaching: 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. Research: 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. 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.

The Geophysical Institute (GI) and Department of Geosciences at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) are seeking a new, tenure-track volcano
seismology faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
The successful applicant will work as part of the Alaska Volcano Observatory
(AVO) and will help with the modernization of AVO's seismic network and
associated research and processing. The new hire will split time between
teaching and research, with 1/4 time teaching (3-4 credits per 9 month
academic year) and 3/4 research. The new faculty member will also support
UAF's service and outreach mission. After an initial startup period, the new
hire will be expected to raise additional research support from external
grant agencies apart from AVO by leading and collaborating on proposals for
innovative new research. The initial startup period is largely supported by
AVO to assist with the remaining analog-digital conversion of its remote
seismic network.

We invite candidates with a Ph.D. in volcano seismology or related field.
Candidates should have a keen interest in research and monitoring volcanoes
in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, and working closely with AVO partners at
the state and federal level. Alaska is home to over 54 historically active
volcanoes, with an average of over two eruptions per year that is in part
monitored by over 200 AVO seismic stations. Abundant research and
collaborative opportunities exist at the GI, with the Alaska Earthquake
Center and the Wilson Alaska Technical Center and research groups in other
areas of earth, atmospheric, and space sciences. Teaching will be at the
graduate and undergraduate level, and the successful applicant will be
expected to advise graduate students.

-This position has a 1/4 time teaching appointment at the Department of
Geosciences, which corresponds to 3-4 teaching credits per academic year.
The additional 3/4 time is research and service and will be based at the GI
and AVO.

-The faculty member will work as part of the Alaska Volcano Observatory
(AVO), with an emphasis on assisting with the modernization of AVO's seismic
network and associated processing. The new hire will primarily focus much of
their initial time at AVO on data quality of the new digital stations,
development of new tools and research products, and assistance with the
integration of these new stations into
AVO's monitoring tools. Close collaboration is expected with AVO state and
federal partner agencies.

-The faculty member will be expected to generate a successful research
program in seismology that integrates with UAF, the GI, and AVO. External
research grants and support from other agencies (e.g. NSF) is also expected
after the initial start-up period.

-The faculty member will advise and guide graduate and undergraduate

-The faculty member will engage in service activities at the university,
public, and professional level.

-The new hire will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level,
depending on experience. They will need to demonstrate teaching experience,
a strong research record, and prospects for future funding and research

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

Application  Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae
to include a list of publications, teaching statement, research statement,
and contact information for three professional references with your
application.  The review of this posting will start on 9/9/2018, at 11:55 PM
Alaska Time. Applications received after this date may not be considered
until another position becomes available or if a qualified candidate is not

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office
of Human Resources at 907-474-7194 or 907-474-7999. Applicants needing
reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening
process should contact the UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

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

Union Representation:
This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees
are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions
they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of
time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer
and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate
on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age,
sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital
status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical
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status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against
sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for
admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and
complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination
available at  <http://www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination>



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