Assistant Professor in Solid Earth Geoscience – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship in Solid Earth Geoscience, with research interests in the dynamic evolution of the Earth’s crust and lithosphere.  The successful candidate will form part of an emerging group of geoscientists focusing on a sustainable future, such as sources of critical minerals and geological reservoirs for carbon sequestration.  Areas of research specialization may include, but are not limited to, rock deformation at all scales, petrology, high-temperature geochemistry, or geochronology.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and graduate level in at least one of Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry, and Field Geology. USC offers exciting opportunities for collaboration and interaction with researchers and teachers in the Department of Earth Sciences, the Environmental Studies Program, the adjacent Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and a world-leading group in Environmental Justice.  The university hosts numerous world-class facilities including those for imaging and chemical analyses.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and the demonstrated ability to conduct compelling independent research and to attract external research funding. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, the contact information for 3-5 references, and research, teaching, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (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.  The review of applications will begin on October 31, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Professor John Platt (, chair of the search committee.

The annual base salary range for this nine-month position is $109,250 – $115,300. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

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