Associate or Full Professor position in Earthquake Science – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Department of Earth Sciences in Dornsife College at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor position in Earthquake Science. We seek candidates with a successful record of independent research, leadership skills, and a strong interest and vision in developing a system-level understanding of earthquake processes and ground motions from seismologic, geodetic, and geologic observations. The successful candidate will initiate new programs in earthquake research, education, and community engagement with the expectation that over a period of time they will assume leadership of the Statewide California Earthquake Center (SCEC). 

USC has been the headquarters of SCEC since its inception more than three decades ago. During that time, SCEC has become a global leader in coordinating research on fundamental earthquake processes with applications to seismic hazard, and has pioneered related education and engagement activities. The successful candidate will lead the SCEC community to evolve the vision and scope of the Center’s activities.

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, in the Earth Sciences department, and across SCEC. Candidates from historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, the contact information for 3-5 references, and research, teaching, SCEC vision, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statements. 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 May 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Professor Frank Corsetti, chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at USC.

The annual base salary range for this position is $148,750 – $212,500. 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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