Visiting Assistant Professor in Paleobiology

University of California Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

United States

Visiting Assistant Professor in Paleobiology

Job #JPF04641
  • EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES / Mathematical and Physical Sciences / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: January 24th, 2022

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

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 2022-2023 academic year, with the possibility of renewal through academic year 2023-2024. 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 Paleobiology and who demonstrate an interest in and ability to conduct research in Paleobiology and/or Paleoecology in an Earth science context.
The successful applicant will teach four undergraduate courses per year which could include: Evolution and Paleobiology of Dinosaurs (GEL 12; an introductory general education course), The Earth (GEL 1; an introductory general education 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.

This position has a maximum duration of 2 years and is not tenure-track. The annual salary for this position is $72,200. To apply, submit the following electronically to:
● Cover letter
● CV
● Statement of teaching experience and interests, including approaches to promoting equity and inclusion for a diverse student body (see and to teaching partially online if required due to public health restrictions.
● Statement of contributions to diversity, which can expand on information in the teaching statement or focus on other aspects of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Advice and context for these statements can be found here:
● Statement of research
● Names and addresses of three references
For more information about the department, see Questions concerning the submission of application materials should be directed to Brittany Gary ( This position will be “open until filled,” however for full consideration, completed application materials should be submitted by March 6, 2022.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply including women, individuals from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Paleobiology, Geosciences or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Preference will be given to candidates who have a background in the fields of Paleobiology and who demonstrate an interest in and ability to conduct research in Paleobiology and/or Paleoecology in an Earth science context.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA

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