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Research Assistant Professor in Tectonics, University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Apply before: 30 May 2024

Tectonics, Research Assistant Professor

Department of Geology and Environmental Science
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States)

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor position. We are seeking a talented and creative research scientist to work on integrating deformation, exhumation, and landscape evolution.

This appointment will work closely with the Tectonics group of Professor Nadine McQuarrie, studying the geometry, kinematic evolution, exhumation, and topographic development of compressional mountains. The research focus of the Tectonics group at the University of Pittsburgh is quantitatively linking the kinematics derived from balanced cross-sections to 1) thermal advection-diffusion models that calculate potential temperature-time paths and resulting thermochronologic ages recorded at the earth’s surface, and 2) surface process models to assess the ability of proposed kinematics to replicate modern topography.

This is a 2-year term appointment, with the possibility of an extension for one additional year and is in the non-tenured appointment stream. The start date is September 1, 2024.

Candidate responsibilities:
While the candidate’s specific research directions are flexible, the position will involve creating kinematic models of deformation, running model simulations in Pecube, Cascade, or Fastscape, and analyzing the output. The candidate will maintain accurate and comprehensive files documenting model runs, results and outlining workflow. Work documentation as well as displaying and interpreting data and output graphically is critical.

Qualifications for the Research Assistant Professor position include:

  • A Ph.D. in Geoscience with a focus on tectonics and/or surface processes is required.
  • A publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in kinematic restoration and/or a background in quantitative geomorphology.
  • Proficiency in Matlab or Python is preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating excellent organizational, communication and mentorship skills.  This role is designated as onsite and requires incumbents to report to work at the University of Pittsburgh.

How to Apply:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by May 30, 2024. However, applications will be accepted for the duration of the search. Applicants can apply online at:

Candidates should submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Statement of research interests outlining your qualifications for this position and overview of past research experiences,
  • Diversity statement, and
  • name and contact information for 2-3 letters of recommendation.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.

Please contact  Nadine McQuarrie at nmcq {at} with questions

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group