Postdoc Opportunity at Arizona State University
Arizona State University, Arizona, United States
Apply before: 18 October 2023

I write to invite applications for a postdoc to join my group to lead an NSF-funding project looking at climatic and threshold controls on canyon cutting across the Hawaiian islands in a collaboration with Elowyn Yager (University of Idaho) and Darryl Granger (Purdue University).

Please consider the position described below.
Kelin Whipple, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Surface Processes
The Surface Processes Group in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to join their team. The successful candidate will join a team working to forward a quantitative understanding of how climate and geomorphic thresholds are manifest in landscape evolution, with focus on the history, rates, and mechanisms of canyon cutting in the Hawaiian islands. The research effort will be collaborative with teams from the University of Idaho and Purdue University and will encompass field observations in remote, boulder-rich canyons, analysis of drone imaging, mapping and geochronology of volcanic deposits, and determining erosion rates from cosmogenic isotopic concentrations. The anticipated start date for the position is on or before January 6, 2024. The position includes a competitive stipend with health benefits. The initial appointment is for one year with subsequent renewal for a second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources.

Essential duties of the position
The successful applicant will (1) conduct field research on river-bed conditions, erosion processes and rates, the role of extreme events, and on the history of canyon incision, (2) document, present and publish results, (3) participate in outreach activities, and (4) coordinate collaborative field research activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. by the time of appointment in the Earth Sciences or related field and a background in surface processes.
  • Candidates must be within five years from receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students, and communities to advance the ASU Charter.

Desired Qualifications

  • Expertise in landscape evolution, bedrock channel incision, extreme events, or sediment transport
  • Proficiency in analysis of digital topographic and image data
  • A strong record of research achievement and publication
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit to Apply - Interfolio ( and include the following:

  • A cover letter including contact information for three references
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A research statement not longer than two pages
  • One or more paper(s) exemplifying the applicant’s research

Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be October 13, 2023. Letters of reference will be requested with a deadline of October 30, 2023. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool will be reviewed in the order in which they are received until the position is closed.

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Kelin X. Whipple, Professor
Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
Room ISTB4 777, BLDG75, 781 East Terrace Mall P.O. Box 876004
Tempe, AZ 85287-6004, USA

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