Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Open Rank Faculty Position Opening

Posted: October 30, 2012

The Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor invites applications for an open rank, tenure or tenure-track faculty position. We welcome applicants who are working in the intersections between the physically based understandings, monitoring, or predictions of global or regional climate changes and the implications of such changes for water, energy, or other socio-economic policies. Applicants working on physical, chemical, or biogeochemical aspects of these issues are all encouraged to apply. Relevant areas are, but not limited to, (1) understanding, quantifying, and reducing parametric and structural uncertainties in earth system modeling for improving climate projections, (2) understanding extreme weather events or other low-probability-high-impact events in the context of future climate change and improving the assessment of their social-economic impacts, (3) climate variability and its impact on regional water and energy policies, (4) climate monitoring for climate policy needs and policy evaluations.

This position was awarded to the Department under the Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hire initiative of the University.  The Cluster Hire includes one other position in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment with a focus on Modeling and Assessment of Climate Change and Impacts. Successful candidates will work in their primary disciplinary area but will ideally also contribute to the development of greater cohesion among the diverse group of faculty with relevant research interest across the entire university.

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop a widely recognized and externally funded research program, (2) supervise graduate students in research and (3) participate in the teaching mission of the Department and the College at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates capable of developing collaborative relationships in research and teaching are of particular interest.  A PhD in a subject of climate sciences or relevant discipline is required. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and a list of at least four references. For full consideration applications in a single PDF file should be received before December 1st, 2012. Applications and questions concerning this position should be directed to aossiasearch@umich.edu.

The AOSS department currently consists of 24 tenure or tenure-track faculty and 132 graduate students with annual research expenditures of about $20 million. It offers an exciting research and teaching environment with wide scope and rich expertise within the Department as well as diversified interdisciplinary opportunities within the University. Research conducted within the Department covers glaciology, atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, radiative transfer and remote sensing, as well as upper atmospheric physics, mesosphere-to-ionosphere coupling, and space weather. Strong expertise exists in instrumentation and observation, numerical simulations, as well as theoretical studies. In addition to the regular PhD program, the AOSS department also offers Master of Engineering programs in Applied Climate and Space Engineering. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has 19 schools and colleges in total. AOSS faculty have ongoing collaborations with researchers and faculty in many other nationally top-ranked programs within the University, including other engineering departments, the School of Nature Resources and the Environment, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the School of Public Health, School of Information, and the Ross School of Business.
 
The College is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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