Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology

Overview

The Climate Science Program and the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate invites applications for a tenure-track, academic year (9-month) faculty appointment in atmospheric science and meteorology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will be defined as approximately 65% research, 30% teaching, and 5% service. We are searching for an applied scientist who is capable of interfacing between studies of drought prediction and large-scale meteorological phenomena. A modeling background from the perspective of data assimilation would be an advantage. Applicants with on-going activities in climate research of the western U.S. are particularly encouraged. The candidate must have experience in teaching upper-division meteorological courses such as dynamic meteorology and synoptic meteorology. The position is co-funded by and will be affiliated with USU’s interdisciplinary Ecology Center and will be affiliated with the Utah Climate Center. The estimated start date for this position is August 1, 2020.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities
  • Create and lead an externally funded research program of applied climate science that interfaces between studies of drought prediction and large-scale meteorological phenomena.
  • Teach upper division meteorological courses such as dynamic meteorology, atmospheric thermodynamics, physics of climate, and synoptic meteorology.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology or closely related field
  • The candidate must have experience in teaching upper-division meteorological courses such as dynamic meteorology, atmospheric thermodynamics, physics of climate, and synoptic meteorology.
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills and interactions with other inter-discipline curricula, such as those programs at Utah State University within the Ecology Center and the Climate Adaptation Science
Preferred Qualifications
  • A modeling background from the perspective of data assimilation would be an advantage.
  • Applicants with an interest in or on-going activities in climate research in the western U.S. are particularly encouraged.
  • Post-doctoral experience
  • Track record of both collaborative and independent research
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Demonstrated background in studying regional drought dynamics, prediction, and weather linkages.
  • Proficiency in computer programming, modeling, and statistics as the research tool.
  • Knowledge in remote sensing techniques and data resources.
  • The candidate must have experience in teaching upper-division meteorological courses.

Required Documents

  • Current CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  • Names, email address and telephone numbers of three references
  • Cover Letter – That includes a description of your research & teaching experiences to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  • Concise personal statement describing your vision for research and education in climate science to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under “Research Statement”
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Based on Experience with Excellent Benefits

ADA

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant University. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, and a statewide campus system featuring two comprehensive regional colleges, as well as four regional campuses and 28 additional centers located throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.
A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.
The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.
USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the University’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.

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