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Assistant/Associate Professor in Climate Modeling

The Search

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington invites applications for a tenure-track position in climate modeling to begin in Fall 2018. Applicants with strengths in earth system modeling, large-scale climate dynamics, land-climate-ocean interactions, or paleoclimate and evolution of Earth’s atmosphere are especially encouraged to apply. Global modeling experience and potential for using IU’s exceptional high performance computing system will be considered strong assets. The successful candidate will establish an internationally recognized, externally funded academic research program, and have a strong interest in graduate and undergraduate instruction including mentoring of M.S. and Ph.D. student research. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field prior to employment. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 8, 2017 but they will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. P. David Polly, Search Committee Chair (pdpolly@indiana.edu).

Application instructions

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 8, 2017 but they will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Interested candidates should review the job description and submit a full CV, statement of research, and statement of teaching online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4336.

The search committee is composed of Simon Brassell (simon@indiana.edu), Douglas Edmonds (edmondsd@indiana.edu), Chanh Kieu (ckieu@indiana.edu), David Polly, Search Committee Chair (pdpolly@indiana.edu), and Paul Staten (pwstaten@indiana.edu). Prospective candidates are welcome to contact any member of the search committee.

Prepared for Environmental Change and the IU Grand Challenges

This hire is part of IU’s Grand Challenge initiative entitled Prepared for Environmental Change, a multi-million dollar investment in research that seeks to tackle problems arising from large-scale environmental change that have an impact on Indiana. The successful candidate will join a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, including 16 faculty hires, who are engaged in this collaborative program and will have opportunity for internal funds through the initiative. Interest in multidisciplinary collaboration is expected.

Indiana and the world will experience unparalleled environmental change that will threaten public health, species diversity, and the resilience of natural and built environments. This initiative aims to prepare the state to be resilient in the face of environmental change by improving scientific understanding and developing pragmatic solutions that are cognizant of shifting social, cultural, and political landscapes. Its overarching goals include:

  1. Accurate projections of climatic, hydrographic, biotic, and disease risk change.
  2. New ways of measuring public risk perception and communicating implications of environmental change, motivating citizen preparedness.
  3. Innovative strategies for conserving wildlife and natural resources, and designing greener, more disaster-resilient human communities.
  4. Strategies for governments and businesses to invest productively in agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and public health in the face of large-scale environmental change

This position adds to the IU community of Earth system modelers and is one of two faculty hires in climate modeling. This Grand Challenge aims to put IU at the forefront of modeling global change. IU already has considerable strength in the form of atmospheric scientists who work on storm systems and upper atmospheric circulation, fluvial sedimentologists who work on the dynamics of stream and river systems, hydrologists who work on ground water, and species distribution modelers who work on responses of organisms to changing environments. New hires in climate modeling at global and regional scales, vegetation modeling, and disaster and risk modeling will position IU not only to address problems relating to Indiana, but also to conduct fundamental research related to critical and internationally-relevant issues in biology, geology, atmospheric science, geography, anthropology, environmental history, economics, urban planning, and agriculture.

University Resources

IU offers many resources that will support this position. Our high-performance parallel computing facilities includes the new Big Red II machine that ranks as one of the world's fastest 70 supercomputers. Our program is diverse and has excellent office and laboratory spaces in the new Multidisciplinary Science Building to facilitate development, operation, and testing of meteorological instrumentation. The Atmospheric Science Program has instrumentation at a number of sites managed by the Integrated Program in the Environment including the Morgan-Monroe State Forest site that was established in 1997 under a grant from the Department of Energy. The site is home to a meteorological tower and provides access to a wide range of research projects and instrumentation. The Grand Challenges program also offers support for projects aligned with its aims.

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University is a multidisciplinary earth sciences group made up of 19 faculty, five research scientists, three lecturers, and many adjunct faculty, post-docs and graduate students. The department has research strengths in atmospheric sciences, sedimentary geology, geobiology, biogeochemistry, hydrogeology and environmental sciences, geophysics and tectonics, mineralogy, and economic geology.

The mission of the Department is to promote excellence in faculty and student research activities that advance fundamental understanding in the geosciences and its interdisciplinary interfaces, to propagate the application of this knowledge to address issues of societal importance, to provide effective, innovative, and marketable career training for undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences and interrelated disciplines, and to promulgate the study of the Earth as an integral component of a liberal education in the arts and sciences.

The current research activities of students and faculty in our Department reflect an interdisciplinary tradition of enquiry. Our investigations strive to advance the fundamental understanding of Earth sciences by utilizing combinations of analytical, experimental, computational, and observational tools to build knowledge of materials and processes, elucidate the evolutionary progression of life, interpret records of Earth's history and climate, characterize its natural resources, and assess the environmental impact of human activities. The focus of these efforts spans the enormity of geological time from the Archaean to the Holocene, explores spatial scales that vary from atomic to global, and addresses geographical realms that range from the tropics to both polar regions, from continents to oceans, from Earth's surface to deep beneath it, and extends to the Moon and to Mars.

Our Department offers B.S. and B.A. baccalaureate degree programs, an honors undergraduate program, M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees centered on research dissertations, and partners with other programs in the B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences. The breadth of our undergraduate and graduate teaching both fosters geoscience education and provides exceptional learning opportunities, encompassing foundation courses in core aspects of geological sciences that are complemented by specialized training in evolving subdisciplines. Many of our courses include fieldwork, most notably those that are taught at the Judson Mead IU Geologic Field Station, which serves as our permanent field campus in Montana.

Atmospheric Science at Indiana University is a dynamic program with exciting opportunities to undertake field, laboratory or modeling research. The program integrates research across scales, from boundary layer turbulence to mesoscale phenomena including deep moist convection to global circulation dynamics. Our faculty members actively conduct research in radiative forcing and climate change, tropical cyclone morphology using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, and satellite remote sensing and GPS occultation methods.

About Indiana University

Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. For our traditions like the world-famous Little 500 bicycle race and our commitment to emerging technologies, IU was named the "Hottest Big State School" in 2005 by Newsweek, America’s Hot Colleges.

Thomas Gaines called the IU Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful in the nation in The Campus as a Work of Art. Most prospective students who see our campus apply for admission. Abundant trees, flowers, and Indiana limestone buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century cover the nearly 2,000 acres of campus. Dunn Woods, the Arboretum, and the Jordan River provide a natural laboratory and breathtaking scenery.

About Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana, is the arts and cultural hub of the Midwest. While IU’s amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city’s cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right. Bloomington residents and IU students, faculty, and staff form a vibrant, active community that benefits from the metropolitan qualities of a large city and the easy pace of a small town.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Enhancing diversity within our faculty and students is an important aspect of department and college strategic planning.