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Assistant/Associate Professor in Regional Climate Modeling

The Search

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate level in regional climate modeling to begin in Fall 2019. Applicants with strengths in a broad range of earth system modeling, climate dynamics, or land-atmospheric coupled models are encouraged to apply. Experience with regional climate downscaling and high-performance computing will be considered strong assets. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field prior to employment. 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 (see below).

Application instructions

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2018 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 teaching, and names of three references online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/6540.

The search committee is composed of Chanh Kieu, Search Committee Chair (ckieu@indiana.edu), Kaj Johnson (kajjohns@indiana.edu), Paul Staten (pwstaten@indiana.edu), Ben Kravitz (ben.kravitz.work@gmail.com), and Cody Kirkpatrick (codykirk@indiana.edu). Prospective candidates are welcome to contact any member of the search committee.

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.

Prepared for Environmental Change and the IU Grand Challenges

This hire is part of a cluster hire under IU’s Grand Challenge initiative entitled Prepared for Environmental Change (https://grandchallenges.iu.edu/environmental-change), a multi-million dollar investment by the university in research administered by the Environmental Resilience Institute (https://eri.iu.edu), which seeks to develop the accurate predictions, feasible solutions, and effective communication necessary to enhance resiliency to environmental change. The successful candidate will join a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities 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 specifically in climate modeling. The 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 be affiliated with the Grand Challenge-sponsored Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI, https://eri.iu.edu/), which positions 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 (https://kb.iu.edu/d/bcqt). 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 successful candidate will have free access to this IU’s exceptional high performance computing system for all research and teaching activities. The Atmospheric Science Program also 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 an AmeriFlux and 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 (http://earth.indiana.edu) is a multidisciplinary earth sciences group made up of 20 faculty, five research scientists, three lecturers, Indiana Geological Survey nearby, 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. 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 (http://earth.indiana.edu/atmospheres/faculty.html) 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 state-of-the-art global and regional modelling systems, 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. Graduate programs at Indiana University are recognized by U.S. News and World Report and QS World University in their annual rankings, with several schools and department ranked as top ten programs in the US (http://archive.news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2017/03/us-news-graduate-school-rankings.shtml).

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.