Tenure-track Faculty Position in Climate Science with Emphasis on Solutions and Societal Impacts-The Pennsylvania State University

Co-Funded Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science – Institute of Energy and the
Environment- and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Hire in Climate Science with
Emphasis on Solutions and Societal Impacts

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, the Institute of Energy and the Environment,
and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute of The Pennsylvania State University invite
applications for a tenure-track faculty position in climate science with emphasis on solutions and
societal impacts at the rank of Assistant Professor. Improving the representation of atmospheric or
oceanic processes in climate predictions, advancing the theory, observations, and models needed to
develop and evaluate these predictions, and improving our ability to observe and understand the impacts
of ongoing climate change are necessary to advance stakeholder-relevant climate science. We seek an
atmospheric or oceanic scientist whose research will advance climate science and who is motivated by
the need to address the wide-ranging and disproportionate impacts of climate change on society. The
successful candidate’s research may enhance equity and social justice, improve predictions of climate
impacts, or inform adaptation and mitigation strategies. A critical component of the faculty member’s
research will be an active effort to benefit underserved and vulnerable populations.  

We seek a colleague who will develop an externally funded interdisciplinary research program, be a
committed and enthusiastic teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students within and
outside the department, contribute to enhancing department and college activities in diversity, equity, and
inclusion, and become an internationally recognized scholar who serves the public and scientific
communities. The successful candidate should be a collaborative leader who will promote and enhance
excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary research. A Ph.D. in atmospheric or oceanic science or a
related discipline is required by the time of appointment.

This faculty member will benefit from university-wide interdisciplinary initiatives including climate, water
and biogeochemistry, urban systems, energy systems, and health and the environment facilitated by the
Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI).
These initiatives bring together faculty from nine colleges and more than 30 departments, creating a
vibrant environment for interdisciplinary research in energy and environmental issues. This faculty
member will also benefit from potential collaborations and resources provided by the other university-wide
institutes: Social Science Research, Huck Life Sciences, Computational and Data Sciences, Materials
Research, Penn State Cancer, and Clinical and Translational Sciences.

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State relies on the expertise,
sensitivity, and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a
welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working
environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual
orientation, and religious affiliation. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of
fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. We strive to meet the needs of professional
families by actively assisting with partner placement needs of newly hired faculty members.

Applications must be submitted online and include: (1) a cover letter addressed to Professor Kenneth
Davis, Search Committee Chair; (2) a statement that describes the candidate’s research interests and
plans. This statement should clearly address the candidate’s emphasis on solutions and societal impacts,
and explain how the candidate’s research will address the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable
communities; (3) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, including existing courses that you
would like to teach and new courses or programs that you would like to develop; (4) a diversity statement
explaining how you will contribute to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at Penn State; (5) a
curriculum vitae, and (6) the names, email and physical addresses of four references. Applications from
women and under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. 
Review of applicants will begin on 12/1/2023 and the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries about
the position may be directed to Kenneth Davis, at kjd10@psu.edu.

Apply online at: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/Penn-State-University-

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