Assistant Professor Polar Paleoclimatology

Corvallis, Oregon
Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Aug 22, 2018
Sep 21, 2018
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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Assistant Professor Polar Paleoclimatology 

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon invites applications full-time (twelve-month) tenure track assistant professor position in paleoclimatology and the Quaternary history of the polar regions. This position is anticipated to begin winter or spring 2019.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain a vigorous, externally funded program that complements or strengthens existing CEOAS research programs and that employs a full range of approaches to reconstructing past climate from polar ice cores and linkages between high latitude and global processes, including developing novel geochemical approaches for climate reconstruction using trapped gases and other proxies, quantitative analysis of paleoclimate time series, and field work in polar regions. This candidate is expected to raise significant external research funds and to teach lower-division, non-major courses in climate change related topics and/or upper division/graduate courses that center around paleoclimate data analysis, glaciology, or topics related to their research specialty.

It is expected that the incumbent will secure external research funding to support 60% of their full-time salary. For research-focused positions, it is CEOAS policy to confer indefinite tenure when promoted to Full Professor, with the indefinite tenure granted on a 12-month, 0.75 FTE appointment basis.

OSU maintains an institution wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, and seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. The OSU benefit packageincludes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement, as well as a program for reduced tuition for qualified dependent. 


70% - Research/Scholarship:Establish and maintain an externally funded program of scholarly research in the area of polar paleoclimatology, with an emphasis on reconstructing past climate from polar ice cores by using novel geochemical analyses of trapped ice core gases, by applying quantitative analysis of paleoclimate time series, and carrying out field work in the polar regions. Work towards distinction in research as evidenced by national and international recognition. Publish scholarly work in peer‐reviewed, top‐ranked journals, conference proceedings, and books appropriate to the area of interest. Disseminate research results by participation at national and international professional conferences and symposia. Supervise research staff, graduate research assistants, and/or student employees, as needed. 

20% - Teaching:Teach and develop high quality, lower-division non-major, upper division major, and/or graduate courses in areas of climate change, paleoclimate data analysis, glaciology and/or topics related to the research specialty. Mentor and advise undergraduates, graduate students, and/or post‐doctoral scholars. Develop courses designed to promote experiential learning and success of students from diverse backgrounds. Supervise graduate teaching assistants, as needed. OSU is on a quarter system. Teaching duties will include 1-2 courses every year.

10% - Service:Provide service to the discipline, College, university, and national and international communities to sustain and promote their research and educational missions, through committee memberships, reviews, and research planning and leadership activities. Assist in efforts to make research results available and accessible to the public. Contribute to educational equity by providing opportunities for students from underrepresented groups; enable the advancement of diverse perspectives; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion both within the College and in activities in the larger academic community, including efforts promoting equitable outcomes among learners of diverse and underrepresented identity groups.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in the Earth or Physical Sciences. 

Demonstrated strong scholarly ability as evidenced by a record of peer-reviewed publications in internationally-renowned journal publications.

A clearly defined research agenda in paleoclimatology and the Quaternary history of the polar regions.

Demonstrated ability for establishing a multi-year, externally-funded research program.

A commitment to educational equity in a multicultural setting, to advancing the participation of diverse groups, and to supporting diverse perspectives.

Demonstrated ability or significant potential for teaching excellence and commitment to student success that benefits the graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Demonstrated ability or significant potential for teaching in areas of climate change, paleoclimate data analysis, glaciology and/or topics related to the successful applicant’s research specialties.

Demonstrated ability or significant potential for mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars.

Proficiency in oral and written English.

Preferred Qualifications:

Post-graduate professional experience in the relevant field.

Participation in national and international research and development teams.

Potential to develop trans-disciplinary collaborations, demonstrated through commitment to scientific exchange with colleagues in distinct scientific disciplines.

Experience in teaching that focuses on data analyses in geosciences.

Working Conditions:

This position may require working in office, classroom, laboratory, and/or field environments. Field work may require working in rough terrain, inclement weather, and strenuous environments and conditions. The ability to travel as needed to advance research program may be required.

Application closing date: 09/21/2018.

To apply: go to posting P02418UF.  

For information regarding the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences please visit

Whenapplyingyou will be requiredto attachthefollowingelectronic documents:

  1. CV, including a detailed record of successful grant applications and pending proposals.
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
  3. Statement of current and proposed research interests.
  4. Statement of teaching experience and how the candidate would contribute to teaching at CEOAS.
  5. Statement of how the candidate would contribute to the OSU commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community.

Inquiriesabout the position may be directed to

University and Community:
Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant University and is one of only two in the U.S. to have Sea GrantSpace Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.  As Oregon’s leading public research university, with $263 million in external funding in the 2013 fiscal year, Oregon State’s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 County Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion. Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 30,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries, choosing from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 offered online through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.
Oregon State is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of Western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible.  Oregon is a world-class destination for outdoor-active lifestyles, with Corvallis offering unparalleled close-proximity access to montane, aquatic and marine environments supporting pursuit of activities such as surfing, boating, skiing, biking, hiking, and climbing, among many others.
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OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, and individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.