Assistant Professor: Remote Sensing of Water

Corvallis, Oregon
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 02, 2018
Nov 01, 2018
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The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a focus on remote sensing of water. This position can be structured as a traditional 9-month, 1.0 FTE (full-time equivalent) faculty position, or alternatively as a 12-month position at 0.75 FTE. In either case, there is an expectation that the successful candidate will secure funding to augment the university-provided salary.

We seek a colleague who will develop and maintain a vigorous, externally-funded research program in the remote sensing of water, including snow and ice, and who will teach high-quality undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful applicant is expected to use novel remote sensing approaches to observe and model the spatial and temporal patterns of water stock and surface and subsurface fluxes of water to/from the oceans, vegetation, soil, snow and ice, aquifers, surface water bodies, and watersheds across all scales in the landscape. Spatial and temporal distributions and fluxes of water are of increasing relevance for understanding climate dynamics and water scarcity for ecosystems and humans. The successful applicant will help lead major innovative search directions in CEOAS linking atmosphere, vegetation, hydrosphere, and human systems. We seek an outstanding scholar to develop cutting-edge strategies to combine remote sensing technologies with direct measurements, existing or new.  This could involve using spatial and temporal data on water storage to model and infer fluxes of moisture to and from the atmosphere, to understand vegetation water stress, human withdrawals of water from surface and subsurface reservoirs, to anticipate emergent drought conditions, and/or to understand or predict other natural hazards or impacts on humans. The successful applicant will devise new applications and analyses for linking traditional remotely-sensed imagery with novel technologies to clarify interactions between water, climate, terrestrial landscapes, and human systems.

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. OSU is recognized as a center of national excellence in water studies, and CEOAS is a leader in the cross-campus water network. The successful applicant will join the large group of outstanding CEOAS scientists and will be expected to teach at all levels in our undergraduate and graduate curriculum and contribute to the advising and mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching remote sensing of water through an understanding of the spatial and temporal fluxes of water and an understanding of the physical principles underlying remote sensing methods, and build a vibrant, externally funded research program. The position will help maintain CEOAS as a key player within a high profile and extensive campus-wide framework of water-related studies, and position CEOAS for addressing critical issues related to anticipated hydrological changes at local to global levels. The critical importance of water science at OSU is recognized through strategic plans (see OSU’s Vision2030 document), and an upcoming philanthropic focus on water. The College is developing a new interdisciplinary focus on preparing for natural hazards in a changing world, and candidates with relevant expertise are particularly encouraged to apply.

For academic-track positions, it is CEOAS policy to confer indefinite tenure when promoted to Associate Professor, with indefinite tenure granted on either a 9-month, 1.0 FTE or 12-month, 0.75 FTE appointment basis.

Requirements include Ph.D. in physical geography, water resources, geospatial science, earth sciences, environmental sciences, or other related disciplines by the start of employment.  OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.  To review the complete announcement and to submit application documents see, posting # P02493UF.  For full consideration apply by 11/16/2018.