Assistant Professor

Auburn, Alabama (US)
Sep 23, 2020
Nov 22, 2020
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The Department of Geosciences at Auburn University invites applications for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Paleoclimatology, beginning in the Fall Semester 2021. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in geosciences or a related field at the time of appointment. Areas of research focus may include, but are not limited to, (1) utilization of key geological (e.g., sediments, tree rings, corals, speleothems) and geochemical (e.g., stable isotope and trace element paleoclimate proxies) records to investigate the mechanisms and rates of Earth’s climate change, (2) modeling the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to  changes and uncertainties in natural (e.g., volcanic emissions, methane hydrate stability, etc.) and anthropogenic forcing (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions), (3) connecting past climate of various time scales to the present and predicting future climate, and/or (4) validation of climate and earth system models. Preference will be given to databased paleoclimatologists who use isotope ratio-MS as their primary research tool. We seek a dynamic individual who will play a strong role in propelling our growing Earth System Science (ESS) Ph.D. program and participate actively in the Auburn University Climate, Human, and Earth System Science (CHESS) Interdisciplinary Initiative. Collaborative CHESS research programs that are regional or global in scope are currently active with faculty in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, and College of Liberal Arts. New faculty with expertise in Paleoclimatology will complement the University’s considerable existing expertise in the areas of climate change sciences, geochemistry, sedimentology, hydrology, and petroleum geology. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, publish scholarly work, and advise graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will also teach graduate and undergraduate courses based on their expertise. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience of teaching Earth system and global change related courses to support our ESS PhD program. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are necessary. The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on the date the appointment is scheduled to begin (August 2021) and must be able to continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Applications must include the applicant’s curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and the names and contact information of at least three references, as well as up to 2 pages each for the cover letter/letter of application, the statement of research interests, the statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and the statement of inclusion. The College of Sciences and Mathematics is committed to providing resources to enhance awareness and appreciation of cultural and individual diversity, promote community, and prepare students, faculty, and staff to have a global impact in STEM. In the statement of inclusion, describe how your past and/or potential contributions in teaching, research, and/or service will advance COSAM’s mission of creating an inclusive environment. This should include 1) Statement of values as they relate to your understanding and commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity in STEM fields; 2) Examples of experiences that demonstrate your commitment to fostering the success of traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM (students, staff, and/or peers) and supporting a diversity of perspectives in the classroom, lab, campus, and/or community; and 3) Future plans for continuing to advance inclusive excellence, equity, and diversity in your research, teaching, and service. Please see for more information.

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Applicants are encouraged to visit the AU website to learn more about Auburn University and Geosciences program Review of applications will begin November 16, 2020 and will continue until a candidate accepts appointment. In support of our strategic plan, Auburn University will maintain its strong commitment to diversity with standards to help ensure faculty, staff, and student diversity through recruitment and retention efforts.

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