Assistant Professor - Artificial Intelligence and Atmospheric or Climate Sciences

Location
Gainesville, Florida
Posted
Jan 22, 2021
Closes
Feb 21, 2021
Career Level
Faculty
Education Level
PhD
Job Type
Tenure Track
Relocation Cost
Negotiable
Sector Type
Academia

Description
The Department of Geography at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for two (2) full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing positions, at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2021. The department seeks candidates with expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to study Atmospheric and Climate Science (meteorology, weather forecasting and prediction, extreme events, climate change and climate change modeling, etc.) and will complement existing strengths in the department and across campus.

Primary responsibilities include 1) the development of a high-quality research portfolio employing AI techniques (e.g., artificial neural networks, deep learning, machine learning, computer vision, reinforcement learning) in Atmospheric and/or Climate Science, 2) a 2-1 teaching assignment where developed undergraduate and graduate courses contribute to our proposed new major in meteorology and/or certificate in AI and Atmospheric Science along with mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and 3) performance of administrative/service duties commensurate with a tenure-track appointment in the Department.  

This search is part of a campus wide effort by the University of Florida to expand the role of AI in higher education and research (https://ai.ufl.edu). The University is home to HiPerGator, one of the most powerful high-performance computers at a US public university (www.rc.ufl.edu/services/hipergator/). For more information on the recent gifts from a UF alumnus and NVIDIA to support this effort, see https://news.ufl.edu/2020/07/nvidia-partnership/ and the currently developing AI webpage for UF at https://ai.ufl.edu/. Both Geography hires are expected to contribute to this university-wide AI research and teaching initiative.

The Department of Geography has 22 active faculty members who conduct teaching and research in a broad spectrum across our focus areas, which are Geospatial Analysis & Techniques; Earth System Science; Medical Geography in Global Health; Geopolitics and the Global Economy; Places, Networks & Flows; Catastrophes, Conservation and Conflict; and Sustainability & the Global Environment. It offers BS/BA, MS/MA, and PhD degree tracks, including online and distance learning options.  Please visit http://geog.ufl.edu/ to learn more about the department.

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Geography, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Data or Computer Sciences, or related field
  • Demonstrated research potential or accomplishments in using AI with atmospheric data
  • A commitment to quality teaching that incorporates AI and mentoring of a diverse student body

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience using super-computing in research and planned uses for super-computing in proposed research
  • A record of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals where AI techniques were applied to achieve atmospheric-related research goals
  • Evidence of high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • Ability to teach one required core course in our proposed meteorology major such as mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction, or atmospheric physics
  • Ability to teach at least one course that provides students with hands-on experience in utilizing AI-related techniques to analyze atmospheric data

Application Instructions
For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/82837  and must include: (1) a letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications, ongoing and future research directions, and interests (with explanation of applicant’s role in collaborative efforts), (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3)  a research and teaching statement describing qualifications to conduct research and design and teach courses utilizing AI in the fields of meteorology or climatology; (4) a diversity statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service; and (5) a list of at least three references. After initial review, confidential letters of recommendation from the references will be requested for applicants who are chosen for further consideration.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at that time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Corene Matyas, at matyas@ufl.edu.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans and individual with disabilities to apply. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Geography particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see https://diversity.clas.ufl.edu/diversity-statement/ for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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