Clinical Assistant Professor - Department of Atmospheric and Earth Science

Huntsville, Alabama (US)
Mar 18, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
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JOB DESCRIPTION/ REQUIREMENTS: The Department of Atmospheric and Earth Science (AES) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking an outstanding teacher and scientist to fill a long-term non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor position in the fields of atmospheric and earth systems science. The main duties of this position will be undergraduate teaching, undergraduate and graduate academic advising and mentoring, and serving as a liaison between the AES department and the on-site NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Short-term Prediction Research Transition Center (SPoRT) research group. The ideal candidate will have educational, professional and research backgrounds in the atmospheric sciences, with a strong understanding of satellite remote sensing and related geospatial/earth systems science experience. The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate courses per semester in atmospheric sciences/meteorology, with the potential to teach courses in other areas depending on experience. They will specifically assist with undergraduate academic advising and serve as an advisor for graduate students. SPoRT is a NASA project that focuses on the transition of unique observations and research capabilities to the operational weather community to improve short-term forecasts on a regional scale. In a SPoRT liaison role, the candidate will manage undergraduate and graduate students as they interact with NASA scientists and engage with SPoRT missions. The successful candidate may serve as a Masters student’s main thesis advisor, or serve on thesis and dissertation committees for Masters and PhD students. This is a 9-month funded position, while the successful candidate will have the ability to pursue independent research funding for the summer, and/or supplement summer funding by working with NASA SPoRT. It is expected that the successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent degree in a field appropriate to the job description above, or will be able to obtain a PhD degree within 1 year of being hired.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Atmospheric and Earth Science has been ranked in the top ten by the Chronicle of Higher Education based on faculty research productivity index. It is co-located with UAH’s Earth System Science Center, NASA MSFC Earth Science Branch, and the National Weather Service (NWS), all of which are located in the Cramer Research Hall (CRH), enabling students to get a unique collaborative research and education experience. In addition to legacy atmospheric science research, a cross-cutting theme of the Department is the development and application of geospatial analytical methods and remote sensing technology to Earth Science disciplines. These include land use/land cover change, severe weather, climate, human adaptation, lightning instrumentation, numerical modeling and data assimilation, satellite remote sensing, air pollution, urban studies, natural disasters, and environmental policy and decision-making. The Department currently has one undergraduate program in Earth System Science (ESS), two Master’s programs in ESS and Atmospheric Science (ATS), and one Ph.D. program in ATS, yet is in the midst of merging into one overall AES program. The Department has fifteen full-time faculty, over 20 adjunct/affiliate faculty, near 50 graduate students, and around 120 undergraduates.

Within CRH, multiple NASA Applied Earth Science Programs (such as NASA SERVIR, DEVELOP, SPoRT, IMPACT, and Disasters) have active research programs that engage

students and employ dozens of University scientists. Related to student teaching, the GIS/Remote Sensing computer lab is equipped with 30 workstations with ArcGIS, ENVI, and other professional software. Additional resources available for faculty use and student engagement include: instrumentation and mobile radars/lidars housed in the adjoining Severe Weather Institute – Radar & Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL) building, multiple computing labs, equipped student research spaces, and mobile computing resources. Significant undergraduate teaching activities are also routinely done within the AES Department, including the NASA DEVELOP, the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), and UAH’s Research or Creative Experiences for Undergraduates.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The UAH College of Science advances cutting-edge research and offers first-rate degree programs thanks to our distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Our location in Huntsville facilitates partnerships and collaborations with NASA, the US Army, NOAA, the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology, and the numerous high-tech companies located in Cummings Research Park, which is adjacent to UAH and is the second largest research park in the country. College of Science students enjoy the benefits of a research-intensive institution in a medium-sized university, including a 16:1 student-to-professor ratio and numerous research, leadership, and co-op/internship opportunities. The vibrant UAH campus, diverse student population, and academic and social organizations provide an enriching and cross-disciplinary student life experience. USA Today, Princeton Review, Consumers Digest, and Payscale have ranked UAH as a top educational value.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Alabama in Huntsville, classified as a High Research Activity institution, offers academic and research programs in the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Professional and Studies, and Science. Huntsville maintains one of the highest per capita incomes and standards of living in the Southeast. It is a national center of aerospace and high technology research and is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Huntsville and surrounding communities present many opportunities for healthcare research and professional practice.

APPLICATION REVIEW: Reviewing of applicants will begin 15 March 2021, with initial interviews beginning in late March to early April. Early applications are encouraged, as completed applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, original transcripts, and contact information for three references, including name, address, phone number and email address, to

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.