The Department of Environmental Science (ENVS) is searching for an outstanding candidate to join our diverse and interdisciplinary faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will fill an exciting new research and teaching position focused on the interface of soil science, plant biology, global change, and sustainable above- and below-ground biomass production and carbon storage in relation to climate challenges and drought. We are particularly interested in candidates who characterize landscape structure and function at regional to global scales as affected by changing climate, with application to adaptation and mitigation measures. The incumbent will use an interdisciplinary field observatory, remote sensing, and/or modeling approach to predict, design, construct, restore, and/or sustainably manage soils and associated ecosystems in a way that meets the evolving needs of human society and the natural environment. Potential research focus areas include regional to global scale changes in soil carbon; eco-engineering of carbon sequestration; soil-plant-water-nutrient-amendment relations; design of resilient soil systems using integrated management; development of innovative technological tools (e.g., remote sensing and machine learning/artificial intelligence big data analytics) for assessing the sensitivity, sustainability, and mitigation potentials of soils and ecosystems. Outstanding opportunities exist for interaction with faculty, students, and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the Earth Dynamics Observatory, and the multidisciplinary School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES).
Exceptional applicants with extensive prior experience may be considered for associate or full rank.
The position is 60% research, 30% instruction, and 10% service.