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Tenure-track Assistant Professor

The University of Alabama in Huntsville Atmospheric and Earth Science
Huntsville, Alabama (US)
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TITLE: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Atmospheric and Earth System Processes–Atmospheric and Earth Science Department

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Atmospheric and Earth Science (AES) Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Atmospheric and Earth Science Processes. We seek an early career faculty member specializing in interdisciplinary atmospheric and Earth science areas including, but not limited to, climate, weather, water, and energy cycle, and atmospheric composition.

The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science or Earth Science and will join the department as an Assistant Professor. The applicant is expected to establish and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized research program, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Atmospheric and Earth Science and engage graduate and undergraduate students in externally funded research. The applicant will have opportunities to build active collaborations within the department and with scientists within the Earth System Science Center (ESSC), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the Redstone Arsenal, and elsewhere. The Department of Atmospheric and Earth Science also expects to open several additional faculty positions over the next five years.


ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The AES Department has been previously ranked in the top ten by the Chronicle of Higher Education based on the faculty research productivity index. It is co-located with the UAH ESSC, NASA MSFC Earth Science Branch, and the National Weather Service (NWS), all of which are in the Cramer Research Hall (CRH), enabling students to receive a unique collaborative research and education experience. In addition to legacy atmospheric science research, a cross-cutting theme of the AES 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, atmospheric chemistry, urban studies, natural disasters, and environmental policy and decision-making. The AES Department currently has an undergraduate program in Earth System Science (ESS), a M.S. program (tracks in ESS and Atmospheric Science (ATS)), and a Ph.D. program in ATS. The AES Department has fifteen full-time faculty, over 20 adjunct/affiliate faculty, an average of 55 graduate and 115 undergraduate students. Please see

Within CRH, multiple NASA Applied Earth Science Programs (SERVIR, SPoRT, IMPACT, and Disasters) drive active research that engage students and employ dozens of University scientists. Related to student teaching, the GIS/Remote Sensing computer lab is equipped with 45 computer workstations with ArcGIS, ENVI, and other professional software. Additional resources available for faculty use and student engagement include instrumentation and four mobile atmospheric profiling systems housed in the adjoining Severe Weather Institute–Radar & Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL) building, a comprehensive atmospheric chemistry/aerosol laboratory, computing labs with NWS forecaster engagement, equipped student research space. Significant undergraduate teaching activities are also present 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 UAH: UAH, 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 Studies; and Science. The 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 U.S. 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 19:1 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 HUNTSVILLE: 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 and the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal. Huntsville and surrounding communities present many opportunities for healthcare research and professional practice. The City of Huntsville is a vibrant, rapidly growing city in North-Central Alabama with an increasing presence of the arts.  Huntsville, now the largest city in Alabama, is growing at a rapid pace. Huntsville is home to the NASA MSFC, Army Redstone Arsenal, and Cummings Research Park (the second largest research park in the U.S.). For more information, see and

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE: Reviewing of applicants will begin 1 January 2022, with initial interviews beginning in February. However, early applications will receive immediate consideration, yet the search will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit: 1) a comprehensive curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, 3) a list of at least 3 references and their contact information (including name, address, phone number and email address). A background check is required during the hiring process. Questions about these positions may be directed to the Department Chair John Mecikalski ( To apply, send a letter of application/cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to:

Chair, Atmospheric and Earth Science Department

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

301 Sparkman Drive (Cramer Hall 4042)

Huntsville AL 35899

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

UAH mandates that all employees maintain compliance with current federal regulations.

Please refer to log number: 22-23-570

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