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The Ohio State University Faculty position in Climate and Ice Core Science

The Ohio State University, Arts and Sciences, School of Earth Sciences
Columbus, Ohio
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Nov 21, 2022

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Geochemistry, Global Environmental Change, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Solid Earth Geophysics
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Description: The School of Earth Sciences (SES) and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at the Ohio State University maintain the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of tropical and mid-latitude ice cores, collected over several decades, many from glaciers where a viable record is no longer obtainable due to melting. These records provide the only direct pre-historic measurements of atmospheric composition outside the poles, enabling deep insights into changes in atmospheric circulation, chemistry, biochemistry, and local and global ecological changes since the last ice age through the current anthropogenic warming. 


We seek a scientist who is accomplished in advanced data analytical approaches to integrate ice core records with palaeoclimatological, historical and/or modern, interdisciplinary observations, such as satellite data. Desirable new research foci include: atmospheric dynamics and modeling with an emphasis on polar-tropical teleconnections over multi-decadal time scales; glacier dynamics to constrain ice core time scales and better understand ice-related geohazards; atmospheric chemistry with an emphasis on the impacts of natural and anthropogenic air pollution on Earth’s ecosystems; and reconstruction of the evolutionary history of Earth’s microbial populations as preserved over thousands of years in glacier ice. In addition, the successful hire will be expected to assist and, in time, potentially lead in long-term stewardship of the ice core collection. As a faculty member in SES, the candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses related to their field of expertise. Remote field experience and demonstrated ability to collaborate nationally and internationally are desirable. 


Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a well-established researcher with a consistent track record of scholarship and external funding, as well as experience leading large and complex laboratory operations. Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration is desirable. A commitment to teaching is required. Demonstrated experience in inclusive pedagogy and in mentoring members of underrepresented groups is desirable. As a campus with a continuously growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. 


About Columbus: The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at


Application Instructions: Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research, teaching and diversity statements, and three letters of reference. The diversity statement should articulate your demonstrated commitments and capacities to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Ian Howat at .  


The Ohio State University believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, and intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate's employer's policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate's appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment.  


The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering 


The Ohio State University and throughout their transition. The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. 


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.



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