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Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Science

University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming
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Dec 9, 2022

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Atmospheric Sciences
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Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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The Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming (UW) seeks to fill two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning August 2023. One of these two positions has a research focus that will contribute towards our excellence in observational atmospheric science. We seek a candidate who will develop a nationally-recognized research program and leverage a key facility in the department, the University of Wyoming King Air (UWKA) atmospheric research aircraft. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong record of publication and promise of external funding in areas that will advance research related to the aircraft program. All areas relevant to airborne atmospheric science will be considered, with special consideration given to candidates focusing on remote sensing, boundary-layer dynamics, and airborne instrument development. Note, previous airborne research experience is not a requirement. We welcome applications from those who plan to use airborne measurements to support or validate models or remotely sensed data, as long as airborne measurements represent a significant component of the science. 

Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the graduate level. The Department of Atmospheric Science is a graduate-only program currently consisting of five faculty, 25 graduate students, and several talented research scientists, engineers and technicians; and is on a growth trajectory expecting several hires in the coming year. This position offers excellent opportunities to collaborate with other scientists and faculty in the department for use of the King Air aircraft, the ground-based mobile lab, and the substantial University of Wyoming allocation of the NCAR/Wyoming supercomputer. Faculty are expected to maintain a vibrant research group that contributes to the MS and PhD programs and to teach courses at the graduate level. 


Minimum Qualifications   

  • PhD in atmospheric science or other relevant discipline; 
  • Record of scholarship appropriate for the rank of assistant professor;   
  • Interest and/or expertise in the use of airborne measurements for atmospheric science;   
  • Interest and/or expertise in teaching at the graduate level; 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).   


Desired Qualifications   

  • Interest and/or expertise with in situ or remotely sensed measurements of the atmosphere;  
  • Interest in and potential for collaborating with faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Science;  
  • Interest and/or experience in interdisciplinary research;   
  • Interest and/or expertise in teaching at the undergraduate;  
  • Interest and/or expertise in measurement technology and instrumentation.  


Required Materials  

Applications must include a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) for three persons who can serve as references, a research statement (3-5 pages) summarizing your prior contributions and your goals for developing a program at UW, a teaching statement (2-3 pages) summarizing past teaching and mentoring experiences and your goals for teaching and mentoring at UW, and a DEI statement (1 page) outlining past experiences and future commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UW. 

Applications must be submitted through the UW portal at  

Review of applications will begin on 10 December 2022. This search will remain open until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jeff French (  





The Department of Atmospheric Science (, one of six in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, concentrates principally on research and graduate education. We have 9 faculty members, 25 graduate students, and a staff which is relatively large compared to other departments at UW. The origins of the department can be traced to the college's Natural Resources Research Institute in the 1960s, and its transformation to the Department of Atmospheric Science in the early 1970s. We evolved around faculty interest in observations, developing facilities which now include the King Air research aircraft, the Stratospheric Balloon Facility, the Keck Aerosol Laboratory, Elk Mountain Observatory, and most our most recent addition, the Mobile Air Quality Laboratory. Our King Air has been funded as a national facility under a cooperative agreements between UW and NSF since 1988, and our cloud radar was added in 1999 and cloud lidar system in 2010 to that agreement. Since its origins, the department has broadened in its scientific scope with current strengths in cloud and aerosol physics, stratospheric aerosols and gases, boundary layer meteorology, and mesoscale cloud interactions. Our external funding level is about $4M/year, one of the largest on campus.
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