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Co-Funded Department of Geosciences - Institute of Energy and the Environment Faculty Hire

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
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Dec 27, 2022

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Co-Funded Department of Geosciences - Institute of Energy and the Environment Faculty Hire in Climate Risk and Decision-Making

The Department of Geosciences, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Climate Risk and Decision-Making at the Assistant Professor level. For this position, we seek a colleague who can lead convergent research at the interface of geosciences, climate science, impacts, adaptation, and decision-making under deep uncertainty. Climate change poses compound and cascading risks to natural systems, people, institutions, and built environments, and we are increasingly forced to make hard decisions about managing these risks and formulating responses to them. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct transdisciplinary research on decision-making for climate risks, addressing considerations of vulnerability, resilience, equity, and impacts to critical infrastructure and vulnerable communities. We are especially interested in applicants who integrate various methodological approaches as they are applied to climate risk, policy, and societal impacts. Attractive areas of interest are broadly defined and include but are not limited to: climatic and geophysical drivers of risk; climate hazards and risks (wildfires/storms/floods/sea level rise/coastal hazards); decision analytics for risk management and adaptation.

This position is part of a cluster hire in climate solutions. The hire will be expected to collaborate across departments and colleges. This collaboration would be facilitated by the university-wide Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE), which is currently promoting interdisciplinary initiatives including climate, water and biogeochemistry, urban systems, and health and the environment, and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). We welcome inspired colleagues for this position who will develop successful externally funded interdisciplinary research programs, be a committed and enthusiastic teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, contribute to enhancing department and college activities in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and become internationally recognized scholars who serve the public and scientific communities. A Ph.D. in relevant disciplines to those areas of interest noted above is required by the time of appointment.

The Department of Geosciences values diversity, prioritizes inclusion, and strives for justice and equity within our community and beyond. We are committed to building safe spaces and working toward broad access and support for inclusive participation in Earth and planetary sciences regardless of differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs.

The Department is part of The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and together we take an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/classroom in their diversity statement.

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment connects and supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers to solve some of the world's most difficult energy and environmental challenges. Our world needs abundant, clean, safe, and affordable energy. Our planet needs to sustain a healthy, protected environment. Together, we find innovative solutions that advance our local, state, national, and global communities.

Applications should be submitted online and include: (1) cover letter addressed to the search committee chair; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research plans and vision; (4) statement of teaching philosophy and interests; (5) statement describing ideas for fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity within the department and the applicant's research community; and (6) names and contact information for three references.

The appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Timothy Bralower, Search Committee Chair, at

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