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Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada (US)
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Jan 31, 2023

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The Department of Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a research focus in improving numerical weather and/or climate prediction. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, (a) improving physical process parameterizations (e.g., microphysics, convection, aerosol-cloud interactions, radiation, etc.), (b) coupling of climate system components (e.g., land-atmosphere interactions, fire-atmosphere interactions, etc.), (c) constraining simulations with observations (e.g., data assimilation). This position will complement current strengths in observations of atmospheric processes within the Department of Physics and have opportunities to work with colleagues in the Department of Geography and in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute.

The successful candidate will combine excellence in research and publication, potential for securing external funding, and a commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring students. We especially encourage applications from historically under-represented groups in the Atmospheric Sciences. The candidate’s application should include a plan to develop and maintain a research program and a separate statement of teaching philosophy. We also request a statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment. A competitive start-up package will be provided and the successful candidate will teach core undergraduate and graduate courses in atmospheric science. A Ph.D. is required at time of appointment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science or closely related discipline
  • Post-doctoral, or equivalent professional, experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success via teaching and/or mentoring

Department Information: The graduate program in Atmospheric Science was established in 1965 as a partnership between UNR and the Desert Research Institute, and the undergraduate program was established in 2005. There are about 25 research and teaching faculty that participate in the program, a subset of which are members of the Physics Department at UNR, including this position. There are about 25 graduate students and 40 undergraduate students in the program. Additional details of the graduate program can be viewed at  

UNR has an increasingly diverse student population of approximately 21,000, including over 2,800 graduate students. UNR recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. The city of Reno offers an excellent quality of life, with entertainment, and cultural opportunities above that of most similar-sized cities. The city is one hour from Lake Tahoe and four hours east of San Francisco in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and has a mild high desert climate. A highly rated location for living and outdoor recreation, the Reno area also enjoys a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community.

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EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The University of Nevada, Reno is one of the top 120 universities in America for funded research, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; it is a doctoral-granting research university ("high research activity"), and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as "National University, Doctoral (Tier I)".

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