The Bates College Department of Earth and Climate Sciences (EACS) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a jointly-appointed, tenure-track Assistant Professor in computational Atmospheric, Oceanic, or Climate modeling, beginning August 2024. The new faculty member will be expected to teach at the intersection of earth and climate sciences and physics and to establish an active research program involving undergraduate students.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and a commitment to collaboration, collegiality and building an inclusive academic environment. Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching and/or supporting marginalized, first generation and historically underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should show promise of excellence and innovation in both teaching and scholarship.
Candidate Credentials: Candidates should have completed their PhD in atmospheric, oceanic, climate sciences, or a related field, from any appropriate department (e.g. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Physics, Ocean Science, Atmospheric Science, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical/Ocean Engineering) by August 1, 2024. Postdoctoral experience is seen as beneficial but is not required. The successful candidate will teach 5 classes per year split evenly between EACS and Physics. Potential contributions to the curricula of EACS and Physics include an introductory course on the climate system, a cross-listed 200-level course in climate modeling, and/or relevant 300-level Physics or EACS courses.
Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. Details about the college and its community can be found here. Lewiston is a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene that includes the Roux Institute.
Bates supports new faculty with a course reduction in the first year of teaching, formal mentoring, and new-faculty development programming. Bates provides tenure-track faculty with a paid pre-tenure leave and support for post-tenure sabbaticals. Faculty scholarship is supported by start-up packages, the new Bonney Science Center, internal grants, and a robust external grants office. Faculty research is routinely supported by the NSF, NIH, and other external funding sources.
Bates is committed to supporting educational access for all. Educational access and justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, including an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to support transforming how we teach STEM, a Schuler Education Foundation Grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low income, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant. Teaching is supported by a new Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning. Community-engaged learning and study abroad are encouraged and robustly supported. Read more about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion here.
Significant lab space and start-up funding is available, as is a wide range of existing equipment and materials, as well as the support of a professional machinist and machine shop. Multiple full-time assistants in instruction provide logistical support for the introductory laboratories in both departments. College-wide facilities include a staff-supported Leavitt High Performance Computing Center, Visualization Lab, and a Digital Media Studio, among other facilities.
The standard teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per academic year, reduced to four courses in the first year of a tenure-track appointment. Faculty at Bates also advise senior theses and capstone seminars. Candidates may find information about current Bates salaries and benefits in Part 2 of the Bates Faculty Handbook.
Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter addressing interest in the position and Bates College, curriculum vitae, statement discussing teaching philosophy and experience, and a statement discussing research interests and proposed research program. Evidence of the candidate’s past and potential contributions to equity and inclusion should be addressed either in a separate, additional document, or integrated into the teaching and research statements.
Three letters of recommendation will be requested from candidates selected for further review. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.