Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

Start Date

Aug 01, 2022

Position Description


The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University is seeking applications for a full-time 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Climate Data Analysis. The position consists of 60% teaching, 30% research, and 10% service. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022.

We seek an engaging educator and researcher with the technical proficiency and broader conceptual awareness of climate science who can help position and adapt watershed science research and management within the realities of the climate emergency. Other valuable characteristics include experience working with large, multi-dimensional data (e.g., netCDF, HDF, GRIB, TIFF), climate model outputs (i.e., CMIP GCMs, downscaled data), translating gridded climate data into other formats for hydroclimate and ecological analysis, uncertainty and risk quantification, meteorological station time series data, and/or making climate data tools for policymakers and decisionmakers. Other preferred characteristics include proficiency in Python and/or R, strong data visualization and communication skills, and experience leading collaborative efforts.

Utah State University is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive academic community.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates using pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, identity and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Potential applicants with specific questions are welcome to contact the search committee chair, Joe Wheaton at Joe.Wheaton@usu.edu.

The expected teaching load will be 4-5 courses (12 academic credits) per year, and may include one large-format undergraduate (3000 level) climate science course for non-majors, one or two upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses in data wrangling/management/analysis, one upper-level undergraduate/graduate course in programming and/or data visualization, one studio course in climate data at the graduate level. Some courses may be taught in short-course (i.e., 1-2 intense weeks or partial semester) or online asynchronous format. The successful candidate will also be expected to successfully compete for external research grants, mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral researchers, and publish peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic products. Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure is based on demonstrating excellence in the primary role area (teaching), and effectiveness in secondary roles (research and service).

The candidate’s expertise should complement existing strengths in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and Department of Watershed Sciences. Through collaborations with faculty and extension personnel, the appointed faculty member is expected to become a key player in the highly productive team of watershed scientists at Utah State University. We are interested in applicants who can prosper within a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of physical, life, and social scientists.

Required Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. related to climate change communication, climate science, ecology, hydrology, earth sciences, civil/environmental engineering, or similar fields. An ability to develop an externally funded research program. Some travel will be required for the position so the successful candidate must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver’s license to comply with the Vehicle Use Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

Relevant post-doctoral experience. A demonstrated ability and willingness to work productively with land management agencies and various stakeholder groups. An interest in developing field-based research projects in Utah and the Intermountain West. A record of securing research funding. A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in STEM fields.

Application Instructions

Website: https://qcnr.usu.edu/wats/climate

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Notice of Non-discrimination In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266 Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266. For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

About Utah State University

Utah State University is Utah's land-grant university with its main campus located in Logan, which offers affordable housing and the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone of ~115,000 people. Cache Valley is a 90-minute freeway drive north of Salt Lake City and its international airport. Cache Valley is positioned between the Wellsville and Bear River mountain ranges at the eastern edge of the Great Basin. Logan offers a superb array of outdoor activities minutes from campus (climbing, cycling, hiking, skiing, fishing, horseback riding), and is located within a day's drive of ten national parks.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, USU is dedicated to recruiting strong candidates from a diverse applicant pool, including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. USU offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits and is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants.

Further information Quinney College of Natural Resources: http://qcnr.usu.edu Department of Wildland Resources: http://qcnr.usu.edu/wild/ Ecology Center: https://ecology.usu.edu/ Extension: https://extension.usu.edu/about-us Diversity and Inclusion: https://www.usu.edu/provost/diversity/ USU SACNAS chapter: https://sacnas7.wixsite.com/sacnasusu Logan and Cache Valley: http://www.tourcachevalley.com/