Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Earth Marine Environmt Sci – 318000
Posting Open Date 09/25/2023
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Assistant Professor
Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track
Vacancy ID FAC0004735
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications
Proposed Start Date 07/01/2024

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit The Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences (EMES) resulted from the merger of the departments of Marine Sciences, Geological Sciences, and the Institute of Marine Sciences. This consolidation represents an opportunity to build a nationally prominent earth and marine sciences department and coastal marine lab. The natural synergy of the earth and ocean sciences at Carolina brings strength, stability, and visibility to the combined program. UNC-Chapel Hill is taking advantage of the natural connections between these programs and the combined strengths of faculty, students and staff to increase multidisciplinary and emerging research, develop degree programs to better serve students, and enhance engagement with North Carolina coastal communities. The Department of Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences (EMES) at UNC-CH advances understanding of the earth and ocean processes that govern our planet, shape diverse ecosystems, sustain life, and drive environmental change. We promote exploration and discovery of the natural world by engaging students in research-based learning at all levels. Our graduates are equipped with the strong science foundation, critical thinking skills, and interdisciplinary perspectives required to tackle current and future environmental and resource challenges. We encourage engaged service that translates knowledge for the public good. We support a welcoming and inclusive environment, foster diverse identities and perspectives, and encourage collaboration with all segments of society.
Position Summary We seek to hire a tenure track assistant professor in the area of water and climate informatics in the Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill. The last decade has seen rapid expansion in the creation and use of very large datasets and accompanying new analytical tools, often using high performance computing, to understand Earth’s freshwater, ocean, atmosphere and climate systems. These tools include machine learning, deep learning, data assimilation, and other statistical and numerical modeling methods. They have facilitated new studies effectively leveraging field measurements, satellite data, other large datasets, and/or output from numerical models. We seek a candidate with expertise in these techniques who applies them to improve understanding of any aspect of the Earth system that relates to the nature, transport, quality or storage of water. Areas of expertise could include hydrologic, oceanic, and/or atmospheric processes. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program in these areas, teach related undergraduate and graduate level courses, and be active in service to the university and discipline and departmental governance. The candidate must have a PhD in an appropriate discipline at the time of appointment. We seek a candidate who complements existing departmental expertise including hydrology, oceanography, and climate science while also fostering collaboration with scientists across the UNC community. We welcome applications from candidates whose work aligns with our departmental mission as outlined on our website: Application review will begin on November 1st, 2023.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements PhD in any relevant discipline at the time of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience Demonstrated expertise in machine learning, deep learning, data assimilation, and other techniques for analysis of large datasets; Evidence of capacity to effectively mentor graduate students; evidence of capacity to effectively teach undergraduate students; Evidence of capacity to develop a productive, externally funded research program.
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Department Contact Name and Title Eric Kirby, Department Chair
Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected]
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to [email protected].
Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 
If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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