Job Details

Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 4694623
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Penn State Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Climate Science with Emphasis on Solutions and Societal Impacts

Co-Funded Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science - Institute of Energy and the Environment- and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Hire in Climate Science with Emphasis on Solutions and Societal Impacts

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, the Institute of Energy and the Environment, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute of The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in climate science with emphasis on solutions and societal impacts at the rank of Assistant Professor. Improving the representation of atmospheric or oceanic processes in climate predictions, advancing the theory, observations, and models needed to develop and evaluate these predictions, and improving our ability to observe and understand the impacts of ongoing climate change are necessary to advance stakeholder-relevant climate science. We seek an atmospheric or oceanic scientist whose research will advance climate science and who is motivated by the need to address the wide-ranging and disproportionate impacts of climate change on society. The successful candidate's research may enhance equity and social justice, improve predictions of climate impacts, or inform adaptation and mitigation strategies. A critical component of the faculty member's research will be an active effort to benefit underserved and vulnerable populations.

We seek a colleague who will develop an externally funded interdisciplinary research program, be a committed and enthusiastic teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students within and outside the department, contribute to enhancing department and college activities in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and become an internationally recognized scholar who serves the public and scientific communities. The successful candidate should be a collaborative leader who will promote and enhance excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary research. A Ph.D. in atmospheric or oceanic science or a related discipline is required by the time of appointment.

This faculty member will benefit from university-wide interdisciplinary initiatives including climate, water and biogeochemistry, urban systems, energy systems, and health and the environment facilitated by the Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). These initiatives bring together faculty from nine colleges and more than 30 departments, creating a vibrant environment for interdisciplinary research in energy and environmental issues. This faculty member will also benefit from potential collaborations and resources provided by the other university-wide institutes: Social Science Research, Huck Life Sciences, Computational and Data Sciences, Materials Research, Penn State Cancer, and Clinical and Translational Sciences.

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State relies on the expertise, sensitivity, and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. We strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner placement needs of newly hired faculty members.

Applications must be submitted online and include: (1) a cover letter addressed to Professor Kenneth Davis, Search Committee Chair; (2) a statement that describes the candidate's research interests and plans. This statement should clearly address the candidate's emphasis on solutions and societal impacts, and explain how the candidate's research will address the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities; (3) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, including existing courses that you would like to teach and new courses or programs that you would like to develop; (4) a diversity statement explaining how you will contribute to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at Penn State; (5) a curriculum vitae, and (6) the names, email and physical addresses of four references. Applications from women and under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.

Review of applicants will begin on 12/1/2023 and the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Kenneth Davis, at

Apply online at

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Copyright 2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency