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Assistant Professor - Coupled Human-Natural Systems Modeling and Analysis

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder seeks applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track in Coupled Human-Natural Systems Modeling and Analysis with an anticipated start date in August, 2020.

We seek candidates focused on the interactions among human and biological and/or physical systems using innovative and advanced quantitative approaches including (but not limited to) machine learning, artificial intelligence, and/or complex systems modeling. Applicants should have a PhD in a field related to Environmental Studies or a field such as computer science or mathematics with demonstrated research in environmental contexts. The successful applicant will complement existing strengths in the unit, act as a bridge between CU Boulder’s excellence in the natural and social sciences, and contribute to campus efforts toward developing solutions that address complex human-environment problems. The new hire will also demonstrate evidence of strong teaching and mentoring, will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate programs, and will support and encourage a diverse and inclusive research and learning environment. Applicants with a minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience and a history of cross-disciplinary collaborations are especially encouraged to apply.

Who We Are

The Environmental Studies program at CU-Boulder is a hub for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration in environment and sustainability. Environmental Studies courses integrate the academic divisions of natural science, social science, and humanities, providing skills and knowledge needed to address environmental challenges faced globally, nationally, regionally, and locally. The program nurtures interdisciplinary academic training for undergraduate and graduate students, provides guidance for students with career aspirations in environment and sustainability venues, promotes diverse professional education experiences, fosters fundamental and applied research, forms meaningful connections with communities beyond the university, and integrates innovative, interdisciplinary programs unified by the themes of environmental research.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Your main duties will include research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct an active program of research, secure external funding, publish in refereed outlets, and present research at domestic and international conferences.  The successful applicant will teach three courses per year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in areas congruent to student demand and departmental needs.  Service to the university is also a component of the regular workload for all faculty.

What You Should Know

This is a full-time, 100% FTE academic-year (9 month) position.


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What We Require

  • A PhD in a field related to environmental studies or a field such as computer science or mathematics with demonstrated research in environmental contexts. 
  • Evidence of research success in human-natural system modeling and analysis as shown through published peer-reviewed papers

What You Will Need

  • Demonstration of advanced quantitative analysis capabilities applied to environment and sustainability issues.
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring within a diverse and inclusive research and learning environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience. 
  • Record of, or demonstrated potential for, securing extramural support for research at the graduate and/or post-graduate level.
  • Teaching experience at the college level.
  • Commitment to develop collaborative research partnerships within ENVS, across campus, and beyond.
  • Evidence of impactful communication across a broad range of audiences through publications, presentations, outreach, or other activities at the graduate or post-graduate level.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Publications PDF (up to 3 relevant reprints of Publications combined into 1 PDF)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (inclusive of evidence of teaching effectiveness)
  5. Statement of Research Philosophy
  6. Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity Philosophy
  7. Class Syllabi (if available)
  8. Teaching/Course Evaluations (if available)
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Jason Neff

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