Assistant Professor on Climate Risk and Decision-Making

The Department of Geosciences, the Institutes for Energy and the Environment, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Climate Risk and Decision-Making at the Assistant Professor level. For this position, we seek a colleague who can lead convergent research at the interface of geosciences, climate science, impacts, adaptation, and decision-making. The successful applicant will conduct transdisciplinary research on decision-making for climate risks. Areas of interest include but are not limited to climatic and geophysical drivers of risk, climate risks, and their impacts, equity and impacts to vulnerable communities, and decision analytics for risk management, planning, and adaptation.

This position is part of a cluster hire in climate solutions. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate across departments and colleges. This collaboration will be facilitated by the university-wide Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE), and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). We seek an inspired colleague for this position who will develop successful externally funded interdisciplinary research programs, who will be a committed and enthusiastic teacher and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, who will enhance department and college activities in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and who will become an internationally recognized scholar who serves the public and scientific communities. A Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the areas noted above is required by the time of appointment.

The Department of Geosciences values diversity, prioritizes inclusion, and strives for justice and equity within our community and beyond. We are committed to building safe spaces and working toward broad access and support for inclusive participation in Earth sciences regardless of differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs. The Department strives to build a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. In their diversity statement, applicants should provide evidence of i) their commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and belonging, and ii) their plan to create an inclusive environment in research and educational venues from department to classroom.

Applications should be submitted online and include (1) a cover letter addressed to the search committee chair; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research plans and vision; (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; (5) statement describing ideas for fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity within the department and the applicant’s research community; and (6) names and contact information for three references.

The appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin on August 20, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Susan L. Brantley, Search Committee Chair, at

More information and to apply:—Institute-of-Energy-and-the-Environment–and-Earth-and-Environmental-Systems-Institute-Faculty-Hire-in-Climate-Risk-and-Decision-Making_REQ_0000045109-1

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