Assistant Research Professor
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University
Two full-time, non-tenure track, faculty positions are available at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, to join the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The successful candidate will become part of a transdisciplinary research group analyzing strategies to manage climate risks. The position provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development.
The successful candidate will enjoy ample opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration as well as professional mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines. The successful candidate will analyze two main questions: (i) How can paleoclimatic and instrumental records improve our mechanistic understanding of the Earth system and inform hazard assessments? (ii) How can this scientific information be used to improve the design of climate-risk management strategies?
The ideal candidate would have a strong background in a relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, hydrology, Earth sciences, decision sciences, statistics, philosophy, applied mathematics). The candidate will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the research within the scope of the broad questions outlined above. Possible example projects include quantifying climate-modulated risks, decision analysis of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, and analyses of multisector dynamics. A Ph.D. in a relevant field such as Earth System Science (e.g., atmospheric science, geosciences, oceanography), Bayesian statistics, operations research, decision analysis, or applied mathematics is required by the effective date of employment.
The positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled. Initial appointments will be for a period of one year, with excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years.
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