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Professor and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

Colorado State University | Posted 21-11-2020

Fort Collins (Education and Training)


Position Location Fort Collins, CO


Posting Number 202000218F
Proposed Annual Salary Range 130k to 150k commensurate with experience
Position Type Faculty
Work Hours/Week 40
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Atmospheric Science is committed to providing quality graduate education for tomorrow’s leaders, to conducting cutting edge research in the atmospheric sciences and related fields, and to providing service to Colorado, the nation, and the world. This includes collaborating closely with other Colorado State University groups sharing our environmental research mission and with national and international groups addressing weather, climate, and air quality issues.


Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes
% Research 25%
% Teaching 15%
% Service 10%
% Administration 50%
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/20/2021
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date
Position Summary

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION AND DIRECTOR OF THE COOPERATIVE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE ATMOSPHERE
Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Atmospheric Science. This hire will also serve as Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). The faculty appointment will be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. We solicit candidates in CIRA’s core focus area of merging satellite observations and models. This is interpreted as expertise in Satellite Remote Sensing, Regional and Global Model Development, or Data Assimilation, with emphasis on individuals working at the interfaces of these areas.
In their role as a faculty member in the Atmospheric Science Department, the successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain a strong, internationally recognized research program supported through external funding, complement and expand upon the department’s current research activities, and provide service to the University and broader community. They will also contribute to teaching and intellectual leadership in our atmospheric science M.S. and Ph.D. programs by teaching in the Department’s graduate curriculum and advising graduate students. Expectation levels in these areas will be established to accommodate additional responsibilities as CIRA Director. Further information about the Department can be found at http://www.atmos.colostate.edu.
The duties and responsibilities of the Director of CIRA are those described in the CSU-NOAA Memorandum of Understanding regarding CIRA and in the University Code related to Directors of a major research unit. They include scientific leadership to accomplish the Mission of CIRA, a $25-30M/year unit comprised of nearly 130 scientists, graduate students and staff located in Fort Collins and at NOAA’s Earth Science Research Laboratory in Boulder, as well as NOAA facilities in Kansas City and Washington, DC. The Director guides and fosters multidisciplinary research in CIRA’s primary and cross-cutting theme areas of: Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education; Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems; Data Assimilation; Climate-Weather Processes and Data Distribution, along with cross-cutting activities in Societal and Economic Impacts, Data Analytics and the Development of Visualization Tools. The Director leads and supports short- and long-term research collaborations with NOAA, the National Park Service, Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies. Normal personnel management, cost budgeting and execution, technical evaluation and research infrastructure responsibilities commensurate with CIRA’s level-of-effort are the responsibilities of the Director and their staff. The appointment as CIRA Director will be for an initial term of 5 years, with reappointments based on the outcome of performance reviews.

Located 60 miles north of Denver, at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins is often ranked among the top places to live in the United States. The City offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on Fort Collins is available at www.visitftcollins.com.
Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification.


Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job Qualifications

A Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a closely related field is required by the position start date.


Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Candidates should have an outstanding research record commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor, should demonstrate potential for continued extraordinary scholarship, and should have demonstrated experience leading a large research program.
  • Leadership skills in personnel management, cost budgeting, and execution, technical evaluation, and research infrastructure
  • Expertise in Satellite Remote Sensing, Regional and Global Model Development, or Data Assimilation, with emphasis on individuals working at the interfaces of these areas is preferred.
  • Candidates must exhibit ability and enthusiasm to advise graduate students and teach courses in the department’s graduate curriculum.
  • Experience working or interacting with NOAA
  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance CIRA’s and the Department’s commitments to diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications and nominations will be considered until the positions are filled; however, applications should be received by January 20, 2021 to ensure full consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Application materials of candidates, including letters of recommendation, will only be made available for review by the broader faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Science if the applicant reaches the semifinalist stage. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one to two page statements on their vision for CIRA leadership and on research and teaching interests, a statement on your commitment to diversity and inclusion, a curriculum vitae, and the names of four references (who will not be contacted without prior notification of the candidate) at the following link: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/81206. Applications must be submitted online.

Please address inquiries about the position to:
Professor Peter Jan van Leeuwen, Search Committee Chair
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
80523-1371
Peter.vanLeeuwen@colostate.edu


Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.


The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.


Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities


Search Contact Dr. Peter Jan van Leeuwen Peter.vanLeeuwen@colostate.edu
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching
Duty/Responsibility

This faculty member will contribute to teaching and intellectual leadership in our atmospheric science curriculum at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels by teaching courses in the Department’s graduate curriculum, including courses in Satellite Remote Sensing, Regional and Global Model Development, or Data Assimilation, advising graduate students, and developing advanced courses in his or her areas of expertise.


Percentage Of Time 15%
Job Duty Category Research
Duty/Responsibility

The faculty member will be expected to build and maintain a strong internationally recognized research program supported through external funding and to complement and expand upon the current research activities in the department, in the College of Engineering, and at CSU.


Percentage Of Time 25%
Job Duty Category Service
Duty/Responsibility

Service duties may include Colloquium Coordinator, Graduate Student Counselor, membership on the Department Graduate Committee, and departmental curriculum development. Also, at the College and University level, activities would include membership on various committees. Professional service could include membership on Professional Society Committees (e.g. AMS, AGU), official duties such as organizer and session chair for various professional conferences, and peer review of research proposals and journal articles. Service to society may include educational outreach efforts and contributions to department efforts to improve diversity in the atmospheric sciences.


Percentage Of Time 10%
Job Duty Category CIRA Director
Duty/Responsibility

The duties and responsibilities of the Director of CIRA are those described in the CSU-NOAA Memorandum of Understanding regarding CIRA and in the University Code related to Directors of a major research unit. They include scientific leadership to accomplish the Mission of CIRA, a $25-30M/year unit comprised of nearly 130 scientists, graduate students and staff located in Fort Collins and at NOAA’s Earth Science Research Laboratory in Boulder, as well as NOAA facilities in Kansas City and Washington, DC. The Director guides and fosters multidisciplinary research in CIRA’s primary and cross-cutting theme areas of: Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education; Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems; Data Assimilation; Climate-Weather Processes and Data Distribution, along with cross-cutting activities in Societal and Economic Impacts, Data Analytics and the Development of Visualization Tools. The Director leads and supports short- and long-term research collaborations with NOAA, the National Park Service, Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies. Normal personnel management, cost budgeting and execution, technical evaluation and research infrastructure responsibilities commensurate with CIRA’s level-of-effort are the responsibilities of the Director and their staff. The appointment as CIRA Director will be for an initial term of 5 years, with reappointments based on the outcome of performance reviews.


Percentage Of Time 50%