Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Glaciology at the University of Maine

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Physical Glaciology at the University of Maine

Karl Kreutz
Dear Cryolist members,

The University of Maine Climate Change Institute (CCI) and School of Earth and Climate Sciences (SECS) invite applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Physical Glaciology.  The successful applicant will have a joint appointment salaried through the two units (55% CCI/45% SECS) with tenure home in SECS, and position responsibilities distributed as 60% research and 40% teaching.  We seek an individual who integrates observations from field study and remote sensing of critical cryosphere phenomena into a physical framework that joins glacier dynamics to Earth’s climate on short and long periods.  The individual will be expected to develop and carry out glaciological field investigations with an emphasis on ice sheet dynamics, and to establish and maintain collaborations with UMaine, national, and international research programs.  Potential research collaboration areas include those related but not restricted to: ice-ocean interactions and sea-level rise; understanding the tempo and causes of global climate change through geological observations; interpretation of ice core records with the larger Earth/climate system; ice sheets and mountain glaciers as indicators of past and future climate change; ice rheology; and coupled ice mechanics and geochemical evolution of glaciers.  We do not expect one individual to lead research in all of these subdisciplines, but rather to have the expertise, flexibility, and creativity to communicate with UMaine researchers across the spatial and temporal boundaries that separate these subdisciplines. 


The University of Maine is a comprehensive Land Grant College Doctoral Research Extensive University with an enrollment of more than 11,000 students and research expenditures of more than $50 million per year.  UMaine is the primary graduate institution in the State of Maine.  Climate Change is a Signature Area of Excellence at UMaine, and CCI and SECS are the center of climate research on campus.  CCI and SECS are highly interdisciplinary research and teaching environments, with broad focal areas in the physical, chemical, biological, social, and economic conditions of the planet. For more information, visit and  UMaine is an NSF ADVANCE institution, committed to diversity in our workforce, work-life balance, and the quality of life that Maine offers.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


The successful candidate will contribute to the research agenda of CCI and SECS, secure external funding, lead and conduct field research in remote polar environments, advise graduate students in CCI and SECS MS and PhD programs, mentor SECS undergraduates in research, and engage in public outreach.  Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate/graduate level courses in glaciology and remote sensing.  Service to CCI, SECS, the college, the university, and the profession is expected. 




A PhD in glaciology or closely related field is required.  A documented ability to conduct high-quality scientific research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals, is essential.  Other measures of potential for success, such as postdoctoral experience, prior success in obtaining funding, student teaching and research mentoring, interdisciplinary research experience, collaboration capacity, polar field experience, international reputation and engagement, and excellent written and oral communication skills, are desirable.


Appropriate background checks are required.


All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.


Materials must be submitted at via "Apply For Position".  Applicants will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter, a CV which fully describes their experience with specific reference to the required and desirable qualifications, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, statement of research vision, and contact information for three professional references.  Applicants will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered.  Review of applications will begin July 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Anticipated start date is January 2018.  For questions about the position, please contact [hidden email].

Please pass on to anyone interested!

Best regards,

Karl Kreutz
Climate Change Institute &
School of Earth and Climate Sciences
236 Sawyer Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
v. 207-581-3011
f. 207-581-1203

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