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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 108350
Title: Professor & Director
Functional Title: Professor & Director
Category Status: 01-Faculty Tenured
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
Unit: CMNS-Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
Campus/College Information:

ESSIC was originally established in 1999 as a partnership among the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. It has since added a second major partner, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of education, research and scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the State of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) is conducting an open search for the Director of its Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC). Understanding the Earth system – the combination of the physical planet and the animals, plants and people who live on it – is essential to our national prosperity and security, and ESSIC must contribute to the University’s response to this urgent national need. Reflecting the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field, the Director will leverage the excellence across the campus to build co-operative partnerships with the natural sciences and departments in a wide range of colleges, including but not limited to: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Behavioral and Social Sciences ; CMNS; Engineering; Public Health; and Public Policy. In particular, s/he will proactively encourage and support campus collaborations to plan for future large-scale funded proposals, as well as efforts to provide useful knowledge about the Earth system to the non-academic world. While strengthening existing relationships with NASA and NOAA, the Director will engage new external partners from universities, federal agencies, the State of Maryland and the private sector, thereby continuing to raise the national and international profile of the University. This vision represents a new and significant expansion for the role of ESSIC, currently involving Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and Geology in CMNS, and Geographical Sciences in Behavioral and Social Sciences. ESSIC has 11 academic faculty and 150 research scientists, with an annual research income of approximately $35M. The ESSIC Director will be appointed for a five-year renewable term, reporting to the CMNS Dean, and also as a tenured Full Professor in an appropriate department on the campus.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent required. The Director will be a scientist of the highest quality in one of the many disciplines essential to understanding the Earth system. S/he will have a strong commitment to faculty and staff development, and the ability to work co-operatively with colleagues and administrators across the University. S/he must be a recognized player in the Earth system community, with a strong record of strategic leadership and collaboration, nationally and internationally, in a range of contexts and perspectives inside and beyond academia.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Start date and salary negotiable. The position will remain open until filled, but for best consideration, applications should be received by December 31, 2016.

Applicants should submit a single document that contains:
1) A Curriculum Vitae including publications.
2) A description of how your research and experience qualifies you for this position.
3) The names and contact information for five referees.

Inquiries may be sent to:

Posting Date: 06/13/2016
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 12/31/2016
Physical Demands


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Supplemental Document 1
Optional Documents

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