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Assistant Professor - Meteorology/Climate Science - Atmospheric Composition

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Job no: 505603
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor

School/Department Name: Dept. of Meteorology and Climate Science

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: 08/2022

Application Deadline: 11/08/2021 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position in atmospheric or climate changes that complements existing departmental expertise in wildfire weather, cloud physics, climate change, climate education research, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology. We highly encourage candidates with specialization in any area including, but not limited to, the following to apply: air quality and air quality responses to climate change, atmospheric composition, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric pollution, global and/or regional climate modeling, drivers of regional climate change, or paleoclimatology.

The Dept. of Meteorology and Climate Science and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Ocean Sciences, Earth Systems Science or relevant related field--ABD will also be considered.

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach effectively in the B.S. Meteorology, B.S. Climate Science and/or M.S. Meteorology programs, including engaging students in research projects. Applicants should be prepared for and enthusiastic about teaching atmospheric or climate science classes at the undergrad and graduate level, including air pollution meteorology, statistical methods, climate modeling and/or the global carbon cycle.

  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracist, culturally restorative/sustaining, justice-centered, critical pedagogy, and/or emancipatory education, as demonstrated by previous teaching experience or strong interest in developing this expertise.

  • Record of scholarly activity, including a demonstrated track record in research and publications. The candidate must develop an externally funded research program to support their research, should demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and independently, and have a track record of or potential for developing individual and/or collaborative externally funded research projects.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural and socially diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Expertise and experience in developing and/or implementing atmospheric and climate science curriculum at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Experience and interest in research and teaching that incorporates, foregrounds and engages students and collaborators in issues related to climate justice and environmental justice.

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience in racially and ethnically diverse communities, particularly with African American, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and students from groups historically and currently marginalized in society and schooling systems; and an understanding of how the underrepresentation of these groups in the geosciences disadvantages all students, particularly historically and currently marginalized students.

  • Proficiency in one or more language other than English represented in the SJSU service area (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, or Vietnamese).

  • Evidence of undergraduate and graduate mentoring.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Design and teach introductory and advanced level core courses in meteorology and/or climate science, potentially including special topics on air quality, atmospheric composition, atmospheric and climate dynamics, future climate changes, or climate modeling.

  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research and scholarship, including obtaining external funding, and other professional engagement.

  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students in research, and teach courses for
    meteorology and climate science majors at both undergrad and graduate (MS) level, and participate in departmental activities.

  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.

  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • a two-page statement of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy.
  • a two-page statement describing the candidate’s plans to develop their research portfolio and to engage undergraduate and MS students in research.
  • a two-page diversity statement
  • three references with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Interim Department Chair: Elly Walsh, [email protected]

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: October 06, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Welcome to San José State University!

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university's eight colleges.

Mission Statement

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, this faculty and staff is dedicated to achieving the University's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California.

To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Leadership at SJSU

Leadership at San Jose State is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, President Mohammad H. Qayoumi and the university's leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the goals of San Jose State.

California State University System

San Jose State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University System, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The 25-member CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University system. See the California State University, Office of the Chancellor website for more information.

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