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Assistant Professor of Climate Science

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri

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The School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Missouri (MU) is seeking a faculty member in Climate Science.  With this position, MU will better occupy a place among a select group of universities that boast a truly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to extension, research, and actionable scholarship in the field of climate science. This position will strengthen growing teaching and research programs, collaborate with other established MU research centers to garner major grants, form innovative new partnerships with private and public partners, and contribute toward improving grant and publication metrics considered in the Association of American Universities' (AAU) rankings. This position will complement and collaborate with faculty in SNR; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR); and other colleges and departments across the MU campus. Collaborative opportunities also exist with the MU Center for Agroforestry, the MU Water Center, and the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). 

This is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment in teaching and research at the assistant professor level.  We are seeking candidates with expertise in earth’s climate system, with a background in scientific areas such as climate dynamics, climate modeling, extreme weather events, or hydroclimate. Expertise in data analysis, artificial intelligence or machine learning is desirable. The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of the School as well as develop an exciting, high-impact, nationally/internationally recognized, externally-funded research program that complements institutional strengths in climate and environmental sciences. 

Minimum Qualifications - A Ph.D. is required in Climate Science, Atmospheric Science, Hydrology or a closely related area by the time of appointment. 

Candidates will be evaluated on:  postdoctoral experience; a strong record of peer-reviewed publications; teaching experience; and a level of grantsmanship that reflects high productivity relative to the applicant’s career stage.

Starting date:  August 1, 2023, or as negotiated.

About MU: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has nearly 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is a land grant institution and a member of the Association of American Universities. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city that is consistently ranked among the top such places to live in across America. The School of Natural Resources awards B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources with emphases in multiple sub-disciplines. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at The School resides within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (, with five complementary divisions across a broad array of agricultural disciplines.  CAFNR operates many laboratory and greenhouse facilities and has access to extensive field areas available within its AES Research, Extension and Education Centers network ( Both CAFNR and SNR have robust collaborative ties to state and federal agencies charged with managing agriculture and natural resources and numerous opportunities are available to access and conduct research on the extensive and diverse public lands surrounding Columbia.

Application: To apply for this position, please visit the MU web site at Job ID 43994. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative of teaching philosophy, narrative of current and future research interests, and the names and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates applying for this position are required to provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their former experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the university and how that commitment would add value to the School of Natural Resources.

For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Patrick Market ([email protected]), Director of the School of Natural Resources.   

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

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