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Assistant/Associate Professor in Climate Science, Director of Missouri Climate Center

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri

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The School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Missouri (MU) along with MU Extension is seeking a tenured/tenure-track faculty position in Climate Science, who will serve also as the Director of the Missouri Climate Center.  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 established research and extension 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); MU Extension Field Specialists across the state and other colleges and departments across the MU campus. Collaborative opportunities also exist with the MU Water Center, MU Center for Agroforestry, and the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). 

The Director of the Missouri Climate Center (MCC; is a 9-month tenure-track appointment in extension and research. Faculty Rank (Assistant or Associate) and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate will develop an exciting, high-impact, nationally/internationally recognized, extension and externally-funded research program that complements institutional strengths in climate and environmental sciences.

The MCC is a trusted source for climate information in the region and is widely recognized for its excellence. It is the responsibility of the Director to provide leadership in guiding the Center's climate research efforts, and the procurement of external funding. The MCC is provided office and laboratory space by the University but is dependent upon extramural funding for operating dollars. The Center's research programs are based largely on data provided by the Missouri Mesonet.  Tools developed by or with the Center include the Design Storm Alert System, the Temperature Inversion Potential tool, and seasonal agricultural outlooks, to cite a few. 

The successful candidate will also oversee the MU Extension operations of the Missouri Climate Center. Duties include but are not limited to: serve as the Missouri State Climatologist; oversee the Missouri Mesonet (with over 40 weather/climate stations); serve as a weather and climate expert for inclusion in reports and news articles; serve on special boards and panels dealing with adverse weather conditions (e.g., drought, flooding); participate in weekly teleconferences with MU Extension Field Specialists during the growing season; cooperate with National Weather Service and other state climatologists to provide regional and local data; prepare special summaries of significant weather and climate events; prepare press releases or materials for press releases concerning noteworthy weather events.

About MCC:  The Missouri Climate Center was established in 1995, and is an integrated unit for atmospheric and climate science research and extension in the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the School of Natural Resources, and the School’s Atmospheric Science Program.  The primary functions of the Center are to: 1) develop advanced databases containing atmospheric conditions, climate variations, and ecosystem changes in the State of Missouri; 2) oversee the operation of the Missouri Mesonet; 3) produce value-added products from available weather data and disseminate the products to statewide users; 4) continuously monitor and document climate variations, and; 5) apply atmospheric research tools to assess and predict climate variability and its effects on regional atmospheric environment and ecosystem response. The Center provides needed information for effective planning and management of state agriculture, industry, and natural resources.

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

Candidates will be evaluated on:  postdoctoral experience; a strong record of peer-reviewed publications; extension or outreach experience; and a level of grantsmanship that reflects high productivity relative to the applicant’s career stage. Administrative experience is highly desirable along with demonstrated leadership abilities. 

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 44012. 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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