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Open Rank Professor - Applied Climate Scientist (State Climatologist)

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Open Rank Professor - Applied Climate Scientist (State Climatologist)


School of Natural Resources-0844

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Description of Work:

The School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for an Applied Climate Scientist (State Climatologist) position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. This 12-month (calendar year), tenure-track appointment will coordinate and lead the state’s climate program as Nebraska’s State Climatologist through the Nebraska State Climate Office. The apportionment is 50% service, 25% research, and 25% teaching. This position will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Applied Climate Scientist will contribute to the integrated research and teaching land-grant mission of the home unit and IANR as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment, IANR science literacy, and Conservation and Survey, as appropriate.

Specific Duties

  • Coordinate and lead the state’s climate program as Nebraska’s State Climatologist through the Nebraska State Climate Office. Provide briefings to state and federal officials as needed.
  • Respond to questions from the media and stakeholder groups by evaluating and interpreting data.
  • Partner with the Extension Educator in Agricultural Meteorology and Climate Resilience to coordinate with Extension’s network.
  • Prepare formal and informal technical reports and presentations on climate projects and issues.
  • Confer with other State Climatologists around the country and with national/regional/local weather and climate experts on data needs, climate communication, and climate data interpretation.
  • Supervise staff who support the mission of the State Climatologist.
  • Partner with the Mesonet Manager to build mesonet stakeholder relationships and participate in mesonet advisory groups to support the provision of high quality, valid data for governmental agencies, tribal organizations, industry, and the general public.
  • Seek appropriate funding for functions of the State Climatologist’s role in the Nebraska State Climate Office’s programs and other collaborating programs in the School and with other departments/units.

As appropriate to the appointment, the incumbent will develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program in climate sciences; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups and/or educational programming; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high-impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

The incumbent will be expected to average 0.25 FTE as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines; contribute to one undergraduate course in climate sciences that contributes to the environmental science degree program’s climate science option as well as other SNR and CASNR degree programs; design digital badges as learning experiences for UNL students; and support curricula for high school students within CASNR learning pathway programs. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on Academic Unit needs.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the School of Natural Resources are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in climate science, meteorology, or a directly related field at the time of appointment.
  • Expertise in applications of climate science for decision-making.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on communicating complex climate issues to a variety of stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience interpreting and analyzing weather and climate data for governmental agencies, tribal organizations, industry, and/or the general public through formal or informal reports and/or presentations.
  • Ability to engage in scientific teamwork to address major issues related to climate science.
  • Experience with mesonet systems including interpretation and provision of high-quality data to stakeholders.
  • Experience and commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Experience collaborating with climate research and outreach centers and/or state/tribal/federal climate agencies.
  • Evidence of work with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups.

Work Location (City, State):

Lincoln, NE

How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job; anticipated contributions to service, research, and teaching; and your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (3-page maximum). See for guidance in writing this statement.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. A statement describing your “philosophy of climate engagement with the public.” Attach as “Other Document.”
  4. Contact information for three professional references.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Rachel Szelag

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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