Assistant Professor

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA, USA 🇺🇸

Position Information

DepartmentAtmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES)
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background CheckStandard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background CheckNo
Statement of Economic InterestNot Applicable
Job CategoryInstructional Faculty
Role (State) Job TitleAssistant Professor
Working TitleAssistant Professor, Climate Applications
Job TypeFull-Time
Position NumberF7592z
Recruit NumberFAC8447
Working Hours
LocationFairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band
SalaryCommensurate with education and experience.
Web AnnouncementAssistant Professor, Climate Applications

The George Mason University, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Climate Applications. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The successful applicant will demonstrate the potential to conduct original research and teach graduate and undergraduate courses on current and future climate changes, current and projected impacts and impact assessments, and adaptation and mitigation measures. The incumbent will work with faculty in AOES focused on climate dynamics and other Mason experts in communication, ecosystems, engineering, and public policy to make climate information useful for different stakeholders. 
 Preference will be given to candidates with experience designing and implementing climate change resilience and adaptation strategies in vulnerable and marginalized communities, as well as connecting science and decision making through meaningful engagement with climate information users, including through the application of user-friendly climate tools and science-based risk communication. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to help develop a new Virginia Climate Center, a multi-department climate extension service at Mason being created in partnership with municipalities in Northern Virginia to help those communities increase resilience to impact of climate change. Therefore, past experience with hyper-local and Southeast regional focus, as well as applicability to other regions, is preferred.
 Priority will be given to those at the rank of Assistant Professor, but applications from those at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor may be considered.  
Required Qualifications:

PhD in Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric or Climate Science, Geography, Engineering or a related field;Substantial evidence of high-quality academic scholarship commensurable with the rank;Experience conducting research on current and projected future impacts of climate change on food and agriculture, infrastructure, including energy, human health and health care, food and water security, flooding and inundations, housing, natural resources, and/or economic development. 
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience translating impact assessment into response strategies;Demonstrated excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices and strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity;Effective communication skills with a wide range of stakeholders encompassing students, faculty, staff, administrators, engaged citizens, water resource professionals, and governmental officials;Background in the use and application of weather and climate model output. 
About Us:

The Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences department offers undergraduate degrees in Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science and Geology, MS degrees in Earth System Science and Climate Science, and a PhD in Climate Dynamics.  Our faculty includes geologists, atmospheric scientists, paleontologists, and oceanographers. 

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Special Instructions to ApplicantsFor full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a philosophy of teaching statement, a research statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
For Full Consideration, Apply by:10/20/2021
Posting Date09/21/2021
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled?Yes
Telework Friendly?No
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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements.
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Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Philosophy of Teaching
  5. Research Statement

Optional Documents