Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI, USA 🇺🇸

Position Information

Official Job TitleAssistant Professor
Working Title:Assistant Professor, Climate and Watershed Science 
Position Number02292208
DivisionSchool of Freshwater Sciences
Position TypeFaculty
Appointment TypeTenure Track Faculty
FLSA StatusExempt
Posting TypeFaculty & Instructional
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a premier research university serving approximately 28,000 students. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) is an academic division of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee focusing on freshwater research and graduate education. Located at the edge of the Great Lakes, SFS is the only graduate school of freshwater science in the U.S. and the third in the world. It offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science of Freshwater Sciences in Freshwater System Dynamics, Human and Ecosystem Health, Freshwater Technology and Freshwater Economics, Policy and Management.                     
The campus and greater Milwaukee communities offer strong opportunities for research collaboration and professional development.     
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Job SummaryAssistant Professor, tenure track, nine-month (academic year) appointment, with expertise in climate and watershed sciences, in the School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). 

SFS seeks a scientist who will join a highly interdisciplinary program at the School of Freshwater Sciences and combine the strengths of freshwater sciences and atmospheric sciences at UWM to address the challenges of integrating climate and watershed science at scales relevant to local landscapes (urban and rural), regional hydrology (Great Lakes), and ecosystem services. The successful candidate will be prepared to:    
Develop a high-quality Research portfolio employing modeling, environmental observations, and data synthesis techniques in climate and water science that involves independent and collaborative sponsored research, and obtain extramural funding for such programs from federal, state, and private sources;   

Develop and Teach climate and water science courses.  Options for teaching include undergraduate courses contributing to a new major in Freshwater Sciences and an existing major in Atmospheric Science, as well as graduate level courses supporting PhD, Master of Science, and Professional Science Masters degrees.  The candidate will also be prepared to mentor students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds; and 

Work with community partners (government, sewerage districts, not-for-profits, community groups, educational groups, etc.) interested in mitigating and adapting to climate change on local and regional watershed scale environments, as well as perform administrative duties, as part of Service duties commensurate with a tenure-track appointment in the School.  
Minimum QualificationsCandidates must hold a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, freshwater science, oceanography, computer science, geography, or related field by time of appointment. 

Evidence of strong research skills.

Evidence of commitment to quality teaching. 
Preferred QualificationsBackground in fields related to climate and watershed science, demonstrating ability to address the challenges of integrating climate and watershed science at scales relevant to local landscapes (urban and rural), regional hydrology (Great Lakes), and ecosystem services.   
Significant experience in programming, data visualization, machine learning, statistics, and/or other data-driven techniques.  
Applied and/or interdisciplinary research experience, with skill in integrating risk assessment and data analytics techniques with observed data or numerical model output.  
 Professional and community service, and the ability to work with community partners. 
Participation in activities promoting Diversity, Inclusion & Access for underrepresented groups in the sciences. 
Effective communication skills for audiences of diverse backgrounds, knowledge and interests. 
High-quality teaching and experiential learning engagement with diverse students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.  
Extramural funding and successful grant writing experience. 
Record of publications in respected peer-reviewed academic journals.  
Postdoctoral or other relevant work experience. 
Application InstructionsAll applicants will need to apply online at:

Submit electronically (1) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; (2) cover letter; (3) description for plans for independent research; (4)teaching philosophy, and, (5) contact information for 3 professional references (name, address, phone, email).

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from the candidates’ application materials whether he/she/they meets any of the qualifications, they may be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.
Questions should be directed to the co-chair of the Search and Screen Committee:Jonathan D. W. Kahl, Professor of Atmospheric Science 414-251-9215.

This is a continuous recruitment. Review of applications will begin November 13, 2021. Applications received after November 12, 2021 may not receive consideration. Screening of candidates is ongoing and will continue until a qualified candidate is chosen for this position. The names of those applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities be withheld and the names of all finalists will be released upon request.
Application Deadline
Continuous (Open Until Filled?)Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date11/13/2021
Position Contact NameJonathan D. W. Kahl
Contact Phone414-251-9215
Contact Email[email protected]
Application NotesFor this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.
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UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
  4. Research Interest
  5. Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents

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