Assistant Professor - Physical Environmental Science (Environmental Science, Policy & Management)

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, USA 🇺🇸

POSITION OVERVIEW: Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

APPLICATION WINDOW: Open October 18th, 2021 through Monday, Dec 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor nine-month faculty position in the area of Physical Environmental Science.

ESPM is a multidisciplinary community of scholars and Cooperative Extension Specialists from the biological, physical, and social sciences and the humanities who conduct research, teaching, and outreach to advance scientific understanding and develop solutions for the world’s pressing environmental problems. Home to a top-ranked Ph.D. program in environmental science, environmental studies and ecological/evolutionary biology. Our undergraduate students have a choice of vibrant majors that span the disciplines in the department. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty position will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as exemplified by the following principles of community: we accept the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors; we embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. ESPM recognizes that DEI must be integrated with strategies that address the critical environmental challenges facing humanity, including climate change, food security, natural resource access and management, biodiversity, environmental health, land use decision-making, and maintaining sustainable living conditions. Financial and in-kind resources are available to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals.

Understanding how natural ecosystems respond to environmental changes, such as changes in temperature and rainfall patterns, accelerated soil losses, and shifts in land cover/land is fundamental to solving environmental problems. How to both quantify these changes, remediate, and adapt to them, requires sophisticated systems-based research involving physical sciences.

We seek applicants whose work addresses specific aspects of the physical environment, including (but not limited to) environmental climatology, hydrometeorology, soil science, land surface processes, geochemistry, water resources, or complex environmental systems. We encourage applicants whose research contributes to an integrated understanding of physical and ecological processes and looks at the role of the physical environment in ecosystem dynamics through field, laboratory, and/or theoretical and modeling approaches.

ESPM is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs.
  • Demonstrate evidence of outstanding scholarship within a relevant field such as, but not limited to environmental sciences, climatology, atmospheric sciences, soil science, hydrology, water resource science/engineering, earth system science, physics of nonlinear environmental systems, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrate broad expertise in specific areas of environmental physics such as environmental climatology, hydrometeorology, soil science, biogeochemistry, biogeomorphology, water resources, and physics of complex environmental systems.
  • Demonstrate strong process-based research skills and a potential to establish an innovative research agenda, to communicate their work effectively to a broader public, and to work with other researchers from diverse disciplines.
  • Demonstrate evidence of their commitment to working in an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment and their strong desire to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with UC Berkeley’s mission to meet the educational needs of California’s diverse population (see:


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research – Statement describing your past, current and proposed research
  • Statement of Teaching and Service – A description of prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests, as well as a statement of prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service experience.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (see for helpful guidelines). Please note that this statement may be evaluated as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials.
  • Publication One – Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.
  • Publication Two – Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.
  • Publication Three – Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants should arrange to have 3-5 letters of reference submitted via this web portal. It is preferred that letters of reference be uploaded by the final date to apply.

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Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)


7 days remaining

Apply by 6 December, 2021