Research Assistant Professor: Miocene Climate Modelling
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 57580
Department: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES)
Research Assistant Professor: Miocene Climate Modelling
The George Mason University Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES), invites applications for a full-time, research faculty position starting September 2023. 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.
George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, we value fostering an organizational culture that promotes belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.
We seek to hire a research faculty member that can lead an NSF-funded project on Miocene hydroclimate with the goal of resolving the persistent hydroclimate uncertainty in a warming climate through a model-data integration approach. The role involves performing low- and high- resolution Miocene climate simulations with an Earth System Model and comparing these simulations with proxy reconstructions of terrestrial hydroclimate during the Miocene. It requires specialized computational and paleoclimate modelling skills, including configuring the Community Earth System Model to simulate the Miocene, as well as unique knowledge of both Miocene Earth history and the modern climate system. Experience configuring and running Miocene climate simulations with the Community Earth System is required, as is knowledge of various paleoclimate hydroclimate proxy systems. An eagerness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds is essential. A Ph.D. is required by the time of employment.
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or related discipline;
Paleoclimate Modelling experience;
Knowledge of Miocene Earth history;
Ability to integrate climate models and geological data; and
Strong research and publication background.
Experience in higher education setting; and
Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in climate research.
In line with Mason's Carnegie classification as a Research I university, our department focuses on being a prominent center for translational research. Faculty and students in our department conduct high quality, rigorous research on pressing problems, and work to disseminate knowledge in both academic and non-academic circles. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Geology and Atmospheric Sciences, M.S. degrees in Earth Systems Science and Climate Science, and a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics. Our faculty includes geologists, atmospheric scientists, paleontologists, and oceanographers. Additional information about the department may be found at: https://science.gmu.edu/academics/departments-units/atmospheric-oceanic-earth-sciences.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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