[Grad-postdoc-assn] [Fwd: Biosphere-Atmosphere Modeler/Assistant or Associate Professor, U. Minnesota]

Ankur Desai adesai at ucar.edu
Mon Dec 18 08:33:36 MST 2006

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Subject: 	Biosphere-Atmosphere Modeler/Assistant or Associate Professor
Date: 	Mon, 18 Dec 2006 08:11:41 -0600
From: 	Tim Griffis <tgriffis at umn.edu>
To: 	fluxnet <fluxnet at sws1.ornl.gov>, Tim Griffis <tgriffis at umn.edu>

*Assistant or Associate Professor - Atmosphere—Biosphere Modeling, 
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences,University 
of Minnesota*

The Global Climate and Environmental Change Initiative in the College of 
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) brings together 
researchers from multiple colleges to conduct research on the 
biological, ecological, chemical, and physical processes governing 
greenhouse gas fluxes and the cycles of carbon, water, and energy and 
how these are impacted by human activities. This initiative will be 
complemented by ongoing research related to appropriate management and 
policy solutions.

Position: Atmosphere—Biosphere Modeling, tenure-track Assistant or 
Associate Professor, 50% teaching, 50% research, nine-month (B term) 

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on January 31 2007 and 
continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Location: The position is in the Environmental Cluster in the College of 
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, located on the Saint 
Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. This cluster consists of the 
departments of Entomology; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; 
Forest Resources; and Soil, Water, and Climate. Additional Cluster 
entities include the Bell Museum of Natural History and the Water 
Resources Center. The tenure home department will be in the successful 
candidate's areas of interest.

Responsibilities: Develop an externally-funded research program in 
atmosphere—biosphere modeling focused on land-atmosphere interactions 
and the simulation of ecosystem-atmosphere processes at local, regional, 
and global spatial scales and at timescales ranging from days to 
decades. Address emerging issues related to the cycling of carbon, 
water, and energy at relevant spatial and temporal scales, and assess 
the implications of scale on land—atmosphere processes. This 
responsibility includes seeking and securing extramural research 
funding. Participate in an emerging interdisciplinary group in 
biometeorology and ecosystem sciences on campus and collaborate with 
faculty in the Environmental Cluster, CFANS, the Institute on the 
Environment and the NSF-MRI funded Terrestrial Mesocosm Facility, as 
well as faculty across campus. Teach a mid-level undergraduate course 
integrating atmospheric and ecosystem science, global climate change and 
its impacts on society and a graduate level course in the candidate’s 
area of expertise that complements current offerings across the 
University. Participate in the development of an interdisciplinary 
Graduate Minor in Biometeorology and other graduate programs as 
appropriate. Recruit and advise undergraduate and graduate students and 
postdocs. Participate in faculty governance and in college and 
University outreach efforts as appropriate.

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, ecosystem 
science, earth system science, or related field with demonstrated 
expertise in modeling atmospheric processes and biophysical feedback 
mechanisms. Have experience designing and conducting research and a 
commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, 
including the ability to advise and train graduate students and 
post-docs. Strong oral and written communication skills are also 
essential, including demonstrated success publishing in leading 
peer-reviewed scientific journals. Experience in teaching (teaching 
assistance experience, teaching enrichment programs, guest lectures).

Desired Qualifications: Experience modeling biosphere and ecosystem 
processes; and special expertise offering opportunities for linkages in 
areas such as environmental policy, geospatial analyses, ecology, earth 
system science, and land and resource use and management. Demonstrated 
ability to work in interdisciplinary settings. Demonstrated success in 
grantsmanship. Significant expertise in a diversity of modeling 
approaches applied at a broad range of temporal and spatial scales.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with 
experience and qualifications. Benefits include employee health, dental, 
and faculty life/disability insurance, social security, faculty 
retirement and opportunities for professional development, including 
sabbatical and semester leave opportunities. Salary will be supplemented 
with 2 months of summer salary for the first two years of appointment. 
Additionally, substantial startup support is available.

Application: Apply online at: https://employment.umn.edu/ (search for 
Requisition#145103). Candidates should attach a cover letter, curriculum 
vitae, statement of research and teaching accomplishments, experience 
and interests (3 pages), and the names, addresses and email contact 
information for three professional references. Applicants should arrange 
for three recommendation letters by these references to be sent to the 
search committee by January 31st, 2007. Applications may also be 
submitted to: Atmosphere—Biosphere Modeling Search Committee, College of 
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Attn: Jean Burdick, 
1420 Eckles Ave, 277 Coffey Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108, mail to: 
burdi005 at umn.edu, 612-624-0780. Incomplete applications will not be 

For further information, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs Paul 
Bolstad at 612-624-9711, pbolstad at umn.edu or Mark Seeley at 
612-625-4724, mseeley at umn.edu. Information about CFANS may be found at 
http://www.cfans.umn.edu/. Information about the interdisciplinary 
Biometeorology group can be found at: 
http://www.biometeorology.umn.edu/. Benefits are described at 

The University of Minnesota is committed to policy that all persons 
shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment 
without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, 
age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran 
status, or sexual orientation.

Tim Griffis, Associate Professor
Dept. Soil, Water, & Climate
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
1991 Upper Buford Circle
Soil Science Room 331
St. Paul, MN, 55108
Phone: 612.625.3117
Fax: 612.625.2208

Email: tgriffis at umn.edu
Home: http://www.biometeorology.umn.edu 

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