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Research Assistant Professor

University of Denver

Job Description

Apply now Job no:495979
Work type:Faculty Part-Time
Location:Denver, CO
Categories:Faculty, Research

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity and empower our students to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

There has never been a more exciting time to represent a private university devoted to the public good, enable our mission of translating passion to purpose, and enjoy a professional experience in one of Americas hottest metropolitan cities. There is a clear and remarkable energy that envelops Denver and Colorado, and the University of Denver is right at the heart of that incredible momentum.

The Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM) hosts undergraduate and graduate students posed to discover unique opportunities to develop analytical and deductive reasoning skills whether in the classroom, in the lab or abroad. The college has an educational model consisting of accessibility to research, innovative faculty, and interactive learning experiences. NSM students are prepared to be inquisitive, globally minded citizens. Career & Professional Development is here to support you as you discover your path, seek out meaningful experiences, internships/jobs, or a post-doctoral opportunity as you take your next step after DU.

Department Summary

The Department of Geography and the Environment offers exceptional quality education and unique programs and degrees. Faculty research in our department emphasizes collaboration between peers and mentorship of students, both graduate and undergraduate, in challenging areas of focus.

Our diverse roster of projects requires cutting-edge laboratory and field technology that helps facilitate high-level analysis of geographical factors including an extensive collection of geographic positioning equipment and state-of-the-art image processing equipment used in remote sensing

We invite applications for a part-time non-tenure-track research faculty position, as a Research Assistant Professor. The position begins on February 1, 2023. The initial appointment will be made for a one-year appointment and reappointment are subject to the availability of external funding.

This position will work with the Department of Geography and the Environment in a research capacity.

Position Summary

This position supports the ongoing development of research in mountainous regions of Mesoamerica including climate reconstructions in tropical settings using tree-rings. The position will also make use of climate information at different timescales (from months to millennia) to investigate historical and future human-environment interactions and the implications to policymaking and development. The position will include research in tropical dendrochronology; climate variability and change; seasonal to sub-seasonal climate forecasts; climate impacts on agriculture; climate-health-migration interactions and satellite-derived vegetation monitoring. It is expected that the researcher will also publish his/her research and help with proposal development.

Essential Functions

  • 50% - Perform research on tropical dendrochronology; climate variability and change; seasonal to sub-seasonal climate forecasts; climate impacts on agriculture; climate-health-migration interactions and satellite-derived vegetation monitoring
  • 20% - Individually and collaboratively write technical conference and journal publications based on research results, attend research conferences and technical meetings with sponsors and give conference presentations.
  • 20% - Individually and collaboratively write research proposals to federal, state, and industrial entities.
  • 10% - Assist and mentor graduate students in research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • High level experimental skills in tropical dendrochronology, S2S climate forecasting, Remote Sensing.
  • High level analytical skillset required.
  • Technical writing for conference and journal publications.
  • Vision for implementing and promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral training in seasonal and subs-seasonal climate forecasting

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  • Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.
  • Work Schedule

    University operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary.

    Application Deadline

    For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) February 8, 2023.

    Special Instructions

    Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

    Salary Grade Number:

    The salary grade for the position is UC.

    Salary Range:

    The salary range for this position is $33,500.

    The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


    The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver .

    Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non?discrimination?statement .

    All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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