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Assistant Professor, Climate and Watershed Science
UWM School of Freshwater Science in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date Posted 10/20/2021
Faculty-Science-Other Science
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a premier research university serving approximately 28,000 students. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences 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.       

For information on Milwaukee please visit, http://www.uwm.edu/discover/milwaukee.cfm

Assistant 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 Qualifications: 

  • Candidates 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 Qualifications:

  • Background 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. 

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