Indiana University Bloomington

September 2012: Faculty Positions in Atmospheric Sciences, Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University is seeking candidates for two faculty positions in the Atmospheric Science Program within the Department of Geological Sciences at the Assistant Professor level.

These are strategic hires designed to contribute both to excellence in Atmospheric Science and to bridge to expertise in Geological Sciences. Preference may be given to candidates who either have a research focus on hydrometeorology (experimental or numerical modeling) or in dynamical meteorology using numerical modeling (preferably the WRF model) applied at the meso- to regional scale.

Generous laboratory space and access to IU’s exceptional computational resources are important no-cost resources to augment externally funded research programs. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in atmospheric science or highly related discipline. Applications received by November 15, 2012 are guaranteed full consideration. The appointments will be effective August 1, 2013.

Applicants should submit a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, curriculum vita, up to four representative publications and the names and contact details of three references. Electronic submission preferred to Professor Rebecca Barthelmie (rbarthel@indiana.edu), Department of Geological Sciences, MSBII, 702 N Walnut Grove, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The Atmospheric Science Program

Atmospheric Science at Indiana University is a dynamic program with exciting opportunities to undertake field, laboratory or modeling research. Our program is diverse and has excellent office and laboratory facilities in the new Multidisciplinary Science Building II. Research-grade laboratory space facilitates development, operation, and testing of instruments including atmospheric chemistry and remote sensing. For field studies, we have a collection of state-of-the-art meteorological instrumentation, including a variety of instruments that focus on particles, surface fluxes and remote sensing. The Atmospheric Science Program has active research at a number of sites managed by the Integrated Program in the Environment including the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. The site is home to a meteorological tower and provides access to a wide range of research projects and instrumentation. We utilize Indiana University’s outstanding technology resources, including network connectivity, laboratory resources, and high-performance computing in our research and apply WRF and other models in our research portfolio.

We are particularly interested in expanding and strengthening this interdisciplinary program with active researchers who can link to active research within the Department. For example, modeling research in fluid dynamics focused on the atmosphere or hydrometeorology or with applications to oceanography, or experimental research bridging the atmosphere and hydrosphere.

The Department of Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University is a multidisciplinary earth sciences group made up of 22 faculty, six research scientists, and many adjunct faculty, post-docs and graduate students. The department has research strengths in atmospheric science, sedimentary geology, geobiology, biogeochemistry, hydrogeology and environmental sciences, geophysics and tectonics, minralogy, and economic geology.

The mission of the Department of Geological Sciences is to promote excellence in faculty and student research activities that advance fundamental understanding in the geosciences and its interdisciplinary interfaces, to propagate the application of this knowledge to address issues of societal importance, to provide effective, innovative, and marketable career training for undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences and interrelated disciplines, and to promulgate the study of the Earth and its systems as an integral component of a liberal education in the arts and sciences.

The current research activities of students and faculty in our Department reflect an interdisciplinary tradition of enquiry. Our investigations strive to advance the fundamental understanding of geophysical phenomena utilizing combinations of analytical, experimental, computational, and observational tools to build knowledge of geologic materials and geophysical processes, elucidate the evolutionary progression of life, interpret records of Earth’s history and past and future climate, characterize and harness its natural resources, and assess the environmental impact of human activities. The focus of these efforts spans the breadth of atmospheric time scales from nanoparticles and turbulence, through boundary-layer processes to synoptic (forecasting) scales and climate change science and its impacts and geological time from the Archaean to the Holocene, explores spatial scales that vary from atomic to global, and addresses geographical realms that range from the tropics to both polar regions, from continents to oceans, from Earth’s surface to deep beneath it, and extends to the Moon and to Mars.

Our Department offers B.S. and B.A. baccalaureate degree programs, an honors undergraduate program, M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees centered on research dissertations, and partners with other programs in the B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences. The breadth of our undergraduate and graduate teaching both fosters geoscience education and provides exceptional learning opportunities, encompassing foundation courses in core aspects of atmospheric and geological sciences that are complemented by specialized training in evolving subdisciplines. Many of our courses include fieldwork, most notably those that are taught at the Judson Mead IU Geologic Field Station, which serves as our permanent field campus in Montana.

About Indiana University

Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world–class contributions in research and the arts. For our traditions like the world–famous Little 500 bicycle race and our commitment to emerging technologies, IU was named the "Hottest Big State School" in 2005 by Newsweek, America's Hot Colleges.

Thomas Gaines called the IU Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful in the nation in The Campus as a Work of Art. Most prospective students who see our campus apply for admission. Abundant trees, flowers, and Indiana limestone buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century cover the nearly 2,000 acres of campus. Dunn Woods, the Arboretum, and the Jordan River provide a natural laboratory and breathtaking scenery.

About Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana, is the arts and cultural hub of the Midwest. While IU’s amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city’s cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right. Bloomington residents and IU students, faculty, and staff form a vibrant, active community that benefits from the metropolitan qualities of a large city and the easy pace of a small town.