Job Information

University of Utah Open Rank Professor in Climate Change Science and Impacts in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Open

Department 02667 - Wilkes Ctr -Climate Sci & Plcy

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2024


The Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah invite applications for multiple faculty positions at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2024. We seek applications in the broad areas of climate science and impacts and strongly encourage applicants who would interact with and advance the mission of the recently-launched Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy, which will separately evaluate successful candidates for prestigious named positions. We are particularly interested in candidates with strengths in any of the following areas: climate and weather extremes, modeling of climate processes, climate change impacts and forecasting, climate detection and attribution, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, paleoclimate and Earth’s history, climate and water resources, and quantitative climate biology, including climate-related disturbance ecology (e.g. wildfires, droughts), climate-related disease ecology, and ecosystem or land-surface modeling.

New faculty members will be expected to pursue high impact research programs, effectively support our teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the recently-launched Earth and Environmental Science degree, and contribute to a diverse and inclusive intellectual community. The University of Utah offers exceptional opportunities for research collaboration across multiple departments. The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a vibrant urban region at the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains with world-class cultural and recreational opportunities. Each academic unit has established training and mentoring programs for new faculty members.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Applicants should send the following, and adhere to the page limits for each section: (1) a cover letter that addresses your particular interest in the position and the University of Utah (one page max), (2) a CV, (3) a description of your research accomplishments and research plans (two pages max), (4) a description of your experience and plans related to teaching and mentoring (one page max), and (5) up to three publications or preprints (upload under "required documents: applicant document – Other). Within these materials, applicants should address how their research, teaching and mentoring, and/or service activities contribute to the mission of the host academic unit, including working with students from diverse backgrounds. Our review of applicants will begin on October 16, 2023.

If you have trouble adding required documents because they exceed the allowed file size limit, we recommend compressing your files and re-uploading the document. Alternatively, we recommend creating a cloud/box that others can access, uploading your documents into the cloud/box, copying the link from the cloud/box, pasting that link into a blank document (such as a word doc), and submitting the document containing the link as the required document.

Open Date 08/29/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01079CF

Type Faculty