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Research Assistant Professor: Miocene Climate Modelling

George Mason University
United States, Virginia, Fairfax
September 30, 2023
Position Information
Position Information

Department Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences (AOES)
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Statement of Economic Interest Not Applicable
Job Category Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Research Assistant Professor: Miocene Climate Modelling
Working Title Research Assistant Professor: Miocene Climate Modelling
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F898AZ
Recruit Number FAC9203
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Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Research Assistant Professor: Miocene Climate Modelling

The George Mason University Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences ( AOES), invites applications for a full-time, research faculty position starting September 2023. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

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We seek to hire a research faculty member that can lead an NSF-funded project on Miocene hydroclimate with the goal of resolving the persistent hydroclimate uncertainty in a warming climate through a model-data integration approach. The role involves performing low- and high- resolution Miocene climate simulations with an Earth System Model and comparing these simulations with proxy reconstructions of terrestrial hydroclimate during the Miocene. It requires specialized computational and paleoclimate modelling skills, including configuring the Community Earth System Model to simulate the Miocene, as well as unique knowledge of both Miocene Earth history and the modern climate system. Experience configuring and running Miocene climate simulations with the Community Earth System is required, as is knowledge of various paleoclimate hydroclimate proxy systems. An eagerness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds is essential. A Ph.D. is required by the time of employment.
Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or related discipline;
  • Paleoclimate Modelling experience;
  • Knowledge of Miocene Earth history;
  • Ability to integrate climate models and geological data; and
  • Strong research and publication background.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education setting; and
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in climate research.

About Us:

In line with Mason's Carnegie classification as a Research I university, our department focuses on being a prominent center for translational research. Faculty and students in our department conduct high quality, rigorous research on pressing problems, and work to disseminate knowledge in both academic and non-academic circles. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Geology and Atmospheric Sciences, M.S. degrees in Earth Systems Science and Climate Science, and a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics. Our faculty includes geologists, atmospheric scientists, paleontologists, and oceanographers. Additional information about the department may be found at: .
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three professional references with contact information, Publication/Materials, and Research Statement.
For Full Consideration, Apply by: September 11, 2023
Posting Date 07/31/2023
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? Yes
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