Professor and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado, USA
  • Dec 15, 2020
Full time   Deans & Directors

Job Description

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION AND DIRECTOR OF THE COOPERATIVE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE ATMOSPHERE Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Atmospheric Science. This hire will also serve as Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). The faculty appointment will be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. We solicit candidates in CIRA’s core focus area of merging satellite observations and models. This is interpreted as expertise in Satellite Remote Sensing, Regional and Global Model Development, or Data Assimilation, with emphasis on individuals working at the interfaces of these areas. In their role as a faculty member in the Atmospheric Science Department, the successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain a strong, internationally recognized research program supported through external funding, complement and expand upon the department’s current research activities, and provide service to the University and broader community. They will also contribute to teaching and intellectual leadership in our atmospheric science M.S. and Ph.D. programs by teaching in the Department’s graduate curriculum and advising graduate students. Expectation levels in these areas will be established to accommodate additional responsibilities as CIRA Director. Further information about the Department can be found at The duties and responsibilities of the Director of CIRA are those described in the CSU-NOAA Memorandum of Understanding regarding CIRA and in the University Code related to Directors of a major research unit. They include scientific leadership to accomplish the Mission of CIRA, a $25-30M/year unit comprised of nearly 130 scientists, graduate students and staff located in Fort Collins and at NOAA’s Earth Science Research Laboratory in Boulder, as well as NOAA facilities in Kansas City and Washington, DC. The Director guides and fosters multidisciplinary research in CIRA’s primary and cross-cutting theme areas of: Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education; Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems; Data Assimilation; Climate-Weather Processes and Data Distribution, along with cross-cutting activities in Societal and Economic Impacts, Data Analytics and the Development of Visualization Tools. The Director leads and supports short- and long-term research collaborations with NOAA, the National Park Service, Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies. Normal personnel management, cost budgeting and execution, technical evaluation and research infrastructure responsibilities commensurate with CIRA’s level-of-effort are the responsibilities of the Director and their staff. The appointment as CIRA Director will be for an initial term of 5 years, with reappointments based on the outcome of performance reviews. Located 60 miles north of Denver, at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins is often ranked among the top places to live in the United States. The City offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on Fort Collins is available at Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification.

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