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Assistant Professor - Solid Earth, Ocean or Atmospheric Science

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Apr 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

University of California San Diego Advancing Faculty Diversity Cluster Hire: Faculty position at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Solid Earth, Ocean or Atmospheric Science

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego seeks outstanding candidates who will provide intellectual leadership in any field of Ocean, Solid Earth, and Atmospheric Science and whose research programs address how global change, climate change, and environmental pollution amplify existing human vulnerabilities and injustices associated with African American and Black Diaspora communities.

UC San Diego is forging a new path for engagement and collaboration between STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences and the Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities. The ladder-rank faculty position at SIO is one of ten such positions that seek to unite STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and African American and the Black Diaspora Studies through innovative research, coordinated teaching and mentoring, and targeted service.

As part of this cluster hire Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites applicants for an Assistant position in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science. Potential areas of research include racial disparities in the impacts of climate change and variability, natural hazards, pollution, ecosystem changes and food security. Candidates can also highlight their own research on issues of racial diversity and inclusion within their scientific communities. Faculty holding these positions are expected to teach a combination of traditional science courses in their field and courses aligned with the undergraduate African American Studies Minor (AASM). Alternatively, they should demonstrate the equivalent through service to the AASM and by mentoring AASM undergraduate students.

This position will continue SIO’s commitment to research at the intersection between natural science and society with an emphasis on the scientific foundations of environmental justice studies. For some examples of efforts at SIO connecting basic science to society see our work on investigating the impacts of climate change on different communities, including a listing of researchers connected to the “Understanding and Protecting the Planet” initiative (https://climateadapt.ucsd.edu/), evolving polar environments (https://polar.ucsd.edu/), biodiversity and conservation (https://cmbc.ucsd.edu/ ), fisheries and food security (https://calcofi.org/index.php ), Oceans and Human Health and climate change and health impacts efforts
(https://scripps.ucsd.edu/research/topics/climate-change-and-health), and the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (https://cw3e.ucsd.edu/). The successful candidate would be welcome to join one of these collaborative centers, but research overlap with existing centers is not a requirement.

Candidates are required to hold a PhD in an area of Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric or Climate Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics, Engineering or a related field. A record of publication and service commensurate with the level of appointment is preferred. Through the Research, Teaching and Contributions to Diversity statements submitted with their applications, candidates will also be evaluated on their potential to establish a research, teaching, and service portfolio that advances anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity with particular focus on African America and Black Diaspora communities.

SIO is a world-renowned center of solid Earth, planetary, oceanographic, biological, and atmospheric research committed to academic excellence and diversity within its student body, staff, and approximately 200 principal investigators (http://diversity.ucsd.edu).

UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Rank and salary will be consistent with the applicant’s qualifications, experience and University of California pay scales.

For full consideration, please apply by the 3/31/2021 deadline at:
https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02649 (Assistant Professor)

Applicants who are competitive at Associate/Full level are encouraged to also apply at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02672. Each position requires a separate application submission.


UC San Diego is forging a new paradigm for engagement and collaboration between STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences and the Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities. This faculty line is one of 10 ladder-rank faculty positions that unite STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and African American and the Black Diaspora Studies through innovative research, coordinated teaching, and targeted service. Faculty will have multiple opportunities to engage with scholars across UCSD disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political influences focused on STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences, while also working within their home departments and professional communities.

Faculty holding these positions will be expected to design and teach undergraduate courses that align with the African American Studies Minor (AASM). They may also demonstrate the equivalent through service to the AASM and by mentoring AASM undergraduate students. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences. We welcome candidates whose professional experiences and personal background have facilitated their understandings of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented racial minority undergraduate and graduate students.

Strong candidates will have a research agenda easily related to factors of race/ethnicity, previous experiences teaching, mentoring, and supporting the advancement of underrepresented racial minority students, and a record of service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates will also have experience with or the desire to engage in interdisciplinary conversations and scholarship across UCSD disciplines.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - The research statement should articulate how the candidate’s scientific research incorporates or plans to incorporate a commitment to addressing access, equity, and stratified outcomes in Black and underrepresented minority communities.

  • Statement of Teaching - The teaching statement should explain the candidate’s teaching philosophy and his/her/their ongoing commitment to identifying and addressing issues of access, equity, and stratified outcomes in Black and underrepresented minority communities. Areas demonstrating that commitment may include, but are not limited to specific course content focused on race, inclusive teaching practices, courses taught at the undergraduate or graduate level(s), UG/G mentoring, and UG/G advising.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

    The diversity statement should articulate the candidate’s ongoing commitment to addressing access, equity, and stratified outcomes in Black and underrepresented minority communities. Areas demonstrating the candidate’s commitment may include, but are not limited to scientific research, curriculum and instruction, university/department service/activities/programs, professional service/activities/programs, and community service organizations/volunteer activities.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required