Assistant Professors – NC State

The Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) within the College of Sciences at NC State is one of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary geoscience departments. MEAS includes approximately 35 faculty, 75 graduate students, and 220 undergraduates involved in basic and applied studies of Earth Systems. MEAS is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment that allows all members of the Department to thrive. The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees. Our principal concentrations include weather prediction, air quality, air-sea interactions, storm and climate modeling, hydrology, oceanography, active tectonics, Quaternary geology and geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, geospatial analytics applied to the geosciences, and geoscience education.

The multidisciplinary nature of our department lends itself to the study of such problems as prediction of severe weather (e.g. hurricanes), geologic hazards, coastal erosion, air-sea-land interactions, pollution of surface and groundwater, big-data assimilation, and global climate change. While basic research is always important, many of our research projects also have direct application to current issues such as water quality/water supply, seafood harvests, climate change, weather prediction, natural hazards, Earth resources and land use. MEAS offers undergraduate degree programs in marine sciences, geology, and meteorology, research-based MS and PhD degrees, and an MS in Climate Change & Society. Our programs include many tracks in each of our program areas and thus provide the opportunity for an education broader than bachelor’s degrees in more traditional departments. Additional information about the department and its facilities can be found on the web page:

Opportunities exist for disciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions with a wide range of scientists at NC State. The North Carolina State Climate Office and the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service reside on NC State’s campus. MEAS is one of six NC State departments with a presence at the NC State Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), a coastal and marine science research facility located on Bogue Sound in Morehead City, NC (, and  MEASfaculty participate in the Center for Geospatial Analytics ( In addition, the Data Science Initiative (DSI), sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation at NC State, seeks to create a nationally recognized hub of excellence in data science and analytics ( Opportunities exist to draw on departmental and campus resources to develop strong teaching expertise using best practices. 

Founded in 1887, NC State is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. A collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and research collaborations with area universities and the Research Triangle Park are compelling reasons for relocation to the area. NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The University, College, and Department are committed to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or disability. Applications from persons from groups historically underrepresented in the geosciences are strongly encouraged.

Essential Job Duties: The Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) at North Carolina State University (NC State) seeks to fill three new tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor level that are focused on impacts of rapid global change on Earth systems and environmental processes.  We seek candidates who will build on ongoing initiatives in MEAS to strengthen links among our instructional and research programs in marine science, geology, and meteorology/atmospheric science.

Competitive candidates for these positions will be those who:

  • Address coupled processes among the solid surface, oceans and coasts, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere across scales of space and time
  • Offer a compelling vision for the future of the geosciences that will enhance our programs through research, instruction, and outreach
  • Can leverage the location of NC State within North Carolina and the southeastern US to develop basic and/or applied research relevant to communities that are historically underserved and most vulnerable to environmental change
  • Demonstrate interest in and commitment to increasing the participation and inclusion in the geosciences of people from historically marginalized groups
  • Draw upon a wide range of innovative research modes and methods to explore challenges and opportunities to build local to global collaborations

Successful applicants will be expected to develop a cutting edge, rigorous, and internationally recognized research program, supervise graduate students, and teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs in marine, Earth, and atmospheric sciences. This may also include developing collaborations that draw upon NC State’s nationally recognized extension programs.  We encourage applications from candidates using novel and inventive approaches to geoscience research, such as big data science; artificial intelligence and machine learning; laboratory, field-based, and/or remotely sensed observations, including the use of autonomous vehicles; and computational modeling. The College of Sciences and MEAS place a high value on excellent instruction and the use of research-validated teaching methods. 

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidates will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Minimum Education and Experience: Applicants must hold a doctor’s degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent professional experience in geosciences or a related field.

  • Strong commitment to the practices and procedures that impact student success.
  • Understanding the importance of working with diverse students.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Appreciate and communicate across a broad range of geoscience disciplines, including their societal relevance.

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