Tenure Track, Assistant Professor – Cleveland State University


The Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences at Cleveland State University invites applicants for a new, tenure-track assistant professor position in Earth Systems Science and Data Analytics starting August 21, 2023. Cleveland State University is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. CSU is striving to be a nationally recognized and student-focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable and Engaged Learning opportunities for all. 

Successful candidates will contribute to and expand department strengths, including conducting internationally recognized research and interdisciplinary teaching in the B.S. and M.S. degree programs in Environmental Science. Candidates skilled in environmental data science with strengths complimentary to our existing faculty such as ecoinformatics, omics, and multi-systems science (i.e., interfaces of land-water, human-natural systems), as well as aquatic systems, are especially encouraged to apply. 

Minimum qualifications include: 

  • a Ph.D. in earth science, environmental science, ecology, natural resource management, or related disciplines and one year of postdoctoral research experience, or equivalent, accumulated by date of hire 
  • substantive answer describing experience serving diverse students or plans to make a positive contribution to CSU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion 
  • experience with diverse forms of environmental data and tools for data analysis, visualization and modeling, and intent and potential to teach courses using these tools in earth science systems, environmental science, natural resource management, and/or other applied sciences 

Preferred qualifications include: 

  • more than one year of experience as a postdoctoral researcher, or equivalent 
  • expertise in data management, analysis, and visualization (e.g., R, Python, SQL, QGIS
  • intent and potential to acquire external funding (e.g., from NSF, NASA, USDA, EPA, and/or NIEHS) 
  • authorship of peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals 
  • substantial teaching experience (e.g., as an instructor of an undergraduate course) 
  • intent and potential to help develop one or more courses for a new ‘data analytics’ track for environmental science students (BS & MS), or for other interdisciplinary degree programs, and a course on field skills and data collection focused on aquatic systems 
  • expertise that is complementary to other CSU faculty and regional research partners (e.g., urban ecosystems, global change, macroecology, environmental pollution, restoration ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, natural resource management, population ecology) 
  • intent and potential to positively engage diverse students within CSU’s academic community 

Preference will be given to candidates with applications that are complete by December 2nd, 2022. A complete application requires submission of a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, diversity statement, an unofficial transcript and/or a summary of graduate coursework, and receipt of letters from three references. Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. In your application, you must explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university. Successful candidates will use these application materials to collectively demonstrate the extent to which they meet the minimum and preferred qualifications. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and competitive with other research-intensive universities. Substantial startup funds are available, proportional to potential for acquiring external funding. The official start date for the position is August 21, 2023. For details on the application process, see http://hrjobs.csuohio.edu/postings/18416. Inquiries about the job, application process, university, or region may be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Julie Wolin (j.wolin@csuohio.edu). Applicants are also encouraged to apply for a second tenure track CRUE position in Environmental Science & Environmental Studies (posting 18417). 

Excellent opportunities for collaboration and outreach beyond the department exist within the intercollege Center for Research on the Urban Environment (CRUE) and the new Center for Applied Data Analysis and Modeling (ADAM). Many opportunities exist for collaboration with a variety of regional institutions, including the nationally-recognized Cleveland Metroparks, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and NASA Glenn Research Center, as well as with nearby universities (e.g., Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University). 

CSU is a young (est. in 1964), rapidly evolving university with a growing research profile. CSU is ranked 18th in the U.S. and first in Ohio among public universities that fulfill a critical dual mission, providing upward mobility and conducting impactful research. Our downtown campus and Cleveland are noted for their substantial revitalization. The region offers diverse recreational opportunities and cultural activities, and affordable housing in a variety of neighborhoods within a short drive or ride via bike, bus, or train. For additional information about the City of Cleveland, see https://www.thisiscleveland.com 

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Hire is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D.) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check. 

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