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Assistant Professor of the Practice in Climate Science

Vanderbilt University: College of Arts and Science: Natural Sciences: Earth & Environmental Sciences


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Open Date

Jan 12, 2024


The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a climate science faculty position at the rank Assistant Professor of the Practice. We seek individuals with demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and a willingness to engage in teaching and research collaborations with a diverse and interdisciplinary group of faculty and students in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Sociology, Climate Studies, Civil & Environmental Engineering and other related fields. The position starts in fall 2024. This is a 9-month, non-tenure-track faculty appointment with a 2:2 teaching load, 3-year renewable contract conditional upon performance, and opportunity for a 3-month research effort supported through individual or collaborative external grants.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Department‘s teaching mission by offering introductory and advanced Climate, Paleoclimate, Atmospheric and/or Ocean Sciences classes. A willingness to teach a breadth of such courses, develop new ones and to help shape the department’s teaching curriculum is required. Successful candidates will also be enthusiastic about contributing to the new and strongly interdisciplinary Climate and Environmental Studies program and major, launched by the College of Arts & Science in the fall of 2022.


A PhD, in hand no later than August 1, 2024, in Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean Sciences, or related field is necessary. A strong foundation in climate science and atmospheric or oceanic processes is required. Interest or experience with both modern and/or ancient earth systems through the lens of quantitative methods and physical processes is preferred. Successful candidates will have a strong record of teaching excellence, interest in pedagogy, and experience working with diverse students.

Application Instructions

Applications must include:

1.     Cover Letter detailing interest the position

2.     Full curriculum vitae

3.      A statement of teaching philosophy and interests specific to our program

4.      Teaching evaluations if available and other evidence of teaching effectiveness

5.     A research statement

6.      Candidates may discuss equity, diversity, and inclusion in their research and teaching statements, as applicable.

7.      Names of at least 3 references, including mail and email addresses and phone numbers.

Review of applications will begin February 9th and will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding this posting please email

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.