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September 11, 2019

Faculty Positions in the area of Understanding Land-Water Systems using Data Analytics

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences through the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, seeks to hire tenure-line faculty at the assistant or associate rank who study Earth and environmental sciences using new data-driven tools and methods. Candidates for the rank of associate professor typically will have several years of research experience and already hold tenure at another institution and/or qualify for immediate tenure at Penn State. Successful candidates will have expertise in at least one of the following areas: data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or deep learning.

We seek dynamic scientists who want to teach and lead in the emerging field of data analytics on integrated topics of Earth and environmental science as they relate to land-water systems. Relevant research expertise should include at least one of the following: remote sensing, numerical modeling, groundwater chemistry, nature-society interactions, decision analysis, high performance computing, or machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The position will involve a joint appointment between EESI and one Department among Geography, Energy and Mineral Engineering, and Geosciences. The tenure home will be determined based on the research skills and interests of the candidate, after the on-site interviews have been conducted. The selected applicants will be responsible for research and teaching in their respective Departments, along with service for Departments and EESI. We envision that the new faculty will coordinate in offering new courses in environmental data analytics, aimed especially for graduate and undergraduate students in environmental studies, science and policy across the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in either Earth Science, Geosciences, Geography, Energy Science, Meteorology, Computer Science, Engineering or a clearly related field in the engineering, natural or social sciences by the time of hire. Candidates must demonstrate expertise and research productivity in data-driven science and show strong interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Excellence in teaching, research, and service is expected of professors employed by Penn State, as is the development of an externally funded research program.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We foster a culture of inclusion that supports numerous diversity initiatives and leverages the educational and institutional benefits of diversity. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

To apply, please upload: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including publications list; (3) a description of future research plans; (4) teaching interests; and (5) a statement of commitment towards diversity and inclusion. The review of applications will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until all positions are filled. Inquiries can be sent to Professor Guido Cervone (cervone@psu.edu), Chair of the hiring committee.

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/90514

To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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September 20, 2019

Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of Risk- and Decision-Analysis Climate Risk Management

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position focusing on risk- and decision-analysis to inform climate risk management. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary research team supported by funding from sponsors including NSF, DOE, and NOAA. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in a relevant discipline such as applied mathematics, statistics, atmospheric science, geosciences, civil and environmental engineering, or operations research. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the research within the scope of projects relevant to the team’s efforts. Example projects include: analysis of the dynamics of coupled natural-human systems with the associated deep and dynamic uncertainties, quantification of climate hazards, quantification of trade-offs associated with adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, and applying and refining methods for many-objective robust decision making. Examples of current projects and relevant publications are provided at https://personal.ems.psu.edu/~kzk10/. This position provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development, as well as mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines.

To apply for this position, please upload a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, reprints of two manuscripts, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in the position, highlight relevant qualifications and experience, and include links to examples of relevant prior work.

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Klaus Keller (klaus@psu.edu).

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/90938

To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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September 20, 2019

Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of Climate Data Products for Impacts Analysis and Decision Support

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position focusing on the development of new climate data products targeted at the analysis of climate impacts and for use in decision support applications. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary research team working under awards from NSF, DOE, and NOAA, broadly focused on issues of climate risk management. The successful candidate will have a strong background in a field such as Earth system science (e.g., meteorology/atmospheric science, geosciences, oceanography), civil and environmental engineering, statistics, or applied mathematics by the time of hire. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the research within the scope of projects relevant to the team’s current efforts. Possible example projects include empirical/statistical downscaling of global climate model output, development of high resolution gridded observational data products, development of metrics and tools for application-relevant characterization of climate data products, and uncertainty quantification in regional climate change projections. This position provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development, as well as mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines.

Evidence of completion of a Ph.D. by date of hire is required. To be considered for this position, applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, reprints of two manuscripts, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in the position, highlight relevant qualifications and experience, and include links to examples of relevant prior work.

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. This is a fixed term position funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Robert Nicholas (ren10@psu.edu).

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/90950

To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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September 26, 2019

Scientific Programmer

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a non-tenure line, full-time Scientific Programmer position. Successful candidates will become part of a transdisciplinary research team working on Climate Risk Analysis (https://clima.psu.edu), Multisector Dynamics of Coupled Human and Earth Systems (https://pches.psu.edu), and Stakeholder-Engaged Decision Support (https://marisa.psu.edu) under support from sponsors including NSF, DOE, and NOAA.This deeply collaborative research environment provides participants with unique opportunities for research, education, cross-institution collaboration, and professional development. The selected candidate will work with students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers across multiple departments to develop modeling, data processing, visualization, decision analysis, and outreach tools for our integrated research efforts. Desired areas of expertise include developing and running Earth system, integrated assessment, agricultural, ecosystem, and hydrological models and/or their components; econometric analysis; geophysical and economic data visualization; model coupling and parallelization; statistical analysis of large datasets; and development of web-based, interactive tools. The primary languages used by the team include R, Python, Julia, Matlab, and GAMS; significant experience with model development and data analysis in one or more of these languages is essential. Experience working in high-performance computing environments (e.g. Linux clusters) and with additional relevant languages such as C/C++, Fortran, Javascript, or NCL is also desirable. Initial projects may include (but are not limited to) development of tools for model coupling, data format translation, multi-objective trade-off analysis, uncertainty quantification, deployment of large model ensembles, climate downscaling, and web delivery of climatic datasets.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a relevant field and a demonstrated record of achievement in scientific computing. Fixed term academic rank will be commensurate with education and experience. This is a fixed term appointment, funded for one year from the date of hire, with possibility of renewal. Applicants should upload a cover letter, a resume/CV, and contact information for at least three professional references, all in PDF format. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in the position, highlight relevant qualifications and experience, and include links to at least two examples of relevant prior work. Applicants should also provide evidence, either woven through their application materials, or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence and engagement in their work environment. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Robert Nicholas (ren10@psu.edu).

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/90955

To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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September 26, 2019

Research Data Management Specialist 1

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Penn State has an immediate opening for a Research Data Management Specialist, Level 1, to provide support for research, education and outreach activities funded by Penn State as well as multiple state and federal agencies. Duties include creating and modifying software codes in support of research, education and outreach activities; creating and modifying research datasets; documenting software codes in datasets; and generating publication-quality figures.

This position typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred experience includes GIS software; Linux-based computation environments; or programming languages such as R, Python, GAMS, Julian Matlab, C/C++, or Fortran. Familiarity with issues related to climate hazards, particularly coastal and/or inland flooding is also preferred. The successful candidate will be able to develop interactive websites and have experience with manipulation and analysis of large datasets, particularly involving Earth system or economic data. For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Robert Nicholas (ren10@psu.edu).

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of renewal.

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/91033

To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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