Associate or Full Professor in Environmental Science and the School of Data Science

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Job posting number: #7068686

Posted: August 7, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Department of Environmental Sciences (EVSC) and the School of Data Science (SDS) at the University of Virginia invite applicants for a full-time tenured position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the area of Environmental Data Science, with rank commensurate to experience level. We seek applicants whose research and teaching address questions in environmental science using novel approaches to the data cycle to advance knowledge of environmental systems, and to solve problems of societal relevance. Approaches of interest include, but are not limited to, data acquisition, analytical workflows, and data-driven computational methods (e.g. machine-learning, statistical or simulation approaches). The ideal candidate is data-oriented, has a track record of open collaborative, cross-disciplinary work, and holds a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. This position is open to all areas of the environmental sciences but will prioritize data science research and teaching in the hydrologic, atmospheric, or geoscience domains.

The successful candidate will be cross-appointed in Environmental Science and Data Science and is expected to develop an externally funded and internationally recognized research program, manage and mentor a diverse research group, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. They will take a central role that bridges and leverages research strengths between both programs and will incorporate data science computation in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Opportunities for collaboration/affiliation with other units in the University include the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment. Environmental Resilience and Digital Technologies and Society have been named as two of the five priority initiatives in the new university Strategic Plan, emphasizing the importance of this collaboration.

EVSC, in the College of Arts and Science, was formed in 1970, with research and teaching interests that span Atmospheric Science, Geoscience, Hydrology and Ecology ( The School of Data Science is the 12th and newest school at the University of Virginia, formed with the largest gift in the university’s history. The School covers all aspects of the data life cycle and emphasizes interdisciplinary, open, ethical research and education that address societal challenges. Environmental Data Science is one of the priority areas for the School.

Please apply online at and attach the following required applicant documents:

1- A cover letter, two page maximum, including a summary of research interests and accomplishments, and potential UVA collaboration.

2- A detailed curriculum vitae, including a link to a full ORCID Profile.

3- A one page summary of your five year research plan.

4- A one page statement of teaching philosophy.

5- A one page statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body, as well as your past, present, and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the link referenced above.

Review of applications will start November 1, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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