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Assistant Extension Specialist (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Climate Services

Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
New Brunswick, New Jersey on the G.H Cook Campus
Commensurate With Experience
Posted Date
Jan 13, 2023

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Climate Services


Rutgers University–New Brunswick


The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Extension Specialist (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Climate ServicesA faculty member is sought whose scholarship and extension outreach relate to climate, climate change and its impacts, and climate-change adaptation relevant to New Jersey.  Areas of interest are climatic effects on urban infrastructure, agriculture, coastal challenges, environmental justice communities, and related topics.   


The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative, externally funded, and nationally recognized research and extension program as part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS).  NJAES Cooperative Extension helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge to bring the wealth of knowledge of Rutgers University to local communities (  In addition to the scholarly activities expected of an Assistant Professor, to which this position is equivalent, the candidate is expected to engage in robust community outreach with diverse stakeholders from urban to suburban to agricultural clientele, with an emphasis on equitable solutions to climate change, through the NJAES system of county and local extension agents and through the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist.  The successful candidate will teach courses in the undergraduate Meteorology and graduate Atmospheric Science academic programs in the Department of Environmental Sciences and perform service to the department, NJAES, SEBS, the university, and the state.


Rutgers-New Brunswick hosts one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. Our institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including our priority of diversifying our faculty ranks, is outlined in the Rutgers DEI strategic plan (  We especially encourage applications from backgrounds underrepresented in science and engineering including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ scientists or engineers.


Qualifications:  Preferred candidates will have a B.S. in a science or engineering discipline and a Ph.D. in atmospheric or climate science, or a closely related science/engineering discipline, and can conduct research, obtain external funding, perform outreach, teach Atmospheric Science courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentor students.


About the Department and Rutgers New Brunswick:  DES is the oldest environmental sciences department in the nation, with a history covering over 100 years.  In addition to its programs in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, DES offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Science and a joint Environmental Engineering program with the School of Engineering.


Candidates should apply online to the link at,


and provide the following items to the below as part of their online application:


•  cover letter

•  curriculum vitae

•  statement of research interests

•  statement of teaching philosophy and experience

•  statement of extension interests (please visit for a description of the NJAES Extension Service and upload your statement to the “other document” category)

•  statement on DEI that outlines the candidate’s past efforts and future commitment to DEI as a faculty member (see Rutgers diversity initiatives at

•  names and contact information for three professional references  


Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2023, and continue until filled, with an intended position start date of September 1, 2023.


Questions may be directed to


Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by law.  As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in any terms and conditions of employment.  For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:


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