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Assistant Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and Physics

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The Bates College Department of Earth and Climate Sciences (EACS) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a jointly-appointed, tenure-track Assistant Professor in computational Atmospheric, Oceanic, or Climate modeling, beginning August 2024. The new faculty member will be expected to teach at the intersection of earth and climate sciences and physics and to establish an active research program involving undergraduate students.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and a commitment to collaboration, collegiality and building an inclusive academic environment. Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching and/or supporting marginalized, first generation and historically underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should show promise of excellence and innovation in both teaching and scholarship.

Candidate Credentials: Candidates should have completed their PhD in atmospheric, oceanic, climate sciences, or a related field, from any appropriate department (e.g. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Physics, Ocean Science, Atmospheric Science, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical/Ocean Engineering) by August 1, 2024. Postdoctoral experience is seen as beneficial but is not required. The successful candidate will teach 5 classes per year split evenly between EACS and Physics. Potential contributions to the curricula of EACS and Physics include an introductory course on the climate system, a cross-listed 200-level course in climate modeling, and/or relevant 300-level Physics or EACS courses.

Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. Details about the college and its community can be found here . Lewiston is a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene that includes the Roux Institute .

Bates supports new faculty with a course reduction in the first year of teaching, formal mentoring, and new-faculty development programming. Bates provides tenure-track faculty with a paid pre-tenure leave and support for post-tenure sabbaticals. Faculty scholarship is supported by start-up packages, the new Bonney Science Center , internal grants, and a robust external grants office . Faculty research is routinely supported by the NSF, NIH, and other external funding sources.

Bates is committed to supporting educational access for all. Educational access and justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, including an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to support transforming how we teach STEM, a Schuler Education Foundation Grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low income, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant . Teaching is supported by a new Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning . Community-engaged learning and study abroad are encouraged and robustly supported. Read more about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion here.

Significant lab space and start-up funding is available, as is a wide range of existing equipment and materials, as well as the support of a professional machinist and machine shop. Multiple full-time assistants in instruction provide logistical support for the introductory laboratories in both departments. College-wide facilities include a staff-supported Leavitt High Performance Computing Center , Visualization Lab , and a Digital Media Studio , among other facilities.

The standard teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per academic year, reduced to four courses in the first year of a tenure-track appointment. Faculty at Bates also advise senior theses and capstone seminars. Candidates may find information about current Bates salaries and benefits in Part 2 of the Bates Faculty Handbook .

Candidates should have completed their PhD in atmospheric, oceanic, climate sciences, or a related field, from any appropriate department (e.g. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Physics, Ocean Science, Atmospheric Science, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical/Ocean Engineering) by August 1, 2024.

Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter addressing interest in the position and Bates College, curriculum vitae, statement discussing teaching philosophy and experience, and a statement discussing research interests and proposed research program. Evidence of the candidate’s past and potential contributions to equity and inclusion should be addressed either in a separate, additional document, or integrated into the teaching and research statements.

Three letters of recommendation will be requested from candidates selected for further review. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Bates College is committed to equal opportunity and to providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to the Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow at 207-786-6445 or


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Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

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