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Subject: Workshop on Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemical and Ecological Research

Faculty Positions: Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
University of Maryland , College Park

The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland invites applications for two tenure-track academic faculty positions pertaining to interactions of the atmosphere-ocean-land system.

ESSIC is a joint center between the University of Maryland Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Geology, and Geography together with the Earth-Sun Exploration Division at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. ESSIC also administers the Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies (CICS) which is joint with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and the National Environmental Satellite and Data Information Service (NESDIS). The goal of ESSIC is to enhance our understanding of how the atmosphere-ocean-land-biosphere components of the Earth interact as a coupled system and the influence of human activities on this system. This is accomplished via studies of the interaction between the physical climate system (e.g., El Nino, NAO) and biogeochemical cycles (e.g., greenhouse gases, changes in land use and cover). The major research thrusts of the center are studies of Climate Variability and Change, Atmospheric Composition and Processes, the Global Carbon Cycle (including Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems/Land Use/Cover Change), and the Global Water Cycle. The manner in which this research is accomplished is via analyses of in situ and remotely sensed observations along with component and coupled ocean-atmosphere-land models. Together this provides a foundation for understanding and forecasting changes in the global environment and regional implications. Data assimilation and regional downscaling provide the means by which the observations and models are linked to study the interactions between the physical climate system and biogeochemical cycles from global to regional scales.

Presently, the ESSIC staff is composed of approximately 50 academic and research faculty spanning meteorology, oceanography, geology, and geography. Applications are solicited in one or more of the following general areas:

· Land Surface Hydrology, Land-Atmosphere Interactions

· Paleoclimate

· Marine and/or Terrestrial Ecosystem Feedbacks to the Physical Climate System

· Earth System Modeling

The positions are expected to be filled at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, but applications from senior distinguished candidates will be considered as well. The appointments are state-funded for the nine-month academic year. A Ph.D. degree in an appropriate discipline of Earth System Science is required. The successful applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in research and teaching and a desire to work in a multi-disciplinary environment. The successful applicants are expected to participate in the teaching program of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Geology, or Geography to guide graduate students toward advanced degrees, to conduct independent, cross-discipline research, to publish research results, and to compete for grants and contracts.


In order to ensure full consideration, curriculum vitae, statement of professional goals, and the names of at least three references should be sent by June 30, 2006 to:

Professor Ragu Murtugudde
Chair, Search Committee
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
224 Computer and Space Science Building , Room 2207
University of Maryland
College Park , MD 20742-2425

Attention: ESSIC Faculty Position


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