Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Climate-driven Environmental Hazards, University of Illinois

Assistant Professor in Climate-driven Environmental Hazards at University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

The Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change in the School of Earth, Society & Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System, seeks a scholar with expertise in the broad area of climate-driven environmental hazards. Possible focus areas include, but are not limited to: natural variability and climate change impacts on the water cycle including extreme events (e.g., floods and droughts); climate-driven impacts on the critical zone (e.g., soil moisture, landslides, coastal erosion, carbon and nitrogen cycles, impacts of wildfire);  cryosphere changes (ice sheet collapse, glacier loss, permafrost melt); sea level rise; paleoclimate perspectives on climate hazards; and natural variability and climate change influences on key climate modes that control natural hazards such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. This position is part of a hiring cluster on “Climate Impacts, Risk, and Inequality” within the School of Earth, Society and Environment, as well as a campus-wide interdisciplinary supercluster on the theme of “A Sustainable, Just, and Resilient Society in the Face of Environmental and Societal Change”.

The full-time, 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty appointment is at the Assistant Professor level with a target start date of 16 August 2024. Salary is competitive, commensurate with skills and experience.

The Department is committed to building and maintaining an excellent and diverse academic environment. We are dedicated to advancing inclusion and diversity through our teaching, research, and service. Qualified applications will be considered regardless of age, race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Responsibilities in Research and Teaching:

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program in the area of climate-driven environmental hazards. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at least two courses annually within the Geology curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Synergy with Campus Excellence Themes and Strengths:

The successful candidate will benefit from existing strengths within the Department in surface environments and landscape research, tectonics, geophysics, geodynamics, geochemistry, and paleoclimate. Strengths in SESE include CyberGIS & Geography, and Atmospheric Sciences climate research. Strengths across campus include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, data science programs in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Excellent opportunities also exist for collaborations with the United States Geological Survey and Illinois State Geological Survey.


PhD or equivalent international degree in the Earth Sciences or a related field by mid-June 2024 for a preferred start date of 16 August 2024. Applicants must show evidence of a promising research agenda and commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching effectiveness.

Candidates whose PhD may be delayed but will complete all the PhD requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the PhD requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

Application Process:

To apply, create your candidate profile and submit application materials by 6 October 2023. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Three statements of no more than two pages each:
    • Statement of teaching interest and philosophy
    • Statement of research interests; and
    • Statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of all students, including those from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to Inclusive Excellence and the success of all students.

We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the “Resume/CV” section. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. 

Questions about the position can be directed to search committee chair Prof. Jessica Conroy ( For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

Requisition ID: 1019083