Assistant Professor of Earth System Science


Clark University


Friday, October 30, 2020

Start Date

Monday, August 2, 2021

The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science to join our internationally recognized program in Geography. The position begins August 2021. Human activity is pushing the planet into a fundamentally new state, increasingly dominated by anthropogenic drivers of and responses to cumulative and systemic environmental changes. We are interested in scholarship focused on the drivers and consequences of these major human modifications of earth systems and surfaces; and the interventions needed to mitigate, steer, or adapt to those modifications to safeguard the planet for future generations.

Clark University ( integrates intensive, high-profile research in a liberal arts setting. The Graduate School of Geography ( is one of the top ranked geography programs in the United States, with a strong focus on environmental science and sustainability. Collaborative opportunities exist with the George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark Labs as well as Departments of Biology; Chemistry; International Development, Community and Environment; and other programs at Clark. Central Massachusetts is a gateway to New England and offers robust access to numerous universities, research institutes, potential research sites, and natural and cultural amenities.


We invite applicants with expertise in one or more of the following thematic areas: climate science, global ecology, conservation and biodiversity, earth surface processes, biogeochemistry and soil resources, hydrology, cryospheric sciences, ocean sciences, or related fields. We particularly encourage applicants employing one or more of the following: earth observation remote sensing, environmental informatics, big data analytics and machine learning, computer modeling of Earth System processes, or integration of these approaches with field data or global change experiments. Excellence in research and publication, potential to secure extramural funding, and capacities for strong undergraduate and graduate teaching, advising, and mentoring are required. The successful candidate will provide strong synergies with current Clark faculty working in ESS, human-environment geography, and GIScience & remote sensing and will contribute to teaching, advising and mentoring in Clark's undergraduate and graduate programs in Geography and Environmental Science. A Ph.D. is required at time of appointment.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.