Earth System Remote Sensing/Earth Dynamics Observatory
University of Arizona

Cluster Hire Announcement

The University of Arizona announces coordinated hiring of five tenure-track or tenured faculty positions in Earth system remote sensing to establish the Earth Dynamics Observatory (EDO) to respond to global challenges in Earth and environmental science, planetary science, and hazards and resource assessment.

EDO will combine unique mission operations and planetary science capabilities of the internationally recognized Lunar and Planetary Lab with remote sensing research in leading natural science programs including Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Natural and Resources and the Environment, and the Institute of the Environment, with instrument development and calibration through UA's renowned Colleges of Science, Optical Sciences, and Engineering. EDO faculty will contribute to interdisciplinary research and educational programs oriented around remote sensing and Earth and planetary change, with the goal of developing instruments, deploying missions, and leading new research in applications of remote sensing.

We welcome applications for the first five EDO positions focused in five areas. For all positions, scientists may seek appointments in one or several Departments and Colleges within the University, depending on the research areas and interests of the scientist and the promotion of mission- and science-oriented objectives of EDO.

Appointees will be expected to contribute to innovative and quality teaching, advising, and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate level, provide opportunities for student engagement in research, internship, externship, and professional training, participate in service and outreach, and promote the UA's goals for broad representation among its students and workforce. EDO is seeking individuals who promote diversity in research, education, and outreach, and who have experience with a variety of collaborative, teaching, and curricular perspectives.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community.  We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies.  Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Instrument/Mission Leadership:We seek a scientist with experience in instrument and/or mission development and leadership in Earth remote sensing to coordinate large-scale collaborative projects across a variety of platforms (airborne, UAV, satellite), methods (multi/hyperspectral, radar, laser, gravity, etc.), and applications (e.g., atmospheric composition/properties, Earth surface, land cover, sea-surface, cryosphere, groundwater, etc.). The position is open-rank. In addition to promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across campus and with federal, regional, and industry partners, the scientist will also contribute to training students and researchers in remote sensing, and serve remote-sensing related needs of regional resource stakeholders. Inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Overpeck, Candidates should apply for position number F20158.

Remote Sensing Land-Water-Climate/Geospatial Analysis: We seek a scientist with expertise in remote sensing, modeling, and data analysis to address challenges in land surface, water cycle, resource, and hazards assessment using active and passive source methods, multi- and hyperspectral data, LiDAR, and other technologies. Experience with advanced spatial-temporal modeling and geospatial analysis related to environmental change and water in arid environments is expected. The scientist will engage researchers and students in interdisciplinary research and student training across Earth and environmental programs and curricula, and lead and collaborate on federal, industry, and public projects. Inquiries should be directed to Stuart Marsh, Candidates should apply for position number F20163.

Atmospheric remote sensing:  Observing systems, encompassing a wide range of platforms from ground-based to satellites and measurement instruments from radar to chemical sensors, are key in our ability to understand, predict, assess, and mitigate changes in the Earth system. We seek a scientist with expertise in atmospheric remote sensing especially in the following areas:  (1) passive and active remote sensing of the atmosphere (e.g., precipitation, clouds, water vapor, aerosols, and trace gases); (2) development and application of remote sensing retrieval algorithms and methods; (3) algorithm development and application of dual-polarization Doppler radar measurements; and (4) data assimilation.  Inquiries should be directed to Xubin Zeng, Candidates should apply for position number F20162.

Comparative planetology: We seek a scientist in the field of remote sensing of planetary surfaces, atmospheres, and/or interiors with relevance to multiple planets (including exoplanets) or solar system objects and to astrobiology, to provide context for understanding the Earth.  Experience in field and lab work and theory are also desirable. The scientist will have expertise in planetary science and observing techniques to a) develop instrumentation and techniques and lead experiments for planetary science (including Earth), and b) provide perspective on the implications for Earth of knowledge about other planets and vice versa. Inquiries should be directed to Tim Swindle, Candidates should apply for position number F20164.

Satellite Geodesy: We seek a scientist using modern space geodetic techniques to understand Earth properties across a range of geophysical, hazards, and resource applications. Examples include study of Earth’s gravity field, GPS, InSAR, and LiDAR imaging, radar altimetry, and other methods to probe Earth’s surface and interior to understand earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, plate tectonics, mantle flow, glacier dynamics, sea level, and/or Earth’s rotational dynamics. This scientist will develop collaborative explorations into interconnected solid and fluid Earth systems for basic science, increase our ability to monitor Earth changes for resources and hazards assessment, strengthen our ability to compete for funding from external agencies and industry, and help define scientific objectives of future missions. Inquiries should be directed to Rick Bennett, Candidates should apply for position number F20165.

Candidates can apply for all positions at, using the specific position numbers listed above.

Review of applications will begin 9 November 2015, and positions will remain open until filled.

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