Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Search for Tenured and Tenure-Track Applicants for Faculty Position

Posted: November 8, 2010

The Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) Department at the University of Michigan (UM) is seeking tenured and tenure-track applicants at all levels for a climate/climate change or hydrosphere-atmosphere-interactions modeler with expertise in scientific computing. The candidate should have a strong focus on computational performance and petascale-ready designs of scientific software.

Numerical predictions of high-impact local weather events and the growing demand for regional-local climate predictions are grand challenge problems and one of the main drivers for petascale computing. The software challenge facing the petascale efforts is the explosion in hardware parallelism. This requires a significant redesign of climate science applications, libraries, numerical methods and algorithms to reach the level of parallelism needed to fully utilize the newest generation of computer architectures. Applicants will have the potential to bridge this ever-widening gap between petascale hardware and the models used in the climate sciences, and may be eligible for a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science division in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.

This faculty opening was awarded to AOSS under UM's Interdisciplinary Junior Faculty Cluster Hire initiative. The Cluster Hire includes four proposed hires in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences in collaboration with Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Successful candidates will work in their primary disciplinary area and contribute to the development of high-performance computing. Faculty hired into these positions are expected to be active and contributing members of UM's Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop a widely recognized research program, (2) attract external funding, (3) mentor graduate students and (4) participate in the teaching mission of the AOSS department at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Candidates capable of developing collaborative relationships in research and teaching are of particular interest. A PhD in atmospheric science, scientific computing or another relevant discipline is required. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a concise personal statement describing the candidate's vision for research and education, and a list of at least four references.

Questions concerning these job openings and applications (in a single pdf file) should be directed to the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Joyce Penner ( The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples.



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