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


Faculty Position Opening

Posted: October 30, 2012

AOSS is seeking applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position. The position is to be filled with an experimentalist with a strong research interest in scientific instrumentation, in particular space flight hardware development, related to Space, Planetary or Earth Science.

Research interests of our Space Science faculty include: solar-heliospheric physics, magnetospheric physics (including planetary magnetospheres), magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, aeronomy and planetary atmospheres (including atmospheres of small bodies and planetary satellites). AOSS faculty members are engaged in observational, theoretical and computer simulation studies. Over the last six decades faculty and staff of AOSS and its Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) have designed, built, flown and analyzed more than 100 rocket experiments and nearly 40 space instruments. AOSS/SPRL instruments are on the way to, or have visited, all planets of the solar system except PlutoAOSS faculty are also actively involved in the development of nanosatellites and suborbital platforms.

Research interests of our Earth Science faculty include: global climate change (emphasizing atmospheric and aerosol chemistry), regional and urban air pollution, glaciology, chemical kinetics, radiative transfer, remote sensing, aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, and atmospheric dynamics. AOSS faculty members are extensively involved in observations of the Earth from space, focusing in particular on measurements of atmospheric and ocean surface phenomena in the microwave and infrared. AOSS also develops instruments for and participates in ground-based, balloon and airborne field campaigns to study the dynamics and composition of the ocean, atmosphere and space environment.

The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop a widely recognized experimentally focused research program, (2) attract external funding, (3) mentor graduate students, and (4) participate in the educational mission of the AOSS Department and the College of Engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Candidates capable of developing collaborative research and educational relationships between AOSS and other departments at the university are of particular interest. A PhD in a relevant science or engineering 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.

For full consideration applications should be received before 1 November 2012. Applications and questions concerning this position should be sent (as a single pdf file) to Informal inquiries may also be made to: Prof. Tamas Gombosi, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, AOSS, email:

We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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