Assistant Professor of Environmental Data Science (Tenure-Track)

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
Salary range for this full-time, 9-month position is $87,000 - $92,000.
Closing date
Dec 23, 2023

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Job Type
Faculty, Assistant Professor
Organization Type

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), an interdisciplinary research institute within the University of Colorado Boulder, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level specializing in environmental data science. The position is rostered in CIRES, with tenure and teaching responsibilities in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The new faculty member will play a leadership role within ESIIL and advance their own extramurally funded research agenda that aligns with and uses ESIIL capabilities and resources. Environmental data science is highly interdisciplinary and represents the integration of data science with environmental sciences, advancing knowledge of the dynamics and interactions of the Earth system, towards actionable insights and tools, by using advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), statistics, data mining and fusion, computer vision, or other advanced analytical approaches.

Environmental research themes that focus on data-intensive exploration of the biosphere will be prioritized, such as AI for Earth Observations; biodiversity and the data revolution; data-driven inquiry on natural hazards and responses of ecosystems/communities; understanding disturbance and system thresholds in landscape ecology; climate and global change impacts, forecasting ecosystem health; data science for adaptation and resilient environmental futures, or other relevant data-driven themes. Advanced analytical and computational approaches could include AI and ML approaches, innovative data harmonization techniques, advanced statistical approaches, robust scientific software, new cloud-compute architectures, etc. The research will also use a broad swath of environmental data types and sources such as remote sensing data, e.g., Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) to airborne collections to satellite sensors; observatory field network data (e.g., NEON, CZNet, LTER); paleo records; synthetic or modeled environmental data; biorepositories; eDNA; citizen science and crowdsourced data; or other relevant environmental/biological data.

There is a three-course teaching load per year associated with this position. Teaching needs are associated with the three-course professional certificate in Earth Analytics that is taught through Earth Lab and Geography. Two courses will be taught in the professional certificate in Earth Analytics (which is taught in a hybrid-mode) and a third course will be taught in Geography on remote sensing applications, geographical information science, physical geography, or advanced analytical approaches using environmental data (determined based on the candidate’s specific expertise).

What We Can Offer: 

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require:

Minimum academic requirements include a PhD at the time of appointment in geography, ecology, ecosystem science, evolutionary biology, or a related field such as computer science, data science, information science, and/or geographic information science, with a demonstrated research record in environmental science.

For full consideration, please apply no later than November 11, 2023 via CU Boulder Jobs ( using the provided URL. The desired starting date for the position is August 2024 but is negotiable.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email.

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