Research Assistant Professor - Sea Ice

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Classification:Associate Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Geophysical Institute Snow, Ice, & Permafrost group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a new faculty member to join the Sea Ice research group at a world-leading institution for polar research. We offer excellent year-round access to sea ice research in many locations throughout Alaska with opportunities for working in partnership with indigenous communities. There are also many on-campus opportunities for collaboration with other polar researchers and facilities for satellite data and unmanned aircraft This position also includes a generous start-up package


100The workload will consist of two parts; research and service. Research: all professional activities leading to publication, performance or formal presentation in the UNAC member''s field, or leading to external funding recognizing the UNAC member''s current or potential contribution to that field. Such activities include manuscript submission; grant/contract proposal submission; supervision of funded research projects; development and commercialization of intellectual property; additions to a portfolio; and other original contributions appropriate to the UNAC member''s field. Service: 1. Public service: serving in organized, non-remunerative, educational and consultative activities which devolve from a UNAC member''s professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University; Collective Bargaining Agreement United Academics – AAUP/AFT January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2019 2. University service: serving as department head/chair, program director, or governance officer; serving on administrative and governance, department, college, school or university committees; and performing other tasks as deemed necessary by the University. Also, service will be recognized when a UNAC member serves as a member of the MAU appeals board, as a member of the MAU disciplinary committee or as a member of a joint labor-management committee or task force established by this Agreement. UNAC members who serve as the MAU grievance chair will receive service credit of up to three workload units. 3. Professional service: reviewing grant/contract proposals, serving as an editor and/or reviewer for a journal, serving as accreditation reviewer, serving on a professional licensing board, as an ad hoc reviewer in the UNAC member''s area of expertise; as an officer in a professional society; organizing and/or chairing conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.; teaching short courses, seminars, etc. that are not regular academic courses; editing journals, books, special volumes of papers, or other relevant activities.Essential

The sea ice group at UAF's Geophysical Institute carries out a wide range of research related to sea ice in the Earth system including many interdisciplinary collaborations. The successful applicant will be an active member of this team and is expected to pursue a vigorous, externally funded research program that expands the sea ice research capacity of the University and may incorporate remote sensing, field observations or model-based methods.

Responsibilities will include recruiting and mentoring graduate students and may involve the teaching of graduate or undergraduate classes. The breadth of expertise including the ability to interact with researchers outside of the sea ice community is essential. Experience in multiple different geophysical research techniques and linkages with other components of the Arctic climate system is highly desirable.

The new hire will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on experience. They will need to demonstrate a strong research record and prospects for future funding and research success.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application  Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae to include a list of publications, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  The review of this posting will start on 12/31/2018, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. Applications received after this date may not be considered until another position becomes available or if a qualified candidate is not identified.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-5880. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Union Representation:
This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at


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