Research Assistant Professor - Glaciology

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  • Job Number:518765
  • Classification:Research Assistant 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, a world-leading institution for polar and glacier research, is seeking a new faculty member to join the Glacier’s Group. At the University of Alaska there is a broad research enterprise spread across several institutes that provides many opportunities for cutting edge research along with collaboration with polar researchers as well as researchers in geodesy, seismology, and oceanography. The position includes a generous start-up package. **NEW Review date: Please submit your application no later than 06/26/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 06/27/2022. This posting will be closed once it is filled**


10Service: 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, 50 2. 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. In addition, 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 a 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
90Research: 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.Essential

The Glacier’s Group at UAF’s Geophysical Institute carries out a wide range of research related to glaciers and ice sheets in the Earth system, including multidisciplinary collaborations. The successful candidate will be an active member of this team and is expected to pursue a vigorous, externally funded research program that expands the glacier research capabilities of the University, and may incorporate field observations, remote sensing, theoretical and model-based methods, and crossing boundaries to other disciplines.

Responsibilities will include recruiting and mentoring graduate students and may involve the teaching of graduate and undergraduate classes. The breadth of expertise including the ability to interact with researchers outside of the glacier and ice sheet community is essential.

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


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience working with private and public external constituencies.
  • Ability to advocate for the university.
  • Ability to write proposals and acquire funding from external sources.
  • General background in related field.
  • Strong record of scientific publications.
  • Experience supervising graduate students in research.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD degree in Earth Sciences or a related science field at the time of appointment
  • Experience in glaciological research.

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.

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Grade 30, term-funded, exempt, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

**NEW Review date: Please submit your application no later than 06/26/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 06/27/2022. This posting will be closed once it is filled**

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position:

This position term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

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

UAF COVID Requirements

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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