[GilbertClub] Faculty Cluster Hire in WATER — University of California, Irvine

Faculty Cluster Hire in WATER — University of California, Irvine 

The University of California Irvine announces
an interdisciplinary cluster hire of four faculty members to increase its
capacity and world leadership in tackling the grand challenges related to water
in urbanized environments, including water-related environmental and food
security issues.  Southern California is a
mosaic of cities and open spaces whose history and future are inextricably tied
to water, and whose experiences with water are paralleled by coastal metropolitan
areas around the world facing population growth, development pressure, demands
for ecosystem protection, and water scarcity.  The cluster hire will build on UC Irvine’s
existing strengths in urban planning, public policy, hydrology, water
resources, ecosystems, earth system science, and climate change and will be
uniquely positioned and supported to grow new multidisciplinary collaborations
across campus emphasizing new paradigms of sustainability and ecosystem
resilience for metropolitan areas.  We
are seeking candidates whose research involves field studies, modeling and
theory and, based on academic preparation and research interests, would fit
into one of the following four Departmental positions:  

Water resources: Tenured Associate or Full Professor in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (http://ift.tt/1UcvOgQ) with particular interest in candidates
who integrate field studies, modeling and theory to advance understanding of
water cycle dynamics in coupled human-natural systems

Water and ecosystems: Tenured Associate Professor in the
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://ift.tt/1R1FL1E) with
particular interest in candidates who pursue predictive understanding of
ecosystem processes and their response to climate and human pressures via
theoretical, field work, and modeling approaches.

Water and food security: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the
Department of Earth System Science (http://www.ess.uci.edu) with particular interest in candidates
with expertise and interest in understanding water at the intersection of
optimizing food production and environmental sustainability in water-scarce

Water and resource economics: Tenured Associate or Full Professor in
the Department of Planning, Policy and Design (http://ift.tt/1UcvuyG) with particular interest in candidates
with expertise and interest in the area of environmental economics, natural
capital, valuation of ecosystem services, urban planning, and public policy.

UCI has an exceptional array of field
sites, open-space preserves, partner relationships, and research facilities
that are strategically aligned in the context of geography, climatology,
economic and social structures of southern California.  Bringing faculty and students together around
the theme of WATER offers a unique opportunity to create exceptional research
capacity at UCI for addressing challenges at the water-food-energy nexus under
increasing climate and human pressures. Applicants are encouraged to visit Departmental
websites (shown above) to learn more about research strengths and programs.  With this cluster hiring initiative, UCI
aspires to identify exceptionally talented candidates who share our vision and will
increase our capacity for world leadership.

Applicants are expected to have advanced
degrees and publication records commensurate with appointment levels in the department
of interest.  Successful candidates will
be expected to develop externally funded research programs, engage in both
undergraduate and graduate education, and contribute their leadership and
innovative thinking towards global prominence in water, cities, and the
environment.  Teaching opportunities will
vary by Department and teaching qualifications will be a consideration for fit
with the respective unit.  Successful
candidates will also be expected to contribute towards a campus-wide initiative
to create more field-based (off-campus) student learning opportunities with the
goal of increasing the number of students (especially underrepresented minority
students) pursuing graduate degrees in water-related programs.

Applications should include a cover
letter, a description of research interests illuminating potential to support
the goals of the cluster hire, a description of teaching interests including
ability to contribute to Departmental and interdisciplinary programs, a curriculum
vitae, a statement describing commitment to diversity, and the names of at least
four references.  (References would not
be contacted until the later stages of consideration, after consultation.)

Applications completed by September 15, 2016 will receive fullest
consideration, but each department will continue reviewing applicant files
until that position is filled. 

To be considered for one of the four
available positions, apply electronically at:

Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering:  http://ift.tt/2955VA2

Department of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: http://ift.tt/28YcO2r

Department of
Earth System Science:  http://ift.tt/2955XrJ

Department of
Planning, Policy and Design:  http://ift.tt/28YcUal

University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer advancing inclusive excellence.  All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected
veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC
nondiscrimination policy.

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