University of Delaware

Position Title: Assistant Professor Position in Coupled Human-Natural Systems Modeling
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Newark, Delaware 19716, United States [map]
Subject Area: oastal Water Sustainability
Application Deadline: finished (2018/11/12, finished 2019/11/17)
Position Description:    

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Assistant Professor Position in Coupled Human-Natural Systems Modeling The University Of Delaware Newark, DE

As part of an interdisciplinary cluster hire in coastal water sustainability, the University of Delaware (UD) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Coupled Human-Natural Systems Modeling beginning in fall 2019 at the rank of Assistant Professor. Exceptional candidates at other levels will be considered.

Cluster Hire in Coastal Water Sustainability: The cluster hire will focus on water quality, hydrological processes, human behavior, remediation, and impacts on human and ecosystem health arising from increased stressors on coastal water resources. The cluster will complement existing strengths in water science, engineering, economics, and policy, and will establish critical new capabilities at UD in research and teaching, with six faculty hires: two each in environmental toxicology & epidemiology, water & soil remediation, and systems modeling. An interdisciplinary team of faculty from five UD colleges (CANR, CAS, CEOE, CHS and COE) developed the vision for this cluster, taking a systemic and solutions-oriented approach to global water challenges in coastal environments, and providing several possibilities for primary and joint appointments dependent on new hire expertise. Faculty hired as part of the cluster will be part of a high potential interdisciplinary team, as well as important additions and complements to existing UD faculty and programs.

This Position: At this time, we are seeking exceptional candidates with expertise in human-natural systems modeling with an emphasis on agent-based modeling. Candidates should have experience integrating data on human behavior collected through social sciences techniques (e.g., experimental economics) and applying this behavior to models of natural systems at multiple scales given various policies and environmental conditions. A Ph.D. in economics, applied economics, computer science, geography, applied mathematics/statistics, or a related field is required. Successful candidates are expected to have demonstrated excellence in research and have a dedicated interest in high quality teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. All faculty are expected to contribute to a welcoming campus environment that embraces diversity.

We seek an interdisciplinary researcher who is attentive to both high-impact applications and cutting-edge technology and are committed to establishing robust, extramurally funded research programs. As a part of the cluster hire, the successful candidate will have opportunities to work on recently funded research related to water security. The position would make connections to UD’s current strengths in behavioral and environmental economics, environmental policy, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. The hire will enhance new and existing degree programs in Applied Economics and Statistics, Environmental Engineering, Geological Sciences, and/or Geography. The successful candidate will have a primary appointment in an appropriate department, that may include but is not limited to the Department of Applied Economics & Statistics in the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources, the Department of Computer and Information Sciences in the College of Engineering, the School of Marine Science & Policy or the Department of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment.To foster collaborations across academic units, we expect that most faculty hired through this search will have interdepartmental joint appointments.

General Information: A research-intensive, technologically-advanced university with global impact, UD traces its roots back to 1743. Today, it is a Carnegie R1 Doctoral University (Highest research activity), with external funding exceeding $200 million annually. State-assisted, yet privately governed, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. This position has the potential to benefit from new campus-wide investments such as the Data Science Initiative and state-of-the-art facilities that provide access to research equipment and training and technical support to meet comprehensive research needs in an interdisciplinary environment. The University’s leadership is committed to greater collaboration among colleges and across disciplines, and recognizes that UD, as a place of intellectual transformation and enlightenment, must be a source for positive change, stimulating faculty, staff, students, alumni and others to make a difference in society. Recognized for the past seven years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America's best universities to work for, the University of Delaware is located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

The University of Delaware recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusive excellence in supporting our academic mission and enriching the experience of our employees. We are committed to attracting candidates with varying identities and backgrounds, knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and expands the knowledge base for innovation. We strongly encourage applications from scholars from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to, and opportunity in, its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The University is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples, and supports work-life balance through our family-friendly policies.

University of Delaware salaries and fringe benefit packages compare favorably with other universities in general and land grant universities in particular. Tenure-track professors receive a one-semester sabbatical leave in the third year. A competitive start-up package will be available.

Applicant Instructions: Applicants should apply on-line at and should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, description of research plans, and statement of teaching philosophy. They should also provide the names and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Dr. Holly Michael (, Dr. Don Sparks ( or Dr. Kent Messer (

Equal Employment Opportunity The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer with diversity as one of its core values and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, those from historically underrepresented groups and people with disabilities. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

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