Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 034900 - Geosciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Meteorology/Atmospheric Science or Geography/Geosciences.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Geosciences currently has 19 tenure-track faculty, 5 clinical faculty and 5 full-time instructors, and offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Within Geosciences there are 4 areas of emphasis: Professional Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geography/Geospatial Sciences, and Meteorology/Climatology. The Department was recently named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. More information about the Department of Geosciences is available on our website:

Area of Specialization:


Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2021

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must have a practical knowledge of Geosciences and be willing to participate in scholarly activities and collaborate with existing faculty in the field of atmospheric sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop courses in their area of expertise, preferably boundary layer meteorology, tropical meteorology, meteorological modeling, land-surface interactions, hydrometeorology, effects of regional climate and global change, and mesoscale meteorology, that support the departments Ph. D. program in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in mentoring of graduate students, through teaching and course development (both traditional and through distance learning technologies), and through scholarly research activities, including publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and acquiring external funding. Additionally, the successfully candidate will jointly collaborate with the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), a NOAA Cooperative Institute housed at Mississippi State University, and will be responsible for building a research program that integrates into the mission of NGI, which are available at Half of the successful candidate’s support and performance expectations will be from NGI for the first 3 years, to support the development of a strong extramurally supported research program, hopefully based on NOAA CI funding, NOAA competitive funding, and other synergistic funding. Thus, their teaching load will be half the normal expectation for the first 3 years.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Meteorology/Atmospheric Science or Geography/Geosciences with an emphasis in Meteorology; US citizenship is required at the time of appointment.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of (or the potential for) excellence in research, teaching, and student mentoring.
A record of peer-reviewed publications. The capacity to develop and direct an active, externally-funded research program. A commitment to professional service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidate should be a dynamic educator with teaching experience preferred and be in the process of developing a strong research program with the likelihood of external funding.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Candidates must apply online at and attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and the names and email addresses of three people who may be contacted for letters of recommendation to

Dr. Andrew Mercer, Search Committee Chair,
Department of Geosciences,
P. O. Box 5448,
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5448.
Voice (662)-325-0738.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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