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Professor & Endowed Chair in Climate Change (Tenure Track)

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Environmental Science
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Faculty Member
Employment - Hours
Full time

Professor & Endowed Chair in Climate Change (Tenure Track)

Location: West Campus

Open Date:
Mar 18, 2024

Jun 01, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at Stony Brook University seeks to fill an Endowed Chair Professor position in Climate Change. We are looking for a distinguished expert who is actively involved at the forefront of climate change challenges. This search takes a broad perspective on climate change research domains, encompassing not only the physical, chemical, and biological facets of climate, but also climate policy, legal frameworks and negotiations related to climate change, environmental justice, and the socio-economic factors in climate adaptation and mitigation.

This role demands an individual capable of integrating their specialized knowledge into the broad spectrum of climate change studies. Their work should reflect an understanding of how specific research areas, influenced by concepts rooted in the Earth sciences or sustainability and resilience policy, contribute to the global effort of understanding and addressing climate change and/or its impacts.

In their capacity as an educator, the candidate will be expected to inspire and guide future leaders in this field, integrating contemporary issues and research into a comprehensive educational experience. Their leadership will significantly enhance Stony Brook University's mission to advance understanding and responses to climate challenges, further cementing our status as a leader in climate change research and education.

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences: The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is the State University of New York's center for marine and atmospheric research, education, and public service. It is also the home of the university's Sustainability Studies Program. Approximately 800 graduate and undergraduate students currently work and study at SoMAS. The SoMAS Faculty are internationally known for their leadership in research in atmospheric sciences, all the major disciplines of oceanography - biological, chemical, geological, and physical - and sustainability studies.


Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree (or foreign equivalent). Expertise and leadership in an area related to climate change, broadly defined.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in climate change. Experience in course and curriculum development. Experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students. Experience obtaining and managing external research funding. Experience in participating in and leading interdisciplinary research in climate change. Demonstrated ability to extend impact and apply expertise beyond academic settings, including but not limited to engagement with government, industry, policy, or community initiatives, from local to global scales.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit

Review of applications will start on June 1, 2024 and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted through Interfolio by clicking "Apply Now."

Applications must include a cover letter; CV; statements of research (3 pp.), teaching philosophy and experience/interests (2 pp.), and diversity, (1 p.); and the names and contact information of three references. The research statement should include a plan for visionary leadership at the forefront of climate change inquiry. The diversity statement should stress past or potential leadership in advancing excellence in diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging as a teacher and a researcher in higher education in accordance with SBU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion of individuals from a broad range of backgrounds and to maintaining a welcoming and respectful community that encourages intellectual growth of all.

Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Mary Collins (

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

Anticipated Start Date: January 2025

Stony Brook University is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace and educational environment that is safe, accessible, and free of all forms of discrimination, sexual misconduct or research misconduct, among other infractions. In support of this commitment, certain candidates for employment will be required to disclose such employment-related misconduct findings and pending investigations or proceedings, and final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions will authorize their current and previous employer(s) from the last seven (7) years to disclose such information to the University. Employment is contingent on your full and complete disclosure on these matters. In the event that you fail to disclose any such matter or in the event of an unsatisfactory outcome of the disclosure and review process, an offer of employment may be revoked at SBU's sole discretion. If SBU becomes aware of a failure to disclose or misrepresentation of any such matter after your employment commences, you may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Campus Description: Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Stony Brook University is the for the NY Climate Exchange (, a world-leading based in New York Harbor, which will be a first-of-its-kind international center for developing and deploying dynamic solutions to our global climate crisis.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act, a copy of our crime statistics is available upon request . It can also be viewed online at the University Police website at

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information,veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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