ESSIC Associate Director

The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) is searching for an Associate Director.


Date posted

Dec. 4, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Jan. 20, 2021 12:00 am


The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)


  • United States

Job description

ESSIC Associate Director

Department: UMD/ESSIC 
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021


The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) is a joint center including the UMD Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic ScienceGeology, and Geographical Sciences.  ESSIC maintains strong cooperative research programs with the Earth Sciences Directorateat the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA)’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction(NCEP) and the National Environmental Satellite and Data Information Service(NESDIS).

ESSIC’s 190+ research faculty are involved in analyses of in situ and remotely sensed observations together with component and coupled ocean-atmosphere-land models, addressing issues in  Climate Variability and ChangeAtmospheric Composition and Processes, the Global Carbon Cycle(including Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems/Land Use/Cover Change), and the Global Water Cycle.

The Center is searching for an Asociate Director who will actively and creatively engage in ESSIC’s goals for faculty development, center administration and development of new research opportunities. 

The Associate Director will be appointed as a UMD Research Scientist or Research Professor at 100% Full-time Equivalent (FTE).  A partial appointment at reduced FTE may be considered in exceptional cases. 

Interested parties should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and qualifications and provide the names/emails of three references to

Applications and nominations will be considered until the positions are filled; however, applications should be received by January 20, 2021 to ensure full consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Names and curriculum vitae of candidates will only be made available for review by the broader community of ESSIC if the applicant reaches the semifinalist stage.


The applicant should have a Ph.D. in Earth Systems Science or related disciplines and 10 or more years of research, research administration, or related experience in Earth System Science or related disciplines.

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