Assistant Professor

Deming Center Venture Fund

Deming Center Venture Fund

Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2024

Job Summary

The Department of Environmental Studies (ENVS) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in the area of environmental pollution and human health with an emphasis on underserved and disproportionately impacted communities. Specific areas of research may include (but are not limited to): the study of factors affecting exposure to air, soil, or water pollution through exposure detection (e.g., in situ or remote sensing) or attribution (e.g., transport modeling); the study of physiological or psychological health impacts of pollution; or the design or evaluation of pollution mitigation measures (e.g., those along the continuum of constructed and nature-based solutions). Regardless of specific research focus, we seek someone who conducts applied research that contributes to and engages with a socio-environmental systems understanding of relationships between environmental pollution and human health.

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in the environmental sciences, health sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field. We seek a candidate with primary expertise in a natural science or environmental engineering field and a desire to work in an interdisciplinary department that values collaboration across the natural and social sciences and humanities. The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of, or potential for, high-impact output from solutions-oriented collaborative research, obtaining external funding, and building strong partnerships beyond academia. The new faculty member will teach a total of three classes per year across our undergraduate and graduate (Masters and PhD) programs, with the specific course topics to be determined in collaboration with the department. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute—through their research or teaching—to one or more broader initiatives at the University of Colorado, such as the Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health, the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice, or relevant research centers, institutes, and initiatives.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Environmental Studies (ENVS) is a community of scholars engaged in teaching, research, and service focused on the multiple dimensions of environmental change. We integrate scientific understanding of human-environment interactions, practical responses to environmental problems, and values that shape our decisions and behavior. ENVS is comprised of 25 faculty spanning the social and natural sciences and humanities. We offer an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies (~800 majors), a professional Masters of the Environment degree (~200 students), and MS and PhD degrees (~40 students). ENVS also offers dual graduate degrees in partnership with the Leeds School of Business, the Law School, and the School of Engineering. As a department, we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture that is representative of diverse peoples, values, and ideas; and we work to provide equitable opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty. We encourage (and reward) cutting-edge research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and incorporates genuine partnerships with community stakeholders.


What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

T he faculty hire will participate in the research and teaching missions of ENVS and contribute through service to the Department, University, and profession. This position will consist of 40% research, 40% teaching (three courses per year), and 20% service. This encompasses the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach courses across the undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Periodically give guest lectures in your area of expertise in ENVS courses.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop a research program which includes extramural funding and a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Support University, College, and Department governance through work on committees and service.
  • Participate in professional service and outreach activities in your area of scholarly expertise.

What You Should Know

  • This is a full-time (100%), 9-month academic-year position. The anticipated start date is August 2024.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $95,000-$100,000.



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What We Require

  • PhD in environmental sciences, health sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field.
  • Ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in Environmental Studies. This could be demonstrated by formal or informal teaching and/or mentoring experience or by well-developed ideas for courses that the applicant could teach.
  • Potential to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals and develop an externally funded research program. This could be demonstrated by prior publications or funding, works in progress, or documented attempts to secure funding.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, submit the following materials using single-spaced, Times New Roman 11pt font, and 1-inch margins. Within your application package (cover letter and/or statements), describe how your work would support the department’s three strategic imperatives.

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarizing your interests and qualifications for this position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A research statement (maximum 2 pages) describing your research focus, approach, and record of scholarly productivity.
  • A teaching statement (maximum 2 pages) describing your pedagogical approach and relevant experience as a teacher or mentor.
  • A service statement (maximum 2 pages) describing your contributions to the profession or community through service, leadership, or public engagement.
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which the applicant demonstrates evidence of, or the potential for:

  • excellence in research,
  • excellence in teaching and mentoring,
  • quality leadership and service to the department, university, profession, and/or community, and (4) how their research, teaching, and/or service would contribute to the department’s three Strategic Imperatives.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024. The position will remain open until it is filled. Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .