Human-induced climate change is transforming our physical and social world, and we are witnessing a climate gap,' in which the impacts of these changes disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalized groups due to historically entrenched inequities and more recent shifts in the global economy. Accordingly, this faculty cluster hiring initiative focuses on three broad themes:
Social equity and environmental sustainability - Climate change poses equity challenges for food security and sovereignty, natural resource access, biodiversity loss, energy production and use, water access, water and air quality, land use and scarcity, human health, and maintaining equitable and sustainable living conditions. Solutions to these challenges will require interdisciplinary and publicly-engaged research at local, national and global scales;
Adaptation design and planning for climate justice - Adaptation infrastructure and resilience design are place-specific, making inclusive planning and local/regional governance strategies critically important. This area would specialize in engineering, design, planning, regulation, investment, construction, governance and implementation of adaptation strategies, infrastructures, and resilient community-building, with a particular focus on proactive equity-focused strategies;
Climate refugees and forced migration - Climate change has catalyzed forced migration from disappearing or unlivable land, due to sea level rise, wildfire, drought, etc. These national and global developments have produced fertile ground for the study of the social and economic effects of climate change in rural, urban, and refugee communities, and their impacts on democracy, inclusion, and inequality around the world.
Applicants must have a J.D., Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or be enrolled in J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.
Successful applicants are expected to develop a nationally recognized program and collaborate across disciplines to develop research initiatives in the realm of climate equity and environmental justice. We seek rising leaders from diverse fields including, but not limited to, the social, physical, natural, biological and environmental health sciences, civil and environmental engineering, city and regional planning, and landscape architecture. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for securing extramural funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. We are particularly interested in scholars with a commitment and track record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the realms of research, teaching and/or service. At Berkeley, we recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors and embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. (see https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity/support-faculty-candidates for helpful guidelines).
Individuals should submit their application at the Assistant Professor level if they meet one of the following conditions: Current or recent PhD candidate or graduate; current or recent postdoc; current assistant professor (including those who are senior assistant professors near tenure). Please note that this level determination is only for application review purposes, not the ultimate appointment level of the finalist.
Individuals should submit their application at the Associate or Full Professor level if they meet one of the following conditions: Current tenured professor; position equivalent to tenured professor (ie., at an international university). Please note that this level determination is only for application review purposes, not the ultimate appointment level of the finalist.
Using the specializations section, applicants should select the decanal unit(s) they wish to be considered by:
Rausser College of Natural Resources (Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the Energy and Resources Group)
College of Environmental Design (Department of City and Regional Planning and Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning)
College of Engineering (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
College of Letters & Sciences Social Sciences Division (Department of Sociology)
Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should also provide three to five letters of recommendation that speak to their excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, service, and record of contributions to diversity and inclusion. It is preferred that all letters of recommendation be uploaded referees by the final date to apply (September 21, 2020). Applicants at the Associate and Full Professor level must include names of three to five persons that may be contacted confidentially on behalf of the applicant. Letters of reference will be sought from finalists only, and we will seek your permission before doing so.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com.
UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We encourage candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, or who have taken time off for family reasons, to apply for this position. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct .
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