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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral scholarship opportunity at the University of South Florida (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:01:01 +0100

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

University of South Florida Postdoctoral Scholars

Theme: Global Change in a Dynamic World: Past, Present, & Future

The over-arching theme for this year?s scholars is Global Change in a
Dynamic World: Past, Present, & Future.

Postdoctoral Scholars will: (i) contribute to one or more of the
priority goals of the strategic plan; (ii) work closely with
distinguished faculty; (iii) participate in interdisciplinary and
programmatic seminar series; (iv) teach one course each semester; and
(v) continue to build an independent research record and engage in
publishing refereed articles and creative scholarship.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in the College of Arts and
Sciences in the 2011-12 academic year with appointments beginning August
8th 2011. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week)
and will be continued for a maximum of 2 years contingent on
satisfactory performance. The salary is $40,000 per year and the
University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral
scholars and their dependents (up to $5,000). Support for travel to
academic conferences will also be available. Scholars will be
responsible for relocation and housing expenses.


To work with Dr. Collins in the Department of Geography at USF,
applicants should have earned their doctoral degree in Meteorology,
Geography or related discipline no earlier than 2008. Candidates who
will have successfully defended their dissertations by May 1, 2011 will
also be considered, however the doctoral degree must have been conferred
prior to the first day of employment. Note: applicants must have
received their doctoral degree from an institution other than the
University of South Florida.  The Postdoctoral Scholarship is a
competitive opportunity and is also available for some other departments
in the College of Arts and Science where other eligibility requirements
must be met.


Before applying, please email or call Dr. Jennifer Collins
(<> 813-974-4242 so she can discuss the opportunity
more with you).

Letters of application and supporting material must include the following:

1.       A cover letter stating your interest in this Postdoctoral
Initiative. It must provide details on (i) how your research and
teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of Global Change in a
Dynamic World: Past, Present, & Future and the goals and aspirations of
the USF Strategic Plan (<>); (ii)
the department or departments with which you would like to be
affiliated; (iii) your teaching experience and courses that you would
like to offer; and (iv) your long-term goals,

2.       A Curriculum Vitae,

3.       Two letters of reference,

4.       Scanned copies of up to three of your published
papers/scholarly works or book chapters (maximum of 3), and

5.       Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree
awarding institutions.

Send all application materials to: <>

Final application submission deadline is December 10th, 2010

Original transcripts will need to be mailed by those individuals who
receive formal offers.

The University of South Florida is one of only three Florida public
universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching in the top tier of research universities (RU/VH), a
distinction attained by only 2.2% of all U.S. universities. USF?s total
for research awards topped $ 394 million. The university is authorized
to provide 246 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and
doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a
$1.6 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion,
and serves more than 47,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St.
Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee, and USF Polytechnic. USF is a member of
the Big East Athletic Conference.

USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access employer.

The mission of the Department of Geography at the University of South
Florida is threefold:  1) to conduct basic and applied research; 2) to
provide exceptional, quality education and professional development
opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and 3) to serve
the region, community, and the university. Teaching and research themes
focus on: (i) Environmental Processes and Policy, (ii) Environmental
Hazards, Sustainable Communities, and Vulnerability Assessment, (iii)
Geographic Information Sciences, (iv) Globalization and International
Development, and (v) Urban and Regional Development and Planning. The
Department maintains a strong international focus and undertakes
research in many settings in North America and throughout the world,
particularly Africa, Asia (particularly China, India, and the Middle
East), Europe, and Latin America. The Department encourages engaged
teaching and scholarship within communities and has strong connections
with community partners in the Tampa Bay region and many other locations
around the world.

Dr. Collins? research focuses on weather and climate. As a hurricane
researcher, Dr. Collins is interested in the interaction between large
scale climatic patterns such as the El Niño ? Southern Oscillation
(ENSO) and the Madden ? Julian Oscillation and seasonal patterns of
tropical cyclone activity in multiple oceanic basins. She is currently
studying the environmental factors influencing the interannual variation
of hurricane numbers in the Northeast Pacific and she is examining
relationships between hurricane numbers in the Atlantic versus those in
part of the Northeast Pacific ocean basin. She is also investigating sea
surface temperatures in the Pacific using a new sea surface temperature
change parameter and relating this to Atlantic hurricane activity. This
work is being extended to other ocean basins. As well as her work in the
physical sciences she also works in the social sciences as she begins
work on behavior relating to hurricane evacuation. In addition to her
hurricane work, Dr. Collins works in other areas related to weather,
climate and hazards. She works closely on projects with the National
Weather Service involving tornados and fog. In addition, she
collaborates with international researchers and works in the area of
climate change. She is currently examining temperature changes in South
America and Africa. Dr. Collins is the President of the West Central
Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Director of the
Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and
serves on the National Weather Association?s Specialized Operations
Committee on Tropical Cyclones.

Departmental Websites:

·         Geography: <>

·         Weather: <>

Selection Criteria

1.       Strength of research/creative scholarship record and
demonstrated promise of a successful academic career.

2.       Research and teaching experience in Global Change in a Dynamic
World: Past, Present, & Future aligned with the goals of the USF
Strategic Plan especially interdisciplinary inquiry, global initiatives,
and community engagement.

3.       Teaching experience and contributions that fit within USF programs.

Jennifer Collins PhD

President, West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological

Director, Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers

Graduate Director

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Ave NES 316

Tampa, Florida 33620

813.974.4242 FAX 813.974.4808

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