The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (FCNM), at the University of El Rosario,
Colombia (www.urosario.edu.co/facultad-ciencias-naturales-matematicas/Inicio/) is seeking to
fill a position for a full-time tenure-track Earth System Science’s (ESS) professor who will take the
lead in developing a new program and a potential department in this area.
Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in ESS, Environmental Sciences, Climate or Ocean
System Dynamics, Bio-geosciences, or other related disciplines. We look for candidates who have
demonstrated their contributions to the advancement of ESS with an outstanding publication
record and research experience in subjects such as: dynamics of the biological, chemical, and
physical processes in terrestrial systems with the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and
biosphere, modeling of human-environment interactions, Earth system responses to
anthropogenic changes, or similar subjects. Extensive interdisciplinary research and project
management experience, teamwork skills, mentoring and fostering of faculty members, and
success with extramural funding are also highly valued.
The successful candidate is expected to develop and direct our new Program in ESS and to
complement our existing strengths in environmental biology and applied mathematics. The
Director will provide outstanding academic leadership and strategic vision and direction to the
program, in the recruitment and appointment of academic staff, in the mentorship of junior
faculty and in the design of the undergraduate and graduate degrees. We are looking for an
individual who can inspire the highest standards of research performance within the ESS
program and the Faculty and who is interested in fostering linkages between the program and
relevant external organisations in the field, as well as the Colombian and other Latin American
governmental and international institutions.
While this leadership position necessarily entails significant supervisory and administrative
duties, it is nevertheless designed to enable the director to continue with his/her research and
scholarly interests: to carry out fieldwork, mentor graduate students, disseminate research
results at international conferences, etc. The position will require limited teaching of an
undergraduate or graduate course in ESS.
Universidad del Rosario understands Earth System Science as encompassing physics, chemistry,
geology, biology, ecology, oceanography, atmospheric, environmental sciences and
mathematics, transcending disciplinary boundaries to treat Earth as an integrated system based
on the recognition that humankind plays a growing role in earth system processes. Earth System scientists are interdisciplinary scholars who pursue a deeper understanding of the physical,
chemical, biological, geological and human interactions that have determined the past and
present states of the Earth for a better understanding of human prospects and constraints on
economic activity integral to the pursuit of sustainability.
The application must be written in English and include: 1) a detailed CV with a complete list of
publications; 2) a research statement summarizing the candidate´s experience, interests and an
outline of the research program that can be potentially developed at El Rosario (1-2 pages); 3) a
vision statement describing the candidate’s vision for the ESS program (2 pages); 4) the names
and full contact information of at least three references.
Salary is competitive for both local and international standards and will be determined by a
University-wide point system, based on research and teaching experience. Non-native speakers
are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given one year to strengthen their Spanish
communication skills and take an exam at the Multicultural and Multilingual Center at the
University of el Rosario or take an international DELE B2 exam.
The starting date is negotiable and can be as early as August 2017. Please send your application
by e-mail (email@example.com) to Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas, Cr.
24 No. 63C-69, Bogotá (D.C.) 111221, Colombia, no later than June 30, 2017.
For questions about this position and life in Colombia please contact Dr. Thomas Green
El Rosario is a prestigious University that typically ranks in the top five universities in the country
and in the top 50 in Latin America. It was founded in 1653 and has a long tradition in the areas of
Medicine, Law, Economics and Social and Political Sciences. The Faculty of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics was founded in 2008, and has new and exciting programs in Biology and Applied
Mathematics & Computer Science that excel in both teaching and research.