Assistant Professor of Climate Science - Climate Change and Extreme Events

The Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Climate Science. Simon Fraser University is one of British Columbia's leading research universities with campuses located on the unceded traditional territories of the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples. The tentative start date for this position is July 15, 2024, with a salary range of CDN$89,652 to CDN$114,866.

We seek candidates who have expertise in and seek to advance understanding of the physical processes driving extreme weather events and their evolution in a changing climate. Extreme events of particular interest include heavy rainfall, drought, heat waves, and fire weather; other areas are also welcome. Expertise in numerical modelling and/or machine-learning approaches will be considered an asset. This position will enhance or expand the current research and teaching strengths of the Department of Geography in Climate and Earth System Science.

Candidates should have a PhD in climate or atmospheric science, physical geography, or a related discipline at the time of appointment. We seek candidates with demonstrated excellence in research, potential for excellence in teaching and supervision, and commitment to collegial service.

The Department of Geography values diversity, equity, and inclusion and we are committed to reconciliation and hiring faculty who will work to advance these commitments.

Faculty salaries at SFU are based on the salary scales bargained between the University and the SFU Faculty Association. A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $89,652 to $114,866. The University and the SFU Faculty Association have recently reached a new agreement. New salary scales will be released as soon as possible. To access the most up-to-date salary scales, please refer to the Faculty Relations website here.

Applications should include:

  • a 1-2-page cover letter summarizing the applicant’s experience, qualifications, and interest in the position;
  • a CV, including a list of publications;
  • the name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information of three academic references;
  • a 1-2-page research statement (outlining experience, interests, and future directions as they relate to the advertised position);
  • two samples of relevant publications or manuscripts;
  • a 1-2-page teaching statement (outlining experience and potential contributions to existing or new courses in our programs); and
  • a 1-page statement explaining their experiences and commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Please submit your application as a single PDF formatted document by webform at:

Applications should be addressed to: Tracy Brennand, Chair, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C., CANADA V5A 1S6

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled, with priority given to completed applications received prior to February 2, 2024.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.