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New faculty team to address key research and education needs in The Emerging Polar Regions

November 6, 2019

Several departments at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, including the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, are collaborating to hire three new faculty members who will focus on research and outreach related to the Emerging Polar Regions. While the faculty will work on a wide range of projects related to the changes occurring around the Earth’s polar regions, UW-Madison will specifically be seeking a Polar Climate Modeler, a Glaciology/Ice Sheet Modeler, and a Polar/Arctic Ecosystems and Ecological Modeler

The new positions are made possible thanks to the campus-wide, UW—Madison cluster hire program, which was launched in 1998 as a partnership between the university, state and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to provide departments with the initial support needed to build faculty teams that can address critical interdisciplinary research. Successful candidates hired as a part of this cluster hire will explore the “new physical, biological and societal challenges and opportunities in the emerging polar regions.” Candidates will also work to better understand the impact of melting ice on sea level, ocean circulation, and greenhouse gases, with each candidate contributing their specific expertise in areas such as remote sensing, ice flow modeling, or glacier-ocean-atmosphere interactions.

A doctorate is required for each position. Successful candidates will not only have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research, but will also teach courses, mentor students, and contribute to an inclusive environment. Applications are being accepted through November 22, 2019, with plans to initiate work in August 2020. For further information or questions, please contact Prof. Daniel J. Vimont ( chair of the Polar Cluster committee, or Chelsea Dahmen (, coordinator for the Polar Cluster committee.