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May 15th, 2018

INSTAAR begins search for new director

The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) has opened an international search for a new director and has posted a job description on the CU Careers website. The institute seeks an emerging or established leader with both research and leadership skills, who has a record of achievement in cold-regions research.

The position requires balancing management of the Institute with a vigorous research program and a commitment to training the next generation of diverse interdisciplinary environmental scientists. The new director will be rostered in the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and also become a tenure- or tenure-track professor in one of INSTAAR’s affiliated academic departments and programs that best suits their training and interests.

INSTAAR fellow and professor of Geological Sciences Gifford H. Miller is serving as INSTAAR’s interim director until a new director is on board.

Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez has appointed a search committee in discussion with Miller, comprised of representatives from INSTAAR and its partner academic and research programs at CU and led by CIRES director Waleed Abdalati. Applications will be accepted through mid-September, and interviews will take place in the fall.

INSTAAR is CU Boulder’s oldest research institute, with historic strengths in polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. INSTAAR research includes environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales, and includes topics in Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate.