Careers at NCICS

Current Employment Opportunities

NCICS’s diverse workforce of researchers, technical experts, post-docs, and support staff engage in a range of research projects and collaboration activities with the fundamental goal of enhancing our collective interdisciplinary understanding of the state and evolution of the full Earth System. The Institute is located in downtown Asheville, NC, and we are co-located with the headquarters of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

See Why Work at NCICS? for more on what we do and why you might want to join our team.

Current Job Postings

NCICS is currently seeking an Associate Director. See details below.

Associate Director

The North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) is a UNC inter-institutional research institute whose primary focus is to promote the discovery of new knowledge about global, regional, and local climate variability and its impacts; and to provide information that is critical for determining trends and validating climate forecasts at all these spatial scales.

A primary activity of NCICS is the operation of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth Systems Science (CISESS) formed through a consortium of academic, non-profit, and community organizations with leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) on behalf of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. CISESS provides foci for collaborative research and associated activities in support of NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and climate data and information research and development.

Essential Job Duties

The Associate Director will serve as a leader within the Institute, working in conjunction with and supporting the Institute Director in furthering the Institute’s mission and goals.

The Associate Director will be responsible for the oversight of highly complex large-scale research activities for multiple projects, overseeing the development and integrity of data collection, serving as co-investigator or principal investigator on research projects, obtaining external research funding, and serving as an authoritative source for other scientists and researchers. The Associate Director will also mentor staff in their career progressions through monthly or more frequent interactions.

The split in duties is approximately: 40% management, 30% research related, 20% mentoring, and 10% outreach and engagement.

An affiliate research faculty (non-tenured) appointment within the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Department is possible, if departmental qualifications are met.

The Associate Director’s primary duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Working in conjunction with the Institute Director;
  • Overseeing non-exempt and exempt researchers and support staff;
  • Working with internal and external researchers on climate science research activities;
  • Writing and submitting peer-reviewed papers for publication in scientific journals;
  • Developing proposals for extramural funding;
  • Making timely presentations at appropriate scientific venues.
  • Coordinating with data providers, other NOAA programs/projects, and other teams and working groups;
  • Supporting communication of institute information as relevant or requested; Mentoring staff;
  • Participating in Institute events/meetings and providing expertise and assistance to Institute staff;

For More Information and to Apply for the Position

Please see the official job posting on the NC State University website.

Important Information

  • To apply for jobs, please use the link to the NC State jobs website posted above and follow the instructions provided on the NCSU job page for that position.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, these positions will be located at our offices in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
  • For information on internships, please see our Internships page.
  • NC State is committed to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability or status as a protected veteran.

For information on other employment opportunities with North Carolina State University, please see: NCSU Jobs.