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Faculty Positions in Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, Southern Miss, USA


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking applications for a newly-established Endowed Chair in its Division of Marine Science (DMS). This is a permanent, tenure-track position for which we are seeking an enthusiastic candidate who can flourish within the multi-disciplinary environment of our department and enhance our academic and research enterprises. The Division is located in the federal city of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and benefits from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including several of the Navy divisions, USGS and NOAA. DMS graduate and undergraduate programs extend across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography, and also encompass hydrographic science and ocean engineering. Although candidates with accomplishments in biological oceanography or ocean technology will be given enhanced consideration, qualified candidates from other sub-disciplines of oceanography will also be considered. The successful candidate should, above all, demonstrate superior potential to contribute across the noted disciplines and promote the continued interdisciplinary growth of our academic and research programs. This growth has recently included the construction of a new building at the Port of Gulfport, the acquisition of the Research Vessel Point Sur, the establishment of a unique certificate program in Unmanned Maritime Systems, and the formation of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, which also includes the Division of Coastal Sciences located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs.

The Division of Marine Science ( is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine systems. In addition to the new Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program, DMS offers Marine Science B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and a Hydrographic Science M.S. The DMS baccalaureate programs are delivered in Long Beach, MS, from the 52-acre beachfront Gulf Park campus, in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport. A new USM facility at the port is scheduled to open in Spring 2018. This facility will be home to a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space, and will provide opportunities for faculty and students to conduct ocean technology development.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references. Salary packages will be nationally competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications must be submitted online at For inquiries about the position, contact Vernon Asper, Chair of the Search Committee, at +1-228-688-3178 or Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2018.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Division of Marine Science (DMS), within the School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), invites applications for two tenure-track positions in ocean engineering at the assistant professor level. This newly established Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program creates an opportunity to blend engineering approaches with DMS established expertise in marine and hydrographic sciences, and to develop innovative solutions to the exploration of the oceanographic environment. These positions offer the successful candidates the possibility to contribute to the implementation and future growth of our ocean engineering program. This program is expected to combine strengths in ocean sampling technologies, technology fabrication, and coastal hydrodynamics with innovative application of ocean engineering solutions. The successful candidates should be able to leverage collaborations with SOST marine scientists and hydrographers within DMS, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and computer and polymer engineers within USM’s College of Science and Technology. DMS faculty also interact with research scientists of federal agencies at Stennis Space Center, such as the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and NOAA's National Data Buoy Center.

The Division of Marine Science ( is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine systems. In addition to the new Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program, DMS offers Marine Science B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and a Hydrographic Science M.S. The DMS baccalaureate programs are delivered in Long Beach, MS, from the 52-acre beachfront Gulf Park campus, in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for the USM-flagged ocean research vessel Pt. Sur. A new USM port facility in Gulfport, with a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space, is scheduled to open in spring 2018.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in civil, environmental, or ocean engineering, or a related field, and have demonstrated research experience in ocean environment studies, through application of in situ, laboratory, and/or numerical modeling methodologies. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. The successful candidates are expected to develop and deliver courses in the Ocean Engineering program, facilitate the program’s successful establishment of ABET accreditation, and maintain an active research program. Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references. All application materials will be accepted online at For inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Maarten Buijsman, chair of the search committee, at or +1-228-688-2385. Applicant review will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2018.

Tenure Track Oceanography Faculty Positions, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tenure Track Oceanography Faculty Cluster Hire 

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for at least two tenure-track faculty positions to complement CFOS’ breadth of expertise in fisheries and ocean sciences. We invite applicants with sea-going programs in chemical, geological, physical, biological, or fisheries oceanography, whose research plans include use of the ice-capable, Global Class R/V Sikuliaq, and who will further the mission and strengths of the College. These faculty appointments are intended to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, although outstanding candidates at a higher rank will be considered. These positions begin a broader campaign to hire up to five faculty to enhance research, teaching, and service in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. 

UAF is Alaska’s research university, North America’s Arctic university and a world leader in both Arctic and climate-change research. The successful applicants will enjoy opportunities for collaboration within CFOS’s world-class, high-latitude research programs. The College offers a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, a B.A. in Fisheries, Minors in Marine Science and Fisheries, a new Master of Marine Studies degree program, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries. The UAF campus houses the Ocean Acidification Research Center, the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, a new Multi-Collector ICPMS, and the Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (AIL), the Core Facility for Nucleic Acid Analysis. Our coastal facilities include the Seward Marine Center, the NOAA-UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, and the Lena Point Fisheries Facility. The College has over 150 faculty, researchers and staff based throughout Alaska, more than 100 graduate students engaged in thesis research in Alaska waters and throughout the world, and a growing undergraduate degree program in fisheries and ocean sciences. 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography or closely related discipline, and preferably have post-doctoral and teaching experience. The position requires research, education and service that support Alaska’s ocean resources and the communities that rely upon them. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses and/or develop specialty oceanography courses for the graduate and undergraduate academic programs, develop a vigorous externally funded sea-going research program, and mentor graduate students. Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest that outlines their qualifications for this position and includes a research plan, teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applications must be submitted to Job #508328 at For questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Mark Johnson, Chair of the Search Committee, at For full consideration, applications should be received no later than February 28, 2018 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time.


Two faculty vacancies in Oceanography, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA, USA

The University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Department of Marine Sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for two nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions resident at the coastal campus in Savannah, GA. Successful candidates will be interdisciplinary, self-motivated and interested in pursuing innovative research and education in a highly supportive academic environment. We are particularly interested in applicants engaging in interdisciplinary research that advances the understanding of fundamental oceanographic questions in the following areas:

Chemical Oceanography—We seek candidates whose area of expertise could include (but are not limited to) organic geochemistry, sedimentary or water column biogeochemistry, or carbon and coupled elemental cycles.

Geological Oceanography—We seek candidates who examine coastal and marine sedimentary systems using field-based or modeling approaches. Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of marine geology will be considered, although specializations in sediment dynamics, impacts of climate change, or who work at the interface between geology and engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.

Appointments are expected to be made at the Assistant Professor level, but consideration will also be given to exceptional applicants seeking appointment at the Associate Professor level. Candidates to be considered for Associate Professor must meet the Associate criteria detailed in the Department of Marine Science’s Promotion and Tenure guidelines. In addition to a Ph.D. in Oceanography or a related area, at least 6 months of postdoctoral experience, as well as a record that provides evidence of scholarship, synergistic activities, and the potential to obtain extramural funding is preferred. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduates and graduates, including advanced courses in their area of specialization.

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography leverages the resources of a coastal research and training institute, including close proximity to a variety of marine environments and access to the UNOLS-affiliated R/V Savannah, as well as the resources and academic opportunities available at UGA, Georgia’s flagship university. Successful candidates will enhance existing programs within the Department of Marine Sciences at Skidaway ( and in Athens ( Interactions with the UGA Marine Institute, UGA College of Engineering, UGA School of Ecology, and with institutions throughout the University System of Georgia are also supported and encouraged. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Jay Brandes, ( All application materials must be submitted via the university’s faculty job portal located at Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) statement of research accomplishments and goals (not to exceed 3 pages), iv) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy (not to exceed 3 pages), v) three example publications, and vi) names and contact information of three professional references. Selected applicants will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia. These positions are available starting August 2018. Applications received by January 8 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Faculty positions at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, USA


Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego ( invites applications for the professorial positions listed below.

Low-Temperature Geochemistry: We seek outstanding candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in low-temperature geochemistry. We are interested in candidates who will build a program of laboratory and field studies of international standing in low-temperature geochemical applications which strengthen the research portfolio of SIO and UC San Diego. The potential for academic excellence, rather than research area, will be the principal criterion for selection. Appropriate areas for specialization could span a wide range of surficial processes in the marine and terrestrial environments. The candidate's area of research could include but is not limited to: sediment geochemistry, fluid geochemistry, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, geochronology, fluid-rock interaction, low-temperature geochemical cycles, trace-element geochemistry, geochemical proxy development, or surficial inorganic geochemical process in the cryosphere, weathering systems, anthropological contexts, and the fossil record. For full consideration, please apply by January 31, 2018.

Assistant Professor:

Marine Biogeochemistry: We seek outstanding candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in marine biogeochemistry. The potential for academic and research excellence (rather than specific research focus) will be the principal criterion for selection. In particular, we seek candidates using innovative and interdisciplinary analytical, field, and/or modeling approaches that will strengthen collaborations across disciplines at Scripps Oceanography. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: radio- and stable-isotope chemistry, regional and/or global biogeochemical cycles (e.g., C, N, P, S), the deep biosphere and/or hydrothermal systems, sedimentary biogeochemistry, diagenesis, and cycling of contaminants. For full consideration, please apply by January 8, 2018.

Assistant Professor:

Geological Oceanographer, University of California, Santa Cruz

Geological Oceanographer

The Ocean Sciences Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an early to mid-career (tenure track or tenured) professorial position in Geological Oceanography. We seek applicants whose research and teaching focuses on geological processes that are an integral part of the ocean environment. Preferred areas of interest include leading-edge research directions in paleoceanography, such as new approaches to reconstructing sea level rise, the relationships between biogeochemical cycles and climate, regional impacts of global climate change, or novel paleoproxy development in marine sediments or other paleoarchives. The preferred candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous research program that complements existing departmental strengths in paleoceanography and biological, chemical and physical oceanography. We seek scholars who are seriously committed to teaching undergraduate courses in general oceanography and Marine Geology, a graduate level course in Marine Geology, and speciality courses in their field of expertise. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop course materials for a new Environmental Sciences undergraduate major (expected to start in Fall 2018) for both upper division and capstone/senior thesis requirements. These teaching responsibilities will require this individual to have considerable breadth in Geological Oceanography. The successful candidate should also contribute significantly to undergraduate and graduate education and to the mentoring of graduate students. It is highly desireable that candidates for a tenured position, in addition to the Basic Qualifications below, have a strong track record of both graduate student mentoring and extramural funding. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

RANK: Early to Mid-Career (Assistant, Associate, or up to Full Professor, Step 2)

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Geology, Ocean Sciences, or a related discipline expected to be completed by June 30, 2018.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2018. Degree requirements must be completed by June 30, 2018 for employment beyond that date.

TO APPLY: Applications are to be submitted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system and must include: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of planned research activities, a statement of teaching interests, names of at least three and as many as five people that will provide confidential letters of reference upon request*, and a diversity statement. The diversity statement should address the applicant’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service ( Documents must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at Refer to Position #JPF00510-18 in correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2018.


UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

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