Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Sustainable Coastal Systems

The University of Central Florida recently established an interdisciplinary cluster approach to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are hiring faculty in the area of Sustainable Coastal Systems ( The goal is to bring together a core group of faculty who work across traditional research boundaries or are working in transdisciplinary fields. We invite applications from individuals who are active research leaders in the interdisciplinary fields of 1) disease ecology (assistant/associate professor), 2) environmental policy or coastal political geography (open rank), and 3) coastal ecotourism or ecological economics (open rank). These three hires will join almost 40 current cluster-affiliated faculty, representing twelve departments and seven colleges, to lead a world-class effort to understand and assess natural and human-related impacts to coastal ecosystem health, restoration, sustainability, and mitigation; and ultimately to characterize and integrate physical, chemical, biological, and socio-economic processes impacting coastal communities and ecosystems. Specifically we seek:

1. Tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor who uses modeling and empirical field and laboratory work to address fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions about any coastal host-pathogen systems, with interdisciplinary research interests in ecological modeling, coastal biogeochemistry, marine ecosystem dynamics, or coastal disease ecology (infectious diseases in natural [not aquaculture] systems), and who is working at the interface of social and biological sciences; or

2. Tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor or full professor with interdisciplinary research interests in coastal ecotourism or environmental/ecological economics and empirical analyses related to coastal systems and coupled human-natural systems. Research interests could include coastal ecotourism, renewable resource modeling; ecosystem services valuation; environmental risk analysis; or environmental policy analysis; or

3. Tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor or full professor with interdisciplinary research focused on environmental policy or coastal political geography who addresses the coastal zone as a single integrated ecological-social-economic system.

Successful candidates will become core faculty members of the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster. They must demonstrate a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and publication; a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, have demonstrated an ability to perform high-impact and high-demand research, and develop a program that will lead to strong extramurally-funded research and national/international recognition.

Faculty in these interdisciplinary positions will be expected to strengthen both their tenure home department as well as the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster. Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup are expected with these three new positions. Each new faculty member will have a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster.

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