Assistant Professor in Marine Science

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dec 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor in Marine Science

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0854
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Division of Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
The School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level to be part of a growing ocean and coastal sciences research cluster. We are seeking candidates with a teaching and research focus that will complement and expand on our existing research areas, which include: coastal geology and geomorphology; coastal watersheds and wetlands; physical oceanography; biophysical interactions; environmental variability and climate change; continental shelf, benthic, planktonic, and fish species population connectivity and genetics; biochemistry and marine geochemistry; and ocean observing and sensing. We are especially interested in candidates who can make use of the abundant, under-studied natural laboratories of the region and are interested in interdisciplinary collaboration within the School.

University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley is a rapidly expanding Hispanic institution serving the growing Rio Grande Valley. Part of UTRGV's expansion is the new ocean and coastal sciences research facility in Port Isabel, Texas, across Laguna Madre from South Padre Island (SPI), a popular tourist beach destination. The facilities at Port Isabel expand on the UTRGV's existing marine science laboratory on SPI, an interdisciplinary coastal field station with active research, education and outreach programs. SEEMS has numerous observational resources, including oceanographic vessels, gliders, ROVs, and a growing number of instrumental arrays. UTRGV faculty and their students have free use of the TACC supercomputing clusters ( UTRGV is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Minimum Qualifications:
The minimum requirement is a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a coastal and marine science related discipline.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Applicants should have a vigorous research program in a relevant field, and experience or promise in securing nationally competitive external research funding. Highly qualified applicants with strong research portfolios may qualify for significant supplemental startup equipment funds and reduced teaching loads through the UTRGV Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STAR) funds.

Preferred Qualification:
Postdoctoral research experience.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2019

EEO Statement:
UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and dual-career couples.

Open Date: 12/10/2018

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application.
Security sensitive; a criminal background check will be required on applicants selected for on-campus interviews.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to
demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based
test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications
will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval

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