Assistant Professor - Biological Oceanography

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San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Faculty Position in Biological Oceanography
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25099
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and San José State University (SJSU) are seeking a field and process oriented biological oceanographer to complement an interdisciplinary group of marine scientists. The ideal candidate will conduct research at sea, possess expertise in molecular techniques, bioinformatics, or big data, and conduct research in one or more of the following areas: primary and export production, microbial ecology, food web dynamics, ecosystem processes, physiology, climate change, or harmful algal blooms.


The successful applicant must have a strong commitment to quality instruction and pursue a vigorous research program involving MS students. A Ph.D. is required and prior post-doctoral experience is encouraged. Applicant materials should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained through cross-cultural study, teaching, training and other comparable experiences.

Instructional duties will include teaching Biological Oceanography (including classical field methods and modern approaches) and other advanced courses in the applicant’s area of expertise (e.g., Molecular Techniques, Instrumentation, etc.). The typical course load is two classes per semester. The candidate is expected to maintain an extramurally funded research program and supervise a vibrant lab of Master’s students.


The successful candidate will be a SJSU faculty member but will be located at the MLML facility, with all or most of their teaching/research conducted at MLML. Due to the remote location of MLML from the consortium campuses, the candidate will serve on a limited number of College or University level committees. We expect the candidate to attend and contribute to MLML faculty meetings that serve as the main institutional-decision making body. These include MLML committees (e.g. space committee, curriculum committee, and the RTP committee) and MLML Board of Governors meetings. Additionally, candidates are expected to attend and assist with laboratory-sponsored events, and lend support during promotional events (Open House, fundraising, etc.).


Faculty members represent the institution and are expected to conduct themselves professionally in all external interactions and be collegial and supportive of other faculty members, staff, and students. The candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation, through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: 1 August 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy, statement of research goals, and at least three original letters of reference, with contact information, by 30 September 2019 to or submit via email to:

Dr. Scott Hamilton
Chair of Biological Oceanography Search Committee
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
8272 Moss Landing Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
[email protected]


Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) #25099 on all correspondence.


Moss Landing Marine Labs, a consortium of seven California State University Campuses and administered by San José State University, is located on Monterey Bay. The faculty emphasis is on integration of mentoring, teaching, and research; and the excellent facilities and staff contribute to make this a renowned program for a Master’s degree in marine science. Since its establishment in 1966, MLML and its leading scientists have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field of marine science, both in Monterey Bay and worldwide. MLML offers undergraduate courses but is primarily a graduate institution for Consortia students seeking a Master of Science degree in marine science. Visit MLML’s website for further information:


San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.


San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


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Job No: 25099
Posted: 8/13/2019
Application Due: 10/12/2019
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