Assistant or Associate Professor - Biological Oceanography

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Posting NumberF0532PWorking TitleAssistant or Associate Professor - Biological OceanographyDepartmentVPR-Skidaway Inst OceanographyAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education, UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus on Skidaway Island. The Institute’s primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, and train tomorrow’s scientists. Our campus is also a host to Georgia Southern University’s Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.

College/Unit/Department websitewww.skio.uga.eduPosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleUnderutilizationNoneAdvertised SalaryCommensurate with ExperienceAnticipated Start Date08/01/2020Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)Job Posting Date10/14/2019Job Closing DateOpen until filledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit a cover letter, contact information for three references, curriculum vitae, research statement (no more than 3 pages), and teaching philosophy. The committee will review applications starting on Nov. 15, 2019, continuing until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the positions and application process should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Cliff Buck, ([email protected]). Successful applicants will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

Location of VacancySavannah Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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Classification TitleOpen RankPay GradeFLSAFaculty RankOpen RankContract TypeAcademic (9 mo.)Tenure StatusTenure TrackMinimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary

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 Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA. Successful candidates will be interdisciplinary, self-motivated, and eager to pursue innovative research and education in a supportive academic environment. We seek biological oceanographers who excel in addressing interdisciplinary and large-scale questions, especially in the context of climate change and other anthropogenic influences.

The appointment is expected to be made at the Assistant Professor level, but consideration will be given to exceptional applicants seeking appointment at the Associate Professor level. The successful applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including advanced courses in their area of specialization.

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is in close proximity to a variety of marine environments, operates and is home port to the UNOLS-affiliated R/V Savannah, and has access to 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 other UGA departments and with institutions throughout the University System of Georgia are 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 to sustaining an inclusive learning environment.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Oceanography (or a related area) and at least 1 year of postdoctoral experience for consideration.
Applicants at the Assistant Professor level will show the potential to develop and maintain an active, externally funded research program.
Applicants at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate the ability to attract sufficient extramural funding to support a sustainable research program, and an emerging national reputation in their field.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or CertificationPreferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Expertise in marine phytoplankton, protists and viruses, symbiosis ecology, or the role of biota in biogeochemical cycles, and with sea-going experience, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Physical DemandsDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Obtain extramurally research funds and conduct research related to area of specialization.

Percentage Of Time80 Duties/Responsibilities


Graduate and Undergraduate Instruction

Percentage Of Time20Posting Specific Questions

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
    3. List of References with Contact Information
    4. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
    5. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
    Optional Documents




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      Posted: 10/15/2019
      Application Due: 12/5/2019
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