Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Marine Ecology)

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Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Marine Ecology)

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

S&E - Life Sciences

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Corpus Christi, Texas

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The Department of Life Sciences of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences in the area of Marine Ecology. Applicants working within any subdiscipline of Marine Ecology are welcome to apply including people working in open ocean, deep sea, coastal or estuarine environments. Researchers working in coastal systems above the waterline are also welcome to apply. This position will ideally be complementary to our current faculty research activities with existing strengths in estuarine and coastal ecological processes, fisheries, genetics, microbial ecology, community ecology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology and tropical and subtropical systems at various taxonomic levels. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, and teach courses consistent with their individual expertise. This position will further expand and support our graduate programs in Marine Biology (M.S. and Ph.D.), Fisheries & Mariculture (M.S.), and Biology (M.S.). Details about each of these programs can be found online at The appointment will begin fall 2022.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a rapidly growing R2 Doctoral University with high research activity located on the Gulf of Mexico overlooking Corpus Christi Bay. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with approximately 10,500 students, it offers a wide array of graduate and undergraduate academic programs. Ample opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from the Department of Life Sciences and the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences as well as from the University's strong portfolio of marine-oriented research institutions such as the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (, Center for Coastal Studies ( and Conrad Blucher Institute ( Our unique location provides many opportunities for marine-related research including proximity to extensive bays and estuaries along the Gulf of Mexico, including the hypersaline Laguna Madre and barrier island habitats of the Padre Island National Seashore, and many of our faculty additionally conduct research worldwide in diverse systems.

We encourage applications from candidates who can develop research that makes the most of our modern research laboratories and equipment, including those associated with our newly constructed 108,000 ft2 Tidal Hall Life Sciences Research Facility, Genomics Core Laboratory, Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory, Isotope Core Laboratory, and High-Performance Computing Cluster. A scientific diving program, the Laguna Madre Field Station and a fleet of small boats are available to conduct field work in bays and the nearshore Gulf of Mexico. We also encourage applications from candidates who can develop research that takes advantage of our new UNOLS vessel, which is a partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi. Field operations on the new UNOLS regional class ship will be available for research to our college in 2023. This vessel is 155 ft with a 38 ft beam and supports 16 scientists for up to 21 days of operations. Porting will be in Corpus Christi and Louisiana harbors.

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in Biology, Ecology, Marine Ecology, Marine Science, Oceanography, Fisheries, or closely related discipline. Advanced ABD will be considered; degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.
  • A strong publication record in leading and high impact journals.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability of building an active, externally funded research program.
  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Engagement in service activities to support institutional, professional society and community goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.


All requested documents must be uploaded to be considered for the position.

A completed application will include:

1. A cover letter describing experience and qualifications, including prior service activities.

2. A curriculum vitae.

3. A research statement including plans for funding support.

4. A statement of teaching experience and plans for effective instruction, including any prior pedagogical training and professional development of teaching skills.

5. A statement of diversity, inclusion, and equity that addresses plans for success at our Hispanic Serving Institution.

6. A list of three professional references with names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses-including a current or previous supervisor.

The position will remain open until a finalist has been selected. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15th, 2021. For questions, please contact: Dr. Benjamin Walther, Search Chair, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, [email protected]

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers a variety of employment opportunities. TAMU-CC is a vibrant, Hispanic Serving Doctoral Research Institution that combines a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and community engagement. We are the only University in the nation located on its own island with palm trees lining pathways throughout the 240-acre campus. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Veterans / Disability Employer.

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