Assistant Professor (Tenure/Tenure Track)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


Institute of Marine Scien-OLD - 635100

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Assistant Professor (Tenure/Tenure Track)

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID:



Full Time



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Position Summary:

Marine Conservation Ecology / Fisheries Ecology – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). We seek emerging leaders in the field of interdisciplinary marine conservation ecology, with particular interest in candidates that engage fishery systems and communities. To compliment IMS’s current faculty, areas of desired expertise include, but are not limited to, quantitative tools/approaches, ecological economics, response(s) of fisheries and coastal communities to climate change, food-web interactions in the context of ecosystem-based management, zooplankton dynamics, and molecular tools (population genetics through environmental genomics). Expectations include leading vibrant externally funded research programs, teaching in IMS’s field site program, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, advising graduate students and resident undergraduates, as well as engaging stake holders and counseling resource managers. Preference will be given to applicants whose research portfolio would include field research that takes advantage of IMS’s location and infrastructure, and interdisciplinary collaborative research. These elements support the University’s mission to serve North Carolina, the United States, and the world through teaching, research, and public service.

IMS is located on waterfront property in Morehead City, NC, embedded within a collaborative network of nearby university (i.e., NCSU’s CMAST, Duke Marine Lab), state (NC Division of Marine Fisheries) and federal (NOAA Beaufort Lab) marine research and management units. Our infrastructure includes a 50,000-squarefoot office and laboratory complex, 5,500-square- foot wet lab, 6,000-squarefoot machine shop, 25,000-squarefoot outdoor mesocosm farm, and 2,250-squarefoot dormitory. IMS is in close proximity to a diverse array of estuarine and nearshore habitats ideal for experimental field research given the relatively mild seasonal climate, as well as cultural and economic significance of coastal marine resources in this region. To reach these environments, IMS maintains a fleet of trucks/vans and research vessels ranging in size from 17 to 48 feet, as well as an AAUS-certified dive program. For more information about IMS, please visit

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Special Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names/contact information (including email addresses) of three references. Review of applications will begin January 16, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer. Women and racial/ethnic minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The Institute of Marine Sciences aims to support work-life balance, including the needs of dual-career couples.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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