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Assistant Professor (Coastal Physical Oceanography)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

Job Details

Job no: 516368
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: SFE - Dean's Office
Date opened: 31 Oct 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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The School for the Environment is seeking an outstanding academic at the Assistant Professor level in coastal oceanography, to begin September 1, 2023. The University’s location with the main campus on Boston Harbor and its field station on Nantucket makes it ideal for the study of coastal ocean processes We seek a physical oceanographer who can interact with biological, chemical, geological and planning colleagues to analyze or model the effects of storms, sea-level rise, and warming oceans on macrotidal Northeastern estuaries and coastal oceans. The Stone Living Lab, based on an island adjacent to UMass Boston, is a natural laboratory comprised of Boston Harbor and its islands for the study of estuarine processes and climate change. The School for the Environment seeks a colleague who will leverage state-of-the-art laboratory and field-based facilities and our nationally recognized academic programs in the environmental and marine sciences, to advance coastal physical ocean science at the local and global level.

The successful candidate should possess a strong background in shallow water physical measurements on buoys, autonomous underwater vehicles, towed arrays, and coastal observation networks. Subareas of interest should include high spatial and temporal resolution measurements, numerical modeling, scaling issues, and episodic events. Ability to work across disciplines with geologists, chemists, biologists, economists, developers, regulators, and urban planners is required, along with a desire to work with urban communities at the interface among the natural, human and built systems with our diverse student body to promote climate equity. An interest in developing Blue Technology opportunities would be a plus. Research interests in coastal modeling, ocean sensor networks, sustainable marine aquaculture and/or climate equity would provide strong opportunities for collaboration.

The ideal candidate will combine rigorous basic research with applied research on societal implications and have a desire to teach undergraduate and graduate students, and mentor graduate students through advanced degrees in marine and environmental earth systems. The successful candidate must show potential to build a strong program of externally funded, transdisciplinary research and to promote diversity at all levels within the environmental sciences.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. with post-doctoral experience is required. The applicant will have the potential (or a demonstrated capability) to carry on an active, externally funded research program of international caliber and to supervise graduate and undergraduate students. The applicant will have an ability to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate teaching needs in environmental and marine sciences offered by the School for the Environment, and a willingness to engage in collaborative research with School and University colleagues. Experience and a strong interest in encouraging and promoting increasing diversity within the School, the University, and ocean and environmental science fields generally are criteria for selection. Members of underrepresented groups and those dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply as this is clearly in line with our status as a Minority Serving Institution and an anti-racist University. The School for the Environment comprises a diverse and dynamic core and affiliate faculty with research expertise in coastal sensor networks, coastal zone management, urban planning, coastal planning law, oceans and human health, climate adaptation, hydrogeology and geochemistry, and coastal ecology. For more information about the School for the Environment and its research and teaching programs, please visit our web site at

To apply: upload a curriculum vitae, a letter describing research and teaching interests, five publications, and the names and contact information (including email address) of three references. Application review will begin in Fall 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the School for the Environment, please visit The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) is the Commonwealth’s public urban-serving research university that has a dynamic teaching and learning culture and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Nearly 16,000 students are enrolled in UMB’s seventy-nine undergraduate and one hundred fifteen graduate programs. UMB boasts the most diverse student body in New England, with nearly 60% of its students being first-generation college attendees. Located along the recently completed, forty-seven-mile, oceanside Harbor Walk in Boston, UMB shares the Columbia Point Peninsula with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Archives, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Archive, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate.

The School for the Environment’s (SFE) mission is to generate, communicate, and activate knowledge aimed at promoting the health, sustainability, and resilience of coastal ecological systems and communities. SFE pursues its environmental health and justice research, teaching, and outreach agenda through a transdisciplinary approach designed to enhance the problem-solving capacity of local communities and institutions. SFE’s thirty-seven faculty support four undergraduate programs (community development, environmental science, environmental studies, and marine science), three master’s degree programs (environmental science, marine science, urban planning, and community development), and PhD Programs in environmental science and marine science.

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