Assistant Professor- (School For the Environment)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Professional Fields, Architecture & Urban Planning
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 521278
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: SFE - Dean's Office
Pay Grade: 03
Date opened: 30 Oct 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Job Description:

Offshore wind is a major renewable energy resource that will be accessed as society drives towards net zero over the next two decades. Interactions with the fishing industry, historically marginalized coastal communities, ocean conservationists, grid designers, and current economic realities create possible barriers to embracing and accelerating this transition, but also create an opportunity to bridge these perceived differences with win-win-win approaches. Working within the transdisciplinary School for the Environment and with colleagues across the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this new faculty member is expected to build a strong research group, teach, and advise undergraduate and graduate students, and make substantive impacts on the green transition to offshore wind. Strong opportunities exist to work with the Stone Living Lab, the Mass Bays National Estuary Partnership, the Urban Harbors Institute, and the BEACON BlueTech lab, all within the School for the Environment. The School for the Environment seeks a colleague who will leverage existing relationships, organizations, movements, and our nationally recognized academic programs in the environmental and marine sciences, to advance offshore wind at the local and global level.

The successful candidate should possess a strong background in any of the following areas related to offshore wind: ocean/wind engineering, clean energy policy, and/or, the economics of the green transition. Ability to work across disciplines with physical scientists, ecologists, economists, engineers, developers, regulators, and planners is required, along with a desire to work with communities at the interface among the natural, human- and built systems with our diverse student body to promote climate equity.

The ideal candidate will combine rigorous research 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. is required with post-doctoral experience preferred. 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 should demonstrate the capacity 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. 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, hydrology, 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:

Application instructions:

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 2023 and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration materials should be submitted, via this portal.

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 is an urban public research university with a teaching soul, whose impact is both local and global. We are the third most diverse university in the country - more than 60% of our undergraduate students come from minoritized communities and groups and more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. Thus, our students come to us from richly diverse life experiences and backgrounds; they bring to our classrooms and research settings the robust range of perspectives growing out of the socio-cultural, economic, and historical contexts in which they have lived, along with the challenges they encounter, engage, and strive to overcome. We invite applications from candidates who engage the diverse life experiences of our student body, who appreciate that students bring their holistic selves into the academic setting, and who recognize and articulate how their own life experiences and backgrounds have shaped their journeys, practices, and commitments as researchers, scholars, and educators.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

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