Assistant Professor - Physics & Physical Oceanography - Observations

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Professor - Physics & Physical Oceanography - Observations
Department Physics Physical Oceanography - 32371
Vacancy Number 16F-164
Position Number 474
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this Position:

The University of North Carolina Wilmington will be hiring faculty for multiple interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission in coastal and marine sciences. In support of this effort, we seek faculty in the area of Coastal and Ocean Observations and Modelling. The goal of these efforts is to bring together a core group of faculty who work across traditional curricular and research boundaries to strengthen UNCW’s established excellence in coastal and marine sciences. We invite applications from individuals in the fields of 1) coastal hazards, 2) ocean modelling, and 3) ocean observations. These three hires will join almost 70 current coastal and marine science affiliated faculty, in addition to four hires for two other clusters (biotechnology and coastal resource and energy systems) at UNCW.

Specifically, for the observation and modelling cluster, we seek a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography with expertise in ocean observations

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, or related disciplines, is required.

Preferred Qualifications

We seek a physical oceanographer with research interests in “wet” observational physical oceanography at any scale, from coastal to regional to global, with experience in seagoing research. Topics of interest include but are not limited to coastal/regional dynamics and ocean circulation, remote sensing; air-sea interaction; the combination of autonomous ocean observing systems and remote sensing; and instrument development.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The successful candidate for these positions will: 1) be committed to exceptional teaching at the introductory level, including oversight of laboratory sections, and the ability to teach upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in his or her specialty; 2) support the established undergraduate and graduate degree programs in their home Department; 3) establish and maintain a vigorous externally-funded research program that engages students; and 4) have the potential to collaborate in research with existing faculty in the Departments of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Physics and Physical Oceanography, and across the coastal and marine sciences at UNCW.

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant Instructions

To apply, please visit A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact
information must be attached to the online application system – not e-mailed, mailed or
faxed. Adobe PDF or Word format documents are required. Letters of reference and
academic transcripts will be requested of those candidates invited to interview. Priority
consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2018, but
applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions regarding the
online application system contact Human Resources at UNCW.

Position Type Permanent
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions
Job Posting Date 11/27/2017
Priority Consideration Date 01/15/2018
Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. List of 3 Professional References
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Summary of Research
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