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Assistant Professor - Physical Oceanography

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Professor - Physical Oceanography
Department Physics Physical Oceanography - 32371
Vacancy Number 16F-093
Position Number 6951
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Summary of Position

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography ( at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in physical oceanography at the assistant professor level starting August 2017. Applicants with research interests in any aspect of physical oceanography are encouraged. The department currently has faculty with research interests in surf zone dynamics, large scale distributions of sea surface salinity and its relation to the global water cycle, and remote sensing of ocean color in the coastal zone. The chosen candidate will be expected to excel in teaching basic physics at the introductory level and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of physical oceanography of interest to them; and to engage students in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, expectations for this position include maintaining a strong externally-funded research program and providing service to the department and university. Degree programs offered by the department include a bachelor of science in physics with a concentration in physical oceanography, a master of science in marine science and a pending PhD program in coastal integrative marine science.

Minimum Requirements

A doctoral degree in physical oceanography or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

A physical oceanographer who can excel at teaching undergraduate and graduate students in basic physics and physical oceanography. Must be able to develop an active externally-funded research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Concurrent with the mission statements of the University and the College, the Department is committed to, and values excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. The Department provides quality programs leading to the B.S. and B.A. degrees through courses that stimulate intellectual curiosity, imagination, rational thinking, and thoughtful expression, and through opportunities for student participation in the scholarly activity of its faculty. The Department further supports the College mission by providing service courses in the natural sciences that acquaint beginning students with the laws of nature and develop their abilities to reason and think critically. The Department serves as a resource to the University and community by providing professional services at the local, regional, and global levels.

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 over 15,000 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 men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant Instructions
Position Type Permanent
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions
Job Posting Date 12/12/2016
Priority Consideration Date 02/01/2017
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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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. List of 3 Professional References
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