Assistant Professor in Physical Oceanography – URI

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 14, 2022. Second consideration may be given to applications received by March 28, 2022. Applications received subsequent to the second consideration date (March 28, 2022) may not be given full consideration.

The Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor within the broad specialization of physical oceanography. The position will be an academic year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2022. The new hire will enter the vibrant research community at URI and the many neighboring academic institutions within New England. Opportunities exist to participate in the active sea-going community of GSO, the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, the Ocean Exploration Trust, UCAR, the NSF Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation and Modeling (C-AIM) program for Narragansett Bay; to utilize platforms such as R/V Narragansett Dawn, E/V Nautilus and the newly awarded regional-class research vessel. Physical facilities include the Marine Science Research Facility, state-of-the-art rotating table, the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center, Brown Center for Computation and Visualization, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, and the Rhode Island Genomics & Sequencing Center. We invite individuals with a strong commitment to research, excellent teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The GSO recognizes that oceanographers do not reflect the diverse spectrum of humanity and that oceanography will be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives.  GSO strives to be a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion – and to change the way the STEM world approaches these issues with real commitments to representation, social, and environmental justice.  We seek innovation and inspiration for the next generation of ocean scientists, educators, and explorers.   As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, or excluded in our field and/or have demonstrated leadership towards building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment.

Basic Function:

The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded research program. The candidate will contribute to the teaching of graduate and undergraduate classes, and contribute to the GSO graduate programs (MO, MS and PhD) through advising and research committee participation.



  1. PhD or equivalent by the time of position hire appointment (September 1, 2022) in physical oceanography or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated record of scholarly achievement as shown by publications, presentations at scientific meetings, honors, patents, and/or awards.
  3. Demonstrated potential for the development of an independently funded research program as shown by research statement or previously funded grants and/or awards.
  4. Demonstrated potential research strengths that complement existing programs at GSO and in affiliated departments.
  5. Demonstrated teaching potential that complement existing programs at GSO and in affiliated departments.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.
  7. Demonstrated proficiency in interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.


  1. Potential for interdisciplinary collaborations. 
  2. Teaching and mentoring experience. 
  3. Post PhD research experience.
  4. Interest and experience in observational, and particularly seagoing, research or instrument development. 
  5. Previous success with research funding. 
  6. Ability to improve recruitment and retention of graduate students, particularly students from underrepresented communities.

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